Microsoft’s Surface Laptop may look like an amazing piece of machinery, but it turns out that the device is a nightmare to repair or upgrade. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a way to put the Surface Laptop back together after pulling it apart.
The iFixit team has discovered that there doesn’t seem to be many screws holding the Surface Laptop together. Instead, it’s a mess of glue and weak ultrasonic welds. Essentially preventing the machine from being put back together without the use of industrial grade equipment.
This translates into a device that cannot be easily repaired, if it can be repaired at all. Nothing goes back in the same way as it comes out, and it would be a nightmare to weld and glue the components back in place. Making matters worse is the fact that all the components are soldered to the motherboard; including the SSD.
Microsoft clearly does not intend for the Surface Laptop to be serviceable, and is likely looking to get people to buy replacements the moment it stops working. Cloud storage of files is probably the safest bet when using this computer, since there’s little chance of recovering data in the event something happens.