Microsoft’s Surface Studio for Creative Professionals

Microsoft’s Surface Studio is an elegant and mature all-in-one desktop PC with built-in touch screen specially designed for creative professionals. Microsoft first release was the Microsoft PixelSense formerly called as Microsoft Surface back in 2008. The next release was the Microsoft surface tablet followed by the Surface Book. The latest upgraded release is the Surface Studio.

The Studio is a 28-inch sharp, incredibly thin display mounted on a pair of “zero gravity” hinges that allows it to act as a regular monitor or tilt down into a type of drafting table. Without doubts Microsoft studio will be a clear challenge to Apple’s iMac and Mac Pro. Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Studio and the next version of Windows 10 at a product launch event in New York which is expected to release in Spring 2017.

Here’s everything you need to know about Microsoft’s new Surface Studio.

Key Features

Microsoft surface studio is strikingly gorgeous with world’s thinnest ever LCD screen at just 12.5 mm. The super-high-resolution touch-screen display has a PixelSense resolution of 4,500 by 3,000, 3:2 aspect ratio and 192ppi pixel density which is 63% more than a 4K television. You can start visualizing your ideas as you start designing and editing. It gives a very comfy wide viewing angles and a wide color gamut, since it carries a contrast ratio of 1100:1. The Studio screen provides an incredibly crisp, vibrant, and responsive picture making it the perfect device for creative professionals.

The hinges at the base leans back at 20-degree to Studio Mode and also folds down smoothly providing a seamless transition. Users can lean on the display as they work and this makes it so perfect for creative professionals to draw, sketch and visualize their ideas. The body, legs and the base are all designed with aluminum. The studio is very expensive and at present it is being sold at $2,999. The small base contains a variety of ports: audio, SD, Mini DP, Ethernet, and USB 3.0.

Surface Pen and Surface Dial

In Desktop Mode, Surface Studio works with a wireless keyboard and mouse, while in Studio Mode the Surface Pen and Surface Dial come into play.

It always feels comfortable to hold a pen in hand while for writing or erasing. Surface Studio and Surface Pen makes it a really cool option for creative professionals. You need to click the top of the Pen to launch Windows Ink work space to take notes, draw, and sign documents on your screen.

Since, the Surface Pen is also magnetic, it can be fixed to the side of the display and pick it whenever you need it. It gives you 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, has a 12-month battery life, and also works with Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

The Surface Dial is a $99 product which is a small wireless metal puck that can be placed against the screen and rotated. This has to be purchased separately and should not be included in the package. When the device is placed on the screen it gives us a really intuitive and challenging physical control over a digital interface. It can also be used to change pen color and brush size while you are drawing, scroll, zoom and navigate and many other customization controls and shortcuts.


The computer can be purchased with Quad-core 6th Generation i5 or i7 processor and up to 32 GB of RAM, up to 4GB Nvidia GeForce graphics, and 1TB and 2TB storage options. The $3,000 base model comes with 1TB storage, an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 2GB GeForce GTX 965M.

The $3,499 model is 1TB storage, Intel Core i7 processor, and 16GB RAM and the high-end $4,200 model comes with 2TB storage, Core i7 CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 4GB GeForce GTX 980M graphics card.

The front camera is 1080p low-light-capable and stereo 2.1 speakers powered by Dolby Audio Premium, making it ideal for video calls. For connectivity, the ultra-premium AIO has USB 3.0 (x4), SD card reader, and Mini DisplayPort. Microsoft has not yet release the Surface Studio in India. Hence the only way to purchase it is get one from the US.

Looking at the incredibly amazing display and specifications, Studio is clearly not meant for the average user. Microsoft says it’s “designed for the creative process,” as it is really exciting and innovative as whole and its features and high-quality design offer some clear advantages unmatched by other hardware.

Sharon Christine
Sharon Christine

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