iFixIt Teardown: Digging Beneath the Surface RT

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dentaku

Getting to the battery doesn't seem like it's a destructive process because it just involves screws so that's pretty much what the average person would care about.

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GENERATI0N

iPad = better!

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methuselah

Awww... I'm a bit disappointed that MS isn't able to stick it to Apple. Even though they did score a bit higher than Mac's

I will say, the reason that the LCD display is fused to the glass is to help reduce glare on the screen... Bit of a trade off I suppose.

Anandtech had a pretty good review of the Surface.

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Peanut Fox

This built in obsolescence bothers me. Thin tech is pretty, bit I'll trade in a few millimeters for longevity.

I wonder how much money manufacturers save by eschewing screws.

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jgottberg

Hey Peanut,

Are you insuating that you wouldn't buy a tablet because it has built-in obsolescnece?

Tablets are relatively inexpensive ($150-$400) and serve a specific purpose. If you get 2 or 3 years out of a tablet, you have done really well. Even if you have to buy a new one at $200 a year, it would still be cheaper than building a PC at say $700 with yearly upgrades exceeding $100 or even $200.

The savings on screws is a very valid point. Using gobs of glue is cheaper than using screws.

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Peanut Fox

I wouldn't buy a tablet because they don't fit into how I work with computers on a day to day basis. I haven't bought one yet, and I don't want one now. I don't know what it would take for me to be interested. Maybe if my home life wasn't so sedentary? Perhaps I should get out more :P

You're right that at these sub $200 dollar price points they're quite cheap. I was merely looking at it from an engineering standpoint in that if you have the option to make the device like this and by doing so you greatly increase it's life expectancy why wouldn't you? It's obvious it's all in cost. It's cheaper to eschew screws, and to offer a product that only lasts just long enough until the new model is on shelves.

I think part of the obsolete device strategy only works because low power process technology is so far behind what we have on current desktop and notebook systems. The home desktop computer has so much potential power between the CPU and GPU we have to work hard to find tasks these things can't do.

Tablets on the other hand are just catching up. There are significant gains in performance and function whenever there is a new hardware release. For me the question becomes what happens to the $200 tablet when you don't have to buy one every 3 years to keep up with hardware advances? How does Samsung continue to see profit on low margin parts when they can't sell them to the same buyers every revision.

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