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Apr 12, 2001

A few weeks after Microsoft unveiled the Surface Studio to the public at a media event in New York City, a few websites have begun publishing the first reviews for Microsoft's new desktop PC/tablet hybrid. During its announcement in October, the Surface Studio was revealed to have a 12.5mm thin touch screen, with a 28-inch PixelSense Display that packs in 13.5 million pixels. Microsoft said that there's "no monitor like this on the planet."

The first reviews of the Surface Studio are largely positive, with many reviewers enamored with the computer's large screen and slick design, as well as its purpose to fulfill and enhance productivity for creatives. However, in line with the unrest over the price of the new MacBook Pros, most of the people who have been reviewing the Surface Studio for the past week admit the $3,000 price tag is one that prohibits casual users and sets an entry bar for serious power users only.

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The Verge began by looking at the 28-inch display, which was described as "truly one of the best desktop monitors I've ever used." Everything from plain text to videos were said to look great on the screen, and even the 3:2 aspect ratio for the desktop monitor produced better environments for reading and writing, according to the site.

The Verge also had a freelance illustrator test out the Surface Studio, and they came away largely impressed, but hoped future iterations introduced a rotating display, more ergonomic stylus, and new input options for the Surface Dial accessory. Although a slight mention, one of the site's minor annoyances was the way the Surface Dial slipped down the screen slowly when not being cradled by the user's hand, even at the computer's lowest 20-degree angle.

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Article Link: Microsoft Surface Studio Reviews: Apple Fans Might Be 'Tempted to Switch Camps', Despite High Price


macrumors 68000
May 27, 2014
I really thought this was where the iMac was headed...interesting times
Agreed I remember seeing a patent where the iMac could swivel and the rumors were when the iMac was changed in direction- similar to what the Studio does, it would run iOS.

I guess we were wrong.
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macrumors 68020
Jun 20, 2009
Lincoln, UK
I agree on the aspect ratio. Most monitors lack vertical height. Not great for word processing, not great for coding, not great for a lot of content creation.

The Surface Studio also has better ergonomics than the iMac as you can adjust the screen height. This is the nearest thing to a modern day iMac G4 there is. I just wish Apple made it so that it had macOS on it.


macrumors 68000
Apr 27, 2013
Canada is my city
The way Mac hardware is at the moment I wouldn't be surprised.

Even if we consider the fact that it runs Windows, which is, in fact, inferior to macOS.

But if I have to shell out up to $3k for a poorly designed computer, then I'd prefer experiencing an operating system that is not as good.
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macrumors G3
Nov 26, 2007
Great computer but it still runs windows, I can't stand windows.

Have you tried Windows 10? I wouldn't go as far as saying it's better than macOS, but between Apple inexplicably removing useful features from OS X and Microsoft adding a lot of useful features between Windows 7 and 10, I don't miss macOS that much.

God I wish it had columns view in Explorer... I've tried a few unofficial Explorer alternatives that have a columns view, but they're all broken in other ways. I have an experimental file browser I've written (cross platform) which has something that blows columns view away... but I don't have the time/resources to actually polish it enough to use it on a daily basis.


macrumors Core
Jul 25, 2007
Wouldn't be surprised if apple eventually adds pencil input, but would be shocked if they add touch.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 9, 2010
Is that an Apple Keyboard...? :confused:

For the record I think it looks awesome and the biggest innovation for all-in-ones in a while. I like what Apple did Mac Pro, but, alas, that was already 3 years ago...
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