The latest and greatest laptop from Microsoft only gets 1/10 in repair test by iFixit.
Microsoft Surface Book is quite popular for its multi-functions. This laptop cum tablet has received a lot of attention from audiences.
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iFixit has done a complete teardown of the device showing interesting new revelations. The motherboard is mounted upside down and is spread throughout the laptop.
In other words, great care was taken in precisely designing the motherboard and its placement.
The chips and the connectors are at the bottom of the motherboard, completely hidden! This motherboard hack was done to fit the display but getting to the board is hell of a problem and you have to rip everything out (it’s not a joke) to get to the bottom of the chassis to fix or repair anything.
There is quite a mess of wire lock which holds the display and keyboard together. This design means that when the electricity runs through the wire, it heats up and then contract.
After the contraction, the black pulley is pushed inward against the spring attached; which in turn lifts the lower arm of linkage. Surely this is quite an intelligent design.
But if something goes wrong than get ready to lose your laptop. The Surface Pro has a 51Wh power-packed battery.
The display has its own 18Wh power pack; it works on this power when you are using the Pro as a tablet. The power is sufficient and even good, but still it is less than the MacBook Air.
When it comes to reparability, this new laptop-cum-tablet fails miserably. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 received a mere 1 out of 10 reparability score from iFixit, citing, a difficult-to-remove battery, an irreplaceable SSD and the tedious display removal procedure, among many other reasons.
Opening the Surface Book is difficult while going to the bottom and finding the way between millions of wires and adhesives is super difficult.
The display is a single fused unit so any harm means replacing the whole base.
While, the RAM and processor are soldered to the motherboard so for the repairs you will have to remove it.
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In simple words, Surface Pro is not good when it comes to repair and fixing the insides. And by “not good”, I mean “not good” at all!