Microsoft Surface

Cracking Open the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT teardown

With its built-in kickstand, keyboard cover, and Windows 8 OS, Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT is definitely a unique tablet. But, that's just on the outside. What about on the inside? In this Cracking Open gallery, I take you inside the Surface for a look at the hardware that runs Microsoft's tablet.

For a detailed analysis of the teardown, check out my article and video, Microsoft Surface built solid, but design lacks polish.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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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...

9 comments
surfins
surfins

Thanks for sharing what we should know, as they play with our future computing ways, while we are expecting WISER more CAPABLE machines that can think and sing as well as talk and listen, better then these toys makers = see USCIIIIII CODE solution for merging Human Mind with Universal Electronic Brain

rocky.middleton
rocky.middleton

WHY? If you support these devices you do not want users taking them apart. I just see no value in showing people how to take tablets or phones apart.

prbennett
prbennett

I gave up after two slides of full-page slow refreshes - who's got time for this?? There's gotta be a better way to do a slider than the way you're doing it nah mean?

mike
mike

This may be used for the 'key clicks' so that you know when a keyboard touchpad is pressed as the keys themselves don't move.

kirk_augustin
kirk_augustin

Personally I hate touch screens, and prefer a mouse and keyboard because it is more precise, faster, and keeps the screen much cleaner. Ever try to get peanut butter off a touch screen? The question is what happens if I want to use a surface to remote desktop to my home computer running Win8?

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

TR is a Resource for IT Professionals and as such every Article/Blog or whatever you want to call it is aimed directly at IT Professionals not members of the General Public. As People who are tasked with supporting this hardware at the very least IT Pros should have some basic idea of what's inside the thing how fragile it is and what's likely to break. So you could either pull this stuff apart yourself and run the risk of breaking it and most likely Peeving off the CEO when you break his new toy or let someone else do it and look at the results. Being one of those who has to pay for what they break The Cracking Open Series I find helpful. Of course not everyone will but then I suspect those who don't find them useful are not professionals to begin with and are just playing here. ;) Col

tcristiano
tcristiano

I for one am glad you continue this series of slides/videos, always updating your readers with new (and sometimes not-so-new) “equipment crackdown”. I have learned a lot from this series and always look forward to expand my knowledge via your website. Please, accept my hearth felt thank you for your work.

mckinnej
mckinnej

With our pitiful bandwidth, videos are slideshows too. :(