Ok, so as of tonight I've been experiencing something that has me VERY worried. I have mentioned in other threads that my kickstand has about 1cm of give once it is at a certain angle, shake the device and the kickstand rattles up and down. Today I slowly slowly closed the kickstand. And each time i repeat the process, at about 10 or 15 degrees or whatever it is, just as the hinge is about to give way, and it snaps closed, I heard a cracckle and pop. Upon repeating it even slower, it was a prolonged crackle and oio that sounds very much like electricity. Not too happy. Update: Microsoft fella on live chat said straight away that it sounds defective and to return it (clearly not actually UK based live support due to not knowing there are no MS stores in the UK). so I move city on monday to start university and the day i get there i have to post off the device i bought specifically for university, and wait untold days until it's replaced. Bummer. ------------------------------- Solved. The narrow silver strip along the inside of the kickstand, where it meets the tablet. It is indeed the sound of that pulling away, allowing the kickstand to bend in the middle and make horrible noises as more material starts to separate. So scratch last thought, I shall be arranging a new replacement tomorrow. To me, analysing how it happens, it seems that it is caused by, and almost an inevitability of altering the kickstands position via the middle of the kickstand, not the edges. Pretty cheap to basically just use some glue and tape to keep the kickstand rigid.