Microsoft’s Surface devices aren’t known for their repairability. In the past, Surface devices have been incredibly hard to repair or upgrade, though that has changed with Microsoft’s latest line of Surface devices.
The Surface Laptop 3, for example, was significantly more repairable than before, getting a repairability score of 5 out of 10. And Microsoft’s newest Surface device, the Surface Pro X, beats that with a slightly better repairability.
As usual, the folks at iFixit tore down the latest Surface Pro X, and they found the SSD to be really easy to upgrade, as Microsoft had promised. It’s also easy to open up the screws around the device, and many of the components on the device are modular and can be replaced independently.
The display of the Pro X is still a little harder to remove and replace, but it’s a necessary step for almost all repairs. And the only major down point of the Pro X hardware design is how the battery is firmly glued in place, making it significantly harder to replace.
Still, the Surface Pro X received a repairability score of 6 out of 10, which is higher than any other Surface ever. And if that wasn’t enough, the Surface Pro X’s repairability score also beats that of Apple’s iPads which is a major win for Microsoft.