Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is not an easy repair, says iFixit

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is not an easy repair, says iFixit
Do not drop your Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In fact, your best bet is to baby the 12 inch slate the best that you can. The problem is that the device has earned the lowest score possible on iFixit's scale of "repairability." On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the easiest repair possible, the Surface Pro 3 scores a "1".

Such a low score should not be surprising to those who have followed iFixit's ranking of the Surface Pro line. Both the Microsoft Surface Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro 2 scored a "1" on their previous tests of "repairability".

Part of the problem is Microsoft's decision to replace 90 screws in the Surface Pro 2 for what iFixit calls "some seriously hideous adhesive." The adhesive was found by the display and battery, making it harder to repair the slate. Another problem is the display assembly, which requires the steel-edged nerves of the bomb squad, to remove and replace. As iFixit notes, "One slip-up, and you'll be out a screen."

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is made with magnesium casing and is solidly built. It should be able to withstand the daily grind. One model was dropped onto the stage during the unveiling of the device, and was unharmed. But keep in mind that if something happens to the tablet that forces you to get it repaired, it will not be an easy task.

source: iFixit via CNET

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Surface Pro 3
  • Display 12.0" 2160 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Core i7
  • Storage 512 GB



1. johnsons

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

off topic....Microsoft offers 15gb storage on OneDrive to all users.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Umm... So does Google for Drive users. Duh.

3. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Fandroids! Have to swoop in or compare Google to Microsoft in every single Microsoft related article. *Sigh*

7. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

On an unrelated Google to Microsoft note but related to cloud storage, MEGA offers 50 GIGS FREE! :D Love the MEGA app, and its desktop website also =) 50 extra gigs on my iPhone 5s and Nexus 4

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And and and 1TB to office 365 users...1TB That is 9.99 a month for office and 1TB, my storage just jumped huge in the next month

4. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

With great power comes great responsibility.

6. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

high quality devices don't need to be repaired, 'cause they basically don't break! I have surface 1, it felt down, forgotten in a very hot places, treated hard and guess what? it still works like it's new!

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also the Pro 3 has full ultrabook specs and is only 8 mm thick, that's thinner than most phones, so we shouldn't except it to be easily repairable

10. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012


9. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

If you honestly think someone like a Surface 3 was really MEANT to be easily field fixable by a consumer, you truly are moronic.

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