After months of rumors and speculation, Microsoft finally unveiled its anticipated AIO (all-in-one) PC and the company’s Windows 10 event in New York City. Named Surface Studio, the device is aimed at, and geared towards professionals in the creative industries.
Its 28-inch PixelSense touch display is lauded by the tech giant as the slimmest display ever to hit the market, featuring a forged aluminum enclosure. The display has an aspect ratio of 3:2 and a resolution of 4500 x 3000. It also supports the Surface Pen, which is thrown in when you by the AIO. There’s also another optional accessory called the Surface Dial which interacts with the display to increase user control.
Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the Surface Studio is the fact that its display can be positioned at unconventional angles as low as 20 degrees. This gives modern professionals more flexibility in terms of where are how they choose to work – in a world where professionals are more likely to work in coffee shops, sleeper trains or at home in bed, the Surface Studio’s ‘zero gravity’ hinges allow maximum comfort where other devices might be awkward.
Stripped down to the important features, we can see that this Microsoft AIO hosts an Intel Core i7 – a sixth generation processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M GPU along with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM 32GB system RAM, plus a 2-terrabyte hybrid storage drive.
For digital nomads, who typically work tax-free by country-hopping every few months, there is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for them to take extra crisp selfies of themselves sipping coconut juice by the pool, ready to upload for their friends back home to see when they get home from another day at the office. Not only that, but the Surface Studio boasts 2.1 stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium enhancements and an integrated transceiver for the XBOX’s wireless controller.
Pre-orders are being taken now in the U.S., from $2,999. There is no word on when the Surface System will be available internationally.