For some time now, desktops seem to have taken a backseat, thanks to our generation’s gradual bend towards laptops and MacBooks. But, things are about to get a little more interesting as Microsoft introduces its first ever desktop computer that turns into a digital drafting table and trust us; it’s going to blow your mind. This computer, called the Surface Studio, is Microsoft’s first desktop PC. Similar to the iMac, this desktop will be an all-in-one device.
Talking about the design, the PC has a sleek aluminum body with 28 inch screen on top of a stand. In fact, Microsoft also displayed a new accessory called the Surface dial – this device augments computer mice and gives users a precise way to zoom into images and perform other actions as well. The display is touch sensitive and can be worked on with both your hands and a stylus well. There is also a ‘zero gravity’ hinge in the stand that allows you to position screen at an angle so that you can write and draw on it. In fact, it is this amalgamation of pen, touch and Dial that makes working on the illustrations fun and interesting.
The Surface Studio starts at $2,999 (around Rs 3 Lakh) and will be shipped in limited quantities this holiday season with broader availability in early 2017. In terms of specifications, the device is powered by the 6th Generation Intel Core processors that are accelerated by NVIDIA GeForce GPU for great performance and power. It offers 2TB storage, 32 GB RAM and 2.1 virtual surround speakers. It comes with four USB 3.0 ports, a mini display port, one SD card slot and an Ethernet port. This device is said to be compatible with the Surface Pro and Surface Book. According to Microsoft, this desktop has the thinnest ever LCD monitor with a 28-inch display that has 13.5 million pixels and a 4.5K ultra-HD screen. The monitor has a feature known as ‘true scale’ that helps the users preview designs in their real-world size.
Do you think Microsoft is trying to remind us of how cool they are? Well, if that’s the case, we think their purpose is served, to some extent.