Microsoft Surface Book Teardown Summary

For the specific device, the chassis for the keyboard and display are cast from magnesium. Most screws thread into cast bosses and holes. The keyboard and display are both sealed with strong adhesive making it difficult to open either section. Once inside, most components are easily removed. If the device is not meant to be repairable then TackSerts can be used in more regions within the device without affecting the ability to repair or upgrade hardware. Adhesive is also used to secure several pieces within the laptop, such as magnets, batteries, and the cooling fan.
Below are certain alternatives featuring several PEM® fasteners that can help achieve better functionality and cost savings.

Alternative PEM® Solutions:
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R’ANGLE® Fasteners

R’Angle attaches onto the cover surface (could be surface mounted). Screw passes into the section of the casting.
Screw head can sit sub flush of the outer layer. This can be applied to at least 2 or 3 sides, which would greatly reduce amount of adhesive used.

TackSert® Pin

The tab that attaches screen to keyboard is held by 2 screws. These screws could be replaced by TackSerts
especially since these tabs are very unlikely to ever be removed.

TackPin® Fasteners


The threaded joint can be replaced with an unthreaded surface mount standoff (SMTSO) and a TackPin®.

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