Restore web site iFixIt is back with a new teardown, and regardless of the beneficial properties Microsoft made with the Surface Pro X and Surface Laptop 3, this time issues aren’t in favor of the Redmond big. In its newest teardown, iFixit offers the Surface Duo a rating of 2/10.
In accordance to a press release from the restore web site, this rating means Surface Duo is not one thing “that is meant to be repaired, maybe not even by Microsoft.” Components within the rating embody very straightforward to slice cables, sticky glue traps, and the pains of changing the battery.
iFixit’s solely excessive was the shows and the again covers having the ability to be changed with out disassembling different parts. Sadly, although, the batteries being glued, and the USB-C port being soldered contributed to the low rating. Different points embody unusual tri-point screws, OLED panels not being protected against unintentional prying, and the cussed glue in any respect entry factors.
Another attention-grabbing factors within the detailed teardown reveal the Duo’s left battery resembling a mini iPad, and the precise half being full with a lot of circuitry. There’s additionally the multi-strand interconnected cables, too, that are routed by means of the hinges. Lastly, there’s an attention-grabbing bit in regards to the Duo’s geared hinges which iFixIt calls a “pretty simple hinge design compared to some of the other options we’ve seen.”
Certainly, it seems to be as if for those who’re shopping for a Duo, there’s no probability that you simply’ll be ready to restore it by yourself if one thing goes fallacious. The Duo may not be the “glued-filled monstrosity” that iFixit deemed the unique Surface Laptop computer to be, nevertheless it nonetheless doesn’t appear to be one thing that’s straightforward for your self or restore retailers to exchange. It’s best to as an alternative contemplate investing within the $200 Microsoft Full Safety Plan at checkout, which covers unintentional harm.