This year, Microsoft launched three new Surface devices; Surface Laptop, Surface Pro, and Surface Book 2. It’s nearly impossible to tear down the all-new Surface devices, according to iFixit, a popular company known for their “teardowns” of consumer devices.
iFixit recently published a list of worst devices (in terms of repairability) that includes some of the Microsoft’s Surface devices of this year, including the brand-new Surface Book 2.
Microsoft Surface Laptop gets repairability score of 0
Surface Laptop is also nearly impossible to repair as “it’s a glue-filled monstrosity”. Any attempt to open the device might cause damages to the internal components, for example, you need to peel the Alcantara fabric, to open the Surface Laptop.
iFixit says that it took nearly 10 steps to find the battery and to remove it, you’ll also need to remove the other components. “The Surface Laptop is not a laptop. It’s a glue-filled monstrosity. There is nothing about it that is upgradable or long-lasting, and it literally can’t be opened without destroying it,” iFixit explains.
Similarly, it’s quite a nightmare to repair Surface Book 2 just like the Surface Laptop, as both devices are designed for stability. In terms of repairability, iFixit awarded just one point to Surface Book 2. If you’re a skilled engineer, then only you can open or repair the devices.
“This is the Microsoft Surface Book 2, and just like every Surface device we’ve done a teardown on this year it scored horribly on our repairability scale. How bad did it do? We gave it a 1 out of 10, which to be honest is at least a little better than the Surface laptop which got a zero but still,” iFixit explains.
It’s worth noting that you should never try opening the Surface devices for upgrades unless you are a very skilled engineer.