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.