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This is hardly surprising news, nor is it that disappointing really. The folks at iFixit recently got their hands on the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and put it through their gauntlet of teardown tests. After dissecting the device, it scored an abysmal 2 out of 10 on their repairability scale.
For the most part, the problem is that much of the device is held together by adhesives. According to the report, the only remotely easy part to replace is the SSD. Here's a quick summary from their writeup:
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Repairability Score: 2 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).
- The SSD is replaceable.
- The battery is not soldered to the motherboard, but very strong adhesive makes removal and replacement a hazardous chore.
- Non-standard connectors make for tricky display removal.
- The display removal procedure, while difficult, and required for any repair, is not as hard as in previous generations, due to less stubborn adhesive.
- The display assembly consists of a fused glass panel and LCD, and is difficult to remove and replace.
- Adhesive holds many components in place, including the display and battery.
With a device that is this tightly integrated, it's unsurprising that it scores so low on repairability. That's the wrinkle with tiny, thin, light devices. That miniaturization has a price to pay. Be sure to check out iFixit's full write up here: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Teardown