first_imgIt’s a touchscreen, of course, and it works with Surface accessories. Not just the Surface Pen that came with your Surface Pro or Surface Book, either. They’ve created a slick jog-dial control called, fittingly, the Surface Dial. Set it on the Surface Studio and a context-aware radial menu springs into view, letting you easily control an application with one hand while you sketch, retouch, highlight, write, or otherwise multitask with the other.Surface Studio’s unprecedented versatility adjusts to every step of your creative process. #MicrosoftEvent pic.twitter.com/cruyJInfPF— Surface UK (@Surface_UK) October 26, 2016 Beneath that screen, tucked into a forged aluminum shell, is the rest of the hardware that makes the Surface Studio tick. The base configuration features a 6th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a dedicated GPU with 2GB, and a 1TB SSD. It’s priced at $2,999.But hey, if you’re already in for three grand, why not go all the way? The top-end Surface Studio — with a Core i7, 32GB of RAM, 4GB GPU, and a 2TB drive will only cost you another $1,200, for a blazing total of $4,200.Expensive? Sure, but they’re throwing in native support for Xbox controllers and a microphone array that lets you use Cortana from across the room. And let’s face it: if the price puts you off, you’re not Microsoft’s target customer anyway.The way it’s built — and the way it’s priced — the Surface Studio isn’t even the iMac competitor some are making it out to be. This is a specialized piece of hardware, and people who think they can benefit from owning it won’t be afraid to pay for it. While the rest of us were busy putting the finishing touches on our David S. Pumpkins costumes, Microsoft was showing off new hardware. Their biggest reveal: the Surface Studio all-in-one.There are loads of Windows all-in-ones on the market, but the Surface Studio is dramatically different. It starts with the screen: a precisely calibrated 28-inch panel that boasts better-than-4k resolution. It packs 13.5 million pixels in total, which works out to 192ppi. A 4k display that size would come in around 158ppi or so.last_img read more