Microsoft's Surface Pro X first began shipping earlier this week and it marks the company's return to building convertibles powered by Arm processors. The company first tiptoed into this arena with the Surface and Surface 2.
Today, however, the teardown experts at iFixit have gotten their inquisitive hands on the Surface Pro X and have given it a proper examination to determine its repairability. Given that the Surface Pro X features an all-new design compared to the Surface Pro family of convertibles, iFixit wasn't quite sure what to expect when it comes to gaining access to the internal components.
However, they were pleasantly surprised to find that both the SSD and SIM card are accessible via a trap door under the kickstand. And in what is a real breath of fresh air, the Surface Pro X's display can be easily removed with a suction tool -- there are no messy glues to get in your way of accessing what lurks beneath. Instead, there are adhesive foam pads that are easier to work with.
All of the screws inside are standard Torx, and components like the motherboard and battery are accessible without too much digging. The 45 Whr battery, however, is well-glued into place within the chassis. On a positive note; the USB-C pots are modular, so they can be replaced individually if they become damaged down the road.
Microsoft's Surface Pro X is priced from $999 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The top-end configuration will set you back $1,799 and includes 16GB of RAM along with a 512GB SSD. Early reviews have praised the sleek looks and lightweight design, but have harped on the fact that the its Microsoft SQ1 processor is incompatible with many apps and overall performance is a letdown compared to its x86-64 based competitors.