Microsoft’s Surface tablet gets torn apart...carefully
Only just unleashed last week, Microsoft’s Surface tablet is the talk of the town. If you were curious to know what it’s like on the inside, then now’s your chance to do so without wiping out your warranty.
The guys over at ifixit have taken to their torx screw drivers, guitar picks and hairdryer to get to those tasty innards. Let’s check out their findings.
The most surprising thing about the teardown is just low little computer there is inside, the mainboard is very clean with the main CPU, memory neatly spaced and certainly not packed in. Of interest to myself was the inclusion of the Wolfson audio code chip for providing the audio which makes it more surprising to hear reports that sound is too soft on the Surface.
They liked that several components were modular allowing for easy changes but found the rest of the teardown quite tricky, the back panel being very difficult to get open to just access the device. Devices like the Surface are certainly not built to be user serviceable and are designed to be strong and solid and act as an appliance so none of this came as a shock.
I for one, will not be opening up my Surface device any time soon but I certainly enjoy looking at how these things are put together. It looks like MS has done a rather good job of building their first tablet and one can only hope that their coming Surface Pro devices are built to the same exacting standard.
Are the reports of soft sound correct or do you disagree? Let us know in the comments below.