Microsoft Surface Pro 9: Latest model marks major repairability improvements for 2-in-1 series
The Surface Pro series has a reputation for being almost irreparable, with iFixit awarding the Surface Pro 7 a measly 1/10 for repairability just two years ago. Subsequently, Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 7 Plus and Surface Pro 8, which both contained small hatches that allowed end users to replace SSDs without needing to take apart half the device to do so. Although the Surface Pro 9 appeared to be another iterative update in the Surface Pro line, iFixit has confirmed that Microsoft has taken several steps to improve the repairability of the new machine compared to its predecessors.
As the video below highlights, the Surface Pro 9 retains the SSD hatch that can be popped up with a SIM tool. Additionally, Microsoft now secures the Surface Pro's battery with screws, a marked change from the copious amounts of glue that it used in earlier models. The change, while minor, should make it safer to replace the battery by reducing the chance of puncturing one of the cells with a pry tool. Unfortunately, the display panel remains glued to the chassis. Microsoft has changed the adhesive and has improved the flexibility of the Surface Pro's display though, which iFixit identified as improvements over the Surface Pro 7.
Moreover, Microsoft has committed to selling Surface Pro 9 spare parts. According to iFixit, Microsoft will offer replacement batteries, displays and motherboards before summer 2023, mirroring Google's move to sell genuine Pixel parts through iFixit. In the meantime, Microsoft will release Surface Pro 9 repair guides, which should land before the end of the year. All in all, iFixit has awarded the Surface Pro 9 a provisional score of 7/10 for repairability, with the teardown experts waiting until Microsoft releases its repair guides and spare parts before this score becomes final.