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With the number of SP3 an SP4s out there, when the time comes that batteries are failing, there will be a market for the service to replace them for under the US$320 that Microsoft charges. A reliable method to do so would be straightforward (a vacuum gripper for the faceplate and body in an 85°C temperature controlled environment) and could be used to reclose and reseal when done. Not hobby grade but would pay for itself with a few days' use to repair Surface Pros. Somebody will step forward to do that...
Indeed! Even simpler fix? Live in a cave without technology. However, if the professional tools you need only exist in a Windows environment and you require a stylus and touchscreen, how would Apple's products suffice? As an electrical engineer who uses Altium, DxDesigner, OrCAD, and many other such tools, I'm serious when I ask. Meanwhile, my SP3 is serving me tremendously well.
Any chance you could heat the adhesive to determine what temperature is needed for it to release? It sounds severe but heating the entire unit to that temperature may be tolerable to it while making removal of the display and battery much easier. A service center could have a straightforward "opener" with such temperature controlled plates and suction to make it quick and easy...
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