Surface Pro 6 teardown reveals the hybrid is hiding a terrible secret

The Surface Pro 6 has been released and that means it’s time for the inevitable – a teardown of Microsoft’s new hybrid. Here’s how it fares under the hammer. 

Noted gadget-smashers iFixit have turned their destructive hands to the Surface Pro 6, and it’s not good news for the latest Microsoft 2-in-1, with the device scoring a measly 1/10 for repairability.

In particular, the site reveals that a “near total disassembly” of the Surface Pro 6 is needed for proper work to be carried out on it, as key components like the display and the battery are glued into the device. Storage isn’t removable either, which isn’t a plus point.

This also means that customising it is nigh on impossible, so you can bin your DIY processor upgrade plans, with iFixit ultimately deeming the Surface Pro 6 “as un-upgradable and un-repairable as ever.”

The damning verdict is due, at least partly, to the poor performance of Microsoft hardware as a whole: the Surface Go also scooped a lowly 1/10 repairability score, while the original Surface Laptop managed to go one better and notch a 0/10 rating.

However, as grim reading as this is, it’s worth noting that a number of other top products fare just as badly when put to the teardown test – including Apple’s rival iPad tablets.

This is because 2-in-1 devices (which the iPad Pro could also be classed as) aren’t really designed with complex modifications in mind, but rather as a straight-out-the-box computing solution to handle most of your work-play needs with minimal hassle.

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Still, if you fancy yourself as a bit of tweaker, or frequently like to drop your devices down multiple flights of stairs, it’s worth knowing about before you buy your next hybrid.

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