Microsoft Surface Pro 2 teardown shows Macbook Air like innards, but tablet almost impossible to open and repair

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 teardown shows Macbook Air like innards, but tablet almost impossible to open and repair
The Microsoft Surface 2 Pro is an interesting device - it is a tablet but it runs on an Intel Core series chip, it basically has the same chip that the Macbook Air features (it features the Core i5 4200U chip), so it’s extremely powerful. With so much power on board however Microsoft touts this as more than a regular tablet - it says the Surface Pro 2 can replace your laptop on the go. It’s silent and it’s easily portable, but does it have the longevity and repairability of a notebook?

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.

source: iFixit

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Surface Pro 2
  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Processor Intel Core i5, Dual-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. becazican

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.

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

11. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

i logged in solely to thumb you up. posts about "iPhonearena" are getting too annoying. if the people really have a problem, why dont they just leave, its not like anyone's forcing them to stay here

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's the plain truth. There are a million other sites these people can read that will make them feel better about their opinions. +1

15. TheOldOne

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.

2. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

This is off topic. Today is Oct. 23 2013 and Dead Trigger is missing in action. Did they change the launch date?

3. sri_tech

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.

4. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

iphonearena -_-

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

See comment #7. Phone Arena evens knocks Apple in the article. How dense can you be?!

9. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

See comment number 3..

10. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

IPhone arena and like 90% of the readers are for android lol.

5. VLaRueC

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 every single article. We get the way, bought a surface pro 2 last night and not once did I ask my wife if we should consider repairability...

14. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Might as well purchased a laptop, that's what the surface pro is trying to be.

16. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

What are you suggesting? That's like telling me a laptop is trying to be a computer....

6. solomonsteve

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???

12. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

but i want to fix and/or repair all my new devices!

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