MICROSOFT SURFACE STUDIO 2 REVIEW

We’ve waited quite a while for Surface Studio 2. It’s improved in almost every way. However, those improvements may not have a shelf life befitting of a computer with such a steep price tag. The Surface Studio 2 is a personal computing workstation. A glossy hulk of a display with a sleek aluminum frame and a hinge that lets you tilt the touchscreen display. It’s the second-generation Surface Studio. The first one came out in the fall of 2016 and most of its updates are internal. It runs Windows 10 Pro. This is a performance PC, designed for people who do a lot of heavy multimedia work. To an extent, it’s for people who enjoy playing PC games too.

SURFACE STUDIO

Specifications of Microsoft Surface Studio 2:

Dimensions

  • Display: 25.1” x 17.3” x 0.5” (637.35 mm x 438.90 mm x 12.50 mm)
  • Base: 9.8” x 8.7” x 1.3” (250.00 mm x 220.00 mm x 32.20 mm)

Display

  • Screen: 28” PixelSense™ Display
  • Resolution: 4500 x 3000 (192 PPI)
  • Color settings: sRGB, DCI-P3, and Vivid
  • Individually color-calibrated display
  • Aspect Ratio: 3:2
  • Touch: 10-point multi-touch
  • Supports Surface Pen with tilt activation, Surface Dial on-screen interaction, and Zero Gravity Hinge

Memory

  • 16GB or 32GB (DDR4)

Processor

  • Intel® Core™ i7-7820HQ

Security

  • TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in

Software

  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Microsoft Office 365 30-day trial

Storage

  • 1TB or 2TB solid-state drive (SSD)

External Display Support

  • Up to two 4K UHD (@30Hz) or single 4K UHD (@60Hz)

Graphics

  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 memory
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 memory

Connections

  • 4 x USB 3.0 (one high power port)
  • Full-size SD™ card reader (SDXC) compatible
  • 1 x USB-C
  • 5 mm headphone jack
  • Compatible with Surface Dial on-screen interaction
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet port

Cameras, video, and audio

  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • Dual microphones
  • Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium

Wireless

  • Wi-Fi: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
  • Xbox Wireless built-in

Box Content

  • Surface Studio 2
  • Pen
  • Surface Keyboard
  • Surface Mouse
  • Power cord with grip-release cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Safety and warranty guide

Exterior

  • Physical buttons: Volume, Power

Weight

  • 21 lbs max (9.56 kg max)

Warranty

  • 1-year limited hardware warranty

It also costs $3,500. Or really, for a configuration with the maximum amount of memory, $4,200. That price does include the keyboard, mouse, and a Surface Pen. But not the $99 Surface Dial. A puck you place directly on the Studio’s giant display and turn and press and click to interact with apps. The Surface Studio 2 isn’t as costly or as powerful as Apple’s $5,000 iMac Pro. The machine that Microsoft is taking direct aim at with this, the price still puts it in the category of you-really-need-to-justify-it computers.

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Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha, commonly known as "nav", loves to read, play badminton, play the keyboard and sing but when she's not doing any of those, she loves to write. What started as a high school hobby to write is now her ongoing passion.

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