You won’t be able to repair a Microsoft Surface Laptop without destroying it

Posted:  June 20, 2017   By:    8 comments   

The Microsoft Surface Laptop is a beautiful piece of engineering. Many are saying that it’s probably the best built Windows laptop to date. Paired with its sleek lines and minimalist design, the Surface Laptop will certainly turn heads when you whip it out in your local Starbucks (especially that burgundy one).

But the problem with precision machining and having everything sealed away is often that these devices are difficult to repair, even by professionals, let alone in a DIY setting. In fact, according to iFixit, it’s impossible to repair without completely destroying it.

Ouch. Here’s what iFixit’s official verdict is from their teardown post:

Verdict: The Surface Laptop is not a laptop. It’s a glue-filled monstrosity. There is nothing about it that is upgradable or long-lasting, and it literally can’t be opened without destroying it. (Show us the procedure, Microsoft, we’d love to be wrong.)

Usually, the things you would often want to upgrade or replace on a laptop are simple things like the RAM, storage and the battery. In the Surface Laptop, not only is it impossible to get into the laptop — thanks to that Alcantara cover — the RAM and storage is soldered on while the battery is permanently glued to the bottom of the laptop panel.

I don’t think you need me to tell you that a laptop’s battery is a component that does not age well.

I suppose the Surface Laptop does deserve the iFixit score of 0, putting them on par with Apple’s AirPods. Even the new 12-inch Retina MacBook and MacBook Pros managed to eek out a score of 1. In fact, iFixit states on their Facebook page that if they could give the Surface Laptop a score of -1, they would. Double ouch!

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8 Comments for You won’t be able to repair a Microsoft Surface Laptop without destroying it


instead of hot air blower, why not iron?


More reason not to buy hardware from Microsoft.


    I don't see how iFixit is a benchmark for determining if a product is good quality and performs well. I don't think any media outlet has an overall negative review of the new Surface Laptop or Surface Pro. These seem like quality devices and are an improvement over the already awesome Surface Pro 4.

    If it's broken.. send it to the service centre? Dur?


      People talk about repair not performance. Ifixit are experts in repair. Microsoft is genius. Since no repair required can save cost in making service centre and hire repair staff. Pakai buang.


        pakai buang should sell at cheaper price below RM500


        Getting high end android phone Galaxy , pakai buang. Low end like Asus , also pakai buang.
        What else is not pakai buang ?

        It’s so hard nowadays even for asking people to use recyclable things like bags , people prefers disposable plastic wares. So don’t should about repairability and reusability.

        Environmental defects is a harder price to pay.


      maybe ur the one of the few still supporting Microsoft.
      their product aint selling no more dur???
      "These seem like quality devices and are an improvement over the already awesome Surface Pro 4."…..
      ur sure brah???
      there are so many Windows product out there better than Microsoft!
      this Surface lappie is so ever pricey and can only use apps from Microsoft only.
      u still gotta upgrade to Windows 10 after purchasing!
      hassle like hell!!!
      u gotta be kidding.


I bought surface pro 2017 less than a year and now it got backlight bleed and lcd pane pop up on the left edge.
Premium price but quality was poor. I also bought microsoft bluetooth mouse and also only last less than 6 months. I will never buy any Microsoft hardware any more.