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Microsoft Surface Pro scores unfavorably in iFixit teardown

updated 10:08 am EST, Wed February 13, 2013

Receives repairability score of 1 out of 10

The construction of the Microsoft Surface Pro has been judged to be highly unrepairable, after being dissected by iFixit. The repairability score of 1 out of 10 is the lowest on the firm's scale, and places it as harder to repair than many other competing products, including the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Samsung Galaxy Note, and the RT version of the Surface.

The worst score iFixit has ever given to a tablet is joined by the accolade of having the most adhesive iFixit has ever seen on a small device, with the initial removal of the screen taking over an hour and requiring a heat gun and guitar picks. Inside, over 90 screws were used to fasten components together, while the sheer number of cables in the tablet made hardware removals extremely difficult. Despite the difficulty with accessing components, the SSD storage is removable along with the 5676mAh battery, while the cooling system was praised for it's use of two fans, each smaller than a 2011 MacBook Pro fan.

Inside, the Intel Core i5 processor was joined by an assortment of touchscreen controllers from Amtel, a combined Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and FM radio controller from Marvell Avastar, and serial flash provided by Winbond.

The teardown of the Surface Pro was considerably tougher than that of the Surface RT, which also had sections that made replacing parts difficult. While the screen in the Surface RT also required a heat gun for complete removal, it was not causing the same level of difficulty for removal as the Surface Pro.



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