Microsoft just announced a brand new all-in-one PC called the Surface Studio. This isn’t some under-powered plasticky do-your-kids’-homework desktop PC, though: it’s a 28-inch Core i7-powered behemoth with a ridiculously high-resolution screen and a massive amount of computing and graphics power. It’s meant for hardcore creative types, but that doesn’t mean we can’t lust over it as well. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Microsoft Surface Studio desktop.
There are certainly similarities between the Microsoft Surface Studio PC and Apple’s all-in-one iMac, but Microsoft’s offering is different enough to forge its own place in the market. However not is all as it seems, as despite looking like one, the Surface Studio isn’t actually an all-in-one – all the internals are featured in a small aluminium box that sits below the display. We’ve not got dimensions for the box at the time of writing, but it’s pretty sleek and discreet – we didn’t even notice it before it was pointed out to us.
Microsoft Surface Studio features & specifications
The Surface Studio has a 28-inch LCD touchscreen that Microsoft claims is the thinnest LCD monitor ever built; the display panel has 4500×3000 pixel resolution (63 percent higher than 4K) and 192ppi pixel density. A hinge lets you switch from the standard upright angle to Studio Mode, in which you can rest your hand on the touchscreen, compatible with the Surface Pen, to write, paint or draw on the display.
A new accessory called Surface Dial lets users control aspects of their work using their non-dominant work; for example, placing the Dial on the screen opens up the colour palette, brush options etc. The Surface Dial can be used on the touchscreen or placed on the desk to control the software on the screen via haptic feedback.
The Surface Studio is no slouch in other hardware aspects either, offering sixth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 options, up to 32GB RAM, up to 4GB Nvidia GeForce graphics, and 1TB and 2TB storage options. For connectivity, the ultra-premium AIO has USB 3.0 (x4), SD card reader, and Mini DisplayPort. The Windows 10 Pro desktop, which weighs 9.56 kilograms, offers enterprise-grade security and 5-megapixel webcam with 1080p video.
Microsoft Surface Studio release date
Microsoft has started taking pre-orders for the Surface Studio in the US, which will be on display at the company’s retail stores. It will start shipping in late December this year, but wider available is expected in 2017, around the same time the company releases the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Microsoft Surface Studio price
Microsoft said that the Surface Studio’s base model with 1TB storage, Intel Core i5 processor, and 8GB RAM will cost $2,999. On the other hand, the variant with 1TB storage, Intel Core i7 processor, and 16GB RAM has been priced at $3,499. The top model, which comes with 2TB storage, Intel Core i7 processor, and 32GB RAM, will carry a price tag of $4,199.