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.

    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:
  • 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.
  • rgjhawkins
    I don’t get why this is seen as a negative, this just tells me the thing is solidly built so as not to break in the first place. Plus MS offers extended warrantee for $99 which is damn cheap compared to its competitors, this is just another witch hunt in my opinion.
  • XngXtuHl
    JamesSneedIm not sure anyone expects tablets to be user repairable, do they?I would much have the device not break in the first place. 2DU3M#t=5sThe Real drop test:
  • 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.
  • mayankleoboy1
    90 SCREWS :O
  • kevinthegamer
    I would prefer to pay for the 2 year extended warranty For Surface RT $99.00, For Surface Pro $99.00 (Regular Price: $149.00).

    It even includes accidental damage, even for accidents like drops or spills.
    Why would you'd risk damaging it more while repairing it when you can get that kind of warranty plan.
  • bustapr
    hey mr islam, this holy grail of misleading titles is wrong. they gave it a 4/10. Apple iPad still has lowest score I believe.
  • slyu9213
    This thing is secure