Surface Pro flops in repairability test, says iFixit

Worst score ever for a tablet after a tear-down, says DIYer site, matches lousy score of Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina

By , Computerworld |  Mobile & Wireless, Microsoft, Surface Pro

Microsoft has hinted it will sell an external battery expansion pack, or a battery-powered keyboard, to alleviate the Pro's power limitations.

But the fixation with glue and what iFixit said was a "tad crazy" number of screws, pushed the repairability score of the Surface Pro to the minimum of just 1 out of 10.

Of course, some tablets have scored nearly as low: Apple's fourth-generation iPad garnered just 2 out of 10 last fall.

But Microsoft has pitched the Surface Pro as a dual threat, able to replace both an ultrabook-style PC and a tablet, positioning that makes the device's score all the more notable for matching the rating earned by Apple's Retina-equipped MacBook Pro, which iFixit last year called the "least-repairable laptop we've taken apart."

Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet turned out to be virtually non-repairable, said iFixit, which balked at the glue that held the display to the case.

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