new Surface tablet gets 0/10 for fixability from iFixit
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RS Wood
2017-06-20 00:53:53 UTC
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From the «as disposable as a post-peak fidget spinner» department:
Title: You Can't Open the Microsoft Surface Laptop Without Literally Destroying It
Author: ***@slashdot.org
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:30:00 -0400
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Microsoft's latest
Surface Laptop may have earned glowing reviews from certain sections of the
tech press, but don't tell that to iFixit. The company, which provides repair
tools and manuals for popular gadgets like the iPhone and PlayStation, has
handed the Surface Laptop a score of 0 out of 10 in terms of user
repairability, stating definitively that the laptop "is not meant to be opened
or repaired; you can't get inside without inflicting a lot of damage." iFixit's
detailed teardown illustrates just how difficult it is to open the Surface. For
starters, there are no screws, proprietary or otherwise, on the outside of the
laptop. Instead, the laptop is literally welded together using a type of
"plastic soldering" that is rare to see 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.
"It's a Russian nesting doll from hell with everything hidden under adhesive
and plastic spot welds. It is physically impossible to nondestructively open
this device."

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Andy Burns
2017-06-20 06:11:43 UTC
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Post by RS Wood
Title: You Can't Open the Microsoft Surface Laptop Without Literally Destroying It
Why link to slashdot, linking to vice, linking to ifixit?