Surface Studio

Posted by LAR Games on Oct. 27, 2016, 2:54 p.m.

Wow. I'm impressed.

Well, I didn't really care until the pen came out to be honest. But wen it did, it won me over instantly.

Too bad it starts at such a ridiculous price. :(


LAR Games 7 years, 6 months ago

The specs seem pretty great actually. Especially considering the form factor. As for the graphics, I don't know much about mobile graphics, but is the GTX 980M considered integrated?

I feel like if you'd want the monitor separate that would kinda just defeat the purpose of the entire device wouldn't it? Wouldn't it essentially be a Cintiq at that point?

LAR Games 7 years, 6 months ago

They're good specs, but considering it's a desktop, I could have a tower on the floor with a GTX 1070 and an i7, much more storage, and the capability of outputting to more monitors for a lower cost.
If we're going by power per dollar, I completely agree that a tower form factor is superior. However, I think the appeal of the Surface Studio (at least to me) is the form factor.

not as cool…
No argument there. :P

twisterghost 7 years, 6 months ago

Given the form factor, its abilities with the screen movement, the fact that its a monitor and a computer, and its touchscreen, I think the price makes sense. It's not targeting people who want the tower form factor. They made it pretty clear in the presentation that its designed for people who are content creators. Mostly art, it seems, but they kinda shoehorned document creation in there as well…gotta sell that office package.

I think its a really good looking system overall. If I didn't have a desktop, I'd consider it. Its hella expensive, but I wouldn't call it overpriced, considering the alternatives in the art tablet space are comparable in price, though ultimately they are cheaper because they aren't fully-fledged computers.

All in all, cool device, expensive, but maybe rightfully so. Hopefully they come out with something similar that's more consumer-focused.

That said, I've had a Surface Book most of this year, and I love it. I have a 2014 rMBP for work, so I use both pretty heavily, and the SB holds its own up to Apple's hardware. The trackpad is just as good, maybe just one notch below the MBP, but its more the mouse sensitivity than the trackpad feel, if anything. I also like the SB's keyboard way better. Because of its form factor, the keys have far more travel. Feels real good.

Astryl 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm liking the look of this, but wouldn't ever buy one unless I had some reason to get something in this form factor specifically for art or 3D modeling. With my current setup, I'd be better served by a Cintiq.

Nopykon 7 years, 6 months ago

If I lived in a shiny designer apartment and had a pretty wife, that would be an incentive to choose something like this instead of becoming a mac-taliban. As it is now…. I'm better off just continuing buying new components now and then.

It would be a pretty cool tool for an artist, but it depends on how it holds up compared to a wacom.

OBELISK 7 years, 6 months ago

I've talked to a lot of artists who tell me that Cintiq is overrated and drawing directly onto a screen isn't as intuitive as it looks. I'm pretty happy with my Intuos and can't imagine needing anything shinier

Programs like ZBrush would take up a huge chunk of my time with this thing if I had one. That's fine and dandy…until I have to switch to my regular PC to test it in Unreal. Steven pretty much nailed it for me in the first comment

That being said, this thing is sexy as fuck. I need that swively giant iPad thing in my life

Josea 7 years, 6 months ago

Microsoft is trying to turn into Apple, and by the looks of it they might actually succeed.

Jani_Nykanen 7 years, 6 months ago

Microsoft is trying to turn into Apple, and by the looks of it they might actually succeed.
The next step would be to make Windows a closed platform, but of course they wouldn't do tha… oh dear.

flashback 7 years, 6 months ago

You know, given the different-gpus-in-different-halves-of-the-computer thing the surface book, I wouldn't be entirely surprised to see some sort of external, more powerful processing pod be made available for this thing.

Acid 7 years, 6 months ago

This is cheaper than a Cintiq with the added bonus of ACTUALLY BEING A COMPUTER. You need a separate computer to even use Wacom's 27"-er. This is a 28" full fledged computing device with a better screen for roughly the same price.

And don't worry Jani, Microsoft has really been embracing open source lately… it's honestly almost scary how much they're opening up.