The New Microsoft Surface Studio
After years of Apple's iMac dominance when it comes to desktop computers Microsoft finally launched their first Desktop that was created by Microsoft and not other brands. The PC has the Microsoft logo embedded at the back of the PC and the slim and stylish design just takes your breathe away. This is one mean machine that was built out of love below is the PC video enjoy
The most interesting computer released this year isn't an ultrathin laptop. It's a desktop made by Microsoft. Seriously. The Surface Studio is Microsoft's bigger and bolder follow-up to its Surface hybrid laptops. And while it might look at first like a typical all-in-one, it hides a unique ability. Give the screen a bit of a nudge and it starts bending -- all the way down to a 20-degree angle, in fact. Try doing that with an iMac. Like Microsoft's previous Surface devices, the Studio is an attempt at evolving how we use computers. And together with the new Surface Dial accessory, it might just be the powerful modern rig creative professionals have been waiting for. But of course, there are a few first-gen stumbling blocks to deal with.
- Powerful for most creative tasks
- Gorgeous display
- Screen tilting function is genuinely useful
- Responsive stylus
- Dial has the potential to be very useful
- Limited to mobile graphics
- Expensive for the hardware you get
- No upgrade-ability
This is one gorgeous computer. Its design is one of elegant simplicity. The focus is entirely on its 28-inch screen, which is connected to the short aluminum base with a pair of chrome hinges. That's pretty much it. But what's really intriguing about this computer isn't readily apparent at first glance.
Those chrome hinges, for example, house an elaborate 80-spring mechanism that makes bending the Studio's display up and down practically effortless. The display outputs a sharp 4,500 x 3,000 (13-million-pixel) resolution -- 63 percent more than 4K, and 1.2 million fewer pixels than 5K. And all of the Studio's hardware is located in its slim base, which is basically just a mini-PC with some serious specs. There's also touchscreen support, as you'd expect, and the Surface Pen once again makes an appearance.
And, just so we can get this out of our systems: Yes, this is a desktop computer that transforms. Yes, it's more than meets the eye. Let's move on.
At the back, there are four USB 3.0 ports (one of which is high-powered), a gigabit Ethernet jack, a Mini DisplayPort connection, a full-size SD card reader and, of course, a headphone jack. I realize Microsoft is basically following in the footsteps of Apple and most other all-in-one PC makers,
There's a 5-megapixel camera for videoconferencing along the front face, right near an IR camera for fast logins using Windows Hello. You'll also find volume and power buttons on the right side. Beyond that, the Studio is a pretty minimalist device. The only bit of branding on the machine is a mirrored Windows logo on the back.
Accompanying the Studio are the new Surface Keyboard and Mouse. Both sport the same gray aesthetic as Microsoft's computers, and they're basically just minor refreshes of the company's existing wireless input devices.
With its PixelSense displays on the Surface Pro 4 and Book, Microsoft proved it could build some truly vibrant LCD screens. For the Studio, the company applied that concept on a larger scale. The result is a 28-inch screen that's among the sharpest and most colorful ever. It makes just about everything look good, be it 4K video, photos or simple Office documents. Its 3:2 aspect ratio feels a bit awkward now that we're used to widescreen monitors everywhere
Artists will likely appreciate the Surface Studio's ability to switch from SRGB and wider DCI-P3 color gamuts on the fly. Apple made a big deal about the iMac's support for the P3 gamut last year, and the same benefits apply here. Simply put, it'll let you view an even wider variety of colors. And since it's a standard backed by Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), it's particularly helpful for editing digital video. Typical consumers will likely just notice that some photos and videos will appear much richer than before.
Surface Studio Specifications
OS Windows 10 Pro
Dimensions Display: 63.74cm x 43.89cm x 1.25cm Base: 25cm x 22cm x 3.22cm
CPU Intel 6th generation Core i5 or i7
GPU One of the following:
• i5 Intel 8GB: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965M 2GB GDDR5 memory
• i7 Intel 16GB: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GDDR5 memory
• i7 Intel 32GB: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB GDDR5 memory
Storage Rapid Hybrid Drive options: 1TB or 2TB
Memory 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB RAM
Display 28-inch (diagonal) PixelSense display with 4500 x 3000 (192ppi) resolution with sRGB, DCI-P3 and Vivid Color Profiles, Individually color calibrated display. Also has 10-point multitouch. 3:2 aspect ratio. Supports Pen enabled and Zero Gravity Hinge
Wireless Wi-Fi: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking, and IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology Xbox Wireless built-in
Camera/Video/Audio • Windows Hello face sign-in camera
• 5.0 MP camera with 1080p HD video (front)
• Dual microphones
• Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
• 3.5 mm headphone jack
Connections & Expansions • 4 x USB 3.0 (one high power port)
• Full-size SD card reader (SDXC) compatible
• Dual microphones
• Mini DisplayPort
• 3.5mm headphone jack
• 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port
Security • TPM chip for enterprise security
• Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
What's In The Box • Surface Studio
• Surface Pen
• Surface Keyboard
• Surface Mouse
• Power cord with grip-release cable
The Surface Studio is both familiar and new. It empowers us to work the way we always have, while also giving us entirely new modes of productivity.