The new Microsoft Surface Studio is an all-in-one computer with a huge display – this concept is not exactly something that we have never seen before, however, this device is something very different that sets it apart from the rest.
You only need to take a look at the ‘Introduction’ video to get a sense of what is so unique about the Studio. I remember having a big “wow” moment when watching it for the first time and I still feel the same.
As it is now available to buy in Australia and New Zealand, I wanted to put together this guide to give a general overview of the Surface Studio. I wanted to also give some insight into how its design and features come together to offer a unique experience – this device creates a user experience, unlike many others, particularly to those in the industry the Studio is clearly aimed at – creative professionals.
The Surface Studio is not going to appeal to everyone. There are a number of features and certain technology offered here which clearly make it designed for those in the professional market – photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, architects, and so on.
At first glance, the display is the most noticeable feature, therefore I’m going to start by mentioning that. It’s a 28-inch razor-sharp PixelSense Touch Display that is guaranteed to make your work stand out.
Particularly interesting is the ratio of this display. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which means its height is almost the same as its width. This provides better canvas size to work with compared to widescreen displays we commonly see.
For a long time, the standard form computers is to have had their displays stay upright. When working in apps like Adobe’s Photoshop, or browsing the web, and most other tasks this is completely fine. However, when it comes to drawing and illustrating a flat surface is naturally better.
The hinge on the Surface Studio can be pushed down to make the display lay at a 20-degree angle. Providing an almost flat surface for working with. This turns the Surface Studio practically into a drafting table, giving a much better experience.
Pen and Dial
When you buy the Surface Studio it comes with a mouse and keyboard, but it also comes with something else – a surface pen. The surface pen allows for natural writing, drawing, and annotating on the display with an impressive 1,024 pressure points.
Furthermore, there is also another accessory to improve workflow called a Dial – a device you can place on the display, click and hold in certain applications to bring up menus and tools. For example, a rotation in a drawing application will change brush types, or colour, and more.
Australian and New Zealand Pricing
You can now buy the Surface Studio in Australia and New Zealand online in three models. Every model has the same design and comes with a Surface Pen, Keyboard, Mouse, and Windows 10 Pro – however, the internal specifications, memory RAM, and storage sizes do vary.
- 1 TB, Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM: A$4,599/NZ$5,199
- 2 TB / Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM: A$5,499/NZ$6,099
- 2 TB / Intel Core i7, 32 GB RAM: A$6,599/NZ$7,299
Surface Studio releases April 27th, 2017 and can be purchased from the Microsoft Store.