Microsoft surprised us all with the announcement of its new laptop, the Surface Book, featuring Intel’s latest Skylake technology and a custom made Nvidia discrete graphics chip. It really is a good-looking device, though its design comes at a cost, the Surface Book isn’t easy to repair at all, scoring an incredibly low 1 out of 10 on the iFixit repairability test.
To be fair, that is the same as a few of Apple’s current laptops, so it’s not like Microsoft is treading new territory here. However, it does make user repairs difficult, so should anyone experience any problems, they will likely need to take it to Microsoft to have it sorted.
The main problem appears to be the use of glue and soldering, requiring pieces to be heated up in order loosen the adhesive and to take bits apart. Some components are also mounted behind the main board, meaning heavy disassembly could be required in some cases. The SSD and the battery are replaceable, though you’ll have quite a journey before getting to them.
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KitGuru Says: The Surface Book is an impressive looking device but it looks like you won’t be able to make any repairs or upgrades without some professional assistance. Have any of you been thinking about grabbing the Surface Book? It seems like a good option for someone looking to get a hybrid device but still needs plenty of power.