Microsoft Surface Studio is Great for Creative Users

Since the other day - October 28, 2016 - my Facebook Timeline has been flooded with status updates from my techy friends who claim that Microsoft has already overtaken Apple in terms of coming up with innovations that can actually benefit consumers.

This new product from the Redmond Giant is their primary basis for saying that:

Well, to be fair, I think it certainly looks more interesting than the latest iMac.

Microsoft Surface Studio desktop features a massive 28-inch 4500 x 3000 PixelSense Display with 10-point multi-touch that serves as a huge canvas for all kinds of work -- from corporate to creative.


What's great about this screen is that it tilts all the way down - thanks to its Zero Gravity Hinge - and supports capacitive pen input, making the whole system a giant slate, which is perfect for artists in various genres.

On top of that, Surface Studio works with this metal-clad $99 accessory called Surface Dial that attaches to the screen and allows the user to store, customize, access, navigate, and re-imagine physical tools for enhanced productivity. It works with a number of apps, letting you quickly jump from one brush setting to another, unravel the color palette and choose the right tones, create immersive 3D renders, and draw perfect lines, among others.

Talk about a must-have accessory for those in the creative field.

Watch Surface Studio and Surface Dial in action:


Microsoft Surface Studio is available in three variants. The most affordable one, which sells for $2,999 has a 6th Generation Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 1TB Rapid Hard Drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GDDR5 memory. Another one sells for $3,499 and features a 6th Generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 1TB Rapid Hard Drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GDDR5 memory. And finally, the $4,199 version sports a 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, 2TB Rapid Hard Drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB GDDR5 memory.

All variants, which are now up for purchase in the US, are also equipped with a 5 MegaPixel camera on top of the screen that also records Full HD videos and supports Windows Hello face sign-in, four USB 3.0 ports, mini Display port, SD card reader, as well as WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity support. They also ship with Surface Pen, Surface Keyboard, and Surface Mouse.

Given all the features of Windows 10 and the massive potential of the latest touchscreen technology for productivity, I believe that Microsoft Surface Studio is exactly what today's desktop should be.

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