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Surface Studio : iMac Killer from Microsoft ?

All those rumours on an impending Microsoft desktop were right. Alongside a more customary offering in the new Surface Book, Microsoft also took covers off its first ever All-in-One, the Surface Studio.



With the Surface Studio, Microsoft has now properly triggered alarms for the Apple iMac with a formidable entry backed by the software-maker.
“We totally believe that Surface changes the way you produce, the way you create, the way you learn. The product I’m going to show you is all of that — but it’s one step further. It’s going to seem familiar, but it’s going to feel different.” Panos Panay, Corporate VP of Devices

For starters, the Surface Studio is the thinnest LCD monitor ever built, with a 12.5mm waistline. That’s not a deal-maker in itself but will leave a lot of people in awe anyway.

The display itself measures 28-inch in size and has 13.5 million pixels, 63-percent higher than native 4K with 3840 x 2160 resolution. Interestingly, it also has an aspect ratio of 3:2.


The screen’s hinge will be able to hold the display at any angle thanks to an intricate system of 80 springs. Another added twist is the single-click switching between DCI-P3 and RGB for a wider colour gamut range, what Microsoft calls “TrueColor”, something which the professionals will appreciate.

Under the hood, you’ll get up to latest Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB RAM and 4 GB Nvidia GeForce 980M graphics, along with a 2TB hybrid drive.

Microsoft is making the Surface Studio compatible with a bunch of accessories. It comes with the Surface Pen and a companion keyboard, to add to the touchscreen. But one which will undoubtedly catch the light is the new Surface Dial.

This circular paddle triggers a circular palette around it when placed on the screen, offering options of filters, brushes and more. It has a surface which is sensitive to touch, while it can also be used for rewinding and forwarding in between presentations. It is not necessary, but sure as hell is captivating. It will be supported by all recent Surface devices.



As for the pricing, no one expected the Surface Studio to be cheap which it certainly isn’t. Starting at $2,999, the base model comes with a Core i5, 1TB hard drive, 8 GB RAM and a 2 GB graphics card. An additional $500 gets you a Core i7 and twice the RAM, while $4,200 gives you the specs mentioned above. 

Microsoft Surface Studio Specifications:
Design  “Thinnest LCD Monitor ever” with 12.5mm thickness Aluminum chassis
Display  28-inch PixelSense (4,500 x 3,000) 192 DPI/13.5 million pixels, 3:2 aspect ratio  Touch-enabled, support for sRGB and DCI-P3 colour gamut 
Internals Processor: Quad-core 6th-gen SkyLake Intel Core i5/i7 processors
RAM: 8GB/16GB/32 GB RAM,
GPU: GeForce GTX 965M 2GB or 980M 4GB
Storage: 1TB/2TB Hybrid Drive (SSD+HDD)
Ports: 4xUSB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, SD Card, Ethernet, 3.5mm headphone jack
Speakers: 2:1 surround speaker system with Dolby Audio Premium
Microphones: Dual microphones
Cameras: 5.0MP front-facing 1080p with Windows Hello compatibility

Shrey Kapoor is a Tech-Enthusiast, Harvard certified Cyber Security and Cyber Forensics Expert. He Founder Techphlie.com, which is one of the India's Top Tech News Website. Even Forbes and many other renowned publishers took his articles reference. Shrey is a Technology analyst, strategic thinker and creative writer who is passionate to deliver the best, latest possible Tech-News to his followers and subscribers. He completed his masters in Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, certified in IPR, T.Q.M. & ISO 9001:2008 In Quality Management Systems.

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