It starts with how Microsoft has built the SSD into the Surface Pro X. All you’ll need to access the compartment that holds the drive is a SIM eject tool — a paperclip will also do in a pinch. That’s it: you don’t need to pry off the display to get at the internal storage. There a lot of reasons this is great, but the thing most future Pro X owners will likely appreciate is that they’ll be able to upgrade the SSD on their own easily.

Surface Pro X

The display is also much easier to separate from the main body than with a lot of other tablets. You don’t need to apply heat or solvents to the foam adhesive to make it workable. That said, you’ll still need a steady hand and nerves of steel to remove the screen, but its a significant departure from how most manufacturers build their tablets nonetheless.

Other repairability highpoints include that you’ll only need a Torx screwdriver to remove all the screws, and the fact that most of the components, including the two USB-C ports, are modular. “It would seem that Microsoft has placed at least one foot on the repairability train—between this Pro X and the Laptop 3, we can hardly believe all the repair-focused changes they’ve made!” says iFixit.

Surface Pro X teardown

After completing the teardown, the company awarded the Surface Pro X a repairability score of six out of 10 (a higher score indicates an easier to repair device). To put that score in perspective, the iPad Pro earned a three out of 10. Repairability, like water resistance, is one of those things that isn’t important until it becomes the most important aspect of a device. Eventually, something in your device will break — usually at the worst possible moment. When it does, you might appreciate the fact that you can do the repair yourself.

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