Microsoft has added a new, powerful and sleek desktop personal computer to its Surface laptop and tablet family today. Announced and demonstrated during a media event in New York by the Vice President of Surface, Panos Panay; the all-in-one Surface Studio is available for pre-order on their website today and will ship in “limited quantities” for the holidays starting at $2999.00.

Powered by Microsoft’s Pixelsense© Technology, it  boasts a 28″ display, scaled true to life, a 3:2 aspect ratio with over a billion possible colors. It is the thinnest monitor ever built, with its touchscreen 1.3 millimeters thick and the computer itself is 12.5 millimeters thick overall.  It is made for the professional with a unique screen that tilts down to 20° angle using its zero gravity hinge to become a high tech drafting table for drawing, swiping and intuitive creativity. You may draw or write directly on the screen using the special Surface Pen with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and an eraser.

The new Surface Dial device is circular in shape and sits on the desktop, and features radial input with haptic feedback to feel mechanical. It runs on two AAA batteries and is free until December 2016.

After that time, it will be a $99.00 add on. Placed on the screen, the Surface Dial will display a context aware menu and the drawing application will bring up color selector or brush options to select from.

Here are some of the Surface Studio powerful features:

  • 270W of integrated computing power
  • Quad-core Intel Core i7 processor
  • Up to 32 GB DDR4 memory
  • 2 Terabytes rapid hybrid drive
  • NVIDIA GE Force GTX 980 M (GPU) for 3D apps
  • Perimeter venting with dynamic thermal balancing

Microsoft also announced today they will be selling a new line of virtual reality products, including headgear for the Surface Studio’s Windows 10 operating system with holographic capabilities. They will start at $299.00 and include inside-out tracking sensors.Their partners include HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer.

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The Surface Studio is beautifully designed for the creative process, with a huge canvas for all types of work. It can use it upright, or as a drafting table. It is designed for professional use with software applications such as Adobe CC, Bluebeam, Windows Ink workspace and more. The latest version of Windows 10 is loaded and works perfectly with tall documents and surfing the web with its scaled true to life display. It can incorporate 3D objects into Powerpoint presentations with Microsoft’s “3D for everyone”, Paint program and latest Edge browser built in.

The first Surface device was originally released in 2008; a tabletop touchscreen that ran Windows Vista back then. It sold for $10,000, so the new Surface Studio is quite inexpensive compared to its older, outdated model. It is a work of art itself, to enjoy by its artist professionals. To help bring their ideas to life and complete that experience, Microsoft designed accessories that work perfectly with your Surface too.

Conclusion

In essence, the Surface Studio is an impressive all-in-one device promising more functionality and versatility than any other desktop all-in-one PC by allowing the device to also turn a desk into a studio. It is the only device you’ll need, from first draft to final production.