GADGET DESIGNER Microsoft has made its Surface RT tablet difficult to repair, according to Ifixit.
The chaps at Ifixit tore down Microsoft's latest consumer gadget only to find that the firm has made the tablet almost as unrepairable as Apple's latest Ipad. Ifixit gave the Surface RT four out of 10 for repairability, claiming users would have to "dig through the whole tablet in order to get to the LCD/glass".
Microsoft's Surface RT tablet is widely known to sport a 1.4GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 chip, but the 32GB NAND flash comes from Samsung while Micron supplies the tablet's 2GB DDR3 modules. Texas Instruments, Marvell and Wolfson supply rest of the chips in the tablet, and Ifixit reports there are four touchscreen controllers.
Samsung is the biggest single supplier to Microsoft for its Surface RT tablet, as it supplies the display and the 31.5WHr battery for the device. The Korean firm might have lost some business with Apple in recent months but it seems Microsoft was more than happy to have three key components from the company that relies heavily on Google's Android to fill out its income statement.
While Ifixit gives the Surface RT tablet a low repairability score, it is highly unlikely that the majority of consumers will try to fix a tablet themselves, since after all getting spare parts is a far from trivial task in itself. Nevertheless, that firms such as a Apple and Microsoft go to such trouble to make devices disposable shows where the technology industry is heading. µ