The Surface teardown revealed a tamper-evident label that breaks apart upon removal (Photo: iFixit)
At the close of the teardown, iFixit awarded the Surface "a below-average 4 out of 10 repairability score" (Photo: iFixit)
The iFixit teardown team recently paid some attention to Microsoft's Surface tablet, and rated it quite difficult to self-repair... but not as tough as the iPad
The Surface's overall fixability is closer to the near-impossible-to-open iPad than it is to the spudger-friendly Android tablets (Photo: iFixit)
There was a time not so long ago when updating, upgrading, repairing or otherwise tweaking your computer system was relatively tinkerer-friendly. Those halcyon days that helped fuel my drive toward a career as a computer engineer are now all-but over, and getting to the heart of today's ultra-thin notebooks and tablets calls for equal measures of cerebral athletics, manual dexterity and plain old luck. Happily, the folks over at iFixit are demystifying much of today's consumer electronic gadgets by ripping them apart, showing exactly what they're made of, and rating them for user repairability. Microsoft's new Surface tablet was recently given the teardown treatment and found to be quite a tough nut to crack ... but not quite as challenging as the iPad.
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