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2017 Surface Pro least repairable ever; Surface Laptop is made of glue

Enlarge / The only way into the Surface Laptop is through the fabric. There's no going back. (credit: iFixit)

While it's not a big surprise given the size and general trends when building these things, Microsoft's new Surface Laptop does not appear to be even remotely repairable, and the new Surface Pro isn't much better, according to iFixit.

iFixit's pictures, as ever, give a great look at the insides of the two machines. The Laptop has no external screws at all; to get into the system, iFixit had to peel off the glued-down fabric keyboard surround, an operation that obviously can't be undone, producing a machine that offers essentially no serviceability whatsoever. With the keyboard surround removed, the system reveals its internals, with components taped, soldered, or otherwise permanently affixed in place. Given how destructive one has to be to open the machine in the first place, perhaps that's not a big deal.

The Surface Pro teardown shows that while the work Microsoft has done to the Surface Pro on the outside is very incremental (it's a honed version of the Surface Pro 4), the interior work has been more substantial. The batteries are bigger (45Wh, compared to 38.2Wh in the Pro 4), and a giant spidery heatsink distributes the processor's heat across the back of the entire machine. This beefed-up passive cooling is how Microsoft has managed to make the Core i5 version of the Pro fanless; the Pro 4 had a fanless version, too, but that required the use of a low-power Y-series processor.

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Surface Pro review: Incremental improvement isn’t enough

Enlarge / Surface Pro with a Cobalt Blue Type Cover.

Every new Surface Pro has been the best Surface Pro yet. The new fifth-generation Surface Pro—unnumbered, Microsoft having dropped numeric suffixes—continues that trend. It is as good as or better than its predecessor, the Surface Pro 4, in every way.

And yet, the new machine strikes me as unambitious in a way that older models weren't.

The 2017 Surface Pro is an extremely incremental update. What was once a Skylake processor is now a Kaby Lake chip, which brings a healthy improvement in battery life and additional GPU features such as accelerated 4K HEVC video decoding. Overall, the new Surface Pro runs a bit faster and lasts longer away from the wall socket. The screen size and resolution remain the same (a beautiful 12.3" display with a strange 2736×1824 resolution), pen latency is lower, and parallax error seems improved. The pen itself is better.

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The Surface Laptop makes the new Surface Pro mostly a nonstarter

 It’s been a week with the new Pro — Microsoft’s part-tablet/part-laptop hybrid machine —  and I already find myself looking longingly at the Surface Laptop. It’s not that the latest Surface Pro isn’t a good and capable machine (it is), it’s just that, well, the Laptop is much better for my needs — and, I’m sure, the needs of most… Read More

Surface Pro will get a USB Type-C dongle to connect to your dongles

Enlarge / The new Surface Pro looks very similar to the Pro 4 and Pro 3. (credit: Microsoft)

The new Kaby Lake-equipped Surface Pro is an incremental update on the Surface Pro 4. It has Intel's latest processor and a healthy improvement to battery life, but it doesn't include USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

But Type-C connectivity may be coming later in the year. Panos Panay, vice president of Surface, told the Verge that the company was working on a dongle for the Surface Pro and the Surface Laptop to add Type-C connectivity. The dongle will connect to the Surface Connect port—the magnetic port used to connect to the charger and to the Surface Dock—and will support both charging from Type-C chargers and connecting to Type-C peripherals.

The Surface Connect port also supports display output—Microsoft's own Surface Dock includes display connectivity, as well as Ethernet, USB, and power—so in principle this dongle could also support USB Type-C's Alternate Modes, allowing the use of Type-C cables to connect to Type-C monitors.

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Windows 10 and 10 S options are coming for the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro

 Three weeks to the day after launching the Surface Laptop, Microsoft is back with the latest version of its laptop replacement, the Surface Pro. The company says it eliminated the numbering scheme to streamline things — but sometimes simplification has the exact opposite effect. Things are kind of confusing here, for a number of reasons. Read More

Weeks after launching the Surface Laptop, Microsoft announces its new Surface Pro laptop replacement

 Microsoft says it didn’t mean to do a “head fake” when it told the press that this week’s big event in Shanghai wouldn’t center around the launch of the Surface Pro 5. Sure, the company was telling the truth, but that’s really a technicality, because the new Surface Pro (full stop) is really the Surface Pro 5. Read More

Surface Pro updated at last: Kaby Lake gives longer battery life, but still no modern ports

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Microsoft has announced the long-awaited refresh to its Surface Pro line of 2-in-1 tablets. The successor to the Surface Pro 4 is simply the Surface Pro—no numeric appellation to denote the hardware iteration—and it brings with it a Kaby Lake processor to replace the Skylake chip in the Pro 4. But that's about all it does: those hoping for forward-looking features such as USB Type-C ports or Thunderbolt 3 connectivity will have to continue to look elsewhere.

With its new Kaby Lake chip, Microsoft is claiming up to 13.5 hours of battery life, a healthy boost to the estimated nine hours of the Pro 4. As before, there will be three processor options: at the low end, the ultra-low power Core m3-7Y30, with a base speed of 1GHz and a top speed of 2.6GHz. In the middle, the new Pro will use the medium power i5-7300U, with a 2.6GHz base and a 3.5GHz turbo.

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New Surface Pro: No USB-C port, minor design refresh revealed in leaked images

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Images of the next Surface Pro leaked out yesterday—and it seems Surface chief Panos Panay wasn't lying when he said "there's no such thing as the Surface Pro 5": Microsoft's next lappable tablet will simply be called Surface Pro without a descriptive numeral.

The Surface Pro images leaked by @evleaks show a device that is slimmer and has slightly more rounded edges than the Surface Pro 4, but otherwise it seems mostly unchanged. Just like the new Surface Laptop, there's still no USB-C connector. The leaked images suggest there will be some new keyboard and pen colours, though.

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