We had the pleasure of reviewing the refreshed version of the Aspire R13 a few weeks back and now we are going to take a deeper look into the internals and upgrade options of the device.
1. Removing the back cover
This is fairly easy. Just unscrew the bolts and use a plastic tool to detach the back. When you open it, you will see all the internals that you would need, including the SSD or two SSDs if you have the RAID 0 configuration.
2. Removing the motherboard
The only time you might want to remove your motherboard is when cleaning the fan, but you can also do it without removing all the hardware inside. However, this operation can be done without much hassle – just be careful when managing the cables since there are lot of them and they prevent removing the motherboard.
3. Upgrade options
The only thing you can upgrade here is the storage. This particular model comes with 256GB SSD manufactured by Kingston. It’s 80 mm long with “B & M” type key. If you didn’t buy the RAID 0 configuration, you have to buy the same type of M.2 SSD for the upgrade. There’s an option in the BIOS that enables normal usage of both SSDs (change RAID 0 to AHCI), but you will have to perform a clean install of Windows, because you will not be able to boot into the OS.