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Microsoft’s new Surface Pro is much more repairable

Surface devices, amazing as they are, have always been notorious for being unnecessarily difficult to repair. Fortunately, if you were looking to buy a Surface Pro 9, you’ll be happy to hear that repairs are a little easier compared to Microsoft’s previous tablets.

iFixit released a teardown of the Surface Pro 9, and the company was happy to report that the new model is much more repairable than other Surface devices in the past. The older Surface Pro 7 in particular received a 1 out of 10 rating from the site, the lowest possible rating iFixit can give. However, the new model scored a much better 7 out of 10, indicating a massive leap in repairability, although some things could probably be done better.

Disassembling the unit is much easier than previous years. For an SSD upgrade, just lift a small magnetic flap from the body of the device. For further upgrades/repairs, you have to take it apart, which is much easier this time – the edges of the screen are much easier to pry off to prevent breakage during disassembly.

Once inside, the internal layout is also significantly improved. While the RAM is soldered, everything is modular, including the battery – which is no longer glued but held in place by screws. Microsoft has also promised that official parts and manuals will be available, and we can expect them to be released in 2023.

All in all, this seems like a big improvement over previous models. This is an important factor as self-repair is becoming more popular – the easier a device is to repair, the longer it can last, saving you more money in the long run.

Source: iFixit

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