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Surface laptop is a monstrosity

by on19 June 2017

IFixit tear down gives it zero points

Microsoft’s Surface laptop is a glue filled monstrosity which is designed to be thrown away the moment something goes wrong, according to iFixit.

The outfit tried to pull apart the Surface to find out what made it tick but found that Microsoft had glued down all its parts in such a way it was impossible to carry out a tear down without breaking it.

The review said: “The Surface Laptop is not a laptop. It’s a glue-filled monstrosity. There is nothing about it that is upgradable or long-lasting, and it literally can’t be opened without destroying it. Show us the procedure, Microsoft, we’d love to be wrong.”

Giving the device a zero repair score, IFix said that the laptop is not meant to be opened or repaired; you can’t get inside without inflicting a lot of damage.

The CPU, RAM, and onboard storage are soldered to the motherboard, making upgrades a no-go.

The headphone jack, while modular, can only be accessed by removing the heat sink, fan, display, and motherboard. The battery is difficult and dangerous to replace, giving the device a limited lifespan.

When something is that unrepairable, you have to question if it is worth buying at all. Hell, even if a qualified engineer can’t replace the battery it is pretty obvious it is not going to last long.

Last modified on 19 June 2017
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