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iFixIt: Microsoft’s Surface Laptop is Practically Impossible to Repair. Me: Take it to Computer Village.

iFixit gave a devastating verdict of Microsoft’s new Surface laptop. No, it didn’t get a 5 out of 10 repairability score, far from it. This time, iFixIt gave it a 0-out-of-10 repairability score (with 10 being easy to repair).

They stated that the Surface laptop “is not meant to be opened or repaired; you can’t get inside without inflicting a lot of damage.”

This is mainly due to the soldered plastic shell and the complete lack of screws. In their own words:

“If we could give it a -1 out of 10, we would. It’s a Russian nesting doll from hell with everything hidden under adhesive and plastic spot welds. It is physically impossible to non-destructively open this device.

“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.

Now, this is where my Computer village boys come in, many things that “cannot be opened” can be opened in computer village. All it takes is the right expertise and spare parts, expertise that some of these Computer village boys have in abundance. Just go to computer village and see these boys opening up iPhones/ MacBooks and then glueing the resulting mess back together in minutes.

Image credit: Victor Asemota for theGuardian

On a serious note, though, Microsoft is becoming more like Apple even when it comes to repairability.

Apple right now:

Yes, the Surface Laptop is no doubt a great laptop, but if it ever breaks, you are left with no choice but to take it directly to Microsoft.


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