After several months of rumors, Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Studio, the tech giant’s first-ever desktop computer. Very similar to the iMac, it is an all-in-one unit with all of its components stored in the base and monitor unit.
As far as technical specifications here’s a choice between an Intel Core i5 and i7 processor, as well as an Nvidia 980 4GB GPU, 32 GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage. There are also 2.1 virtual surround speakers, and the power supply is integrated into the base. Port selection is fairly paltry though, with four USB 3.0 (where’s thunderbolt?), Mini DisplayPort, an SD card slot, and an Ethernet port.
There is also a cool “Surface Dial” knob for radial input adjustments. You can plant dial on the screen and have radial controls appear to provide a variety of controls
The Surface Studio is available for pre-order with a starting price of $3,000 for the the 1TB / Intel i5 – 8GB RAM / 2GB GPU model, and going up to $4,200 for the 2TB / Intel i7 – 32GB RAM / 4GB GPU variant. The units will begin shipping on December 15th.