Microsoft has finally launched what was already a rumour with many voices, its first all-in-one desktop. This all-in-one desktop is particularly aimed at content creators and professionals.
Surface Studio – A Whole Class Apart
The Redmond company has finally unveiled its bid to compete with the Apple iMac. It’s ” Surface Studio “, a all-in-one desktop computer with a large screen and high power, which falls within the premium price range.
The computer consists of two parts, a 28 inches screen and that is only 12.5 mm thick and a base containing the other components.
Microsoft Introduces Surface Studio
The 3: 2 screen is undoubtedly the most spectacular part, completely focused on “creators and professionals” in the words of Microsoft. The touch panel has a resolution of 4500×3000 pixels , superior to even the 4K TVs. In addition, it is adjustable in height to place virtually flat and has different colour configurations depending on the type of task you wish to perform (photography, video, etc.).
The Surface Studio is based on the Intel processors ranging from an i5 up to i7, and RAM configurations from 8GB up to 32GB and up to 2TB of hard drive.
The set can be completed with four accessories: keyboard, mouse, stylus and a new haptic device called ” Surface Dial“.
The starting price in the US for the basic configuration is $ 3,000, and up to $4,000 in more advanced configurations. Microsoft has warned of a possible shortage of units at launch.
Microsoft Surface Studio: Technical Specifications
- 28-inch touch screen with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels
- Intel Core i5 / i7
- RAM 8GB/16GB/32GB
- 1TB/2TB with hybrid configuration
- GeForce 980M Graphics Card
- Ports: Audio jack, SD slot, Mini Display Port, Ethernet, USB 3.0 (x 4)
- Built in Aluminium
- Price: Between 2,999 and $ 4,199
Availability and Price
Microsoft expects the new Surface Studio to be a good gift for the upcoming holiday season. This iMac competitor is put on sale in December and “in limited quantities”. From the website of Microsoft we see that the date of purchase is December 15, although they have already opened the product for pre-bookings. Here is a sneak-peak at the prices and configurations on offer:
- Intel Core i5 configuration with 8GB RAM, 2GB GPU and storage of 1TB: $ 2,999
- Intel Core i7 configuration with 16GB RAM, 2GB GPU and storage of 1TB: $ 3,499
- Intel Core i7 configuration with 32GB RAM, 4GB GPU and 2TB storage: $ 4,199
Other Mega Announcements
Microsoft has announced in the conference an updated Surface Book i7 with twice the graphics horsepower and is more powerful and efficient than before and with news that it will bring the future update of ” Windows 10 “, called “Creators Update “.
This new version of Windows, which will arrive in early 2017, will focus on improving the system for creating and sharing multimedia content, with special attention to the 3D world becoming increasingly important.