Microsoft Surface Studio is a Cintiq alternative for designers

Microsoft Surface Studio is a Cintiq alternative for designers

Microsoft has recently unveiled the new Surface line-up of models. The flagship product is the Surface Studio, an all-in-one PC featuring a 28-inch pen/touch display targeted to creative professionals.


With an announced price of approx. $3,000, the Surface Studio comes with a 28-inch high resolution display (4,500 x 3,000 pixels) mounted on a special stand that allows for flexible positioning, and a PC integrated in the base, featuring an i5 processor, a 2GB video card and a 1TB hybrid drive.

Microsoft Surface Studio

The clear target consists of creative professionals, who can consider the Studio as a serious contender to the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD, which has a similar price ($2,800) but without the PC.

Drawing on the Microsoft Surface Studio

The Surface Studio also features an optional controller, called the Dial, which moved across the screen allows to open custom menus.

The launch of the product has raised mixed opinions, with some doubts on the price point (considering the PC specs) and on some details in the pen/display interaction – which is always compared to the Wacom Cintiq line, the “de facto” industry standard. For more details you can check the recent article by Engadget.

Microsoft Surface Book

The product launch also included the Surface Book, a new hybrid laptop/tablet, which is another interesting product for creative professionals, as it combines the portability of a tablet with the potential of running full-blown desktop applications.

(Source: Microsoft via: Car Design Fetish)

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