Saturday June 17, 2017

You Can’t Open the Microsoft Surface Laptop without Literally Destroying It

While Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop is beautifully designed and crafted, it cannot be opened without severe damage: iFixit has published their teardown and given the computer a 0 out of 10 in terms of repairability. Calling it a "Russian nesting doll from hell," the team found that the laptop has no screws on the outside and is welded together using a type of "plastic soldering" rarely found in consumer electronics.

Anyone hoping to get inside the "beautifully designed and crafted" computer will have to pry it open with a knife or dedicated pick in order to defeat Microsoft's plastic welding. Whether or not it's actually worth going through the trouble of defeating said welding is another matter, given that the "glue-filled monstrosity," as iFixit dubs the laptop, has none of the user-upgradeable parts you'd want to see in a PC, like memory or storage. "It literally can't be opened without destroying it," the repair company concludes. "If we could give it a -1 out of 10, we would," iFixit said in an emailed statement on Friday.

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