Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Repairability Score From Ifixit: 1/10

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Surface Pro 3 repairability

Not a surprise here. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 device Surface Pro 2 scored the same repairability score as its predecessors. It scored 1 out of 10, while 10 being the easiest to repair. When you want to have a device with 12″ ClearType Full HD Plus 2160 x 1440 multi-touch display, Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, dual speakers in a 11.5” x 7.93” x 0.36” (292.1mm x 201.4mm x 9.1mm), 1.76lbs (800 grams) weighing package, I don’t think we can expect a great reparability score.

Summary of tear down from iFixit,

  • The SSD can be replaced, but not without first risking damage to the tablet simply by opening it.
  • The battery is not soldered to the motherboard, but very strong adhesive makes removal and replacement a chore.
  • Non-standard connectors make for tricky display removal.
  • The display assembly consists of a fused glass panel and LCD, and is extremely difficult to remove and replace.
  • Tons of adhesive hold everything in place, including the display and battery.
  • The delicate and arduous opening procedure leaves no room for mistakes: one slip-up, and you’ll be out a screen.

As always, you don’t have to really worry about repairing Surface Pro since it is one of the most reliable tablets out there. Read step by step instructions on how to tear it apart from Fixit link below.

Source: Fixit

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  • Wtechrover

    OK. When it fails it has to be replaced :)
    Not necessarily a bad thing.

    • Joe_HTH

      No, I’m sure it can be repaired, but who in their right mind opens up their tablet and tries to repair it on their own?

  • gregw74

    So not really a great laptop replacement. I would have strongly considered one otherwise. At least with a lot of newer laptops, even the slim ones you can remove the back panel and upgrade/replace stuff. +1 point for cool device, -2 points for poor design.

    • Emi the Strange

      1. only becuase you can’t open it freely as you want it doesn’t mean it’s not a laptop replacement
      2. most people don’t upgrade anything in thier laptops, so again, your point sounds nonsense. people buy this kind of stuff not to worry about it, and replace stuff under warranty and that’s it… if you want to replace something well there are thousands of alternatives if you want to upgrade stuff, becuase it seems Surface Pro 3 is not for you.
      3. going again to SP3 is not for you if you think like that… do you even understand this is a full laptop replacement in a TABLET form factor? do you understand how thin and light it is for what it does? apparently you don’t.
      especially with your “poor design” lol please… poor design? only because you can’t freely open it and replace stuff? how do you want MS to put so much stuff inside it? by magic? try to make a device with the same specs and try to put it in such a light and thin device… yeah, I bet you would make a better design than what Microsoft did /s

    • Emi the Strange

      1. only becuase you can’t open it freely as you want it doesn’t mean it’s not a laptop replacement
      2. most people don’t upgrade anything in thier laptops, so again, your point sounds nonsense. people buy this kind of stuff not to worry about it, and replace stuff under warranty and that’s it… if you want to replace something well there are thousands of alternatives if you want to upgrade stuff, becuase it seems Surface Pro 3 is not for you.
      3. going again to SP3 is not for you if you think like that… do you even understand this is a full laptop replacement in a TABLET form factor? do you understand how thin and light it is for what it does? apparently you don’t.
      especially with your “poor design” lol please… poor design? only because you can’t freely open it and replace stuff? how do you want MS to put so much stuff inside it? by magic? try to make a device with the same specs and try to put it in such a light and thin device… yeah, I bet you would make a better design than what Microsoft did /s

  • GG002

    I think it’s kind of a sign of awesome engineering skills… You just won’t be cramming a laptop into a tablet with a repairability score of 10/10, no way. And with this amount of stuff inside, you wouldn’t want to get inside anyway even if it was easy to open. I’ve disassembled many laptops, and even then you quickly lose track of what goes where.