By Vamien McKalin email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 19, 2013 01:51 PM EST
The Microsoft Surface Pro Windows 8-based tablet device went through a teardown by the guys over at iFixit to determine how easy it is to repair, should the unfortunate happen. Sadly for owners of the Surface Pro, iFixit rated the device 1 out of 10.
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 (comprised of 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 percent correctly, chances are you'll shear one of the four cables surrounding the display perimeter.
Repairing the Surface Pro seems like a daunting task to accomplish. By looking at ifixit's final assessment of the device, one can only come to the conclusion that if you lack a certain level of experience repairing computers, it would be better off paying a professional to get it done.
The fact that the majority of the parts inside the Surface Pro is glued down and cables around the display edge could be easily clipped off, makes for a very difficult to self-repair tablet. If this is a problem for you, then check out our Top 3 Windows 8 alternatives to the Surface Pro.