Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Watch how hard it is to fix Microsoft's Surface Laptop

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. If you do get one, though, you'd better hope that nothing goes wrong with it.

When the Surface Laptop was introduced, Microsoft put a lot of emphasis on the design and how the use of metal, cloth, and glass all worked together to try and bring a unique experience.

The teardown was carried out by the stalwarts at iFixit who have dismantled numerous Surface devices in the past, and awarded all of them poor repairability scores.

Overall this new Surface Laptop is harder to fix than the Surface Book which scored a 1/10 rating thanks to the ability to replace the SSD. It's a glue-filled monstrosity.

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The verdict then regarding the Surface Laptop is that it can not be repaired without causing considerable damage to the notebook. "There is nothing about it that is upgradable or long-lasting, and it literally can't be opened without destroying it". The complexity of component placement leads iFixit to declare that the battery of this device can not be replaced at any cost unless one is okay with some internal part getting damaged in the process.

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

While numerous internal components are standard parts the teardown team has seen before, once the device is opened there's no way for all the king's horsemen and all the kings men to put Humpty together again.

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