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Microsoft Surface Studio

Microsoft Surface Studio
alaScore 100

39 reviews

Dec, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews of Microsoft Surface Studio. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability. The usability also gets good feedback. Some have doubts about the price. There are some mixed reviews about the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Microsoft Surface Studio is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 100/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Matt Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Microsoft Surface Studio review

 

Need it or not, you're going to want Microsoft's Surface Studio.

Beautiful design ; Simple, intuitive hinge ; The best PC touchscreen, ever ; Respectable performance, for an all-in-one ; Solid bundled peripherals

Extremely slow hard drive ; Last-generation graphics hardware ; Dial is a $100 add-on, of questionable use

Falling in love with the Studio is easy, and it happens at first glance. The beautiful display, elegant design, and featherweight hinge make for instant appeal.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Mark Hachman (pcworld.com)

Microsoft Surface Studio review: Creativity is a sublime, pricey experience

 

Microsoft's Surface Studio is a category-defining product whose gorgeous display and clever Surface Dial change the way we use PCs—for a lofty price.

A simply gorgeous 4.5K touchscreen ; Microsoft's optional Surface Dial significantly improves the experience ; Eliminates separate drawing tablet by letting you ink on the display

Placing all expansion ports on the rear of the base is inconvenient ; Massive display reflects quite a bit of light ; A premium experience with a premium price attached

The Surface Dial is the Surface Studio's most innovative accessory. Some Mac users might consider it Microsoft’s $100 version of the control knob, an accessory which debuted about four years ago as a wired controller for the Mac. (Griffin has anytime...

Apr, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Matthew Buzzi (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Studio

 

The Microsoft Surface Studio is a gorgeous desktop PC and a capable digital creation tool in a single package. It brings innovation to a relatively stagnant space and provides an elegant solution to multi-product work for artists and designers.

Stunning design. Elegant all-in-one digital creation solution. Fast performance. Super-thin display with fantastic image quality. Responsive, accurate touch screen for art and design work.

Doesn't use the latest components. Lacks expandability options.

You might want to wait for version 2.0 with newer parts if you're concerned about performance. But I can assure you that in its current form, the Microsoft Surface Studio is a joy to use and work on. It's a beautiful, innovative marriage of form and...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Brett Howse (anandtech.com)

The Microsoft Surface Studio Review

 

Microsoft has only been in the PC system game for a few years now, but over the last couple of years they have made a lot of progress rather quickly. These days they have a solid foundation of products available, with the Surface Pro 4 being one of the...

The price on the Surface Studio is going to deter many people, but the Surface line seems to be more about offering a product that showcases the best of Windows 10, and Microsoft is leaving enough room for other manufacturers to come into the category...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: Tom Warren (theverge.com)

Microsoft Surface Studio review: a beautiful invader of Apple's base

 

The last desktop PC I owned was a 2009 iMac. I now use a laptop every day for work, connected up to two monitors and a keyboard and mouse. Desktop computing hasn't really changed for nearly 40...

Stunning display with 3:2 aspect ratio ; Thin and handsome industrial design ; Pen, touchscreen, and Dial support

Old CPU and GPU ; Can't use as a monitor ; Dial needs more apps and a better base

Touch, pen, and Dial all in one display

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Microsoft's Surface Studio proves desktops can still be cool

 

The Surface Studio is exactly the sort of twist on desktops you'd expect from Microsoft. It's fast and sports a gorgeous screen, but most importantly its screen-bending gimmick is actually useful. Just be prepared to spend a lot for the privilege of...

Powerful for most creative tasks ; Gorgeous display ; Screen tilting function is genuinely useful ; Responsive stylus ; Dial has the potential to be very useful

Limited to mobile graphics ; Expensive for the hardware you get ; No upgradeability

The Surface Studio is both familiar and new. It empowers us to work the way we always have, while also giving us entirely new modes of productivity. Personally, that's a philosophy I can get behind -- especially when you contrast it with Apple's habit...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Microsoft Surface Studio review

 

Everyone likes an underdog, and in the case of computer hardware, tech giant Microsoft is the dog at the bottom of the pile. After years of letting hardware partners like Dell, HP and Lenovo build an army of Windows laptops and desktops , Microsoft is...

The Surface Studio has a fantastic 28-inch screen with excellent color, mounted on smooth hinges that fold down to an artist-friendly angle. The excellent Surface Pen stylus returns and the new Surface Dial shows promise. Every model has good-to-great...

Surface Studio is extremely expensive, and doesn't include the flashy Dial accessory by default. It skips newer graphics chips that support VR hardware. Support for the Dial is limited right now, and even compatible programs don't always use it in a...

Microsoft's ambitious love letter to creative professionals is the touchscreen iMac of your dreams -- albeit crazy expensive and running Windows.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Brad Chacos (pcworld.com)

Meet the sleek Surface Studio all-in-one, Microsoft's first-ever desktop PC

 

Microsoft's $2,999 Surface Studio all-in-one represents the company's first foray into traditional desktop PCs—and a direct rival to Apple's 5K iMac.

Powering that many pixels takes significant hardware , and the Surface Studio doesn’t disappoint. Microsoft’s all-in-one packs a quad-core Core i7 processor, a 2TB “Rapid Hybrid Drive,” an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M, and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM—a crucial...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: (zdnet.com)

Microsoft Surface Studio, First Take: An appealing all-in-one debut, but the price is high

 

Microsoft turned heads and grabbed headlines when it unveiled the all-in-one Surface Studio towards the end of last year. The Studio combined the striking all-in-one design of Apple's iMac with Microsoft's own touch-screen technology for Windows, a...

Expert review by: Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Microsoft Surface Studio Review and Ratings

 

The prettiest PC to land on our test bench, the Studio has a tilting screen and a pen that will appeal to digital artists with lots of cash or credit. The hardware is a step behind for the price, though, so waiting for an updated model might be smart.

Arguably, the nicest-looking all-in-one desktop ever designed ; Excellent beyond-4K screen ; Integrated power supply means no brick to hide

Expensive in every available configuration ; Last-generation graphics, CPU mean you can't watch streaming 4K content or plug in a VR headset ; No USB-Type C/Thunderbolt 3 ports ; Surface Dial costs $99 extra, needs better traction

A big part of the Surface Studio's appeal, apart from its attractive looks, is that there's nothing else quite like it.

Apr, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Audio Premium
Built-in Microphone:Y
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Number of Speakers:2

Design

Color of product:Silver / Silver, White

Display

Aspect Ratio:3:2
Detachable display:N
Display Diagonal:28
Display Resolution:4500 x 3000
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight:Y
Screen shape:Flat
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 4
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191B
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® HD Graphics 530
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 32 / 8
Maximum internal memory:32

Multimedia

Built-in camera:Y
Camera Resolution:1920 x 1080
Total megapixels:5

Networking

Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Drivers included:Y
Keyboard supplied:Y
Manual:Y
Mouse included:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Product type:All-in-One PC
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y

Ports & interfaces

Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Power

Autonomy mode:N

Processor

Bus type:DMI3
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM,LPDDR3-SDRAM,DDR4-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.6
Processor cache:8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor code:SR2FU
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor cores:4
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:2.7
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i7-6820HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i7-6800 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA 1440
Processor threads:8
Stepping:R0
System bus rate:8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:Y
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
Processor ARK ID:88970
Processor package size:42
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Software

Operating system installed:Windows 10 Pro

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD,SDHC,SDXC / SD,SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 2000
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 64
Storage media:Hybrid-HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1064 / 1128 / 2128

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (without stand):0.449 / 0.492
Height (without stand):17.3
Weight:21.1
Width (without stand):25.1