There are some compelling reasons to buy the Surface Pro, but reparability isn't one of them according to iFixit. As is customary, the site greeted Microsoft's new Windows 8 hybrid with a scalpel to provide users with a disassembly guide, but you'll have to navigate a disorienting funhouse of engineering if you want to get inside your device.
The breakdown starts simple enough: you remove two screws from the Surface Pro's kickstand. That, however, is about as far as most folks will make it. The next step calls for you to separate the tablet's screen and body, which are adjoined by a "metric duckload" of adhesive that stood up to most of iFixit's methods, including cutting it.
The site eventually pried the system apart with liberal use of a heat gun and a guitar pick, and doing so revealed a thick layer of tar-like glue around the Surface Pro's perimeter. From there, iFixit removed 23 screws that secured the plastic bezel and then another 29 screws fastening two metal plates on either side of the opened machine.
At this point, most of the Surface Pro's internals can be undone or popped loose, but care is obviously still required. The site also notes that even you if get past the display's adhesive, you'll probably shear one of the four cables around the edge of the device if you don't perform removal the process perfectly.
On the bright side, iFixit praised certain aspects of the Surface Pro. Despite the tablet's poor run time, the site said it's packing "the Cadillac of batteries" -- a 5676mAh 7.4V LG Escalade, which also happens to be locked down by a ton of adhesive, but iFixit notes that at least it isn't soldered to anything.
The Microsoft Surface RT offers the flexibility of a Windows 8-based tablet as well as an ultrabook-like computer. The Surface RT is powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra processor, 2GB of memory, a 1,366x768 wide-screen display, and Windows RT. Other features include a USB 2.0 port, HDMI-out, and a vapor-deposited magnesium chassis.
The Microsoft Surface Pro offers the flexibility of a Windows 8-based tablet as well as an ultrabook-like computer. The Surface Pro is powered by a Core i5 with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0, and a miniDisplayPort. It also comes with a pressure-sensitive stylus with palm-rejection technology that magnetically clips to the charging port, and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display instead of the 1366 x 768 variety on the ARM-based model.
The Yoga 13 features a third generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and a 128GB solid state drive. True to its name, the Yoga 13 utilizes a 13.3-inch HD+ LED Multitouch display operating at 1,600 x 900 resolution.
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