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iFixit tears down the Surface Pro

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Wed Feb 13 2013, 14:32
Ifixit teardown the Surface Pro

THE HANDY TECHNICIANS at iFixit have cracked open Microsoft's flagship Surface Pro tablet just days after launch and awarded it a rock bottom one out of 10 repairability score.

After removing a total of 90 screws, iFixit said that there is a high risk of cutting a crucial wire just by opening the tablet, which could destroy it.

"Unless you perform the opening procedure 100 percent correctly, chances are you'll shear one of the four cables surrounding the display perimeter," iFixit warned.

The good news is that if you do manage to get the Surface Pro open without destroying it, the battery is removable, as it's not soldered into the tablet. However, upgrading the SSD is a no go. iFixit advised that you might risk destroying the tablet by removing the SSD drive, due to crucial cables that stand in the way.

The screen is also a real nightmare to remove, iFixit cautioned, with splotches of adhesive to navigate throughout.

Microsoft calls the Surface Pro an advanced model of its Surface RT, offering a USB 3.0 port, an upgrade compared to the RT model's USB 2.0 port.

The Surface Pro tablet also offers higher screen resolution with a 10.6in 1920x1080 display, which is larger than the Surface RT tablet's 1366x768 resolution display.

Inside the Surface Pro tablet punters will find an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of memory. In comparison, the Surface RT tablet has an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and comes with 2GB of memory.

On Monday, Microsoft claimed to have sold out of its 128GB Surface Pro tablet in the US just hours after launch. Despite reports that Microsoft's Surface RT tablet hasn't sold well, the company said that it promptly sold out of its 128GB Surface Pro tablet.

Although it hasn't yet gone on sale here in the UK, Microsoft's online store in the US is now showing the 128GB Surface Pro tablet as out of stock. µ


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