Microsoft Surface Pro "almost impossible to repair"

News 14 Feb, 2013

Tablet scores just 1/10 in test.

Tech kit repair site iFixit has warned that the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet is even harder to repair than the notoriously difficult iPad.

The site has given the Surface Pro a “repairability” score of one out of ten, which suggests a broken device could be impossible to fix.

The team at iFixit performed a step-by-step breakdown of the tablet, and in the process pointed out a number of design features that could render the device difficult to repair.

For example, the site warns end users that attempts to remove the Surface Pro’s solid state disk (SSD) drive could end up destroying the device, as the opening procedure is so fiddly.

“The display assembly (comprising of a fused glass and LCD) is extremely difficult to remove and replace...and the SSD is removable, but you risk killing your tablet by trying to open it,” iFixit claimed.

“Unless you perform the opening procedure 100 per cent correctly, [the] chances are you’ll shear one of the four cables surrounding the display perimeter,” it added.

The Surface Pro isn’t the only tablet to fall foul of iFixit’s strict repairability criteria, as the iPad 3 only scored two out of ten when the team there put it through its paces.

Even so, iFixit’s findings will be of interest to business users who have reportedly being holding off on new PC purchases until news of the Surface Pro’s UK release date drops.

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So it's as easy to repair as a tablet, less easy than a laptop. I suppose that makes sense

The thing is that the Surface Pro is probably harder to break than the iPad. So the 1 out of 10 score really doesn't mean anything.

Take a look at this video of the device being dropped live on stage and being ridden as a skateboard

Toughness score 10/10 (ipad toughness score 1/10)

it basically means that you have to be a certified Microsoft Surface repair engineer before you can repair one - if you get a corner store to repair it, and they return it more "broken", then it's your own fault, rather like taking an iPad to a corner store rather than an Apple store!

as Tuckers said, the Surface is INCREDIBLY durable compared to the iPad - it's almost like Apple build the iPads & iPhones to be extra-breakable (look around at how many iPhones have shattered screens, not to mention people with cracks on iPad screens), while the Surface is built to withstand a few bumps and knocks

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