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!