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Microsoft announces Surface Studio particularly designed for content creators

By Ashley Lucas & Kenny Yeo - on 27 Oct 2016, 11:15am

Microsoft announces Surface Studio particularly designed for content creators

Four years ago, Microsoft embarked on their incredible project to create their own hardware, which gave us the Surface family of products. Although the first couple of Surface hardware were not very well received, Microsoft finally hit the jackpot with the Surface Pro 3 – a tablet that we called a true notebook killer.

At an event in New York City, Microsoft announced the latest addition to its Surface family of devices, a new all-in-one system called the Microsoft Surface Studio.

The Surface Studio has been designed specially for content creators, and so it’s only natural that it has features that will appeal to creators.

To begin, the Surface Studio looks absolutely gorgeous. It has a super thin display, which measures 12.5mm thick. The LCD display that sits inside is just 1.3mm thick. It’s a 28-inch PixelSense display that supports TrueColor and outputs 13.5 million pixels for a display resolution of 4500 x 3000 pixels, and that’s 63 percent more pixels than a 4K TV.

One nifty feature of the display is that it can switch between DCI-P3 color space to sRGB on the fly. It’s a touchscreen display, too, and features a mic array so users can activate Cortana from across the room.

Inside, the Surface Studio can be spec'ed with either a sixth generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, and can also be equipped with up to 32GB of RAM. As for graphics, users can choose from either a GeForce GTX 965M or the more powerful GeForce GTX 980M. Yeah, sadly, there's no option for NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 1080 or GTX 1070. Storage will come in the form of a 1TB or 2TB Rapid Hybrid Drive.

And, in its base, users will find all of its connectivity options. There's an audio jack, an SD card reader, Mini-DisplayPort, Ethernet, and four USB 3.0 ports.

The cool thing about the Surface Studio, however, is that it can be folded nearly flat onto the table. That’s not new, but what’s new is that in this mode users can use the new Surface Dial accessory to interact with the Surface Studio to give more freedom and make creating content far effective for various types of content creators.

Surface Dial is a product meant to help creators change and speed up their workflows. It can be used on the desk or on the Surface Studio's display itself to create radial menus for quick actions and processes. It looks pretty nifty, and has to be seen in action to fully appreciate how it works. The Surface Dial will also work with the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book.

The Microsoft Surface Studio is now available for pre-order with prices beginning at US$ 2,999. The Surface Studio will also come with a Surface Pen, Surface Keyboard, and Surface Mouse. The Surface Dial is sold separately for US$ 99.99.

Retail availability is later this holiday season, but in limited quantities.