Microsoft Surface Studio vs Apple iMac Spec Comparison


Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the expansion of the Surface family with the new Surface Studio. Surface Studio is a new class of device that transforms from a workstation into a powerful digital canvas, unlocking a more natural and immersive way to create. With a stunning ultra-HD 4.5K screen, Surface Studio delivers 63 percent more pixels than a state-of-the-art 4K TV. Surface Studio works beautifully with pen, touch and Surface Dial — a new input device designed for the creative process that lets you use two hands on the screen to compose and create in all new ways. Microsoft is projecting Surface Studio as a new type of device instead of comparing it with other All-in-One PCs in the market. If you want to compare Surface Studio’s offering, then there is only one high-end All-in-One PC in the market, the Apple iMac.

Check out the spec comparison of these devices below,

Microsoft Surface StudioApple iMac


Display: 637.35 mm x 438.90 mm x 12.5 mm (25.1” x 17.3” x 0.5”)

Base: 250.00 mm x 220.00 mm x 32.2 mm (9.8” x 8.7” x 1.3”)

Height: 20.3 inches (516 mm)

Width: 25.6 inches (650 mm)

Stand depth: 8 inches (203 mm)

Weight 20.9 pounds (9.56 kg max)21 pounds (9.54 kg)
Up to 2TB Rapid Hybrid Drive
Up to 3TB Fusion Drive
Display28-inch PixelSense Display Resolution: 4500 x 3000 (192 PPI)

Color settings: sRGB, DCI-P3 and Vivid Color Profiles, Individually color calibrated display

Touch: 10 point multi-touch Aspect Ratio: 3:2

Supports Pen enabled and Zero Gravity Hinge

27-inch Retina 5K display

Resolution: 5120X2880 resolution with support for millions of colors

ProcessorUp to 6th Gen Intel Core i7Up to 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB GDDR5 memoryUp to AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
8GB, 16GB, or 32GB RAM
8GB, 16GB, or 32GB RAM
Wireless802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking;

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless

Xbox Wireless built-in

802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking;

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless

Ports4 x USB 3.0 (one high power port)

Full-size SD  card reader (SDXC) compatible

Mini DisplayPort

3.5 mm headset jack Compatible with Surface Dial on-screen interaction

Gigabit Ethernet port

Four USB 3 ports (compatible with USB 2)

Full-size SD  card reader (SDXC)

Mini DisplayPort output

3.5 mm headphone jack

SDXC card slot

Two Thunderbolt 2 ports

Gigabit Ethernet port

Kensington lock slot

Cameras, video and audioWindows Hello face sign-in camera 5.0 MP camera with 1080p HD video (front)

Dual microphones

Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby Audio Premium

FaceTime HD camera

Stereo speakers

SensorsAmbient light sensor
What’s in the box·        Surface Studio

·        Surface Pen

·        Surface Keyboard

·        Surface Mouse

·        Power cord with grip-release cable

·         iMac

·         Magic Keyboard

·         Magic Mouse 2

·         Power cord

·         Lightning to USB Cable

Software TrialWindows 10 Pro
Office 365 30-day trial
macOS Sierra

Keep in mind that there is no touch screen or pen support on iMac. The Surface Studio starts at $2,999 and you can pre-order one here. Additionally, you can pre-order the accessories for the Surface Studio from the links below:

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