The Microsoft Surface Laptop Is Unfixable

Isaac Cain
June 19, 2017

Microsoft has gone ahead and released an official system image for the new Surface Laptop which allows users who have upgraded the device to Windows 10 Pro to revert back to Windows 10 S, the lightweight version of the desktop OS which comes installed on the machine by default. As iFixit recently discovered, if something inside the portable PC goes bang, you'll nearly certainly have to get a complete new one. It also shows that components such as CPU and memory are soldered in place so they can't be replaced or upgraded.

Recall that recently the Apple iPad Pro has been on the table of specialists portal iFixit, and they awarded him a score of 1 on a scale of maintainability of a possible 10.

To be fair, Microsoft is not the only one manufacturer to come up with new products that are almost impossible to fix. The only way to get into the guts of the device to replace the battery or anything else is with a knife and the grim determination to get past what the iFixIt teardown calls a "glue filled monstrosity".

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The headphone jack, while modular, can only be accessed by removing the heat sink, fan, display, and motherboard.

This means that the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is pretty hard to fix, you can find out more details over at iFixit at the link below.

And, finally, iFixit said that the device had a limited lifespan as replacing the battery was both hard and unsafe. This is a first for a Surface device, with iFixit adding that "there is nothing about it that is upgradable or long-lasting, and it literally can't be opened without destroying it".

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