1. techie1961's Avatar
    I have been a computer junky for a long time now and just bought a Surface Pro 128. I love the Surface but the whole thing about the next-to-impossible-to-replace battery has me stressed out a bit. I have owned a few laptops and other electronic products with batteries and they always get weak.

    Am I too stressed out about it? I am thinking about taking it back just for this reason.
    03-07-2013 06:12 AM
  2. polbit's Avatar
    Non-replaceable batteries are a fact of life on most modern, high-end devices. Are you really planning on owning the first gen Surface until the battery becomes unusable?
    03-07-2013 06:25 AM
  3. Chris_Kez's Avatar
    Take a deep breath... Yes, batteries do get weaker over time but they've also improved. Unless you're already bumping up against the battery's limits don't sweat it. Enjoy the new gear while you can. You'll probably be drooling over some new advancement well before the battery goes.
    03-07-2013 06:29 AM
  4. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    My MacBook Pro doesn't have it either... It's no big deal tbh. Should probably be able to get 5 years out of the SPro before the battery goes kaput.
    03-07-2013 06:56 AM
  5. dksmidtx's Avatar
    Yes (to answer your question). I know of NO gadget junky that has truly kept their battery operated hardware past the practical life of the battery. It is off to eBay heaven to help finance our next addiction...probably a mid-2014 Surface Pro Plus with Haswell, 8gb ram, 256gb SSD, Thunderbolt, and LTE...
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    03-07-2013 07:54 AM
  6. Luke Kailburn's Avatar
    Yes (to answer your question). I know of NO gadget junky that has truly kept their battery operated hardware past the practical life of the battery. It is off to eBay heaven to help finance our next addiction...probably a mid-2014 Surface Pro Plus with Haswell, 8gb ram, 256gb SSD, Thunderbolt, and LTE...
    droooooollllll
    03-07-2013 11:07 AM
  7. Dewg_Zom's Avatar
    Like most computers/phones with non-replaceable batteries, the manufacturer usually offers a service fee replacement policy. You bring in the device and they'll replace the battery for you. Not sure about the Surface RT or Pro tablets, but I wouldn't be surprised if MS offered that at some point.
    03-07-2013 06:59 PM
  8. bauerbach's Avatar
    batteries will have noticeably decreased life in approx. 300 charges, varying by your use habits. The lower the charge gets, the greater the stress on the battery. recharging it as often as possible will extend the life of lithium batteries.

    I haven't replaced the battery in my 3 year old laptop... Id rather replace the entire device than blow 80 bucks on a battery alone.
    03-08-2013 11:31 AM
  9. techie1961's Avatar
    Thanks for all of the replies. I have decided to keep it but am disappointed that it isn't replaceable. I like to be able to sell my stuff after I am bored with it and without the ability to replace the battery, it's value will definitely fall faster.
    03-09-2013 03:37 PM
  10. techie1961's Avatar
    My MacBook Pro doesn't have it either... It's no big deal tbh. Should probably be able to get 5 years out of the SPro before the battery goes kaput.
    At least your MacBook pro has screws that you will likely be able to have someone take it apart for you. The Surface looks like a really tough battery change if not impossible.
    03-09-2013 03:38 PM
  11. bauerbach's Avatar
    Thanks for all of the replies. I have decided to keep it but am disappointed that it isn't replaceable. I like to be able to sell my stuff after I am bored with it and without the ability to replace the battery, it's value will definitely fall faster.
    Apple products have immense resale value and none have a user serviceable battery. The iPad 3 might be the least serviceable yet as well.
    03-09-2013 05:34 PM
  12. bilzkh's Avatar
    The way I see it one could always adapt their device to new roles when key elements begin failing, e.g. my laptop became my desk computer once its battery went out. Not sure if the Surface becomes inoperable without its battery, that would suck, but it isn't insurmountable. By that point most of its users will have already switched to next-gen devices.
    03-09-2013 05:37 PM

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