Surface Pro knocked for low repairability by iFixit

The firm gives the Surface Pro a one out of 10 rating, noting that there is a high risk of destroying the tablet just by opening it.

Microsoft Surface Pro interior
iFixit beckons you to take a tour of the innards of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet. iFixit

Don't try to repair Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet yourself.

That's the advice from the folks at iFixit, which rated the Surface Pro a mere 1 on a 10-point scale of repairability, with 10 being the easiest to repair.

The firm found that there are more than 90 screws in the device, and that there was a high risk of cutting a crucial wire just by opening the tablet, potentially destroying it. Likewise, the display assembly is also extremely difficult to remove and replace. There's also a lot of adhesive used in the tablet.

"Unless you perform the opening procedure 100% correctly, chances are you'll shear one of the four cables surrounding the display perimeter," iFixit said.

If you manage to get the Surface Pro opened, the solid-state drive and the battery are both removable.

Surface Pro is Microsoft's attempt to bridge the PC and tablet worlds, and is a showcase for its Windows 8 operating system. The company is hoping big businesses will consider its tablet, which can run legacy Windows programs, over the Apple's iPad, which recently got a 128GB version to better compete in the enterprise segment.

iFixit's teardown of the Surface Pro Screenshot taken by Roger Cheng/CNET

Read the full CNET Review

Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro (64GB)

The Bottom Line: The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holding out for a future, more polished generation of the device. / Read full review

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Roger Cheng is the executive editor in charge of breaking news for CNET News. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade. He's a devoted Trojan alum and Los Angeles Lakers fan.



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