Monday, 19 June 2017 06:17

iFixit calls Surface Laptop 'glue-filled monstrosity'

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Microsoft's Surface Laptop has been described by the tech website iFixit as a "glue-filled monstrosity" that cannot be repaired.

iFixit is known for its taking apart of new devices and providing a score to indicate to what extent the device in question is repairable.

In its findings, the iFixit team said the laptop was not meant to be opened or repaired; "you can’t get inside without inflicting a lot of damage".

It also pointed out that the processor, memory and onboard storage were soldered to the motherboard, which meant that upgrades were impossible.

Another finding was that the headphone jack, while modular, could only be accessed by removing the heatsink, fan, display, and motherboard.

And, finally, iFixit said that the device had a limited lifespan as replacing the battery was both difficult and dangerous.

"There is nothing about it that is upgradable or long-lasting, and it literally can’t be opened without destroying it. (Show us the procedure, Microsoft, we’d love to be wrong.)," the team wrote.

iFixit is a private company that sells repair parts and publishes free wiki-like online repair guides for consumer electronics and gadgets on its web site.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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