Surface Studio 2
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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.
|Product family||Microsoft Surface|
|Release date||2 October 2018|
|Introductory price||USD 3500 - 4800|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Pro|
|CPU||Intel Kaby Lake quad-core processor:|
2.9 up to 3.9 GHz, 8 MB cache, 45 W
|Memory||16 or 32 GB DDR4 RAM|
|Storage||SSD options: 1 TB or 2 TB|
|Removable storage||Full-size SD card slot |
(supports SDXC cards)
|Display||28 inches (71 cm) 4500x3000 (192ppi) PixelSense display with 3:2 aspect ratio with 10-point multi-touch and pen support|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of GDDR5 memory|
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory
|Sound||Stereo speakers, dual microphones, headset jack|
|Input||Keyboard, touchpad mouse, Surface Pen, Surface Dial, sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ambient light|
|Connectivity||802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, four USB 3.0 ports, USB-C, Gigabit Ethernet|
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, 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|
|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.
- "Intel® Core™ i7-7820HQ Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz) Specifications". Intel Corporation. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
- "Microsoft Surface Studio 2 Tech Specs". Microsoft. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
- Microsoft Surface Studio 2 tech specs