Originally Posted by Zero4549
There is no reason that any consumer electronic device could not be easily serviceable. It's all about cost. I'm pretty sure most people will agree that the huge corporations putting these things out can afford that slight added cost. It will barely even be noticeable with all the profit-padding that goes on in the industry.
In the end it isn't about the added cost to make these user serviceable. It is about locking out the consumer as much as possible, in order to sell tiered products for higher profits. Why would someone buy the product with more memory if they can just upgrade it themselves? Look back at the XBox 360, a lot of people were putting in their own HDD or even SSD, instead of buying Microsoft's hugely over priced HDD. Microsoft became wise to this and started bricking systems that had these different drives. They then took it one step further and created a proprietary file structure for the Xbox, making it more difficult to add your own.
Many years ago there was a rumor of Voodoo PC, the old GPU company, creating a "modular" line of video cards. Cards that would allow you to add memory components, or higher end GPU's! You would be able to buy the base product, then as your needs evolved you could add more memory, get a new GPU, or even get both. The rumor was that they were going to offer several options....
Of course that never happen and Voodoo went out of business and a lot of their tech was absorbed by Nvidia.