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First look: the collaborative, imaginative Microsoft Surface Studio

It’s a designer’s dream and an entirely new avenue for artists, but how does the Microsoft Surface Studio really stack up?

The Surface Studio has been the cause of considerable hype since the first promos were released last year. One of the first devices to really nail the concept of modernising the now-ubiquitous computer screen, keyboard and mouse combo.

Techly got a chance to see the Surface Studio up close, ahead of its April 27 launch in Australia.

While the Surface Studio is certainly functional for all users, it undeniably caters to the needs of artists and digital creatives in a way that no other desktop is able to. The 28-inch screen is big enough to enable group collaboration, but the design is so sleek you’ll want to keep it all to yourself. The Zero Gravity Hinge enables seamless transition between the traditional work station and the creative collaboration space.

The base which hides the Quad-core 6th Generation Intel Core processors is impressively minimal, also hiding 4 USB ports and an SD card reader, but it does lead me to think that design overruled experience. The headphone jack is placed at the back of the base, which immediately renders a standard issue headphone cord quite taut. It’s a non-issue and a total oversight in the same breath.

The Surface Dial, which retails for $159, is an interesting way to force users to fully immerse themselves in the Studio. Rather than being a restrictive add-on, the Dial is customisable, quick to respond and, chiefly, fun to use. It’s open to developers, as well, so its functionality will become broader as the product is distributed throughout Australia.

Have you checked out our hands-on first look at the Microsoft Surface Studio?

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Additionally, the Surface has a 5-megapixel camera, with infrared capabilities. This option allows facial recognition to go just that little bit further than what is currently available with portable devices. The speakers (Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby® Audio Premium) are integrated into the screen so well that they’re almost invisible.

This is only a surface look at the Surface (sorry about that one), so I wholeheartedly recommend that you have a look at it yourself – particularly if you’re a creative. Then, and only then, will you be able to accurately judge whether it’s the right product for your needs.

So head on over to Microsoft’s flagship Australian store at 188 Pitt Street Mall, Sydney.

Once you’ve had a proper look, pre-order online, or buy in-store at Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi from April 27 2017.

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