As Surface Pro lands in more hands during the first week of it’s release, it’s been undergoing evaluation and scrutiny. Is it the vision of technology to come, or has it been a flop from the get-go? Or is it a convoluted mixture of both that leaves many scratching their heads and wondering what to make of it?
Well, gadget repair blog iFixit has added to the Surface Pro conundrum by cracking open the case to see how it ticks. The result? Everything that could have been glued, including the display and battery, was glued. If it wasn’t glued, it was affixed with one of 90 screws. In the end the Microsoft Surface Pro scored 1 out of 10 (with 10 being easiest to repair) for a ‘repairability’ score. The 4th generation iPad scored 2 out of 10.
It should be no surprise, given how much of an emphasis Microsoft put on the Surface Pro’s design and attention to fitting as much power as they could inside such a small space. But “Unless you perform the opening procedure 100% correctly, chances are you’ll shear one of the four cables surrounding the display perimeter.” So the bad news is that the Surface Pro has been designed with planned obsolescence.
The good news (maybe) is, if you’ve purchased some retail extended warranty to cover damage and malfunction, you could be more likely to expect a new replacement instead of a refurbished unit.