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Surface Laptop Studio internals shown off in Microsoft repair video

Surface Laptop Studio Repair
Surface Laptop Studio Repair (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft recently shared a repair video for the Surface Laptop Studio.
  • The video shows how to take the device apart to swap out components.
  • It also serves as a close-up look at the internals of Microsoft's convertible PC.

Microsoft's Surface YouTube channel recently shared a repair video for the Surface Laptop Studio. In the video, Colin Ravenscroft, a senior DFX engineer at the Design for Repair team at Microsoft, walks through the process of taking apart the laptop. He highlights that the device can be taken apart with only a spudger, a pair of tweezers, and two Torx screwdrivers.

The guide also provides a close-up look at the inside of the device. Microsoft's Surface Laptop Studio is a unique convertible PC. It features a display that can be repositioned into various postures, allowing users to interact with the device in different ways. The form factor of the Laptop Studio allows it to be opened up and repaired more like a traditional laptop, at least when compared to something like the Surface Book.

When Microsoft moved away from the detachable design of the Surface Book, it came with some added benefits, such as being able to create a more powerful PC. When shifting to a new form factor, Microsoft also managed to make the PC a bit more repairable. While opening the Surface Laptop Studio isn't simple, it is possible if you have the tools and a guide.

Around the 2:40 mark of the video, Ravenscroft takes the plate off the bottom of the Laptop Studio. He then removes the device's display, Surface Connect port, SSD, and other components.

The repairability of the Surface Laptop Studio is a stark contrast to older Surface devices. The Surface Laptop 5 was dubbed a "glue-filled monstrosity" by iFixit. Microsoft has changed since the release of that device and has teamed up with iFixit to have repair tools for the Surface lineup.

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3 Comments
  • This is indeed a major improvement compared to most Surface devices. Well older Surface Laptop that had magnetic mechanism to open were great, but sadly the latest Laptop 5 is again worst of all. Surface Laptop Studio though at least is easier to get inside, there is still frustrating issues with the design. First is that "cosmetic tape" being really a bad design regarding repairability/accessibility to the inside of the machine. This can be easily broken and isn't easy to re-apply if at all, unless super careful. It seems like we need to re-apply adhesives for that tape and the laptop feet if user wish to still nice-looking laptop. Good thing it is now mostly held up by screws and not the glue, this is a huge improvement. Hopefully they can reduce it a bit in the future as an improvement. So many challenges to design this laptop so it is understandable how it came to be. I wish it is possible to still have replicable RAM sticks. Since comparable 14 inch HP EliteBook 840 which is around 1.78 cm still have those things replacable, which is slightly thinner than Surface Laptop Studio which sits around 1.8 cm thickness.
  • What do you mean "lastest Laptop 5"? This device wasn't even released yet and it should be at least as good as Laptop 3&4. There is a typo in article stating Laptop 5 instead of the original Laptop 1.
  • How can iFixit comment on the incoming Surface Laptop 5? It has not been released or fully leaked in terms of parameters and form. The link in the article points to a teardown of the original Surface Laptop. Correct me if I am wrong.