Hands On: Surface Studio

Posted on October 26, 2016 by Brad Sams in Hardware with 39 Comments


Today in NYC, Microsoft unveiled their latest Surface device, the Surface Studio. The AIO PC that starts at $2999 is not cheap but it also packs in a lot of features too; Make sure to check out Paul’s upcoming preview post for every detail about the device.

I did get my hands on the new dial and Studio and will say, much like all of the other products in this family, they are made of high-quality materials. The hinge, which like the Surface Book is the main part of the device that you never think of but is critically important, feels confident and it is quite easy to raise and lower the display.

While not as high-profile as the Studio, the dial is also a quality peripheral that compliments the AIO PC quite well. By pushing the device down, it functions as a button and brings up the on-screen dial and by spinning it, you get the forward and backwards scrolling/progression. It has a good feel to it but is a bit on the lighter side, was expecting it to be heavier in my hand.

Overall, the Studio appears to be a well-made machine and should hold up well to heavy use. Of course, time will tell the true story about the durability of this device but the initial impressions are that Microsoft has built something unique that should stand out in a crowd.

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    Jryoung86 Alpha Member #285 - 2 months ago

    Seems odd such a premiumum forward thinking device didn't include any USB-C ports.

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      Patrick3D Alpha Member #994 - 2 months ago
      In reply to Jryoung86:

      Even weirder is the lack of any front-facing USB ports, guess we'll have to wait for the 'S' model. Unless they are worried about the screen hitting something plugged in up front?

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      tbtalbot Alpha Member #152 - 2 months ago
      In reply to Jryoung86:

      Great observation

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      chrisrut Alpha Member #193 - 2 months ago
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    jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 2 months ago

    I saw other pictures online that show the power cable is just a customized three-prong plug, does this mean no power brick?

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    wbhite Alpha Member #120 - 2 months ago

    Strange to see Google Chrome installed.  I wonder if someone did it to troll MS.

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    dallasnorth40 Alpha Member #437 - 2 months ago

    I was just starting to look for a replacement for my aging DELL XPS desktop. I think I've found it!

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      wolters Alpha Member #390 - 2 months ago
      In reply to dallasnorth40:

      Same here...I'm trying to downsize my "computer room" and this ONE CABLE solution is so attractive...I'm also cutting back to one NAS and the rest on Amazon Cloud. Of course, wife wants hardwood floors before I pay this kind of money on a PC...LOL

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    jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 2 months ago

    I really like Rafael's point that this would probably have been better as just a monitor, then every PC could allow for these features and I would finally have a suitable docking environment for my Surface Book.

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      jbinaz Alpha Member #1378 - 2 months ago
      In reply to jr.flynn:

      Fair enough, but it gives their partners something to build.

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      jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 2 months ago
      In reply to jbinaz:

      You would hope but I bet the partners end up making their own version of this rather than filling the gaps. Look how long it took for third-party Windows Hello compatible add-ons to arrive and I thought that need was obvious too.

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    chrisrut Alpha Member #193 - 2 months ago

    Hmmm. I was right about the keyboard and mouse when it leaked a while back - they were the accoutrements to the AIO, not stand-alone products.

    But to echo another commenter - no USB C? Really? Doesn't seem right.

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    zybch Alpha Member #2568 - 2 months ago

    Those bezels are alarmingly thick.  Other than the webcam at the top, I can't understand why they're so damn large.

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    harmjr Alpha Member #1431 - 2 months ago

    I am in love.  But cant see paying that price.

    They need to make a non graphics artist version that is sub 2K price tag and im sold.

    I hope but doubt the other PC makers will copy this quickly. Hope this sells......

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    albatronas - 2 months ago

    Unfortunately it is not for everyone.... 3000$ too expensive. But I can understand that is to a specific amount of people with specific needs.....

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    Siv Alpha Member #451 - 2 months ago

    I don't know why Microsoft didn't call it an iMac II and be done with it!

    Even the mouse looks like an Apple rip off.

    Lost the plot!

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      John Chaloner Alpha Member #2204 - 2 months ago
      In reply to Siv:
      When did the iMac develope cintique like touch abilities? I assume you are a sad case pushing out clickbate, there is only one person here who has lost the plot. Pathetic.


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      Narg Alpha Member #420 - 2 months ago
      In reply to Siv:

      While it matches nothing Apple has ever made, there are some slight nuances about the device that seem somewhat Apple-like in their design.  Old school Apple, more than anything.

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      JudaZuk Alpha Member #2098 - 2 months ago
      In reply to Siv:

      Because it is nothing like an iMac?  The mouse look nothing like a Apple rip off, if you said the keyboard I might have agreed but the mouse look nothing like any Apple mouse.

      If you look at what Apple is doing to the MacBook Pro, there you see a company that lost the plot completely..  removing all function keys and the Escape button??  and replacing one of the best keyboards on any laptop with the crappy one most people hate from the MacBook?  Talk about loosing the plot.  Sure you dont use function keys as much on a Mac, like you would on a Windows PC, but the Escape button?  If you work in Photoshop, AutoCad among other things you most likely do.. a lot.  And what do you get, a touch screen stip that is absolutely pointless.  I'm looking forward to see how Apple tries to defend that crap. 

      If Apple wants to stop making MacBook Pro's just do that, why destroy one of the few decent laptops you still have before doing it. 

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      Siv Alpha Member #451 - 2 months ago
      In reply to JudaZuk:

      Here is the Surface Studio Mouse:

      Surface Studio Mouse

      Here is the Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse:

      Apple Mighty Mouse Hero

      Looks pretty close to me!