Microsoft Surface Pro 2 teardown shows Macbook Air like innards, but tablet almost impossible to open and repair
posted by Victor H. / Oct 23, 2013, 8:45 AM
iFixit now tears down the Surface Pro 2 to get a peek at its innards and conclude just how easy it is to repair the tablet and change its battery.
The results are surprising. The Surface Pro 2 scores the lowest we have ever seen a device rank - 1 out of 10. That means it’s almost impossible to repair and upgrage.
There are a few reasons for this. While its battery isn’t soldered to the mainboard, but it’s still very hard to remove and replace it. Just opening the device is extremely hard - Microsoft is not using extensive amounts of glue like others (cough, Apple), but having a whopping 90 screws holding the Surface Pro 2 together does not make it any easier.
The fused glass panel and LCD are a common misstep that makes repairs most costly as your front breaks you have to replace them both. Finally, the long and tedious process of opening the tablet hides huge risks that you tear one of four ribbon cables connecting the display.
The Surface Pro 2 is thus not a device you can easily repair. If you happen to get one, make sure to handle it with great care.
Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 09, 2011
once again, apple arena produces stupid articles against any product that is not apple. who the hell repairs their own laptop. have you tried opening an ipad I have , most likely they had to kill a horse to get that much glue(cheap) in a product, i'll take the 90 screws anyday. and once again you prove why no one can take this site seriously.
posted on Oct 23, 2013, 8:50 AM 14
Are you really this dumb? PhoneArena is reporting the findings of iFixit. These results were not found by PhoneArena itself. Also, before you call iFixit biased, check their website. There are phones & tablets on there that have much better ratings than that of Apple products. Tired of hearing people b*tching on this site because the opinions of others don't match up with their own. Grow up. Not everyone in the world is going to agree with you. Get over it.
posted on Oct 23, 2013, 9:21 AM 12
Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012
who you ask? let me tell you my story: had an iPad 4 for my whife. My 3 years old boy one day broke the glass really hard. Obviously I have tried to service it: Apple representative asked me ~80USD just for "diagnisting it". They didn't even gave ma quotation for the repair itself, that was supposed to be AFTER the ~80$ diagnose! I went online, read the tutorial from iFixIt (great guys over there!), got myself an iPad digitize online for ~50$ (including the glue), and fix it myself home, with basic tools; I've used: - a hair dryer - 4 guitar picks - a small suction coup - a steel Callus&Dead Skin remover (I've got from my wife nail care tools set. Why do I want to repair it myself you ask: - it took me 3 hours do do it myself, and it cost me only 50$, as opposed to sending it to Apple, pay way more and get the same job. (I did open the iPad twice since then, took me ~30min second time, because I've left some finger prints on display). The Apple "disgnoze" price is for Romania representative; if you live in other country most probably is different.
posted on Oct 24, 2013, 1:14 AM 0
Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013
What does Macbook air like innards mean? You mean Haswell processors and 4GB RAM? Why everything needs to compared with Apple devices when the ifixit themselves did not mention anything like that? You people need to get out of iBubble.
posted on Oct 23, 2013, 8:53 AM 16
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posted on Oct 23, 2013, 9:08 AM 3
See comment #7. Phone Arena evens knocks Apple in the article. How dense can you be?!
posted on Oct 23, 2013, 9:23 AM 3
Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012
If a product is built right, it shouldn't need repair. Nice of Apple Arena to admit that the Apple products are fragile.....in every single article. We get it...by the way, bought a surface pro 2 last night and not once did I ask my wife if we should consider repairability...
posted on Oct 23, 2013, 9:09 AM 6
Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012
Might as well purchased a laptop, that's what the surface pro is trying to be.
posted on Oct 23, 2013, 7:07 PM 1
Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 19, 2012
"The Surface Pro 2 is thus not a device you can easily repair. If you happen to get one, make sure to handle it with great care." PhoneArena, will u man-handle a Surface Pro 2 if u get one at that price???
posted on Oct 23, 2013, 9:15 AM 2
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