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Microsoft Surface Gets Torn Open in iFixit Teardown – Receives Low Repairability Score

iFixit Surface Teardown

The folks at iFixit recently took their screw drivers to the new Microsoft Surface tablet. The tinkerers confirmed most of what we already know about the tablet’s specs: it’s equipped with a 10.6-inch ClearType HD display, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. It wasn’t easy getting to the tablet’s guts, either. iFixit said it took about a half hour of “careful prying” just to take the plastic cover off – there were 17 screws!

iFixit ultimately gave the Surface a repairability score of 4/10, which means you’ll have a tough time if you ever try to fix it yourself. It’s easy to remove the battery once you’re inside the tablet, but iFixit said “it is impossible to remove the keyboard connector without first removing the display from the frame” and that the “LCD and glass are fused together and strongly adhered to the case, increasing cost of replacement.”

So, ultimately, if your Surface ends up dying on you you’re going to want to send it back to Microsoft for repairs.

[via iFixit]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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