How Green is the Microsoft Surface?

Apple attracted attention in 2012 because its iPad was so tightly assembled that it was not easily recycled. Now, it appears that Microsoft's Windows Surface tablet may be even less easily recycled.

iFixIt.org's teardown of the iPad became the basis for recyling concerns when it awarded the device a Repairability Score of 4 out of 10. This came at the same time as Apple pulled of EPEAT over disassembly issues, then quickly reversed itself after an industry outcry.

iFixIt's latest teardown awards the Surface a Repairability Score of only 1 out of 10.By comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 scores 8 out of 10 and the newest iPad, iPad 4, fell to 2 out of 10.)

There is no direct evidence on way or the other linking how easily a device can be disassembled for repair to how easily it can be disassembled for recycling, but the former seems a reasonable predictor until EPEAT or someone else comes up with credible standards.

We could not find environmental reports for either the Surface or the Note similar to what Apple publishes for the iPad 4.