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Video Overview

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, use our service manual.

    Final Thoughts
    • The opening procedure is straightforward, with a clever design that represents a dramatic improvement over its predecessors.
    • The M.2 SSD is fully modular and easy to access.
    • Torx Plus screws call for relatively rare drivers, but our standard Torx drivers worked in a pinch.
    • Display access is well-prioritized, but must be replaced as an (expensive) complete unit—subcomponents aren't modular.
    • While many components are modular, intricate layered construction makes them difficult to service.
    • The firmly glued-down battery will be very difficult to service when it inevitably goes kaput.
    Repairability Score
    5
    Repairability 5 out of 10
    (10 is easiest to repair)

8 Comments

What is the purpose of the metal shield covering the trackpad and keyboard cable connectors? Is it to protect them or it is just a barrier to prevent repair?

Dinan Blueje - Reply

It’s a form of electromagnetic shielding I assume. This is a very common design on smartphones but not on laptops, no idea why Microsoft does this.

Meng Ziyue -

Since there are heatpipes running all over these metal shieldings, it’s also reasonable to say that they act as a form of heatsink to even out the heat

Meng Ziyue -

@dblueje It’s likely a shield to protect against electromagnetic interference.

Finally, Microsoft has a laptop that can be opened.

Ethan Zuo - Reply

That’s unfortunate, because you can’t remove the shield without destroying it(so it will never go back in again).

Dinan Blueje -

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