Microsoft unevils new all-in-one PC, the Surface Studio
Microsoft unveiled Surface Studio today at their event in NYC. It is an all-in-one PC with a 28-inch PixelSense display and 3:2 ratio, with the thinnest LCD display ever built according to Microsoft. The Surface Studio is also has 32GB of DDR4 RAM, an Intel i7 Kaby Lake CPU and a 2TB hybrid storage drive.
The 2TB hybrid drive combines HD and SD storage. It has four USB 3.0 ports, NVIDIA GPU, Ethernet, Audio, SD and Mini DisplayPort (no Thunderbolt), integrated 2.1 speakers and the new radial input Surface Dial with haptic feedback. And Obviously, its integrated with touch.
Surface Studio’s display is designed to immerse the user as much as possible, according to Panay, which includes using 13.5 million pixels to make for a density that doesn’t reveal individual pixels no matter where you’re viewing from. The display also includes a feature Microsoft is calling TrueColor, which Panay says allows creators to “render the world… as he or she believes it needs to be rendered.”
The Surface Studio has a feature called True Scale, which mimics documents and objects in real life. For example, documents appear to be the same size as they are when printed out.
There’s a built-in microphone that lets you control Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, with just your voice using the command “Hey, Cortana.” It’s similar to the way you control Amazon’s Echo speaker.
Surface Studio also supports Surface Pen, making it an amazing option for graphics professionals. The Surface Dial works with the screen intelligently, giving you software tools like color sliders in various apps.
Surface Studio’s hinge, which consists of two chrome arms attached to the base, is also designed to be reflective on purpose to further help it “fade to background,’ according to Panay. It’s an interesting tactic for trying to reduce the user’s awareness of the actual hardware itself, and one that sounds a bit more like marketing hype than effective measure.
The Surface Studio’s kickstand can collapse — and that’s what makes the device special.
The Surface Studio is available for pre-order now, and will arrive in Microsoft Stores for hands-on demos starting October 27. It’s going to ship in limited numbers by this holiday season, and is priced starting at $2,999.