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Old 06-23-2014, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Do you really care about being able to disassemble your tablet so you can tinker with it?

The Surface Pro 3 is nigh-on impossible to repair, just like its ancestors
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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No...
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Me neither.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I base my purchase choice for a tablet (and phone) partly on it's capability of disassembly because I value the possibility of partial replacement.
If the battery goes dead? Screen cracks? Touch surface fails? One critical part inside dies because it got dropped in water?

All might be fixable for a price less than the cost of replacement ... if the device can be opened with a screwdriver and not a chainsaw.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I absolutely don't base my purchase decision on that. If the battery goes dead, I send it back to have a new one put in.
Screen cracks? The one time I cracked a screen, I sold it and bought a new tablet.
Touch surface fails? If it doesn't fail under that 1st year warranty it likely will never fail. Never dropped one in water either.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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As the article mentioned, I think this is the path to the future.
We all want sleeker, lighter, thinner, cheaper, and a modicum of reliability.

Like cars, that are designed to be assembled, not disassembled.

Maintaining cloud files and local back ups, and swapping out the broken device is the future of service.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I expect a laptop to have user-serviceable memory and HDD. I don't expect this from my Surface.

I have a Surface Pro 1 and I can't get past 4GB of RAM easily. I picked mine up for $500 and it has been excellent. 8GB of RAM would give this unit some legs, where 4GB is still standard in the 3. You can get more, but then I'd just buy a laptop.

I don't know many people upgrading their Surface.
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I absolutely don't base my purchase decision on that. If the battery goes dead, I send it back to have a new one put in.
Screen cracks? The one time I cracked a screen, I sold it and bought a new tablet.
Touch surface fails? If it doesn't fail under that 1st year warranty it likely will never fail. Never dropped one in water either.
Must be really nice to have that kind if 'extra' money.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Doesn't suck.

I sold my broken tablet online to someone that wanted to repair it for $100 and bought a refurb Asus for $350. So for $150 I got a nicer tablet.
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