In collaboration with Microsoft, our friends at iFixit will now sell official Surface repair tools. The new OEM product line should speed up and improve the accuracy of Surface repairs, which some shops and independent professionals may perform at a high volume.
These tools are only available to certified iFixit Pro repairers, Microsoft Authorized Service Providers, Microsoft Experience centers, and Microsoft Commercial customers. As iFixit notes, you can perform most Surface repairs with its basic toolkits—these OEM repair tools are simply intended for speedy, professional jobs.
iFixit will launch this new product lineup with three tools:
- Surface Display Debonding Tool: Pictured above, the Debonding tool holds a Surface tablet in place and uses an opening pick to slice through its display adhesive. It works with the Surface Pro 7+, Pro 8, and Pro X.
- Surface Display Bonding Frame: The Bonding Frame squeezes a Surface tablet shut, ensuring that its display adhesive is super secure. It comes in two sizes—one for the Surface Pro 7+, and another for the Pro 8 and Pro X.
- Surface Battery Cover: This battery cover sits on top of an opened Surface device to prevent accidental electrical contact with the motherboard. It fits the Surface Laptop 3, Laptop 4, Laptop Go, Laptop SE, and Laptop Studio.
Microsoft and iFixit will expand their Surface repair lineup in the future, likely with a continued focus on current-gen Surface devices. And naturally, iFixit is developing new guides for its OEM Surface repair tools.
There’s just one thing to note; iFixit only calls this a “step in the right direction.” If Microsoft really wants to support DIY and independent device repair, it needs to release public repair guides for its products, make its products easier to take apart, and actively support Right to Repair legislation.