Surface Pro X is more repairable than any iPad, according to iFixit
The Surface Pro X is easier to repair than previous Surface devices, as well as most other tablets on the market.
What you need to know
- iFixit's team opened up the Surface Pro X to see how easy it is to repair.
- The SSD is now removable with a standard tool, and many components are modular.
- iFixit found the Surface Pro X to be "one of the most repairable tablets" they've seen lately.
Traditionally, Surface devices are famously difficult to repair. That trend started to change with the Surface Laptop 3's improved repairability score, and continues with the Surface Pro X. iFixit gave the Surface Pro X a repairability score of six out of ten, a dramatic improvement over previous Surface devices. iFixit's complete teardown includes steps to open the device and a detailed breakdown of components.
The main takeaway from iFixit's teardown is that the Surface Pro X is dramatically easier to repair than not just previous Surface devices but than most other tablets. iFixit states in their teardown, "We never thought we'd get into a Surface Pro this easily." With the Surface Laptop 3 being easier to repair, and the improvements of the Surface Pro X's repairability, the iFixit team seems impressed, stating
iFixit highlights a few points that make the Surface Pro X easier to repair than other tablets.
All these improvements to the Surface line don't mean that the device is perfect when it comes to repairability. After all, it did earn a six out of ten, but iFixit's teardown shows that Microsoft cares about repairability. Specifically, the Surface Pro X's battery is firmly glued down, and some cables are difficult to maneuver around.
The replaceable SSD, which only requires a T3 driver and foam adhesive that holds the display down, are the highlights of a Surface device that shows a marked improvement in repairability.
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Between its impressive USB-C ports, quality display, SQ1 processor, and its wealth of RAM and storage, the Microsoft Surface Pro X is a refresh to Microsoft's Surface Pro line.
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