Surface Pro Receives Lowest Rating for Repairability


Repair experts iFixit has given Microsoft's Surface Pro a rating of one on a 10-point scale of repairability, with 10 being the easiest to repair.

It found that there are more than 90 screws in the device, accompanied by a high risk of cutting a crucial wire by merely opening the tablet, which may potentially destroy the device. The display assembly is also considerably difficult to remove and replace, iFixit stressed.

"Unless you perform the opening procedure 100% correctly, chances are you'll shear one of the four cables surrounding the display perimeter," the firm said. Should you manage to get the Surface Pro opened, both the solid-state drive and the battery can be removed.

A Surface Pro benchmark, meanwhile, showcased the device's impressive performance. Its benchmark saw the recently released Windows 8-powered tablet outperforming other tablets and puts it in the same league as high-end ultrabooks.

 

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  • JamesSneed
    Im not sure anyone expects tablets to be user repairable, do they?

    I would much have the device not break in the first place.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Yyqtte2DU3M#t=5s

    Since this is a general purpose computer with a full blown OS the comparable mac device is the MacBook pro 15"(iPad = Surface RT) which also got a 1 from FixIt:
    http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook-Pro-with-Retina-Display-Teardown/9462/
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  • lpedraja2002
    I didn't expect a tablet to be repairable except for battery or SSD replacement but having 90 screws on such a little thing? :O

    Still, Ipad4 received a 2 out of 10 on the repairability score so I guess its just a tablet thing.
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  • Anonymous
    God bless surface, and God bless Metro! Hooray for Surface! Hooray for Metro! Boooooooo to Linux and Metro haters! Metro yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy!!! We love you Metro!!!
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  • JamesSneed
    Im not sure anyone expects tablets to be user repairable, do they?

    I would much have the device not break in the first place.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Yyqtte2DU3M#t=5s

    Since this is a general purpose computer with a full blown OS the comparable mac device is the MacBook pro 15"(iPad = Surface RT) which also got a 1 from FixIt:
    http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook-Pro-with-Retina-Display-Teardown/9462/
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  • warezme
    So the device is booby trapped and if a part that is already easy to break happens to fail, your screwed. No thanks, you fancy pants people keep your tablets. If I ever feel the need to get a tablet, China has cheap android models going for around $60. If it breaks, so what.
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