Surface Studio

Microsoft finally made a PC that’s just as beautiful as a Mac

Mac has long been hailed as the aesthetically-pleasing tech of choice for designers and artists of all shapes and sizes.  One look at a run-of-the-mill PC and it’s easy to see why.  But now… things might start to change.

Recently, Microsoft introduced the Surface Studio to their long line of gadgets.  This bad boy comes with a rather hefty price tag – starting at $2,999.99 – but once you get over the sticker shock, its looks and capabilities help you understand the ‘why’ behind the tag.

Here are just a few of the impressive, game-changing features you can expect to find within the Surface Studio.

Aesthetics

It doesn’t matter if it’s in the toilet or surrounded by mountains of dirty diapers, put a Mac in a photo and that photo will look good.  Why?  Because that Mac looks good.  And for designers, artists, marketers, consultants, and the whole lot of professionals who care about appearance, Macs make a difference.  And Microsoft is finally starting to understand this.

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With a 28” PixelSense display, you can use the Surface Studio upright or tilted like a drafting table.  Touch to navigate or rely on one of Microsoft’s tools to draw, click, or type.  It’s also thin.  Incredibly thin.  And boasts a resolution higher even than 4K.  With a 3:2 aspect ratio and 13.5 million pixels of color, the only thing you’ll be getting out of this Studio is sheer perfection.

Hardware

The Surface Studio comes with a wide array of updates, upgrades, and totally new features.  And the majority of all this stuff is made possible with some rather impressive hardware.

For starters, Microsoft made a few notable adjustments to the Surface Pen and gave it the ability to do more and to do it better.  Highlight, draw, write, or erase.  One-click to One-Note, double-click for a screenshot, and click and hold to speak to Cortana.  The pen comes in four colors – silver, black, blue, and gold –, requires no charging, starts at $59.99, and connects to your Surface via Bluetooth.

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Something that’s completely new to the Surface lineup is the Surface Dial.  This little guy is a natural and intuitive way to interact with your programs and apps inside Surface.  Use it to adjust brush sizes and color – without ever lifting your pen.  Customize it to provide you with quick access to options like search, volume, and the app store.  And use it to do more with other Windows Apps like StaffPad, Bluebeam Revu, and Mental Canvas.

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As far as the traditional hardware is concerned, the Surface Studio has an i7 Intel Core Processor, up to 4 GB of GPU, and up to 32 GB of RAM.  All connections and expansions are tucked neatly into the back, along with 4 USB ports and a headset jack.

Integrations

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Need integrations?  Well, the Surface Studio has ‘em.  Whether you want to whip out a wireless Xbox controller to play a few games or hop on over to the latest version of Windows to build a data-infused spreadsheet, Studio has you covered.  Work with one of the many apps inside the Windows App Store and paint a masterpiece, create the most organized to-do list ever, or attach some motivational sticky notes to your desktop.

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