Microsoft yesterday at its Surface Event announced the new Surface Studio which is basically aimed at digital Artists. Now we want to introduce one such person who is a Surface Fan and has been involved in the development of Surface Studio from its inception till its launch by giving feedback about the devices.He is better known as Penny Arcade’s Gabe.
Gabe has been one of few person who has been using the Surface Studio a week prior to its launch by the company yesterday. Here is what he has to say about his experience after having used the device for just over a week now.
“The feeling of drawing on the Studio’s screen is hard to describe. I will say that the first time you do it, it feels wrong. Like you’re going to get in trouble because you clearly are not supposed to drag a fucking stylus across this thing! I’ve been drawing on it for a week now and it has gone from feeling naughty to just plain magical. The 3:2 aspect ratio is also great. The screen seems to take up more of my vertical field of vision and when I’m working on it I feel like there is MUCH less wasted space on the sides. “
He writes “moving the Studio from one position to the next is startlingly easy” and that “once there the Studio provides enough resistance to draw comfortably without worrying about pushing it out of position.”
He was equally impressed with the Surface Dial and this is what he had to say:
“While I am drawing, a counterclockwise turn is undo while turning the other way is redo. The Dial has built in haptics so each step backwards or forwards is accompanied by a “click” I can feel in the device. It can also be pushed like a button or pushed and held to bring up a customizeable radial menu. This menu is customizable so I can easily make that same motion zoom in and out or control the volume of my music. While you are working you can hold it in whatever position is comfortable. You can keep it on the screen or on the desk, it has a slightly tacky bottom so it stays and feels good wherever you put it.”
At the end of his review of the Surface Studio and Surface Dial he concludes by saying
“The Studio sits at about $3000 which might sound high but consider that I paid $2500 for my Wacom Cintiq 27″HD and that isn’t even a computer. I still had to get a machine to run it!
When I first saw the device months ago in that secret room at MS, they asked me what I thought. I said, “Well I have no idea if anyone else will want it, but you have made my dream computer.” I recognize that not everyone needs or wants a computer they can draw on. Some people do though and I will tell you that the Surface Studio is without a doubt the best digital drawing experience I have ever tried. I was trying to help Tycho understand why the Studio was so exciting. I spend 6 to 10 hours a day drawing digitally and I have for more than a decade. The Cintiq and the Surface, these are like my tools or my instruments. I am intimately familiar with how it feels to create things on these sorts of devices and the Studio honestly feels like a generational leap forward. If you are a digital artist and you are currently working on a Cintiq you have to go to a MS store and look at the Studio. I’ve always given you my honest take on this stuff and this time is no different even though I can’t think of anything bad to say. If you draw on computers the Surface Studio is something very special.”
So if you are one of the Digital Artist and would like to try or buy the Surface Studio but waiting for it to be reviewed, then the review above by none other than Gabe from Penny Arcade will help you go in a long way to decide on going ahead to purchase the Surface Studio and Surface Dial.