Surface Studio 2

The Surface Studio 2 is an all-in-one PC, designed and produced by Microsoft as part of its Surface series of Windows-based personal computing devices. It was announced at the Windows 10 Devices Event on October 2, 2018, two years after the release of the previous version Surface Studio, with pre-orders beginning that day.[2]

Surface Studio 2
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Product familyMicrosoft Surface
TypeAll-in-one PC
Release date2 October 2018; 3 years ago (2018-10-02)
Introductory priceUSD 3500 - 4800
Operating systemWindows 10 Pro
CPUIntel Kaby Lake quad-core processor:
2.9 up to 3.9 GHz, 8 MB cache, 45 W[1]
Memory16 or 32 GB DDR4 RAM
StorageSSD options: 1 TB or 2 TB
Removable storageFull-size SD card slot
(supports SDXC cards)
Display28 inches (71 cm) 4500x3000 (192ppi) PixelSense display with 3:2 aspect ratio with 10-point multi-touch and pen support
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of GDDR5 memory
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory
SoundStereo speakers, dual microphones, headset jack
InputKeyboard, touchpad mouse, Surface Pen, Surface Dial, sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ambient light
Connectivity802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, four USB 3.0 ports, USB-C, Gigabit Ethernet
PredecessorSurface Studio
WebsiteOfficial Site

The second desktop computer to be manufactured entirely by Microsoft, the Surface Studio uses the Windows 10 operating system with the October 2018 update preinstalled. The product, starting at $3,499, is aimed primarily at people in creative professions such as graphic artists and designers.



The Surface Studio 2 has a 28-inch 4.5K "PixelSense" display with 4500 x 3000 pixels, equivalent to 192 dpi. The screen, the thinnest ever built for an all-in-one PC at 12.5 millimetres thick,[3] is capable of being used in both the DCI-P3 and sRGB color spaces, and features a unique hinge design that allows it be tilted to a flat position, in a manner similar to the Wacom Cintiq. The bezel of the display contains a 5.0 megapixel camera and a Windows Hello-compatible backlit infrared camera.

The CPU is located in the base. Its compact design contains a 7th generation (codename "Kaby Lake") Core i7 processor and either a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or GeForce GTX 1070 graphics processor (both dependent on configuration). The system can be configured with up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 2 terabyte SSD. It also features four USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port, an SDXC card reader and a headset connection.

Unlike many desktop PCs, the Surface Studio 2 supports Microsoft's Modern Standby (formerly known as InstantGo) specification, enabling background tasks to operate while the computer is sleeping.

Surface Studio 2 Configuration Options[4]
Price Tier (USD) CPU Integrated GPU RAM Internal Storage
3,499 Intel Core i7-7820HQ (2.9 to 3.9 GHz) GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 16 GB 1 TB SSD
4,199 GeForce GTX 1070 8GB 32 GB
4,799 2 TB SSD


Microsoft specially designed its Surface Mouse and Surface Keyboard to work with the Surface Studio 2. It is also compatible with the Surface Pen and a newly created accessory, the Surface Dial. The latter consists of a round disk that can be placed on the display and rotated to perform various actions, such as scrolling, zooming, adjusting the volume, among others, with precision. Developers can utilize its APIs to integrate its functionality into their own products.


The Surface Studio 2 received generally positive reviews from technology critics. Many praised the large high resolution display, build quality and high performance of the GPU. Criticisms included the high entry price of the device, the all rear-facing I/O ports and the use of last generation mobile Intel quad core (as opposed to current generation six core) CPU.


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  1. ^ "Intel® Core™ i7-7820HQ Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz) Specifications". Intel Corporation. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
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  3. ^ "Microsoft Surface Studio 2 Tech Specs". Microsoft. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Microsoft Surface Studio 2 tech specs

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