iFixit Compares Microsoft Surface RT Repair to Getting In Fort Knox

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Microsoft’s latest tablet may be handicapped with the Windows 8 RT, but it’s still yet to be known what will happen on the device once it breaks. Will it land on a repair shop or a landfill? To answer that question, repair website iFixit has delved deeper inside the Surface RT, looking at the device’s parts and whether it is easy to repair.

Breaking the Warranty

Similar with Apple’s iPad, it would take some time and skill to tear down the Surface RT. Obviously, getting into the device is not encouraged.

Its camera cover hides seven Torx screws on top of another 10 that is placed throughout the tablet. After that, users will need to break the “Surface” tamper-evident seal to get inside. This means that repairing the device on your own would mean bye, bye warranty!

Modular Components

Although it is difficult to get inside the Surface RT, its 7.4 V 31.5 Wh battery is easy to remove compared to the one that’s powering the iPad. It is glued with a spudger, and it will only require a couple of minutes to take it out.

In case the tablet’s speakers die out, it is good to know the component is also modular. Just a little prying is needed, and it can already make the device soundless after it has been removed.

There are also other components that can be taken out easily such as headphone jack and volume buttons. The same thing goes with the front and rear-facing cameras, although the motherboard and plastic bezel that pins it down is removed.

Don’t Break the Screen

There’s a big chance that it is the tablet screen that would always need repair. In the case of Surface RT, its LCD and glass pane are fused together, which makes separate repairs of each component impossible. Not to mention that it will be expensive.

Even if a user is okay with the price and want to go ahead with the screen replacement, a heat gun and lots of patience is required. This only means that users must take very good care of their tablet’s screen.


After getting into the guts of Microsoft Surface RT, iFixit concludes that the device is difficult to tear down. In fact, the repair site ranks it next to Fort Knox for being a pain to disassemble. But once inside, users will find a number of approachable repair opportunities.

However, the device’s LCD and glass pane cost a hefty price to replace  in case the user isn’t careful with it.

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