Surface Studio 2 flaunts its upgraded display and internals

It's definitely Surface day today. Along with the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2, Microsoft announced the new desk-bound Surface Studio 2 at its event today. The existing machine was already impressive, so let's see what's new this time around.

The upgraded Studio 2 packs a quad-core, eight-thread Core i7-7820HQ processor clocked at up to 3.9 GHz. That CPU comes paired with either 16 GB or 32 GB of RAM. The Nvidia graphics cards inside have been upgraded to GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 1070 models. 

The previous-gen Studio already had one of the finest displays around, and Microsoft has reportedly improved it still. The company says the upgraded wide-gamut pixel slab is 38% brighter and has 22% more contrast than its predecessor. Microsoft remarks that the latest Surface Pen support offers 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The Studio 2 does away with hybrid disk drives. There are now 1-TB and 2-TB solid-state drives as available storage options. In a rather odd move, Microsoft actually added a USB Type-C port to the Studio 2, unlike on the Surface Pro 6 and Laptop 2. There's no telling whether said port offers Thunderbolt connectivity, however.

The Surface Studio 2 goes for $3499 with a 1-TB SSD and 16 GB of RAM. Upgrading to 32 GB of RAM pushes the price to $4199, and the top-end models with 2 TB of solid-state storage and 32 GB of RAM goes for $4799. Buyers can expect their machines to arrive on November 15.

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    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 1 year ago

    Amazing device, but that price… for a desktop! With middling specs… Its a thousand dollar computer with a thousand dollar monitor and a 3 thousand dollar looks surcharge.

    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    I was tasked with getting a couple of newer machines for our main reception in the lobby and assumed budget didn’t matter.

    Despite the mediocre specs, I thought the Surface Studio looked really good and for a “form over function” device quoted two of them.

    I was rejected outright on cost grounds. Yeah, they’re nice. No they’re not good value. They’re not even poor value, they’re just an outright rip off.

    We went with Macs. That’s how bad the value proposition is of the Surface Studios. Apple undercut Microsoft by almost 100% !!

      • meerkt
      • 1 year ago

      You got a new Mac for $35?!

        • WasabiVengeance
        • 1 year ago

        Surface Studio 2 w/ 16gb ram, 1tb ssd, and geforce 1060, $3499
        27″ iMac w/ 16gb ram, 1tb ssd, Radeon 570, $2699. Not 100%, but the mac looks significantly cheaper. Definitely prefer the port selection on the mac.

        And you really can’t underestimate the value of commercially supported pre-installed unix. That’s worth quite a bit by itself.

          • blastdoor
          • 1 year ago

          The Unix part would be true if apple sold a real pro desktop

            • WasabiVengeance
            • 1 year ago

            Eh, lots of us find unix/unix-like os’es valuable on any level of device.

      • Pville_Piper
      • 1 year ago

      “I was tasked with getting a couple of newer machines for our main reception in the lobby and assumed budget didn’t matter.”

      Well then, I see that MS stepped up to the plate on that one!

      • Peter.Parker
      • 1 year ago

      [quote<]...by almost 100%[/quote<] I don't think it means what you think it means.

        • Chrispy_
        • 1 year ago

        Me, wrong? Inconceivable!

        Surface Studios with 16GB/1TB were £7100
        iMacs with 16GB/1TB were £3800.

          • Peter.Parker
          • 1 year ago

          Well, if 87 is almost 100, then you are right.
          7100 = 3800 * 186.8%

          But I do see your point. The prices are much closer in US/Canada.

            • Chrispy_
            • 1 year ago

            Regardless of what the threshold for “almost” is, the new one is $4799 and for that you get a lowly quad-core, $350 SSD, and $250 of RAM. The remaining $4000 is apparently on an overpriced 4K touchscreen.

            (okay, it’s 4.5K, but honestly, the PPI is so high at 28″ that you’d need to be superhuman to notice the difference).

    • CScottG
    • 1 year ago

    -missing one of the more important aspects of info. for this item:

    “Microsoft is also supporting tilt functionality on the Surface Pen with the Surface Studio 2.” (..from the “Verge”.)

      • End User
      • 1 year ago

      Now it’s worth it!

    • End User
    • 1 year ago

    No i9.

    No i9.

    No i9.

    No i9.

    No i9.

    $5,000

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      Between pricing on this and pricing on the new portables, it’s obvious (to me) that MS doesn’t really want to sell computers. They must be trying to avoid the ire of their OEMs.

      • kvndoom
      • 1 year ago

      Math checks out.

      • TheRazorsEdge
      • 1 year ago

      It’s not intended to compete with high-performance PCs.

      It has an extremely nice display and works with the Surface Pen. It’s intended for hobbyist and entry-level professional content creation.

      It competes with something like the Cintiq in that market, and the largest Cintiq options run $2500 for 24 inches or $1700 for 22 inches.

      Big shocker here: They don’t care about your valuation because you’re simply not their market.

        • End User
        • 1 year ago

        Hobbyist?

        Entry-level?

        Are you high?

    • BillyBuerger
    • 1 year ago

    Apparently I haven’t been paying attention to how bad memory prices were these days. I didn’t realize that a 16GB stick of memory cost $700.

      • Convert
      • 1 year ago

      The Apple Tax, coming to a Windows device near you.

    • DancinJack
    • 1 year ago

    I wouldn’t buy one, but the Studio machines are pretty slick. I hope people that actually use them like them.

      • sweatshopking
      • 1 year ago

      I love to play with them at the MS store, but that price tag in CAD means no hope in hell.

        • morphine
        • 1 year ago

        Well, you [i<]could[/i<] open a sweatshop...

          • sweatshopking
          • 1 year ago

          Didn’t I already? GET BACK TO WORK, BRUNO

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 1 year ago

          He will open a sweet shop, instead.

          #brostalking

      • BIF
      • 1 year ago

      Microsoft has misdefined their market for this device. Badly. This is a great platform but it’s been badly crippled by Microsoft’s reliance on my grandpa’s technology. Okay, it’s not quite THAT bad. Yet.

      They should put a Gen 8 i7 chip in there with 6/12 or show Intel what we think of virtual cores and just put an AMD in there with all real cores that doesn’t get slowed down with the BIOS/Windows fixes for Skeptor/MeltedCheese.

      And what’s with 32 GB of RAM as a max build? That’s dumb; or at least it’s lame, since this ain’t a machine that your grandma is gonna buy anyway. A machine like this should be able to take 64 or even 128 GB. And what, no 1080 or 1080 TI option?

      Sheesh, Microsoft. Make the base bigger or something and put some real tech in there. In its current state, this machine is more of an apology than a serious workhorse for creatives.

        • Chrispy_
        • 1 year ago

        I agree entirely. This thing is for artists and photographers, it needs more cores, more RAM and the GPU is largely wasted.

        Take Photoshop/CUDA performance for example:
        [url<]https://www.pugetsystems.com/pic_disp.php?id=41812&width=800&height=800[/url<] Changing from Intel IGP to a lowly 1050Ti shaves 38 seconds off a 45 second operation, and changing to a TitanX would only save another 4 seconds. Having CUDA support at all is what matters, when throwing a $1200 GPU at the task is only a 10% improvement over a $150 low-power GPU. Certainly something as thin and compact as the Surface Studio is going to benefit from a lower-TDP GPU, in my opinion.

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