Yesterday Microsoft added an addition to it’s Surface family, in the form of Microsoft Surface Studio. The new device will be available in limited quantities for the holiday season. Preorders have already begun and the Studio will be presented in Microsoft retail stores ahead of the release. Panos Panay who leads Microsoft’s devices team says

"We totally believe that Surface changes the way you produce, the way you create, the way you learn."


The Studio has been claimed to have the world’s thinnest LCD monitor ever built, at 12.5mm. The touchscreen display is within a forged aluminium enclosure and measures 28 inches across. It displays output 1.3 million pixels according to Panay. The Surface Studio supports expanded colour output which is ideal for photographers, videographers and designers. This is being referred to as “TrueColor”. Having a 3:2 aspect ratio with 192 pixels per inch, the display is rather amazing! Powered by Intel’s 6th generation processors, and graphics wise has a Nvidia GTX 980M GPU in the premium model, with a 965M in the lower priced configurations.

The display on the Studio can be adjusted to a 20-degree orientation that’s convenient for drawing or marking up Word documents. Supporting a variety of cool accessories like the Surface Pen and the Surface Dial which is brand new to Microsoft, this can be placed right onto the Studio to kickstart menus and other features like adjusting volume, screen brightness or even scrolling through documents. There is also a built-in palm rejection for the touchscreen which allows users to avoid wrong inputs. The base has a variety of connectivity options, for example, SD Card, Mini DisplayPort, ethernet and 4 USB 3.0 ports. There’s also a built-in microphone array which allows you to easily activate Cortana.

The main thing about the Surface Studio that really shines through is the creativity, with a big focus on 3D. This is great as recently the announcement of the Windows 10 Creators Update was a big hit with many. The Creators Update was to make creating 3D content quick and easy for Windows 10 users. Including one of the biggest updates to Paint, now called Paint 3D and even more updates are on the way.

The full specs for Surface Studio are as follows:

Display: 28-inch 4500 x 3000 PixelSense LCD (192 PPI), 3:2 aspect ratio,Adobe sRGB and DCI-P color settings, 10-point multitouch

Processor: sixth-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7

Storage: 1TB or 2TB hybrid drive

Memory: 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM

Graphics: GeForce GTX 965M 2GB (in Core i5 Studio) or GTX 980M 4GB (in Core i7 Studio) I/O: 4 USB 3.0 (one high power), 3.5mm headphone jack,SD card slot, Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort

Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Cameras: 5MP front camera with Windows Hello support, 1080p video rear camera

Sound: Stereo 2.1 Dolby audio

Read more about how you can preorder a Surface Studio here

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