The Surface Studio announced in late October, it is the first PC all-in-one from Microsoft. The device is primarily directed to designers, photographers and designers who are looking for maximum color fidelity and various input modes. Being a fairly expensive product, few users will have the courage to take it apart for a possible upgrade components. Experts of iFixit wanted to do, however, the traditional teardown to assess the quality of construction and the possibility of repair.
The majority of components are into the base, behind which there are four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet port, a mini DisplayPort, microSD slot, a 3.5mm audio jack and the power jack. To access it, unscrew four Torx screws hidden by rubber feet. After disconnecting the two fans and the plastic frame you can see the motherboard and a part of the hybrid storage, or a M.2 SSD Z400 SanDisk 64GB . The hard disk is instead hidden under the cooling system. It is a Seagate 1TB and 5,400 rpm with SATA II interface. SSD and HDD are the only replaceable components.
After removing the power supply and audio jack you can remove the motherboard, on which are welded processor (in this case an Intel Core i5-6640HQ), 8 GB of RAM (Samsung) the GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 965m, 2 GB of GDDR5 memory (Hynix) and other minor chips, including the Realtek ALC3269 audio. Since the CPU upgrade, RAM and GPU is impossible to the user has to choose the most suitable type well during the purchase.
The 28-inch display with resolution 4.5K is obviously glued to the frame. PixelSense behind the panel are WiFi modules, Bluetooth and NFC, a mysterious chip ARM Cortex M7 and the USB 3.1 controller. At the top is fixed a small card with microphones, 5-megapixel webcam and IR emitter for Windows Hello capabilities of Windows 10. At the end of the teardown, iFixit has assigned to a Surface Studio 5/10 score .