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Microsoft unveils the beastly all-in-one touchscreen PC ‘Surface Studio’, starting at $2,999

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We can now finally put all rumors to rest. They’ve been proved completely true. Microsoft has finally taken a step to expand beyond the confines of hybrid laptop to introduce to us a new Surface desktop. Announced at the Surface launch event in New York, the Surface Studio is no ordinary desktop PC. It might look quite like an iMac clone but continue reading and you’ll be convinced that it’s far(..far) better.

Unveiling the new member of the Surface family, renowned Microsoft devices head Panos Panay said,

I believe in this thing, where your ideas can be one of your most valuable assets. I also believe that this product will help you bring your ideas to life.

Let’s stop the jibber jabber. Here’s an in-depth at the all-in-one ‘touchscreen’ desktop ‘Surface Studio’, which i would love to call ‘The Beast’. This desktop PC sports a 28-inch 4.5K Ultra HD touchscreen that sits comfortably within the 12.5 mm thin forged aluminum enclosure for the display. It has also been recognized as the thinnest LCD display in the world and has a thickness of 1.3 mm and pixel density of 192 ppi. This means that the content appearing on the screen of Surface Studio is exactly the same size as real objects — you don’t need to print preview at 100%.

And we’re still not done with the display. It is the highlight of this touchscreen desktop PC. The Surface Studio supports True Color which allows it to display an expanded color output and switch between DCI-P3 color and RGB on the fly. This feature will appeal to designers and photographers among others who do color sensitive work on the daily. This ultra sharp display uses the PixelSense technology that’s capable of pushing 13.5 million pixels — 63 per cent more than a 4K television.

 

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Moving on, the Surface Studio is supported by a beautifully-designed, chrome-plated stand which has been designed to disappear in the background. Microsoft has packed in a ‘zero gravity hinge’ in this beast, which allows you to adjust the display to near-flat orientation. It is an important addition for the convenience of drawing and marking on the fly.

Talking about the internals, the Surface Studio is one hack of a monster. It is powered by a 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, coupled with a  1TB of built-in storage, 8GB of RAM and a 2GB GPU. This basic model of the beast will run you a bill of $2,999. But you think, this isn’t enough power for you, then you have the option to upgrade these by adding a few extra bucks.

The top-of-the-line model of the Surface Studio will pack in an even more powerful Core i7 processor, along with 2TB hybrid drive, 32 GB RAM and a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 980M graphics card. This high-end model will demand you to shell out about $4,199. Man, that’s a lot of g’s!!

The Surface Studio is a new class of device that transforms from a desktop PC into a powerful digital canvas. This gives you a more intuite and immersive experience to help you unleash your creativity and just work around with the pen, touch and the newly introduced Surface Dial.

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The Surface Dial, if you keen to know, is a completely redesigned input device for the creative people who like to work with both hands. They like to be more in control of their content and juggle between modes for a seamless work experience. The Dial integrates with Windows 10 and can be used with any Surface device to provide a faster, more natural way to scroll, zoom and navigate. It also enables app-specific experiences and digital tools to help you quickly move through your workflow. And don’t worry, you trusty mouse still lives on.

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