A swappable battery would be icing on the cake, though

The Surface Pro X is in the hands of US users and the iFixit crew has already ripped into it.

The repairability results might please Microsoft's legions of loyalists but give iPad fanbois pause for thought.

While the Surface Pro X components were on display for all to see at Microsoft's Ignite event, the chippery was securely hidden behind a do-not-touch sign.

After successfully tearing apart Microsoft's new Surface Laptop 3 with surprisingly little difficulty, the team were keen to see if mere mortals could achieve similar levels of disassembly with the Pro X.

The answer is a guarded "Yes".

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