iFixit has been tearing down Microsoft’s current generation of recently announced Surface hardware, and after awarding the Surface Pro 6 only one point, they went one step further and awarded the Surface Laptop 2 a round 0 points.
The score is based on the following issues:
- Opening the device is still destructive, inhibiting any repairs
- Modular components like the headphone jack are not easily accessible.
- The CPU, RAM and onboard storage are still soldered to the motherboard
- The battery is difficult to access and is severely glued in place.
Many of these issues could be forgiven if the device was super-thin and light, but that is not the Surface Laptop’s selling point. In addition, given the Surface range’s reliability issues, this means out of warranty repairs will always be super-expensive, making the relatively expensive devices almost disposable by design.
See iFixit’s video teardown below.