Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational company that mainly deals in technology products. The headquarters of the company are situated in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft develops, manufactures, licenses, provides support and sells software, hardware, personal computer, and services. The company is best known for its operating system Windows and the main competition for Microsoft in the market has always been Apple.
The company has been active since 1975. Till date, Microsoft has not produced a high-end computer and additional accessories that can compete with the Apple’s premium products. Microsoft has always been ‘for the masses’. However, the latest addition to the product range that was announced in a well-elaborated event on 27th October 2016 has changed the whole situation.
According to the company, the Surface Studio is the new class of device that transforms the workstation into a powerful canvas. The studio includes the thinnest display with 4.5K resolution. Microsoft said that the display is capable of producing 63 percent more pixels than any available 4K TV.
It comprises of a huge 28-inch screen that can be used upright or like a drifting table. With high power Intel processor and up to 32 GB of RAM along with GeForce GPU, the system is capable of increasing the productivity to several folds.
The Surface Studio is designed in such a way that it covers a least possible area on the desk and gives a modern touch to the workspace. With Surface Dial and Surface Pen, a whole new way of interacting with software like Adobe CC, Bluebeam and others have been opened.
Surface Studio is designed to work with the latest version of Windows. Thus it takes full advantage of the latest and innovative Windows software like Ink Workspace. The studio is available in three different variants based on Processor, RAM, and memory.
The technical specifications on the device are listed below:
The studio comprises of a 28-inch ultra thin PixelSense Display with the maximum screen resolution of 4500 x 3000 pixels that give the pixel density of 192 ppi. It comes with different color settings including sRGB, DCI-P3, and Vivid Color profiles. The user can also calibrate the display according to the requirements. It supports 10-point multi-touch and has the aspect ratio of 3:2. The display supports Pen and has a Zero Gravity Hinge for the base support.
Processor and Memory
The user can choose between three different variants available or can alter the configurations as per his needs. The basic three models that are available in the model have different processors, RAM and storage capacity. The first model has Intel Core i5 processor with 8 GB RAM and 1 TB internal storage capacity. The second model has Intel Core i7 processor with 16 GB RAM and 1 TB internal storage capacity. The third and last model have Intel Core i7 processor with 32 GB RAM and 2 TB internal storage capacity. The first two models are coupled with coupled with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GDDR5 memory GPU while the third model has coupled with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB GDDR5 memory GPU the price of the models is $2999, $3499 and $4199 respectively.
Communication and connections
The device comes with 4 x USB 3.0 (one high power port), Full-size SD card reader, Mini DisplayPort, 3.5 mm headset jack and 1 Gigabit Ethernet port. For wireless communications, it has Wi-Fi 802.11ac and supports Wi-Fi wireless networking. It also comprises Bluetooth v4.0. The device comes with inbuilt Xbox Wireless.
Security options and box details
Microsoft claims that the device is fully secure with TPM chip for enterprise security along with Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello2 face sign-in. The user will get Surface Pen, Surface Keyboard, Surface Mouse, Power cord with grip-release cable, Quick start Guide, Safety and warranty guide and Booklet along with the Surface Studio in the box.
The Surface Dial is a whole new way to interact with the creative world. It interacts with the technology of Surface Studio and helps in creating a natural and immersive way to create the best possible workstation. It helps to store, customize, access, navigate and reimaging physical tools of the digital world. Prices at just $99.99, Dial will bring a whole new level of creativity at the workstation.
When you press and hold the Surface Dial, it displays a radical menu of tools which will make it easy and fast to do different tasks that you love. The Dial makes the everyday work simple and fun. You can use it to adjust volume, scroll through the news or check the local areas in Microsoft Maps without touching keyboard or mouse.
The haptic feedback of the device helps in providing vibrations through the aluminum body of the device. It allows you to stay in the moment and in touch with the workflow. Dial works with a number of different applications like OneNote, Microsoft Office, etc. It can also access the drawing tools in Plumbago.
Technical Specifications of the Surface Dial
The accessory height and diameter are 30mm and 59mm respectively. The base diameter and height are 54mm and 4mm. It weighs 145 grams with batteries.
The device is compatible with Surface Studio, Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. It runs with Windows 10 Anniversary update and above.
The device uses Bluetooth v4.0LE to connect to the workstation. With Surface Studio, the touchscreen can detect the Dial as well.
The user will get Magnesium colored Surface Dial along with the 2 AAA Alkaline batteries in the box.
Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
MS has products some very decent and powerful keyboards in the past. The new Surface Ergonomic Keyboard adds a new dimension to the product range. The unique palm rest and subtle changed to the geometry of the keyboard has brought a new level of Comfort. The keyboard has a split spacebar and a naturally arched design that makes the working process easier.
According to the company, the Keyboard has a double cushioned palm rest in a very beautiful gray mélange Alcantara that is a propriety material. The keyboard is equipped with unique aesthetics, sensory and technical qualities.
The dimensions of the device are 460.14mm x 229.22mm x 34.73mm, and it weighs 1012 grams.
The device uses Bluetooth v4.0LE to connect to the workstation.
Compatibility and Operating system support
The device works only with the Surface Pro 4, Surface Book and Surface Studio. It is compatible with Windows 10 and needs Bluetooth Smart Ready Device with HID (Human Interface Device) support to connect.
The device runs on 2 AAA Alkaline batteries that will last for approx 12 months. It comes with a 1-year limited warranty provided by Microsoft.
Sculpted for all hand sizes, this device brings elegance to the workspace. It is the perfect partner for Surface and provides premium precision points for amazing accuracy. The metal scroll gives a completely different feel under the fingers, and the shape of the mouse does not hurt the hand even after long hours of working.
It measures 115.16mm x 64.16mm x 33.76mm and weighs 90.9 grams including batteries however due to the difference in weight of batteries in different companies; the weight may vary a little.
The device uses Bluetooth v4.0LE to connect at a frequency range of 2.4 GHz.
Operating system compatibility
It is compatible with Microsoft Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8, Microsoft Windows 10 phone, Mac OS 10.10.5/ 10.11.1/10.11.4, Android 4.4.2-5.0. The host must have Bluetooth 4.0 or higher support.
In the box
The user will get the Mouse along with 2 AAA alkaline batteries in the box that lasts up to 12 months. It comes with a 1-year limited warranty from Microsoft.
Microsoft has announced a power laptop as well. Dubbed as the Surface Book, the device will bring more power to the workstation. It is a Performance based device designed to deliver crisp and vibrant graphics and gives up to 16 hours of battery life. With a powerful processor, RAM, and GPU it increases working speed and performance. It gives you the lightning fast access to the videos, music, games and workspace.
The device can be used in three different modes as per the requirements. You can use it as a laptop, clipboard or for drawing purposes. The Laptop Mode brings life in the workstation with Windows Ink. The Clipboard mode transforms the device into a thin and light tablet. The Draw Mode unlocks the power of its graphics processor and makes it easy to use it with Surface Pen and touch.
The dimensions of the Surface Book are 312.3mm x 232.1mm x 312.3mm x 232.1mm x 14.9 – 22.8mm and with performance base 312.3mm x 232.1mm x 14.9 – 22.8mm. It weighs 1516 grams without performance base. The weight with performance base is 1647 grams.
The device features 13.5” PixelSense Display with the screen resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels that gives the pixel density of 267 ppi. The aspect ratio of the screen is 3:2. It supports 10-point multi-touch and comes with Surface pen support.
Processor and memory
You can choose between six different variants based on processor, RAM and storage capacity. The first model has Intel Core i5 processor with 8 GB RAM coupled with 128 GB storage and has the price tag of USD 1499. The second model has Intel Core i5 processor with 8 GB RAM coupled with 256 GB storage and has the price tag of USD 1699. The third model comes with Intel Core i5 processor with 8 GB RAM and dGPU coupled with 256 GB storage and price tag of USD 1899.
The fourth model of the device has Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 256 GB storage and the price tag of USD 2399. The fifth model has Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 512 GB storage and the price tag of USD 2799. The last and most powerful model has Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 1 TB storage and the price tag of USD 3299. The i5 model has Intel HD graphics 520. The models with dGPU have NVIDIA GeForce 1GB GDDR5 memory, and the Surface Book with Performance Base has NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GPU.
Connections and communication
The device comes with two full-size USB 3.0, full-size SD card reader, two Surface Connect ports, headset jack, mini DisplayPort, and it is Compatible with Surface Dial Off-Screen Interaction. For wireless connectivity, it comprises 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking, and it is IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible. It also has Bluetooth 4.0 LE wireless technology.
Camera, video, and audio
The device features Windows Hello4 face sign-in camera on the front along with 5.0MP camera with 1080p HD video. It also packs 8.0MP autofocus camera with 1080p HD video on the rear. It features Dual microphones along with Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium. The device has standard 3.5mm headphone jack as well.
In the Box
The user will get Surface Book or Surface Book with Performance Base along with Surface Pen, Power Supply, Quick Start Guide and Safety and warranty documents in the box.
Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 Creators update will come in the first few months of 2017. It will enable the user to create, share and experience the 3D world mixed with reality. With the new update, Microsoft will bring Microsoft Edge, the first ever browser with 3D compatibilities.
Microsoft has announced a major update for its very famous and one of the oldest applications Paint. The company said that with Remix3D.com that is an online community, Microsoft would bring creators and creations together from all around the world.
3D support in office apps
Applications like PowerPoint will now have 3D support, and the user can add 3D models directly in the presentations. The new Ink update will add Inking capabilities to the Microsoft Word.
The company has announced a new social network platform, My People. With My People, the user will be able to pin the contacts to the Windows taskbar. It will be easier to drag and drop the documents, pictures, and videos to share with the contacts.
With all these updates, the company has bought a whole new technology world in front of the audience. It will bring Microsoft in direct competition with the most innovative companies around the world and will increase the possibilities of quicker advancements in the future of healthy and more sophisticated workstation.