The Microsoft Surface Studio is a whole new platform for Microsoft that takes aim at Apple. The Surface Studio launched at $2999 for the i5, 8GB machine.
- 28″ 4500×3000 IPS
- Adobe sRGB
- 10 point multi touch
- pen capable
- front and rear camera full HD
- 8GB,m 16GB and 32GB memory
- i5 and i7 CPU
- GTX 965M or GTX 980M
- 1TB or 2TB hybrid hard disk
- 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0
- 4 USB 3.0 with one high power
- SDHC slot
- Windows 10
- keyboard, mouse and pen
The Microsoft Surface Studio packs a huge panel on top of a small system box as the pedestal. The result is an impressive workstation. It comes with a keyboard, mouse and pen in the box.
Photoshop users will appreciate the ultra high resolution LCD which provides a much better work space for complex projects. Developers will appreciate the wide screen which can support Visual Studio easily.
The LCD is also the thinnest panel in the business. Its 12.5 mm thick. The bezel is made of a forged aluminum alloy which is stronger and lighter. The 28″ screen is 13.5 million pixels which is 63% more than 4K UHD.
The display connects to the base via a specialist hinge, featuring 80 machined parts on each side for what Microsoft describes as a ‘Zero Gravity Hinge’. It allows the display to be moved seamlessly and for any plausible angle, as well as taking on extra weight in studio mode.
The power and volume buttons are on the side of the LCD which is about the only place they can fit. Of course Windows has power savings features galore as well.
The front camera can handle 5 megapixel stills and it supports the Windows 10 Hello feature. Hello uses facial recognition to authenticate a user. With Windows Hello, you’ll be able to just show your face, or touch your finger, to new devices running Windows 10 and be immediately recognized. It’s much more secure.
Microsoft has put a lot of effort into optimizing the machine for its target market. The hinge moves the display effortlessly, the Pen and Dial combine to make input really fun, and the sleek minimalist design looks great.
The Surface Studio is a powerhouse of a system with specs up to 32GB of RAM and a GPU with 4 GB video RAM, Microsoft is really pulling out all the stops here to make their desktop solution attractive to all creatives in a way normally seen as Apple’s place.
It’s clear that Microsoft wants to move into big time into the high end of the market.
The machine has a 3.5mm headphone jack for those who like to listen to music while the work.
The very high resolution panel with the Surface Pro will definitely make the GPU work up a sweat with games. Older titles will likely be easier to get a playable framerate as opposed to more demanding titles.