Microsoft Surface Pro Scores A Repairability Rating Of 1 Out Of 10 From iFixit Teardown

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Microsoft Surface Repair Score

Today ifixit posted their tear down of Microsoft Surface for Windows Pro. Microsoft Surface Pro scored a repairability rating of 1 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). Here are the reasons iFixit posted at the end of the process,

Microsoft Surface Pro Repairability Score: 1 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)

The battery is not soldered to the motherboard, so at least no soldering is required to replace it.

The SSD is removable — but you risk killing your tablet by trying to open it.

There are over 90 screws inside this device. We’re proponents of mechanical fasteners, but this number is a tad crazy.

The display assembly (comprising of a fused glass and LCD) is extremely difficult to remove / replace.

Tons of adhesive hold everything in place, including the display and battery.

Unless you perform the opening procedure 100% correctly, chances are you’ll shear one of the four cables surrounding the display perimeter.

For a comparison, Apple iPad 3 scored a reparability rating of 2 out of 10. Anyways, you don’t have to really worry about repairing Surface Pro since it is one of the most reliable tablets out there.

Find the whole process here.

 

 

 

 



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  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    You know it really would help if people stopped mentioning the ipad every single time they talk about the Surface Pro. No comparison at all.

    • WPhan

      Correct! The problem is Microsoft themselves call it a tablet when in fact is a great ultra-book with touch capability. Just because iPad are selling in the 10’s of millions I wish Microsoft sell the Pro for what it is and be confident how good of a product it is in its own right. There is a alot of people out here who does not want MSFT to be Apple with new products every 6 months, give me good evolutionary steps from time to time making the PC better (with some cool colors keyboards & cool clicks!) and I will keep buying for a long time.

    • WPhan

      Correct! The problem is Microsoft themselves call it a tablet when in fact is a great ultra-book with touch capability. Just because iPad are selling in the 10’s of millions I wish Microsoft sell the Pro for what it is and be confident how good of a product it is in its own right. There is a alot of people out here who does not want MSFT to be Apple with new products every 6 months, give me good evolutionary steps from time to time making the PC better (with some cool colors keyboards & cool clicks!) and I will keep buying for a long time.

  • skruis

    I’m surprised they didn’t specify what the extra pins on the bottom were for. It should be trivial to trace the wiring.

    • tropolite

      The extra pins at the bottom are for up coming accessories, such as one already announced docking station for SurfacePro which will use the accessory connector (which is the keyboard connector).

  • Monkey D Black

    I don’t think you should be trying to break it down…if something goes wrong return it for a fix….this is why extended warranty (with accidental damage protection is one of the best add-ons to get), with one use it pays for itself. so all this talk about “reparability” scores doesn’t mean jack to me.

  • GG002

    The score gives “solid piece of engineering” a whole new meaning!

    No, but seriously, to cram an ENTIRE ultrabook into something that’s barely bigger than screens of most laptops is a gigantic feat.

    • DigTheNoise

      Thinking the same thing … it’s a pretty cool pic.

  • Asgardi

    “I don’t think you should be trying to break it down…if something goes wrong return it for a fix….”
    Exactly. They just give you a new one. But this essentially means that it is amasingly poorly designed device.

    • skruis

      The design goal was survivability, not repairability. In that sense, it’s designed very well.

    • Joe_HTH

      I’m not sure how you figure that. The design of the Surface and Surface Pro is second to none, and so is the build quality.

      • WPhan

        Let be honest the Pro was done well (better battery life with mine it would be perfect) but RT is a dog looking for a bone…neither a good tablet or good laptop.

      • WPhan

        Let be honest the Pro was done well (better battery life with mine it would be perfect) but RT is a dog looking for a bone…neither a good tablet or good laptop.

    • TheOne2125

      Your last sentence makes no sense really. If any ole person can crack open your tablet and work on it this is a poorly built product then. It should be hard to get, meaning it would be hard to break.

  • koenshaku

    So much for upgrading the SSD….

  • rcd

    Ummm, you might want to check your website. When I clicked the link from the RSS feed, it first sent me to a youtube scam site. The second time, all worked correctly. This is happened before…

    • Tips_y

      It has also happened to me twice. Fortunately my av blocked the site for being infested.

  • José Villaró

    “Anyways, you don’t have to really worry about repairing Surface Pro since it is one of the most reliable tablets out there” Well I’m a fan but that’s a bit to fanboish to saying, I can only hope that in the long run it turns out to be true.

  • Tips_y

    At this point, what iFixit says is irrelevant. What is important at the moment is if the user experience is great – and it is. Then when it breaks down and you send it back to MS, or its authorized service center, to fix and they can’t do it, then, and only then, what iFixit says becomes meaningful.