Microsoft Surface Pro 2 repairability marred by gobs of adhesive and over 90 screws
Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 2 tablet has scored the worst possible repairability score from teardown specialist iFixit just as the original Surface Pro did when it was released earlier this year. The team found that some key components like the battery and solid state drive can be replaced but not without first risking damage to the device simply by opening it.
iFixit described the process of gaining access to the internals as delicate and arduous. True enough, one mis-step and you’ll likely shear one of the four ribbon cables along the edge of the display. What’s more, there’s a healthy helping of adhesive that helps to hold the display (and battery) in place and if you make it that far, be prepared to deal with over 90 screws in varying sizes.
With the perimeter breached, you’ll find Intel’s Haswell Core i5 processor, 4GB of SK Hynix RAM and anywhere between 64GB to 512GB of flash storage (also from SK Hynix) depending on which configuration you purchased. Other standard equipment includes two 720p HD cameras, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (sorry, no AC), Bluetooth 4.0 low energy, a USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort and a microSDXC card reader.
iFixit notes the cooling system on the new slate is the same as the one found on the original. Software is used to reduce the frequency at which the fan operates, however, to minimize power usage and cut down on noise – luxuries afforded by the more efficient fourth generation Intel CPU.
Ultimately, iFixit awards the Surface Pro 2 a repairability score of 1 out of 10 (10 being the easiest to repair). Both the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are available as of writing with the former starting at $449 and the latter commanding $899 to get started.
The Surface Pro 2 is the follow up of last year’s Surface tablet from Microsoft. The Surface Pro 2 is powered by an Intel Haswell processor and comes in different versions, 64GB and 128GB of storage with 4GB of RAM, as well as 256GB and 512GB editions with 8GB of RAM. Last but not least, the Surface Pro 2 sports USB 3.0 and a mini DisplayPort.
The Surface 2 is the follow up of last year’s Surface tablet from Microsoft. The Surface 2 is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and comes in two versions versions, 32GB and 64GB of storage with 2GB of RAM. Last but not least, the Surface 2 packs USB 3.0 and HD video out.
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 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.
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