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iFixit hands out provisional 8 out of 10 for hardware designed with repairs in mind


Microsoft has received a thumbs-up from iFixit, with a provisional 8 out of 10 for repairability on its latest Surface Pro and Laptop devices.

Despite some issues with software recovery, the devices have been built for hardware repairability.

It is quite the turnaround from the days of the first iteration of the Surface Laptop, in which the iFixit team was forced to use a scalpel to get into the device. "This is definitely not going back together without a roll of duct tape," the team observed during the 2017 teardown.

In comparison, the team described Microsoft's latest laptop as "an astonishingly repair friendly device."

Where once there might have been glue or fragile clips, there are now screws and even QR codes linking to the service manuals (made available on release day, according to iFixit).

Stripping the device is a breeze, assuming the correct tools are used. Microsoft has ...


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