Surface Studio Discussion Thread

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  1. kvoram

    kvoram Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    So, Microsoft just announced the newest member of the Surface family, the Surface Studio.

    28" 3:2 display, 4500x3000, 13.5 million pixels with 192ppi
    Touch-screen and N-Trig support
    Quad-core Skylake CPU
    2GB GTX965 or 4GB GTX980 graphics
    1-2 TB SSHD, no true SSD, actual SSD cache size unknown
    8-32 GB RAM
    Mic array for Cortana control around the room

    Surface Dial controller:
    Basic compatiblity with SP4 and SB, full compatiblity only with Studio
    More Infos: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/accessories/surface-dial

    Prices:

    i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSHD, 2GB GTX965: $2999
    i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSHD, 2GB GTX965: $3499
    i7, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSHD, 4GB GTX980: $4199
    Surface Dial: $99

    More infos: https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Surface-Studio/productID.5074015900


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    Let's start the discussion!

    Full Specs:

    Display
    Screen: 28" PixelSense Display
    Resolution: 4500 x 3000 (192 DPI)
    Color settings: Adobe sRGB, DCI-P3 and Vivid Color Profiles, Individually color calibrated
    Touch: 10-point multi-touch
    Aspect Ratio: 3:2
    Surface Pen
    Zero Gravity Hinge

    Processor
    Quad-core 6th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7

    Graphics
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GPU GDDR5 memory or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB GPU GDDR5 memory

    Storage
    Rapid hybrid drive options: 1TB or 2TB

    Memory
    8GB, 16GB, or 32GB RAM

    Wireless
    Wi-Fi: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible
    Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
    Xbox Wireless built-in3

    Dimensions and weight
    Display: 25.09 x 17.27 x 0.44 in (637.35 x 438.90 x 11.4 mm)
    Base: 9.84 x 8.66 x 1.26 in (250.00 x 220.00 x 32.20 mm)
    Weight: 21.07 lbs max (9.56 kg)

    Connections and expansions
    4 USB 3.0
    Full-size SD card reader (SDXC compatible)
    Mini Displayport
    3.5mm headset jack
    1 Gigabit Ethernet Port
    Compatible with Surface Dial onscreen interaction1

    Cameras
    Windows Hello2 face sign-in camera 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video

    Audio
    Dual microphones
    Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
    3.5mm headset jack

    Buttons and keyboard
    Physical buttons: Volume and power
    Surface Pen
    Surface Keyboard
    Surface Mouse

    Security
    TPM chip for enterprise security
    Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello2 face sign-in

    In the box
    Surface Studio
    Surface Pen
    Surface Keyboard
    Surface Mouse
    Power cord with grip-release cable
     
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  2. Kumabjorn

    Kumabjorn ***** is back Senior Member

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    Sounds like a graphic artist's wet dream to me, but then I'm an easily exited kind or girl.

    Twitter is to communications as haiku is to literature.
     
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  3. kvoram

    kvoram Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    It is very tempting, but then again, I don't need one and a Cintiq 27HD is also very nice. But both are something that I wouldn't want to pay for ;)
    I just hope I can get my Cintiq 22HD working again, that would lower my excitement again.
     
  4. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Looks great, I'd really want one for the office and two for at home. If only I was rich enough to make $10k a negligible amount.

    Minor niggle, I guess if you want to rapidly share those giant media creations, you need a USB3-to-ethernet adapter, or am I overlooking a port?

    Edit: correction, turns out there is an ethernet port on the base. Good!
     
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  5. Marty

    Marty Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    For those wondering how the pixel density compares to other drawing monitors, I whipped up this funnel chart to give rough idea of how much is visible within 1" of screen area:

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    You can see that the SS lies comfortably above desktop Cintiqs, a little above a FHD 13.3" screen, but below recent QHD+ laptop screens.

    Overall, quite a good balance for overall viewing and doing detailed work in my opinion.

    For those interested, here is the compiled data:

    Surface Studio
    (4500x3000 @ 28") - 193.15 PPI, 0.1315mmdot pitch, 37309 PPI²

    (vs. desktop Cintiqs)
    Cintiq 22HD (1920x1080 @ 21.5") - 102.46 PPI, 0.2479mm dot pitch, 10498 PPI²
    Cintiq 24HD (1920x1200 @ 24.1") - 93.95 PPI, 0.2704mm dot pitch, 8826 PPI²
    Cintiq 27QHD (2560x1440 @ 27.0") - 108.79 PPI, 0.2335mm dot pitch, 11834 PPI²

    (vs. portable Cintiqs)
    Cintiq 13HD / Cintiq Companion (1920x1080 @ 13.3") - 165.63 PPI, 0.1534mm dot pitch, 27434 PPI²
    Cintiq Companion 2 / Mobile Studio Pro 13 (2560 x 1440 @ 13.3") - 220.84 PPI, 0.115mm dot pitch, 48772 PPI²
    Mobile Studio Pro 16 (3840 x 2160 @ 15.6") - 282.42 PPI, 0.0899mm dot pitch, 79763 PPI²

    (vs. other Surfaces)
    Surface 3 (1920x1280 @ 10.8") - 213.66 PPI, 0.1189mm dot pitch, 45652 PPI²
    Surface Pro 4 (2736x1824 @ 12.3") - 267.34 PPI, 0.095mm dot pitch, 71470 PPI²
    Surface Book (3000x2000 @ 13.5") - 267.08 PPI, 0.0951mm dot pitch, 71331 PPI²

    Edit: Added the 5K iMac for curiosity's sake.

    Retina 5K iMac (5120x2880 @ 27") - 217.57 PPI, 0.1167mm dot pitch, 47337 PPI²
     
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  6. kvoram

    kvoram Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Good thinking, @JoeS . It does have a 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, Microsoft just forgot it in the store specs, but it is listed at the non-store page.
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  7. Marty

    Marty Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    My question is, is it possible to make that base VESA mountable?

    This would allow many artists to integrate it into their existing monitor arm setups.
     
  8. steven

    steven Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Upon seeing the video i immediately thought about building something structurally similar to this, just more stable:


    So since there's the Surface Dial which basically is Microsofts interpretation of Wacoms remote, is it safe to assume that we'll see/hear something about Dual Protocol Pen compatibility soon? I couldn't find anything about it in the specs so far, but maybe i'm blind.
     
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  9. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Is that a memory card slot on the back? That's not going to be annoying at all! :D

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  10. kvoram

    kvoram Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I doubt there is a VESA mount. Also, the way I see it, the Studio needs the base to fixate the screen at angle when you want to use the pen. Contrary to the Cintiq, this does not have multiple angles to use the Pen at.
     
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