iFixit have been able to get their hands on the new Microsoft Surface Dial hardware and in true iFixit fashion have completely dismantled it to reveal its inner workings to the world.
Recently unveiled by Microsoft the Surface Dial has been created to be used in conjunction with their new fantastic looking Microsoft Surface Studio desktop PC which is equipped with a touchscreen display, which can be tilted and used in a similar way to you would an old school drawing board, which has been brought up to date with plenty of digital technology.
During the Surface Dial teardown iFixit made the following conclusions about the Bluetooth 4.0 LE input device which they awarded a repairability score of just 4/10 with 10 being the easiest to repair :
– You can swap in ordinary rechargeable AAA batteries in seconds with no tools.
– While it is durable, and repairs are unlikely, the components most likely to fail can’t be replaced without damaging the device.
– The haptic vibration motor is cemented down with some spectacularly tough glue.
– You won’t be servicing anything here without a guide and courage enough to drill out the plastic plug guarding the single, well-hidden access point.