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WATCH: A quick hands-on with Microsoft’s Surface Studio

Gelo Gonzales
WATCH: A quick hands-on with Microsoft’s Surface Studio
We try out Microsoft's stunning all-in-one along with the Surface Dial and Surface Pen at Microsoft's partners conference Inspire 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Microsoft’s Surface Studio was on display at Microsoft’s partners conference, Inspire. (READ: Mark Zuckerberg is ‘running to be virtual emperor’ – U.S. political scientist)

The Studio is an all-in-one computer featuring a 28-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of nearly 5K, and illustrating tools Surface Dial and Surface Pen. It was lauded when it was announced in October 2016 for its great design, which includes a zero-gravity hinge that allows the screen to be tilted at any angle spanning the range of the arms. 

What caught many people’s eye though was the Dial.

The $100 accessory can be placed on the screen itself, controlling a variety of parameters from color to the width of the brush. The dial, based on our hands-on experience, can be pressed softly or for a longer period of time to access a variety of functions.

The Surface Pen, which also retails for $100, attaches to the side of the display through a magnet, and works pretty much like most other digital pens. (READ: Microsoft’s Surface Studio PC is for the creator in everyone)

DESIGNER'S DREAM. The all-in-one has several distinct features designed for the digital creative such as the dial and the tiltable screen. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

The Studio’s display is gorgeous. Curved corners, and very sleek for its size. Microsoft says it’s the thinnest display at its size. The back has a matte silver finish, contrasting well with the shiny chrome hinges. The Microsoft logo can be found on the back too.

Prices start at $2,999 for the Studio. It comes with Windows 10 Pro, up to an Intel Core i7 chip, 32GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GTX 980M processor. 

Watch us play with it in the video above. –


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Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.