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iFixit calls Surface Laptop 'glue-filled monstrosity'

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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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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