Cracking Open the Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft Surface Pro Teardown

When Microsoft built the Surface Pro, they packed the power of an ultrabook in the body of a tablet. Unfortunately, they also made the device nearly impossible for an end-user or even an in-house tech to service and repair.

For a detailed analysis of the teardown, check out my article and video, Difficult-to-repair Surface Pro built more like an ultrabook than a tablet.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...


Clearly designed and built by a committee of software experts.

I left my iPad on top of my car, it flew off at 40mph. I hit the brakes and it slid past me. I picked it up, ordered new glass and I am still using it today. I was amazed at how little was actually inside the unit and how much of a beating it could take. There really is nothing to break inside. I don't think the surface would have fared so well, judging from what I see in the picture.


My boss dropped his 2-day-old Surface on a carpeted floor from about 2 feet and the glass shattered. It's off for repair as I type.