Microsoft’s giant touchscreen PC takes on iMac

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Microsoft Surface Studio
Microsoft's Surface Studio is a tablet and a PC.
Photo: Microsoft.

On the eve before Apple is expected to unveil the future of the Mac, Microsoft fired its biggest shot at taking down the Mac with its first ever all-in-one PC.

It’s beautiful. It’s powerful. And it could give the iMac some serious competition.


With its massive 28-inch touchscreen display, the Surface Studio is aimed at designers and artists, though not the starving type. IT costs a whopping $2,999 but all that cash buys you some insanely impressive hardware.

More pixels than you can handle

The Surface Studio’s display features 13.5 million pixels. That’s 63% more than 4K. You can also tilt the screen down to turn it into a drawing board. It also comes with the Surface Pen allowing you can draw directly on the screen in certain apps.

Microsoft also created a new accessory called the Surface Dial. It’s supposed to replace your mouse for certain tasks, like scrolling through timelines while video editing, or picking colors while editing photos. Studio users can also attach it on the screen to access certain features.

Microsoft surface dial
The Surface Dial is an all new input tool.
Photo: Microsoft

The MacBook Pro got some new competition from Microsoft today too in the form of a new Surface Book. The new version packs an Intel i7 processor and a bigger battery that gives users up to 16 hours of use age on a single charge. The display can be removed and used as a tablet too, but at $2,399 it’d be cheaper to get a new MacBook and iPad Pro.

Apple is expected to unveil new iMacs and MacBooks during a press event at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, CA. Images of the new MacBook Pro leaked ahead of the event, but Apple could pull out a few surprises.