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NewerTech 11-piece Portable Toolkit

December 23rd, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

4 stars

NewerTech 11-Piece toolkit

When it comes to working on my computers or devices, I rely mainly on a good ratcheting screwdriver with a wide selection of bits. I also have a multibit precision screwdriver that I purchased –– mainly for the torx bits –– way back when I wanted to replace the front cover of a Nokia 6185 cell phone. The NewerTech 11-piece Portable Toolkit includes a good selection of precision screwdrivers to work mainly on smaller devices. It came in real handy recently on a Toshiba ultrabook I was working on.

PROS

  • Good selection of screwdrivers
  • Includes two spudgers
  • Reasonably priced
  • Case keeps tools safe and organized

CONS

  • Foam inserts could use improvement

NewerTech Toolkit closed

The NewerTech toolkit comes in a nylon case with the following 11 pieces:

  • Slotted 1.8mm
  • Slotted 3.0mm
  • Phillips #00
  • Phillips #2
  • Torx T6
  • Torx T8
  • Torx T10
  • Scissor Clamp
  • Tweezers
  • Two nylon Spudgers

The slotted, philips and torx screwdrivers should help you gain access to many devices. I’ve personally never needed a scissor clamp or tweezers, but they might come in handy when working with tiny ribbon cables. The spudgers are useful for opening iPods and other devices you don’t want to bend or scratch when prying them open. The nylon case is nice and durable on the outside and the zipper works smoothly, but I would’ve preferred tabs to secure the tools or even molded plastic. It was somewhat difficult to put the tools back into the molded foam because the foam was a bit too soft.

NewerTech Toolkit open

I recently used the toolkit to open up a Toshiba U925t Windows 8 ultrabook laptop, so I could upgrade the memory. The screws for the back cover were a pain to access, but opening them with the philips screwdriver from the NewerTech toolkit was relatively easy. Throwing me for a loop, however, Toshiba decided to use a torx screw in one area. Lucky for me, the T6 torx screwdriver from the toolkit did the job. Also, though the tips of the screwdrivers are magnetized, it’s not a strong magnetization.

NewerTech Toolkit in action

CONCLUSION
The NewerTech 11-piece toolkit is a pretty nice toolkit for those that like to tinker with small electronics. The case could use a slight modification to improve ease of use, but overall, it’s a good toolkit at a fair price.

Available from Amazon.com.

* Review sample provided by NewerTech

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ed is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He's contributed how-to's for CNET and reviews any gadget he can get his hands on.


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  1. S. K.
    May 31st, 2013 at 11:12 | #1

    Hi Ed,

    I was actually looking for a way to upgrade memory on a Toshiba u925t and Bing brought me here.

    Thanks to your picture the memory upgrade looks pretty straightforward. Unscrew all the screws under all those rubber feet and replace the memory stick.

    I have two questions.

    a) If I am going to be opening up the machine I figure I may as well replace the mSATA drive. My question is how accessible is the mSATA drive? Is it below the battery?

    b) What did you use to stick back the rubber covers and feet on the back plate?

    thanks

    SK

  2. Ed Rhee
    May 31st, 2013 at 11:41 | #2

    @S. K.

    Yes, the memory upgrade is straightforward, after you get past opening up the case. I didn’t do anything special to reapply the covers and feet. I just made sure to keep the adhesive sides up after I removed them, so that they wouldn’t get dust or debris on them. I figure if I need to, I can probably use the 3M Command adhesives, but I’ve taken the covers off at least three times now and they’re still sticking :)

    Unfortunately, I didn’t inspect the location of the mSATA SSD drive, so I’m not sure if it’s under the battery or not. I’m actually going to open up the U925t again very soon to replace the single-band Wi-Fi card with a new dual-band Intel Wi-Fi card. I don’t know if it’ll work, but at less than $30, I think it’s worth a shot.

    Best,
    Ed

  3. S. K.
    May 31st, 2013 at 12:31 | #3

    Thanks Ed,

    The memory upgrade looks doable. I’ll order an 8 GB stick and pop it in.

    I will also report back here if I notice the location of the mSATA drive.

    Thanks again for the update.

    SK

  4. S.K.
    June 8th, 2013 at 11:02 | #4

    Update : Memory was upgraded this weekend. Works fine.

    The mSATA storage in the Toshiba Satellite U925T is on the same face as the SO-DIMM. It is to the left of wireless card.

    It is screwed down using 2 T6 torx screws. It also has a ribbon cable running over the length of the card which would need to be removed before the mSATA can be replaced. Did not attempt any dis-assembly this time. Will do it if storage needs upgrade.

    See image below where I have labelled the mSATA storage and the SO-DIMM

    http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/2824/u925ttopviewupload.jpg

  5. Ed Rhee
    June 10th, 2013 at 11:21 | #5

    @S.K.
    Thanks for the update. Glad to hear the memory upgrade went well. I upgraded the Wi-Fi card the other day and noticed the mSATA drive too. I’m probably done upgrading for the foreseeable future, but if 256GB mSATA SSDs drop to under $100 at some point, I may consider upgrading the storage then.

  6. mr_tim
    August 22nd, 2013 at 07:44 | #6

    @S.K.

    what is that card with the orange cable going to it? GNSS card?

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