Microsoft Surface Studio
Journalists look at examples of the new Microsoft Surface Studio computer at an event in the Manhattan borough of New York City, US, October 26, 2016. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Desktop users, who are planning to invest their money in purchasing either the Apple iMac 2017 or the Microsoft Surface Studio, must first compare their specs and features, to have an overall idea about the devices. The Surface Studio and iMac 2017 are slated to be two highly advanced desktop computers when released. Let's discuss Surface Studio's specs and features.

The Surface Studio is already available for pre-order in Australia. The 8GB RAM/i5 variant is priced at $4,599, the 16GB/i7 variant is priced at $5,499 and the 32GB/i7 variant is priced at $6,599. One can pre-order directly from the Microsoft Store. They will be available from April 27. As regards the specs of the device, it will run on Windows 10 Pro operating system and will be available in the silver colour option. The exterior includes the physical buttons for power and volume. It will have a 28-inch PixelSense Display with screen resolution of 4,500 x 3,000 pixels. It has 1TB and 2TB storage options.

The display has a 10-point multi-touch. There is a TPM chip for enterprise and biometric security and an interface for Kensington Lock Kit. There are 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity in the Surface Pen. Magnetic storage is enabled. The Surface Studio has a Windows Hello face sign-in camera with enterprise-class authentication. The 5MP front-facing camera comes with 1080p video support. There are eight speakers in the display and two at the base. These are Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby Audio Premium.

The Microsoft Surface Studio comes with four full-size USB 3.0 ports, full-size SD card reader, 3.5mm stereo headphones jack, Mini DisplayPort and Gigabit Ethernet. In the box, the user will find the Surface Studio, Surface Pen, Surface Keyboard, Surface Mouse, AC power cable, safety, warranty and product documents and Quick Start Guide. It also comes with a one-year hardware limited warranty. The device has been designed to be a flexible workspace. The Desktop mode is for general office tasks.

The device can also be transformed into a creative studio space for collaborative work. Microsoft boasts that the Surface Studio delivers more colour than 99 percent of the world’s desktop monitors. The conversion from desktop to studio mode occurs via the Zero Gravity Hinge. The computer comes with Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce GPU and Rapid Hybrid Drive storage. It is capable of running Siemens NX software, games and VR, including HTC Vive. One can also connect up to four Xbox One controllers. It supports Xbox Wireless.

The Microsoft Surface Studio is designed to work with the new Surface Dial and Surface Pen, informs Gizmodo Australia. Stay tuned on IBTimes Australia for more updates on the top upcoming desktop computers.