Surface Laptop 3: Finally An Easy To Open Laptop From Microsoft


Being a MacBook user for a long time I never quite liked Windows laptops as they had sloppier trackpads and sub-par displays. However, this changed last year. When I reviewed the Surface Book 2 I instantly fell in love with it and till date, it is my favorite Windows-powered laptop.

Surface Laptop 3: Finally An Easy To Open Laptop From Microsoft


One thing that stopped me from getting a Surface Laptop 2 is how difficult it is to repair or upgrade the internals. In fact, the company does not have a repair program, where users can replace a faulty device with a new one by collecting a certain amount.

The company recently launched a successor to the Surface Laptop 2 -- the Surface Laptop 3 and claimed to be a more repair friendly machine compared to its predecessors.

To open a previous generation Surface Laptop one has to use a lot of heat and other tools as the case with the keyboard is covered with a lot of adhesive and removing it would be a complete disaster and the repair guide site iFixit scored it zero out of ten in terms of reparability.

This Changes With the Surface Laptop 3

It looks like Microsoft has taken some design lessons from Apple as removing the top cover of the Surface Laptop 3 is a pretty straight forward process. Unscrew the four Torx Plus screws and lift the panel (which is held by strong magnets for added protection).

Though it is easy to get inside the device the Surface Laptop 3 has a soldered CPU and memory which makes it impossible to upgrade or replace. However, the M.2 2230 SSD can be easily upgraded. Just like the previous generation model the battery is glued to the chassis and can be pried open using some professional tools.

A Step In The Right Direction

Just like any electronic item, a laptop usually gets slower with time. A laptop that gives access to its internals is always recommended over a machine that is completely shut where users can make necessary upgrades in the future.


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