01-18-2017 04:25 AM
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  1. Llordy's Avatar
    In one sense it's a good deal. The monitor itself can justifiably sell for $2000.

    Wacom's 27" Cintiq Touch is $2700 and the pen has two mappable buttons on the side as well as tilt sensitivity. But the screen isn't as good. It's overpriced in my opinion, due to lack of decent competition.

    This point is something that Microsoft could have considered already, if not they should consider it for future iterations of the Surface studio.

    The computer in the Surface Studio is standard fare, but its design allows it to take up such little space.

    I think the entry level Surface Studio is probably priced about right. The higher end versions are over priced since the real thing that makes this computer stand out is the monitor. Charging an additional $1200 for some better specs seems a bit over the top.

    I think the Surface Studio would be a better value if the monitor could be decoupled from the computer. Even if it's with a special proprietary connector that only lets it connect to MS Surface Studio systems.

    I'd be much more inclined to shell out the money for one if I knew that in a few years I could buy a new Surface Studio computer by utself and plug it into my existing monitor. Even of that computer was a little over priced.
    12-17-2016 07:52 AM
  2. XamlMan's Avatar
    Hahaha! I hear all you saying how expensive it is. I'll be showing my age here, but it doesn't seem THAT long ago when a company I worked for bought a Windows server PC for $11,000!! Yes, that's right. It was a top of the line IBM computer totally loaded! It had an Intel 486 processor at 66 MHz in it and 16 Megabytes of RAM! The hard drive was huge! It had a 1 GB SCSI (sk-uh-zee) hard drive and I had to figure out how to install the second 1 GB drive in it.

    So now that I put all of that in perspective for you young-ins.....do you still think this cutting edge technology workstation is still expensive for your budget?? HAHAHA!! Oh, by the way.....that computer was bought in 1992, in case you were wondering.
    Last edited by XamlMan; 12-17-2016 at 09:02 AM. Reason: misspelling
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    12-17-2016 09:01 AM
  3. illegaloperation's Avatar
    It's not expensive for professional uses, but definitely expensive for hobbyist uses.

    I understand development costs, but Microsoft should gradually lower the prices over time.
    12-17-2016 11:01 PM
  4. grahamf's Avatar
    It's not expensive for professional uses, but definitely expensive for hobbyist uses.

    I understand development costs, but Microsoft should gradually lower the prices over time.
    Or just let Acer make a knockoff for the plebes.
    12-18-2016 02:34 AM
  5. BadHead1970's Avatar
    It is a beautiful piece of kit, there's no denying that. But for my, the fact that it only has USB2 ports rather than USB3 or USB3.1 or, even better, Thunderbolt 3 is a huge black mark against it. With a maximum of only 256Gb on the System drive is also bad.

    The next iteration need to come with bigger OS storage and more up to date ports.

    Personally, I'd like to see 500gb for the OS disk and a 1tb or 2tb SSD for the storage disk. Maybe next time.
    12-18-2016 08:23 AM
  6. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    It's too expensive tor its specs. $4K for a 965m GPU, no USB 3.1, a hybrid drive and no video input. The price is disrespectful lol.
    12-18-2016 08:55 AM
  7. illegaloperation's Avatar
    It is a beautiful piece of kit, there's no denying that. But for my, the fact that it only has USB2 ports rather than USB3 or USB3.1 or, even better
    It has USB 3 ports.
    12-18-2016 08:57 AM
  8. grahamf's Avatar
    It's designed to meet the needs of it's target market, and to be the flagship for a different computer design. If people really need more powerful systems or such differences, then they are welcome to buy the HP or Dell copycats that are bound to be on their way (wait for the Dell one though - they make good displays). The original Surface spurred innovation in Windows tablets and 2-in-1s, and the Studio will be no different. By the end of 2017 I expect there will be at least a couple models from different companies (and no Apple wont be one), and by the end of 2018 there will be at least five different model lines, all with big screens that fold down (still no Apple)
    12-19-2016 03:46 AM
  9. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    It's designed to meet the needs of it's target market, and to be the flagship for a different computer design. If people really need more powerful systems or such differences, then they are welcome to buy the HP or Dell copycats that are bound to be on their way (wait for the Dell one though - they make good displays). The original Surface spurred innovation in Windows tablets and 2-in-1s, and the Studio will be no different. By the end of 2017 I expect there will be at least a couple models from different companies (and no Apple wont be one), and by the end of 2018 there will be at least five different model lines, all with big screens that fold down (still no Apple)
    I am its target. I'm a creator and I think it misses its mark solely because of its price. For how much they want they shouldn't have skipped out on an SSD, USB C/thunderbolt, USB 3.1, and some sort of video input. To think creatives don't want these features is insulting for a $4k aio.
    12-21-2016 05:56 AM
  10. digitaldd's Avatar
    I heard the Surface Studio's storage systems were gimped (entry level model) and had only SATA2 drives running on a SATA3 interface and smallish m.2 SSDs. For $3000+ they should have included at the very least a 256GB m.2 SSD and the option to combine it with a SATA3 1TB drive for storage.

    Also lots of people lusted after the display too bad they aren't going to sell them separate.
    12-21-2016 08:40 AM
  11. illegaloperation's Avatar
    I heard the Surface Studio's storage systems were gimped (entry level model) and had only SATA2 drives running on a SATA3 interface and smallish m.2 SSDs. For $3000+ they should have included at the very least a 256GB m.2 SSD and the option to combine it with a SATA3 1TB drive for storage.

    Also lots of people lusted after the display too bad they aren't going to sell them separate.
    You can follow the guides on iFixit (written by yours truly) to replace the storage drives.

    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Microso...lacement/75605

    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/M.2+SSD+Replacement/75600

    If you like them, be sure to click "Give the author points!" at the end of the guides.
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    12-21-2016 08:54 AM
  12. midnightfrolic's Avatar
    Too expensive for me, and not upgrade friendly. That's why I avoid all in one machines.
    12-21-2016 08:55 AM
  13. surfacefanboi's Avatar
    I would have paid a bit more for a decent GPU to power that lovely screen. The fact MS have short changed on the storage (mechanical HD) I can live with but not the underpowered GPU.......roll on Surface Studio Performance base
    01-18-2017 04:25 AM
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