Why Microsoft’s new Surface studio is a dream come through for artists

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Microsoft has added a new member to its Surface family and this time it’s a desktop. Surface Studio as it is named, the PC comes touting an all-in-one form factor, but the most interesting part of it’s design is how it can be converted into a drawing board.

Surface Studio has a stunning 4k resolution touchscreen display with an output of 13.5 million pixels.  Panos Panay, who leads Microsoft’s devices team says that this is 63 % more than a 4K television. The  12.5 mm LCD monitor selfed within a 28 inch aluminum enclosure, is said to be thinnest one in the world.   


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Surface Studio with True Color technology support expanded color output, which can be critical for designers, photographers and videographers.

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The  ‘zero gravity’ hinge on the stand allows the monitor to tilt to a 20 degree angle, which is convenient for Drawing.

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The touchscreen has a built-in Pam rejection, which will allow users to avoid unwanted inputs. With support for stylus, this system should be a dream to draw on.

We have all heard of a stylus, but is a surface dial, this will truly be an artist’s best friend. This input device when used on the screen  pops up a radial menu, which can allow effortless access to different tools, like colour select or  brunch options. The dial can can also be used to navigate and zoom through an Image, which can make adding detail very easy.

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The Surface Studio start at $2,999 and go up to  $4,199. It will be shipped in limited quantities this holiday season and will have broader availability in early 2017.

Full specs of Surface Studio

Display: 28-inch 4500 x 3000 PixelSense LCD (192 PPI), 3:2 aspect ratio, Adobe sRGB and DCI-P color settings, 10-point multitouch

Processor: sixth-gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7

Storage: 1TB or 2TB hybrid drive

RAM: 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM

Graphics: GeForce GTX 965M 2GB (in Core i5 Studio) or GTX 980M 4GB (in Core i7 Studio)

Camera: 5MP front camera with Windows Hello support, 1080p video rear camera

Connectivity:  4 USB 3.0 (one high power), 3.5mm headphone jack, SD card slot, Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0.