Normally, whenever you wish to see a step-by-step teardown video for a Floor machine, you have to go to a third-party outfit like iFixit. However right now, Microsoft’s Floor YouTube channel posted its own teardown video for a budget, education-focused Surface Laptop SE. Within the video, a Microsoft engineer utterly disassembles the laptop computer (with iFixit instruments, no much less) whereas describing every step as he goes.
Microsoft’s Floor lineup was infamously difficult to repair for years, because of the intensive use of glued- and soldered-down parts. This has began to shift lately, as Microsoft has added user-replaceable SSDs and made different tweaks to make its machines simpler to take aside and put again collectively. Repairability is a promoting level for the Floor Laptop computer SE specifically as a result of the laptop computer is being marketed to varsities, the place laptops may be dropped, spilled on, or in any other case abused by children who could or could not know higher.
In response to shareholder strain, Microsoft has promised to ramp up its repairability efforts sooner or later, together with increasing the supply of elements and documentation and making it simpler for third-party service suppliers to do repairs. This video presumably falls underneath the umbrella of “documentation,” and hopefully we’ll see the identical remedy given to different Floor units sooner or later.
Microsoft additionally posts written service guides for a lot of Floor units, one thing that PC makers like Lenovo, Dell, HP, and others do for a lot of of their machines (Lenovo offers an extensive library of videos, too). Apple has mentioned it’ll start offering do-it-yourselfers with documentation and elements someday this 12 months by way of its “Self Service Repair Program,” although this system will solely cowl just a few sorts of repairs for a handful of current units.