Two years ago, Microsoft released its first desktop computer, the stunning Surface Studio. The Studio was an all-in-one PC with a massive, 28-inch touchscreen display that could pivot like an easel to lay almost flat for drawing and artwork. It’s no exaggeration to say that the Studio is one of the most head-turning PC designs ever released. But despite its gorgeous, futuristic design, the Studio was far from perfect. Even though it was a desktop computer, it was powered by laptop-class processors and graphics cards, which were already a generation behind at its release. Instead of a modern, speedy SSD, it used a hybrid drive that was slower and more prone to failure. On top of that, the Studio was downright expensive. You could reasonably expect to pay more for the Studio’s groundbreaking design and stunning display, but its internal hardware didn’t line up with its sticker price. So, for the new, $3,499 and up, Surface Studio 2 Microsoft did the obvious things: it … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Studio 2 review: form meets function
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Despite the love for the Mac in the professional creative community, Apple has left the door open as of late. With updates to beloved products like the iMac and Mac Pro few and far between, some are wondering if they should turn elsewhere for their creative needs. It’s the perfect time for Microsoft to fully embrace the Pro community in a way that keeps their needs in mind. The Surface Studio 2 is just what they need — or at least, it desperately wants to be. With a beautiful 28-inch display, an updated processor and graphics card, and the same impressive tilt functionality for comfortable sketching, it has a lot of things going for it. With a starting price of $3,500, it’s not for the faint of heart. But in return you get a computer unlike any other. Move over, iMac When the original Surface Studio came out in 2016, no one saw it coming. Microsoft making a desktop PC? It felt a little backwards at the time (though we did like the original). In retrospect, it made a … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Studio 2 review
On Oct. 2, Microsoft will try to steal the spotlight from Apple and Amazon, and the zillion products they collectively announced in September -- and get ahead of whatever Google has planned for its upcoming event on Oct. 9 (hint: it's the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL).According to the latest industry rumors, Microsoft intends to use its October event to show off the next version of its Surface portfolio, which could include new or updated hardware, software and services. But given the breadth of Microsoft's business, the unpredictability of the Surface line and the fact that Microsoft hasn't announced anything officially, we still don't know exactly what we're in for. Watch: How to watch this fall's biggest tech announcementsMicrosoft has an uneven track record when it comes to the Surface line, varying between periods of radical experimentation (e.g., the original Surface Pro, the Surface Studio PC) and modest, incremental upgrades (e.g., the 2017 Surface Pro). The company has often said it … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface: Rumored specs, features, leaks, price, release date
New Surface devices will be arriving at some point, but for now Microsoft offers four Surface device families within its portfolio comprising the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book and Surface Studio. The latest to launch is the Surface Book 2, the updated version of the Surface Book, which comes in 13 and 15-inch versions. Each Surface has a touchscreen, but only three of them are "mobile", as one of them is an eye-catching all-in-one that sits on a desk and one of them runs a sandboxed version of Windows known as Windows 10 S.Confused about which one might be the one for you? No worries. It's not as complicated as it first seems and to help you figure out the differences between them all and work out which is the best for your requirements, we've compared each of the four Surface device families spec-by-spec to give you a better idea of which is best for you.Quick summaryThe Surface Pro is the cheapest Surface device overall. It's a Windows 10 Pro PC that also offers … [Read more...] about Which is the best Microsoft Surface device for you?
Here we go again: Mac vs PC, Apple vs Microsoft. This time around, it's the battle of the top-tier all-in-ones, the upcoming iMac Pro up against the Surface Studio. They're both high-end devices primarily targeting creative and media professionals, but there are as many differences as there are similarities between them, and there's a lot to break down. Want to read more about the iMac Pro? We have an iMac Pro review and our comparison of the iMac vs the iMac Pro. You can also read our comparison of all the 'pro' Macs. Price and availability Before we dive into the hardware itself, let's take a look at two of the most important questions: when can you buy them, and how much do they cost? The Surface Studio is out now in both the UK and the US, and starts from £2,999/$2,999 for the base model. There are two other configurations available, with the mid-range going for £3,549/$3,499, and the top-tier version priced at £4,249/$4,199. But if you thought the Surface Studio was … [Read more...] about Head to head: the megapowerful iMac Pro vs Microsoft’s Surface Studio