Microsoft Surface Studio PC: Changing the game

Yesterday was Microsoft’s Surface event. Yesterday was also the day it changed the way the game is played. Based on rumours, we expected them to reveal its new all-in-one PC and its new Surface Book. But none of the rumours told us how absolutely gorgeous the Surface Studio would look.

Based on how Microsoft unveiled this all-in-one desktop PC, it is targeted at professionals and creatives, from accountants to writers to architects and visual artists. The product features a 28-inch, 12.5mm-thin touchscreen that’s capable of an output of 13.5 million pixels, which is 63% more than a 4K display. And the screen itself is the world’s thinnest LCD monitor ever built. Paired with its 4,500×3,000 PixelSense Display, which is capable of switching between DCI-P3 colour and RGB on the fly, makes it ideal for graphic designers.

There is also a hinge that allows the screen to fall to about a 20-degree angle thanks to custom-tuned springs in the design making it even more versatile to work with. The base model comes equipped with 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM and a 2GB GPU. The top-of-the-line version is a beast and has a Core i7 processor, a 2TB storage disk, 32GB of RAM and a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 980M graphics card.

At the event, Microsoft revealed a range of peripherals as well for the Surface Studio. Besides a companion wireless keyboard and a mouse, it also included the Surface Pen in the box. What isn’t included but should definitely be bought along with the Studio is the Surface Dial, which is essentially a wireless puck-like aluminium device that lets users manipulate functions on various Surface-related apps using gestures. It can be placed directly on the screen or off it and enables features such as adjusting volumes, brightness of the screen, scrolling through documents, and undoing errors cycling through colour options when using it with a brush as seen in the demo. The dial starts shipping in November for $100 (Dh367), a month earlier than the studio.

The Surface Studio is prepped to ship starting from December 15 this year. The base model will retail for $2,999 (Dh11,000) while the middle will retail at $3,499 (Dh12,800). The top-of-the-line spec of the Studio will go for $4,199 (Dh15,400).