Surface Pro 3 taken apart, gets an extremely low repairability score
It’s been a few days since Microsoft Surface Pro 3 went on sale in the US and Canada — only the i5 models, with the i3 and i7 versions expected to hit the retail shelves in first week of August globally. The folks at iFixit are known to take apart popular devices, and let the consumers know whether it is easy to repair or not. Recently, they managed to get their hands on the Surface Pro 3, and the results of the teardown were quite impressive. They gave it a score of one out of ten, with ten being the easiest to repair.
Firstly, never try to open up the tablet yourself, it’s not as easy as it seems to repair it. Always make sure you take it back to Microsoft if you come across any hardware-related issue. The tablet is apparently extremely difficult to open, and you may end up damaging your screen in the process if it’s not done properly. The folks at iFixit, who are experts in this area, had troubles opening the tablet and ended up with a small crack on the screen. The only thing which is easy to replace is the SSD in the tablet, but that too risks damaging the screen.
There are a lot of factors involved which makes it a device that is hardest to repair. First one being the display and LCD which are fused together, and is extremely difficult to repair and replace. There’s a lot of adhesive used to make sure the parts stay intact, even the battery is not soldered to the motherboard, but is glued, making it difficult to replace. Additionally, the company used non-standard connectors which makes it difficult work with the display.
Take a look at the source link below to find out more details about the hardware and other components used in the Surface Pro 3. Don’t fret, the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 also received a bad reparability score – these devices were not meant to be opened up and repaired by consumers.Further reading: Microsoft, Surface Pro 3