By Pranay S.
Hi, I’m Pranay, and this is my tech column. I will be writing reviews and my opinions on tech. I will review it based on the specs from a student’s perspective, not based on the looks or on the gimmicks. So, welcome!
Today I will be writing about the Microsoft Surface Studio, Microsoft’s first desktop computer. The Surface Studio is designed for creative professionals, not for students like me. The Surface Studio’s main feature is the Surface Dial. The Surface Dial is like a knob that you can use to make color transitions and other features.
The Review: I have actually never used this computer, so I will be reviewing this based on the specs to provide the most unbiased review I can. The specs are impressive, with up to 32 GB of RAM. The base model has an 8GB Intel i5 processor and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M graphics card. This means that the base model should be able to handle graphically intense games fairly well. Those specs mean that it should be able to handle the tasks that most middle school students do on a daily basis. The Surface Studio’s display resolution is amazing, as it is above 4K. Microsoft’s displays are known as “PixelSense” displays. This means that your YouTube videos will look AMAZING (if you choose the 4K option). The screen size is 28”, which means that it is more than two times as large as Microsoft’s second largest device (Surface Book). The display is larger than Apple’s largest iMac, which makes it better than that for architects and designers. While we’re on the topic of design, let’s talk about the Zero Gravity Hinge. The Zero Gravity Hinge is the hinge that holds the screen in place. It is supposed to mean that the monitor kind of floats in zero gravity and stays there. Because of this, it is effortless to move to the exact position you want, tilt it any way you want, point forwards, backwards and you can even put it into the lowest settings and pretty much lie on top of it.
The Surface Pen, the stylus for all Surface devices, has palm rejection and 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. If you’re the artistic type, then that’s good news for you. The Surface Dial, a new product introduced alongside the Studio, is a knob that can attach to the Studio’s screen. This can zoom in or out and change the color of the (digital) brush you’re using. The biggest disadvantage of the Dial is that it’s not compatible with all softwares. The Dial isn’t even compatible with some of the Adobe Suite apps.
The Effect: This product will change the entire market for all-in-ones. It is designed for creative pros, and is quite expensive. This product will definitely carve a niche for itself in the market.
The Verdict: The Surface Studio is a powerful all-in-one that can handle most people’s everyday tasks. Even though it is quite powerful, and has a lot of nifty features, it’s main downside is its price. Starting at USD 3,000, this doesn’t come cheap. If you can afford it, it is a great alternative to other computers such as the HP Envy 27, Dell XPS 27, and iMac.