Microsoft Surface Studio
Image Courtesy: Microsoft

The Surface Studio reinvented the All In One desktop category when it was announced on October 26, 2016. It was the first desktop computer which was manufactured entirely by Microsoft. It was launched at a time when nothing new and innovative was happening in the world of desktops. Microsoft’s Surface line up was either reinvents an old category or creates a whole new category. We can say that the Microsoft Surface Studio reinvented or rather reimagined the desktop.

The Surface Studio featured a 28-inch 4.5K Pixel Sense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a resolution of 4500 x 3000 pixels which is equivalent to a pixel density of 192 dpi. Windows was originally created for 96 dpi so mathematically a 200% scaling can be done on the Surface Studio. This display was also colour calibrated at the factory itself to ensure accurate and precise display colour for high profile creators. After all, the Surface Studio was designed with creators in mind. Even though it came with the Windows 10 Anniversary update, it was optimised for the Creators Update.

One of the most interesting things about the Surface Studio is its aptly named Studio Mode, where the display rotates with immense ease from a normal vertical position to an angle of 20 degrees using the zero gravity hinge. This angle is perfect because it matches a standard drafting table which is used by artists and likewise users. This position allows people to use the Surface Pen and Surface Dial in a more natural way. The Surface Studio remains extremely stable at this position which also adds to the ease of use.

This particular feature of the Surface Studio made it one of the most interesting product releases in 2016. Microsoft has filed a patent for the rotatable display with the zero gravity hinge in the Surface Studio. The patent was filed in April 2016 at the U.S Patent Office. The good news is that Microsoft won this patent on April 3, 2018.

Surface Studio patent
Image Courtesy: Patently Mobile

Fig. 1A and Fig. 1B shows front and back of the Surface Studio. From the words of Patently Mobile: “Microsoft’s patent FIG. 2 above shows the display system through a range of travel #202 along a fixed non-linear motion path #204 (e.g., with a single degree of freedom such that an individual angle of the hinge arm translates to a specific individual angle of the display #108.”

Microsoft was concentrated more on the design of the Surface Studio rather than its specifications. So the performance of the device couldn’t really match up to its design. We are not saying that it is a slouch. In fact, it was powerful enough but for the asking price of 3000$ as the starting price, we expected much better specifications. Nonetheless, the Surface Studio still remains to be an excellent piece of hardware unmatched by anything else in the market. Microsoft might be working on a second-generation Surface Studio and we hope it will be as interesting as the first one.

  • MakingaDifference

    Great design, but it is overpriced and underpowered.