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Durability test video: The Microsoft Surface Duo is unexpectedly resilient

Microsoft Surface Duo stylus torn apart (Source: JerryRigEverything on YouTube)
Microsoft Surface Duo stylus torn apart (Source: JerryRigEverything on YouTube)
Although repairing the dual-display Microsoft Surface Duo can easily turn into a nightmare and it is not an easy task even for experienced people, the good news is that this piece of hardware is quite unlikely to break. According to the JerryRigEverything's torture test, the Surface Duo is surprisingly rugged.
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The Microsoft Surface Duo has been in the development stage for a rather long time, but this doesn't mean that the hardware engineers of the Redmond-based giant put too much effort in making it easy to repair. On the bright side, it seems that this device turns out to be more resilient than its looks — and the reliability issues of such pieces of hardware that were released so far — suggest.

According to JerryRigEverything, "The halves of this phone are super thin. When folded shut, it becomes as thick as a normal phone. We'll start off the durability test by opening up the Slim Pen. Then we'll scratch test the Duo along with the normal fire and bend tests."

Spoiler alert: Jerry had no trouble breaking the stylus, although it is quite obvious that the force he used to do that is not something that this accessory would be subjected to in any regular use scenarios. The foldable handset itself was able to withstand Jerry's regular torture session without breaking a sweat. Overall, it looks like the Microsoft Surface Duo is a foldable device (almost) worth its pretty high price. After all, there are quite a few good laptops out there one can get for US$1,399 or less.

What do you think about the video below? Does it make you more interested in the Surface Duo or not? Should Microsoft focus on making such devices more rugged or maybe they should take repairability into account as well?


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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5566 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2020-09-21 (Update: 2020-09-21)