Microsoft Surface Pro gets torn down, nearly impossible to repair

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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  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor Intel Core i5, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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17 Comments

1. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

No REPAIR!! No BUY!! huh :(

14. ZeroCide

Posts: 806; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

2. erdpov

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

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

9. lucasho2312

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

13. erdpov

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

17. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Ultrabook*

3. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

hopefully it wont need repairing...

11. Adithya7184

Posts: 322; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

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

12. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

6. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

mind-blowing

7. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

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

8. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

deny its below average battery life.

10. lucasho2312

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

15. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 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.

16. Deacon_Jo

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 10, 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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