iFixit Tears Down the Microsoft Surface Pro, Scores It 1/10 for Repairability

Posted February 13, 2013 at 9:45pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 12712 views

iFixit has performed its tear down of the Microsoft Surface Pro giving it a score of 1 out of 10 for repairability.

We expected the Surface RT and the Pro to share similar internals and disassembly procedures, but it turns out that the Pro is a completely different bag of beans. The display assembly is anchored down with the most adhesive we’ve ever seen on a small device; in fact, it took us well over an hour to figure out how to get inside — an iFixit first. The Surface Pro has some nifty features, like a removable SSD, but that upgradability is marred by non-accessibility to the internals. Adding salt to the wounds, the battery is buried behind the motherboard and glued down to the case. Because of this, the Surface Pro received a 1 out of 10 score on our repairability scale — the worst any tablet has ever received.

Notably, the Surface Pro features the 'Cadillac' of batteries from LG rated at 42 Wh, 7.4V, and 5676 mAh. The iPad 4 has a 43 Wh battery at 3.7V. Despite all the battery juice the Surface Pro runs for less than 5 hours.

Take a look at the full tear down using the link below...

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Camfella - February 14, 2013 at 2:37am
If your going to compare batteries, why did you not disclose the ipad4 Mah rating?
kamatis - February 14, 2013 at 12:06am
As these gadgets and phones get miniaturized, it it but ineveitable that they will become disposable items when they break.even most TVs today are like that.gone are the days where you can replace 1 or 2 broken components and you're good to go. Now it's either you have to buy the whole mainboard which is 1/3 to 1/2 the price of a new set, or throw the old one out and just buy a new one.Apple don't even bother repairing most of these phones, they just give you a new one and send the old one to be refurbished where they get a new lease on life through the hands of very skilled techs with specialized equipments. TBH, even if you buy all the tools from ifixit, only a handful of will be capable of doing an A+ repair job. I remember how you can easily break the LCD on the newer iPhones if you don't pay attention to the screw arrangement.
Will - February 13, 2013 at 10:08pm
That's Microsoft for ya
Chris - February 13, 2013 at 10:12pm
It's more like... That's us living In a disposable world
odedo1 - February 14, 2013 at 4:10pm
Chris is right, Apple is the same way, I remember how hard it was to open the iPhone 3G plus I never tried to open my iPad 3 but it don't look easy, the problem is on the surface pro is upgrading the memory but like Chris said everything is becoming smaller and disposable.
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