For the most part, computers are computers. Maybe one has a bit more of this or less of that, but the differences are usually under the hood and incremental in nature. So when a company like Microsoft makes a serious attempt to completely redefine the nature of how we see and interact with a desktop computer it commands attention. The Microsoft Surface Studio is exactly that kind of machine, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
REDEFINING THE BOUNDARIES
For the past 20 years or so Apple computers have been the standard go-to machines for people involved in creative content and performance worlds. It’s not hyperbole to say that Apple has owned the creative space during that time period. Over the past four to five years, however, many Apple diehards have begun to notice a serious lack of innovation from their beloved manufacturer. This apathy, combined with missteps like the Final Cut Pro X debacle, have opened a door for other companies interested in making a play for this market
Enter the Microsoft Surface Studio, Microsoft’s very first foray into creating a desktop computer. Announced in late October, the Surface Studio is an all-in-one computer featuring a massive 28-inch touchscreen mounted to a base incorporating the actual computer components. The design immediately brings to mind the form factors of both the Wacom Cintiq and beloved iMac G4 from over a decade ago. At the same time the Surface Studio also feels completely revolutionary in the way it invites users to interact with a computer.
UNDER THE HOOD
The Surface Studio runs on a new variation of Windows 10 Pro, and features configurations with both Intel i5 and i7 processors. It can also be configured to include between 8GB andcreativ 32GB of RAM, with either a 2GB or 4GB NVidia GeForce GPU.
What’s immediately apparent is that the Surface Studio is really all about the display. It’s a 28-inch touchscreen featuring a 4K+ resolution (4500×3000), 10-bit color and a pixel density of 192 DPI. That translates to 13.5 million pixels, which should deliver fantastic image clarity when working from only a few inches away. [Continue Reading…]