Serial disassembler of hardware iFixit has manage to get its hands on a Surface Studio and performed the usual surgery. The ensuing revelations show that Microsoft’s first all-in-one computer is nearly impossible to upgrade, with only the storage components even being remotely removable.
Most of the hardware of the Surface Studio is soldered to the custom motherboard, and is hidden behind a midframe. Interestingly, the SSD uses a standard M.2 connection; while the HDD is a regular 2.5-inch SATA II spinning disk. In other words, these components can be changed without professional equipment. Even if getting to them will require some work.
The display portion of the Surface Studio also reveals several surprises by being packed with even more hardware – complete with its own ARM processor. Potential customers will be glad to note that the screen itself is easy to remove and looks like it shouldn’t be a problem to fix.
Overall, the Surface Studio is about as repairable as the iMac. We’re not sure if this is a bad thing, but it certainly looks good for Microsoft’s first attempt at a desktop computer. If anything, this shows that the company has a good idea of which components its customers will most likely want to save in the event that the machine expires.