The Surface Studio is Microsoft’s first desktop computer seemingly designed to flex muscles rivals such as Apple’s famous iMac computers. The jaw-dropping behemoth is built for professionals, such as artists and other creatives. The all-in-one desktop sports a humongous, crystal-clear display and rocks latest Intel Core i series processors.
Design and Display
Perhaps, one may not be wrong by describing the Microsoft Surface Studio as an eye candy. It is impressively designed, featuring a portable aluminium body with clean lines.
The all-in-one sports a gorgeous 28-inch PixelSense display which comes in at just 12.5mm thin. This is unlike many other slim computers in that it has no taper – it doesn’t curve to the back.
The screen has been described as the “world’s thinnest LCD monitor ever built.” It boasts an eye-popping resolution of 4,500 x 3,000 pixels for life-like clarity and rich colours.
Surface Studio features a Zero Gravity hinge that allows you fold the screen back into a studio mode with just a finger. The spectacular display can be made almost parallel to your desk or table – foldable to 20 degrees – allowing you to write or draw on the surface. Amazing ingenuity!
Power and Performance
Given the Surface Studio is targeted at creative professionals, one would expect it to deliver nothing less than heavy-duty performance. Microsoft appears to have taken that into consideration, especially in terms of CPU.
The all-in-one PC is driven by latest-generation Intel Core processors (Core i5 or i7), backed by abundant RAM of up to 32 GB. The top-end offering is equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M smooth graphics, while the base model is fitted with a less-powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M graphics card.
Microsoft Surface Studio runs on the latest version of its maker’s popular operating system. It is built to make the most of latest innovations in Windows 10, including the Ink Workspace.
Surface Studio comes with a variety of accessories such as the Surface Pen and new Surface Dial, which can activate radial menus and other controls when placed on the screen.
Connectivity options on the high-end desktop include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, an Ethernet port and a Mini DisplayPort. It features a built-in microphone array that can be used to call up the digital voice assistant Cortana.
Pricing and Availability
The Surface Studio can now be preordered in the United States starting at $2,999 and will start shipping in December. We have no information about pricing or availability of the Surface Studio in Nigeria, Ghana, or Kenya. If and when available, we expect Surface Studio price in Nigeria to start at around 1,100,000 Naira, depending on your location and the configuration of the desktop.
Surface Studio Specs
Here are the specs of the Surface Studio All in One Desktop:
- OS: Windows 10 Pro
- Processor: Intel Core i5 or Core i7 Processors (6th Generation)
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX Graphics (with 2GB or 4GB GDDR5 memory)
- Memory: 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB RAM
- Colours: Silver
- Dimension: 637.35 x 438.90 x 12.5 mm (Display)
- Weight: 9.56 kg
Display & Keyboard
- Display: 28-inch PixelSense Touch Display, 4500 x 3000 pixels (192 ppi)
- Keyboard: Surface Keyboard (Wireless Keyboard)
- Pointing Device: Surface Mouse (Wireless Mouse), Surface Pen
- Built-in Storage: 1TB or 2TB Rapid Hybrid Drive
- Optical Storage: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
Ports & Connectivity
- Webcam: Yes
- USB 3.0: 4 Ports (One port if high power)
- USB 2.0: No
- Thunderbolt: No
- HDMI: No
- Mini DisplayPort: Yes
- Ethernet (RJ-45): Yes
- SD Slot: –
- Headphone: Yes
- Dual Microphone: Yes
- WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth: Yes Bluetooth 4.0
- Infrared Receiver: –
- XBox Wireless
- Zero Gravity Hinge
- TPM chip for enterprise security
- Windows Hello face sign-in camera
- Front Facing 5MP Camera with 1080p HD Video
- Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
- Voltage: –
- Frequency: –
- Maximum Continuous Power: –
- Power cord: –
- Energy Star Compliant: –
- EPEAT Rating: –