With great anticipation, Microsoft finally introduced their long-awaited lineup of new Surface products. Highlighted by the most powerful Surface ever, the NEW Microsoft Surface Studio 2. The last update for the Surface Studio was in 2018, which meant fans were eagerly awaiting the release date of the Studio 2+ and all the updates and enhancements Microsoft did to this beloved computer.
Maintaining what makes it special, the Microsoft Studio 2 keeps its beautiful design for but overhauled it with power, speed, and versatility. This is all in one desktop computer was designed for creators, providing high end performance with a focus on graphics and powerfully quick processors. With a Pascal graphics and a 50 percent faster GPU, the new studio 2 produces brilliant color with floating sheets of pixels that is 38 percent brighter and 22 percent more contrast than its predecessor. Utilizing a reclining touchscreen display with 4,096 levels of pressure, one of the best ink latencies, and tilt sensitivity when sketching or drawing, the Surface Studio 2 is perfect for creating.
The new Surface Studio 2 is the most powerful of the Surface lineup with an upgraded 11th gen Tiger Lake Intel Core i7-11370H processor. This is a very powerful processor that has been proven capable to handle multitasking efficiently. Microsoft also uses “H” which is a more powerful tier.
Coupled with a 32GB (DDR4), a 1TB solid state drive (SSD), and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 3060 graphics cards, the Surface Studio delivers faster file handling, efficient workflows, and better gaming. Now with these updated powerful components, you can use mixed reality and VR on your Surface Studio as well.
The NVIDIA RTX 3060 is a massive boost over the previous Surface Studio which only used the GeForce GTX 1070. The GeForce RTX 3060 has 6GB GDDR6 GPU memory is empowered by DirectX 12 Ultimate is a very capable graphics card and one of the best options available for all in one computers like the Surface Studio. For heavy graphics workloads, 3D creations, and gaming, the NVIDIA GTX 3060 provides more than enough power and efficiency.
The display screen is absolutely stunning, and even more so in person. Featuring a PixelSense Display with an exceptional 4500×3000 (192 PPI) resolution produces a wider color spectrum with deeper, more accurate tones and better gradient with 1 billion colors and auto color management. The 28-inch screen size with 13% more screen real estate has a gorgeous luminous display makes the perfect canvas for anyone into graphics and art creations. The individually color calibrated display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a contrast ratio of 1,200:1 incorporates sRGB, DCI-P3, and vivid with support for Dolby Vision.
The display screen uses a Zero Gravity Hinge that is reactive yet robust so you can easily tilt or move the screen without it adjusting on its own. The screen is a 10-point multi touch and there is also a Surface Dial with on screen interaction utilizing only 3 gestures and tilt activation when using the supported Surface Pen. The Display is also made from Gorilla Glass 3, so it is very durable and responsive.
The Surface Studio 2 is built strong and engineered for a timeless style and class. The 8.7” width of the base means it will not take up a lot of your surface space and the whole thing weighs only 21 lbs. so it is easy to relocate if you work in more than one place.
Audio and Video
Along with the Surface Studio’s large display, this magnificent all in one computer now features a 1080p Full HD front facing camera. The dual far field studio microphones record sound with precision, so you are the one who is heard, and not your dog barking in the background. These are essential components that are meant to keep you as clear as possible in both picture and sound, which is especially helpful when you’re working on virtual workshops. You can also log in with Windows Hello Face authentication via the front facing camera. Powered by the 11th generation Intel Core H35 processor, making calls from your computer has never been easier while ensuring you give and receive the clearest audios on your most important calls and meetings.
Your entertainment will reach its maximum potential with the unrivaled sound produced by the Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby Atmos. Whether you’re streaming, watching cinema, or gaming, the Surface Studio produces the best class in sound to compliment the stunning views of the display screen.
Connections and Network
Now with a bolstered processor, the Microsoft Surface Studio 2 finally has a USB 4.0/Thunderbolt 4 port. Essentially, this enables your CPU to improve data and video performance. Thunderbolt offers better performance for gaming and video setups while maintaining peak performance. This also enables you to add native external monitors that supports up to three 4K UHD @ 60Hz displays.
The Surface Studio 2 also has 3 USB-C, 2 USB-A 3.1, a 1 Gigabit ethernet port, and contrary to speculation, there is still a 3.5mm headphone jack. For networking, the Surface Studio 2 is Wi-Fi 6: 802.11ax compatible and has Bluetooth Wireless 5.1 technology.
Microsoft’s new Surface Studio 2 comes preloaded with Windows 11 Pro operating system. Windows 11 is optimized for use with the incredible 28-inch touchscreen display, featuring a new cleaner look, designed with smart features that anticipate your needs. It’s loaded with tons of Microsoft 365 apps, including all the business services so you always have the support you need to stay productive and maximize your workload efficiency.
Accessibility and Security
Windows 11 security features a TPM (trusted platform module) 2.0 chip which is a security processor that uses cryptography to securely store any critical data on the Surface Studio 2 and enables platform authentication. The Surface Studio 2 also uses Windows Hello Face sign in which does not need a password, just your beautiful face to log in.
The Surface Studio 2 is compatible with Surface adaptive kits and accessories such as the Surface Pen, keyboard, mouse, and Surface Dial.
The Surface Studio 2+ is everything you would expect from a Microsoft product. Beautifully crafted with some of the highest quality components available. Microsoft has found the perfect balance of materials to create an all-in-one computer that is built strong while maintaining the principals of sustainability, which are two things that Microsoft prides themselves on. Combining the incredibly bright and detailed touchscreen adjustable tilt display with a superb processor and GPU makes this computer a dream for anyone into graphics, 3d art, and gaming. The ability to tilt and draw or sketch only compounds maximum efficiency and productivity when graphic designing. The hardware should also stay relevant for some time, even though at some point there will probably be a new Intel chip that will be compatible with all-in-one computers, the 11th generation Intel Core H35 processor should be able to support any new software that come out for some time and the NVIDIA chip used is one of the better options available. Sure, Microsoft products come at a bit of a heavier price than many of its competitors, but there is a reason for that. They’re better, more efficient, and on average can last as little as 20% longer than comparable products from other companies.