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Surface Studio 2: Half Baked Refresh

Come on Microsoft. Why would you use a 7th generation CPU that came out in the January 2017? Especially when there are Six Core 8th generation CPUs readily available and given the price of the Studio 2 starting at $3,499. Sure the Studio 2 now comes with a Nvidia 1060 or Nvidia 1070 which is leagues ahead of the Nvidia GTX 965 of the previous generation. But this significantly limits the demographics this device would be a good value for.

What has changed?

  • 7th Generation i7-7 CPU
  • 6GB Nvidia GTX 1060 or 8GB Nvidia GTX 1070
  • 1TB or 2TB Solid State Drive instead of Hybrid Drives
  • 16GB or 32GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Brighter Display and Better Contrast
  • Additional USB-C Port

Who is this for?

This device is for digital artists, architects, or people who will make good use out of the large pen supported touchscreen. Without that, it is hard to justify shelling out 3.5K for a device with these specifications. Gamers will find better value going with laptops like the Razer Blade 15 and MSI GS65 Stealth which both have a faster CPU and higher refresh screens. Video producers will want a Six Core CPU to decrease rendering time.

I really wish Microsoft could have found a way to put a Six Core CPU into the Studio 2. It would have made the Studio 2 a much better value.

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