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October 26, 2016

Surface Studio is Microsoft’s first all-in-one desktop

by John_A

As rumors suggested, Microsoft has unveiled a new all-in-one PC at its “Imagine What You’ll Do” event in New York City. The Surface Studio, as the device is called, is a gorgeous desktop that looks to rival Apple’s iMac. On stage, Surface Computing chief Panos Panay said the Studio is built for creators and professionals. For starters, it features a 28-inch, 12.5mm thin touchscreen that’s capable of pushing 13.5 million pixels — 63 percent more than a 4K display. Of course, Surface Studio is powered by Windows 10, and Panay says it’s designed to work seamlessly with the upcoming Creators Update.

One of the main highlights of Surface Studio is the quality of its PixelSense Display. It can switch between DCI-P3 color and RGB on the fly, something that’s going to appeal to graphic designers everywhere. Design-wise, Surface Studio is no iMac clone. There’s a “zero-gravity hinge” that lets you adjust the display down to a 20-degree angle, thanks to 80 custom-tuned springs which turns the display into a versatile piece.

The Surface Studio is available for pre-order today, starting at $3,000 for a configuration with a 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM and a 2GB GPU. If that’s not enough, you can spend $500 extra for a model with a more powerful Core i7 CPU and 16GB RAM. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line Surface Studio is $4,200 and sports a Core i7 processor, a 2TB hybrid drive, 32GB RAM and a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 980M graphics card. Per Microsoft’s site, the Surface Studio is scheduled to ship on December 15th.

It’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft introduces smaller versions of the Studio later on, to compete with something such as the 21.5-inch iMac.

Naturally, Microsoft also revealed a companion wireless keyboard and mouse, in case you need more than that sleek touchscreen to get you through your tasks. Those of you who get a Surface Studio will get a Surface Pen included in the box, which isn’t surprising given that Microsoft is pegging this as a computer for creators. That’s the idea behind accessories like the Surface Dial, a wireless aluminum puck that lets you use gestures to manipulate functions on different Surface-compatible apps.

What’s more, gamers should know that, according to Major Nelson, Surface Studio has built-in support for the Xbox One Wireless controller protocol. That means you won’t need any dongles to connect your controller to the desktop. We’ll know more about the Surface Studio shortly, as we’ll be bringing you a hands-on from Microsoft’s big launch event in The Big Apple. Keep your eyes peeled.

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