Microsoft's latest Surface tablet won't be easy to repair.
The adventurous bunch at iFixit found the Surface 2 pretty much impossible to delve into if a user doesn't know what they're doing. It's so bad that Microsoft's latest tablet scored just 1 out of 10 in repairability - just like its predecessor.
To get started, iFixit had to use a heater and picks to unmount the display assembly, which consists of a fused glass panel and LCD, and "is extremely difficult to remove and replace".
The opening procedure doesn't leave any room for mistakes, iFixit notes: "One slip-up, and you'll likely shear one of the four ribbon cables in the edge of the display. Tons of adhesive hold everything in place, including the display and battery." The 90 screens found on the tablet make for an interesting experience when tearing it down, leaving danger anywhere within the tablet.
Once inside, the teardown didn't reveal anything too earth shattering. There is an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 128GB SK Hynix SSD drive, and 4GB of RAM. We've rounded up a few key images in the gallery to show the inside of the Surface 2.
Compared to the iPad 4 (the iPad Air hasn't received teardown treatment yet), the Surface 2 lost by one point. iPad 4 repairability score ranked a 2 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). The takeaway? Tablets are really difficult to get into and mess around with.
Luckily, Microsoft offers a warranty on hardware and covered accessories for one year from the date of purchase.