Microsoft unveiled its new Surface Studio AIO PC that it designed to help you create and edit digital content. Microsoft also announced the Surface Dial as a specialized interface device for the Surface Studio.
The Surface Studio will be available in three hardware configurations. The least expensive model comes with a quad-core Intel 6th Gen (Skylake) Core i5 processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M with 2GB of GDDR5, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hybrid drive. This scales up to an Intel 6th Gen (Skylake) Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB of GDDR5, 32GB of RAM and a 2TB hybrid drive on the most expensive model.
Microsoft claimed that the Surface Studio has the world’s thinnest LCD. The 28-inch LCD panel itself measures just 1.3mm thin, whereas the display chassis is 12.5mm thick. The panel has a native resolution of 4500x3000 (192 DPI), and it has full support for Adobe sRGB and DCI-P3.
To make it easier to move and use as you need, Microsoft built the Surface Studio’s zero gravity hinge. Essentially this means the display feels weightless and it moves easily at the slightest touch.
As the display is so thin, the actual system hardware is stored in the display’s base instead of directly behind the panel like in most AIO computers. Three fans interlinked by a series of metal heatpipes provide active cooling for the hardware.
Every Surface Studio comes with a Surface Pen and Microsoft’s new Surface Dial. The Surface Dial is a new and unique interface device designed exclusively for Microsoft’s Surface products. You set the dial on the touchscreen display and then rotate the dial clockwise or counterclockwise to alter the images on the screen.
The Surface Studio is available now for pre-order with a starting price of $2,999. The system will ship in limited quantities on December 12. You can also pre-order the Surface Dial today for $99.99, but it won’t ship until November 10.
|Microsoft Surface Studio|
|Configurations||Config 1||Config 2||Config 3|
|CPU||Intel 6th Gen (Skylake) Core i5||Intel 6th Gen (Skylake) Core i7||Intel 6th Gen (Skylake) Core i7|
|GPU||Nvidia GeForce GX 965M 2GB GDDR5||Nvidia GeForce GX 965M 2GB GDDR5||Nvidia GeForce GX 980M 4GB GDDR5|
|Display||28-inch PixelSense Display 4500x3000 (192 DPI), 3:2 Aspect Ratio, 10-point multi-touch||28-inch PixelSense Display 4500x3000 (192 DPI), 3:2 Aspect Ratio, 10-point multi-touch||28-inch PixelSense Display 4500x3000 (192 DPI), 3:2 Aspect Ratio, 10-point multi-touch|
|Storage||1TB Hybrid Drive||1TB Hybrid Drive||2TB Hybrid Drive|
The Cintaq 27QHD, a main stay artist touch/pen display costs $2,799. This is the industry standard for digital artists.
This also makes sense because this way Microsoft isn't stepping all over its OEMs. The only one in danger from lost sales here is Apple whose iMacs have been the mainstay of design firms for decades and Wacom whose touch monitors are really the only option artists have had for a long time.
The display is quite impressive for this task. 3:2 color accurate display with touch capability. It's features mimic what was seen with Microsoft's surface table shown years ago using the dial. It would work excellently for artists and production in general. The hardware itself allows for usage of more serious software like 3D design. Now if only they could offer the monitor on it's own so I can pair it with some real hardware.
Did I miss something? If not what were they thinking. There is no way to use any addin cards.