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iFixit teardown gives Microsoft’s Surface Pro lowest possible score

Microsoft's Surface Pro got the customary teardown from the iFixit team. Over 90 screws and large amounts of adhesive where among the obstacles the specialists encountered.

Although Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet starts off at $899 for the 64GB version, going for a 128GB SSD brings that price up to $999. Adding a $119 Touch Cover or $129 Type Cover quickly raises the price to a maximum total of $1128. Needless to say, that’s quite a bit of money for a tablet. In its defence the pro model doesn’t come with an ARM processor but rather an Intel Core i5-3317U.

Now teardown specialists iFixit have revealed another potentially hidden cost: they gave it a repairability score of 1 out of 10 (10 being easiest to repair). The score comes as a bit of a surprise considering Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet got a score of 4 out of 10 by the same team of people. It appears the main reason the Surface Pro scored so low according to iFixit is, “tons of adhesive hold everything in place, including the display and battery.”

There are also over 90 screws holding the device together, a number that was referred to as “a tad crazy”. Finally, one last obstacle to keep in mind is the four cables alongside the edges of the display that are easy to cut accidentally.

The 128GB version of Microsoft’s Surface Pro is currently sold out in the United States and online orders will be shipping 2-3 weeks from now.


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Alex Storey, 2013-02-17 (Update: 2013-02-17)