Microsoft's Surface Pro X Is the Most Repairable Surface Ever

Joanna Estrada
November 9, 2019

Microsoft's Surface devices have long received awful repairability scores from iFixit, so the fact that the new Surface Pro X have received a 6/10 is definitely a step in the right direction.

IFixit's teardown review also notes while the components are modular and are easily replaced independently, nearly all repairs require the display to be removed to access the internals. And Microsoft's newest Surface device, the Surface Pro X, beats that with a slightly better repairability. The 13-inch tablet comes with a custom Microsoft version of Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor, the SQ1 Arm chip.

The Surface Laptop 3, for example, was significantly more repairable than before, getting a repairability score of 5 out of 10. CNET senior editor Dan Ackerman said the Surface Pro X is "spot on" in terms of physical design, but the hardware specs and confusing price structure make an ideal device for only a small subset of tablet buyers.

The display is held down with foam adhesive that doesn't require heat or solvents to remove, which is a first for tablets according to iFixit. The battery is still glued down in place and requires a lot of disassembly to reach, and there are a number of delicate ribbon cables that can be torn or broken. Because according to fix specialists at iFixit, Microsoft has upped its repairability game dramatically. Update, Nov. 8: Adds more details about the Surface Pro X.

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