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article imageMicrosoft's Surface Studio is the company's first desktop PC

By James Walker     Oct 26, 2016 in Technology
Microsoft has announced its first ever desktop computer, the $2,999 Surface Studio. The 28-inch all-in-one PC offers a touchscreen display, sixth-generation Intel processors and an integrated discrete GPU for gaming and 3D modelling.
The Surface Studio is the latest PC to come out of Microsoft's rapidly growing Surface hardware division. Following in the footsteps of the Surface Pro convertible and Surface Book laptop, the all-in-one aims to be a category-defining device for creative and professional users.
Microsoft is targeting the Surface Studio at homes and businesses. It described it as a "new class" of device that has been designed to replicate the way people naturally bring ideas to life. It has been built in response to feedback from existing Surface customers who wanted to see an all-in-one added to the line. The result is Surface Studio, Microsoft's first desktop PC.
Microsoft Surface Studio
Microsoft Surface Studio
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Surface Studio is built around its 28-inch PixelSense touchscreen display. It has a 4,500x3,000 resolution, above the 3840x2160 standard for 4K. At 192ppi, Microsoft says individual pixels are "indistinguishable." The display also boasts a new technology called True Scale. The panel's characteristics mean a 12-point font on the display is identically sized to a 12-point font on printed paper, helping creators gauge the size of their content.
The Surface Studio's unique "Zero Gravity Hinge" design enables it to pivot from traditional desktop mode into an upright "Studio Mode." In this arrangement, the monitor becomes a 20-degree work surface designed for "natural interactions" using touch and the Surface Pen. It will be especially useful when drawing and 3D modelling but could also have applications when gaming or viewing media.
Microsoft Surface Dial
Microsoft Surface Dial
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To assist with Studio mode, Microsoft has created a special accessory that's unlike any existing PC input method. Surface Dial is a wireless rotational peripheral that acts as a secondary controller for content on the screen. It provides radial menus and haptic feedback for easier interaction with creative applications. Rounding off the experience is Microsoft's new Surface Keyboard and Surface Mouse, wireless accessories that complete the Surface workstation.
The PC is powered by a selection of quad-core sixth-generation Intel Core processors and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GPU with up to 4GB of memory. Up to 2TB of storage is provided. As with the other members of the Surface family, Surface Studio is powerful enough to run the most intensive Windows desktop applications, a premium product capable of supporting professional workflows.
Microsoft Surface Studio
Microsoft Surface Studio
Microsoft
Surface Studio is a completely new hardware product from Microsoft. The company has chosen not to update the Surface Pro this year, instead focusing on widening its category-defining ambitions with Surface Studio. The company is making a brave move considering global PC shipments are generally in decline. However, its own Surface division is seeing extraordinary growth, giving Microsoft the resources it needs to build new devices.
Microsoft has been building PC operating systems for almost as long as it has existed. It also has a reputation for high-quality peripherals including mice, keyboards and webcams. Surface Studio is the first time it has built an entire desktop computer from scratch though, the culmination of years of experience in PC hardware and software. With an emphasis on 3D modelling, graphic design and mixed reality, it’s a forward-thinking device that hints at Microsoft's wider ambitions for the future.
Surface Studio is available for pre-order today in the U.S. priced from $2,999. "Limited quantities" will begin shipping this holiday, followed by broader availability in 2017.
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