In late October, Microsoft introduced the first monoblock computer Surface Studio. The novelty is presented in one size — with a screen diagonal of 28 inches and stands out not only design, but also settings screen, whose resolution is 4500 x 3000 pixels.
Although the pixel density Surface Studio, less than the 27-inch iMac (193 217 ppi vs ppi of Apple computer), but the novelty can boast support for touch — recognizes up to 10 touches simultaneously. The stand main competitor computer all-in-one from Apple is designed so that allows to lower the display almost parallel to the plane of the table, turning it thus into a large tablet.
Studio the Microsoft Surface is positioned as a powerful tool for artists, designers, architectral, composers and artists of any kind. Computer allows on the fly switch between color profiles, sRGB, and DCI-P3, also supports digital pen Surface Pen. Additionally, the monoblock supports the ability to use the new accessory Surface Dial. It can be placed on the surface of the display to call up on-screen radial menu and control different parameters: colour, brushes for painting, sound level, image brightness, it can be used to navigate through documents.
The first reviews of the device from Microsoft is largely positive, although many journalists believe a price tag of $3000 too high. Columnist for the Verge, Tom Warren called Surface Studio “one of the best desktop monitors in the market.” Comparing the Apple ecosystem and Microsoft in publishing suggested that it is the first computer on the market, able to win over Windows real Mac fans.
“Many people with whom I had the opportunity to discuss Surface Studio, I wonder why Apple did not release such a product? Apple strives to offer creative professions iPad Pro and stylus, but professional applications on iOS yet, and it is unknown whether companies such as Adobe to rewrite their software for the iPad Pro. Microsoft saw an opportunity to poach users who feel abandoned by Apple and is very influential audience of users, which may entice a device like Surface Studio,” writes Warren.
“Surface Studio will not take overnight focused on Mac, but that it was probably remarkable in itself. This is a special device because it has a clear niche in which it will become a favorite. If Microsoft will continue to work in this direction, many of even the most dedicated Apple fans will be tempted to change the platform,” – said in the publication.
The Surface Studio uses Intel processors (Core i5 and i7 processors of the sixth generation) and Nvidia (GeForce GTX 965M with 2 GB of memory and GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB of GDDR5 memory). The amount of RAM is 8, 16 or 32 GB, hybrid SSD 1 or 2 TB.
The cost of Surface Studio in the US starts at $3000. For the money Microsoft offers a version with an Intel Core i5 processor, 3D-card Nvidia, drive capacity 1 TB and 8GB of RAM. The most expensive option, with a Core i7 processor, storage capacity of 2 TB, 32 GB of RAM and GeForce GTX 980M estimated at $4200. Package monobloc comes with a stylus, wireless keyboard and mouse. Controller Surface Dial is $100.