iFixit: Microsoft Surface Laptop Gets a Zero on Repairability

Subject: Systems | June 18, 2017 - 08:52 PM |
Tagged: ifixit, recycling, microsoft, surface laptop

It’s no surprise that many devices have been sacrificing user-serviceability in favor of small, light, and fast. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see device manufacturers forego even the ability to recycle them when they’re done, even if their components are theoretically made out of recyclable materials. (It doesn’t matter if it’s mostly metal and glass if they’re all glued together in a way that takes forever to separate.)

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In this case, the new Microsoft Surface Laptop gets a big zero from iFixit. For context, the iPad 3, which stirred a bit of controversy a few years ago, scored a two out of ten. Two major points that they made against it are “You can’t get inside without inflicting a lot of damage” and “The battery is difficult and dangerous to replace”. Yikes.

To be clear, sacrificing user-serviceability isn’t necessarily a bad thing (although I’d argue that recyclable components should always be installed in a recyclable way). As long as the user is aware that they are trading-off the ability to fix or upgrade the thing they purchase, then they can make the value decision for themselves.

And now potential customers know.

Source: iFixit

June 19, 2017 | 04:56 AM - Posted by PixyMisa

I must not glue.
Glue is the repair killer.
Glue is the little-death that brings total unmaintainability.
I will face my glue.
I will permit it to gloop over me and through me.
And when it has sloshed past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the glue has gone there will be nothing. Only screws will remain.

June 19, 2017 | 12:50 PM - Posted by willmore

That was awesome.

The iFixit article said they would have given it a -1 if they could have. Damn.

June 19, 2017 | 11:52 PM - Posted by hagfish

We have found him! Truly, he is the Wisearse Hadalaugh!

June 19, 2017 | 07:44 AM - Posted by Gunbuster

So basically break the $10 Keyboard and it's $1000 to $2200 down the drain...

Shareholder value!!!

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