Following their sea creature naming conference, iFixit has launched two new screwdriver kits: the Minnow and the Moray. You in all probability know iFixit for their teardowns of the latest gadgets, however quite a lot of Verge writers additionally swear by their screwdriver units which include a number of unique bits to open up electronics your self. These new units are their smallest and least expensive but, with 16 and 32 bits respectively, and each are available below $20.
Each units include the bits it’s essential to take aside a few of the hottest client tech: you’ll be able to open iPhones and Macbooks with the pentalobe bits, Nintendo Switches with the tri-wing bits, and a few PCs and older Apple computer systems with the Torx and Torx safety bits. Each units additionally embrace the fundamental Phillips and flatheads that you just’d end up reaching for throughout on a regular basis family upkeep, in addition to the grippy deal with that the included bits magnetically slot into, and a lifetime guarantee. The deal with additionally hides a built-in SIM elimination device, which may typically be handier than the stand-alone one which’s in all probability hiding in your drawer.
The Minnow driver package prices $14.99, and has a variety of what folks will want in the event that they’re simply engaged on newer tech units. For folks with older devices, nonetheless, the $19.99 Moray could also be a greater match. It justifies its $5 value improve by including extra sizes of the bits discovered within the Minnow, in addition to obscure bits like triangle (typically present in toys and vacuum cleaners) and Gamebit (for older consoles equivalent to N64, NES and SNES, Sega methods, and so on.). It could even be the selection for individuals who do some work across the dwelling, because it consists of a few metric hex bits which are utilized in the whole lot from bikes to build-it-yourself bar stools from Ikea.
Whereas the units are comparatively cheap, buyers who’re all the time fixing issues might need to have a look at a few of iFixit’s different kits, such because the $25 Essential Electronics Toolkit, which comes with a variety of the identical bits, plus tweezers, spudgers, and different instruments which are helpful for taking aside in the present day’s glued or clipped-together units. There’s additionally the Mako toolkit at $35, which features a whopping 64 bits and has an aluminum driver deal with, versus the plastic ones discovered within the Minnow, Moray, and Important Toolkit.
That stated, having extra choices in terms of repairing your units is an effective factor, and the Minnow and Moray have engaging costs for individuals who will solely have to restore units occasionally (or for folks on the lookout for a secondary package to maintain on the workplace or in a backpack). With the low value factors, these units appear poised to be standard stocking stuffers, presumably from members of the family hinting they’ve computer systems they need you to restore. I acquired my very own iFixit Professional Tech Toolkit from my mother a number of Christmases again as a (profitable) bribe to improve her laptop computer’s onerous drive. Since then, I’ve used it to maintain all of my tech in good working order. And all of my mother’s tech. And my sister’s. And my spouse’s. You get the purpose.