Microsoft Surface Studio Vs The Apple iMac; Professional Desktops
The Microsoft Surface Studio was announced at the Surface event just a few days back and it turned out to be something that we did not expect. We heard some rumors about there being a desktop PC in the works but the Microsoft Surface Studio just beat all expectations regarding what Microsoft would bring to the table. Unfortunately, we got nothing in terms of desktop solutions when it came to the Apple event. Even though everyone was expecting some kind of news or demo, there was nothing at all and that was a huge bummer.
Let’s see what both the Microsoft Surface Studio and the Apple iMac have to offer the consumers that are going to pay the huge price premium for these devices, what are the benefits that the consumer is going to get for these branded professional desktop solutions?
Surface Studio vs Apple iMac: Design
Surface Studio vs Apple iMac: Display
When it comes the display, both the Surface Studio offer some serious eye candy as the Surface Studio display is 28 inches and has a 4500 x 3000 resolution with 193ppi. The screen is fully touch. The iMac does not have touch and the screen is slightly smaller at 27 inches but it pushes more pixels, 217ppi with a resolution of 5120 x 2880. Still, at this size, the Surface Studio is perfectly capable with the true color technology but I have to give it to the iMac when it comes to the display.
The functionality of the display is another story as the display on the Surface Studio works with the Surface Pen as well as the Surface Dial. These are some options that could be of great value to the right consumer and will pull the consumer to the Microsoft product instead of Apple’s offering. I have to say that both the Surface Pen and the Surface Dial are great products and they will help increase productivity. So when it comes to the functionality of the display I have to give it to the Surface Studio. Maximum points there.
Surface Studio vs Apple iMac: Hardware
The specifications of the Surface Studio are as follows:
- Intel Core i5 or i7
- 8-32GB RAM
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M, 2GB GDDR5 or GTX 980M, 4GB GDDR5
- 1TB and 2TB hybrid drive options
The Apple iMac has the following specs:
- Intel Core i5 or i7
- 8-32GB RAM
- AMD Radeon R9 GPUs, M380, M390 with 2GB GDDR5 or M395X with 4GB GDDR5 RAM
- 1 or 2TB Fusion drives
When it comes to the options in the configuration Apple takes the slight edge but the Surface Studio is still in the pre-ordering phase right now so that could change. The major difference is the GPU. If you edit video then you will want those CUDA cores. That is one thing that is opposite in both these devices, Microsoft has opted to go with team green and Apple has opted to go with the red team for graphics.
I am sure some people would have wanted to see the new GTX 10 series GPUs featured here but I doubt that could be achieved in such a form factor. Maybe we will get something like that in the future, but for right now this will be plenty of power to go with.
To come to a verdict regarding which offers better performance we will need some benchmarks and I am holding judgement till I have some numbers to analyse.
Surface Studio vs Apple iMac: Price
Pricing may not be key here as both these devices are premium products and while when it comes to hardware both are pretty similar we can clearly see that there is a huge difference when it comes to functionality. Looking at how powerful both these devices are it is not surprising that both of them are increadibly expensive. Surface Studio starts at $2,999 and the Apple iMac starts at $1,799.
The iMac may seem to be cheaper but you need to remember that it has not been refreshed. The design is pretty old. It also lacks the featur of touch which can be very important for some people. The Surface Studio comes packed with a couple of new features and has multitouch capabilities.
With this device you can use the power of the Surface Pen as well as the Surface Dial. Microsoft has stressed upon the fact that with this device you can work with both your hands hence the immersion that it offers is unlike anything that I have seen.
Check out our full review of the Surface Studio and let us know what you think about the new all-in-one.