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Microsoft Surface Pro gets torn down, nearly impossible to repair

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Microsoft Surface Pro gets torn down, nearly impossible to repair
The Microsoft Surface Pro is finally here and it is the real deal, coming with a full-on Windows 8 supporting legacy apps, but there are a few important compromises that it comes with. As a tablet it has an unimpressive battery life, and as a laptop it can’t quite stand well in your lap. If you can deal with these two, it seems to pay back with ultrabook-like performance.

And now we get to look inside the Surface Pro where there is the Intel Core processor and two fans keeping it cold. It’s hard to open it up, the device is all glued tightly and you’d need a heat gun and a craftsmanship degree to separate the display.

Luckily, device surgeons from iFixit managed to disassemble it after a lot of prying. As a result you get to see all the device’s internals. Also, the goal of this whole exercise is figuring out how hard or easy it is to repair the device.

Turns out, there are some bad news. The Surface Pro is a terrible device to repair. With a whopping 90 screws holding it together, an extremely clunky display assembly and a lot of adhesive, it’s extremely hard to disassemble and repair the Pro. The device scored an abysmal 1 out of 10 for repairability, worse than the 9.7-inch iPad which by now held the lowest scores.

source: iFixit

Microsoft Surface Pro Teardown

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posted on 13 Feb 2013, 08:55 4

1. imsickwithsmartphone (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


No REPAIR!! No BUY!! huh :(

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 18:21 1

14. ZeroCide (Posts: 695; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Really cuz you can repair any other tablet.. including ipads easily.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:02 2

2. erdpov (Posts: 67; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


just compare it to samsung galaxy note 10.1 in this question and you will get the idea who is thinking of consumers.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 10:28

9. lucasho2312 (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


that s**t is not even worth mentioning. The interface is tedious, completely opposite to the phone. Android gets ugly on 10-in tablet screen while 7-in is fine. only two to consider are nexus 7 and kindle fire.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:56

13. erdpov (Posts: 67; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


Galaxy note is a real tablet which is very powerful and productive. A clue word is a tablet. Surface is a compromise between a netbook and a tablet. Besides the sammy's tablet was ranked as high as 8.5 by ifixit. It's possible to replace a lot of components by yourself in the that tablet. 90 screws in the pro? This is a nonsense.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 02:09

17. TheCynicalTechie (Posts: 72; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Ultrabook*

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:29 13

3. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


hopefully it wont need repairing...

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 10:34 11

11. Adithya7184 (Posts: 316; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Nothing is perfect in this world...everything needs to be repaired one day....

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 10:41 3

12. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


this one might just end up for replacement or .bin folder

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:36 4

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5848; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


MS has re-invented the concept of throw-away - if the Surface breaks, you throw it away. Lets see, now... How long is the warranty?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:41 8

5. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Invest on a nice ultrabook in same price ... :)

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 09:59

6. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


mind-blowing

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 10:05

7. valapsp (Posts: 477; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Repairibility -10% :)
It's a great tablet if you

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 10:10

8. valapsp (Posts: 477; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


deny its below average battery life.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 10:29 2

10. lucasho2312 (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


one cant expect repair at that thinness. same story with the ultra thin new imac

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:25

15. JunkCreek (Posts: 403; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


ms just got micro srcewed. at the very first place it is screwed by 90 screws and the next it screws you like no other before.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 02:02

16. Deacon_Jo (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


maybe , just maybe.. they've at last came up with the Perfect thing which doesn't go broken......Regardless, am still gonna have me One

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