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Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 is harder to repair than an iPad

iFixit breaks it so you don't have to
Wed Oct 23 2013, 16:51
Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 in purple

WITHIN A DAY of Microsoft's launch of the Surface Pro 2 tablet, iFixit has managed to disassemble one - all in the name of science, of course.

As ever with iFixit teardowns, the question is, "How hard will this be to fix if it breaks?" In this case, the answer is an emphatic "very". In fact, with a repairability score of one out of 10 the Surface Pro 2 tablet ranks even lower than the fourth-generation iPad, which scored a mere two out of 10 when it was tested.

Over 90 screws and an awful lot of glue hold the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 together, and iFixit added that before you even get that far there is a high risk of snapping one of four ribbon cables just by prying open the casing.

The screen, often the first component to fall victim to a prang, is made from fused glass and LED panels, so not only will it be difficult to replace, but very expensive too.

Inside there are very few surprises. We knew the specifications of the tablet already: 10.6in touchscreen display, Intel Haswell Core i5 processor, SSD or HDD and two HD 720p webcams. This is all widely known and published, but the effort that Microsoft has gone to ensures that the unit will stay in one piece, untroubled by modders and confident in the knowledge that when it breaks, you will almost certainly need a new one.

The one interesting feature is the 42Wh Escalade battery that supports the Intel Haswell chip power management and makes the tablet run for hours at a stretch.

But treat the Surface Pro 2 tablet with respect, because breaking it is almost surely a ticket to the Microsoft Store for a replacement. µ


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