Earlier this month, surface boss Panos Panay showed how you can get into the Surface Laptop 3 just by removing the top panel – and it turns out to be quite as easy as Panay looks, according to iFixit & # 39; s Surface Laptop 3 teardown.
Previous surface laptops were not easy to open. You had to forcefully remove the keyboard and top cover to get inside – iFixit used a Surface Laptop knife – and when you finally got to those interiors, it turned out that none of them could be replaced by the user. They were so difficult to work with that iFixit also gave Surface Laptop and Surface Laptop 2 repair estimates at zero out of 10.
However, for Surface Laptop 3, iFixit says you can only loosen the top cover mounting by unscrew four Torx Plus screws at the bottom of the laptop. Once done, you can use a guitar or other soft curious instrument (maybe even a nail?) To gently lift the top cover, which is attached to the rest of the computer with magnets and a flexible cable.
However, once you remove the cover, you will not be able to browse the Surface Laptop 3 to your heart's content as the processor and RAM are soldered to the motherboard. The only thing you can easily trade is the M.2 2230 SSD, if you can actually find one.
Microsoft warns you not to change it by saying that a "qualified technician" should be the only one to do this, but the only thing holding the SSD down is a Torx Plus screw – so if you know what you're doing and you're ready to risk ending your warranty, it looks like you'll be able to add a little storage space to a laptop of your own.
If you are really cunning, you may be able to repair a broken keyboard, headphone jack or even the entire display, but the SSD seems the easiest to get.