Surface Studio vs. the competition: Beauty isn't skin deep

Over the past few years we’ve seen Microsoft take on the world of tablets with the Surface and, for those who prefer something more on the laptop side, the Surface Pro and Surface Book. But it hasn’t truly tackled desktops until today’s announcement of the all-in-one Surface Studio. As cool as features like the zero-gravity hinge might be, the Studio will be facing off against established lines like the iMac. We’ve assembled the specs of some of the leading 27-inch machines on the market and matched them up against the 28-inch Studio to see which is worthy of sitting on your desk.

Microsoft Surface Studio Apple iMac HP Envy 27 Dell XPS 27
Price $2,999 / $3,499 / $4,199 $1,799 / $1,999 / $2,299 $1,300 / $1,500 / $1,700 $1,550 / $1,650 / $1,850 / $2,300
Dimensions 25.09 x 17.27 x 1.26 inches (63.73 x 43.89 x 3.22 cm) 25.6 x 20.3 x 8 inches (65 x 51.6 x 20.3 cm) 25.7 x 19.3 x 7.95 inches (65.28 x 49.02 x 20.19 cm) 26.14 x 19.32 x 9.44 inches (66.4 x 49.22 x 24 cm)
Weight 21.07 pounds (9.56 kg) 21 pounds (9.54 kg) 24.25 pounds (11 kg) 35.3 pounds (16 kg)
OS Windows 10 OS X Sierra Windows 10 Windows 10
Display 28-inch PixelSense touch 27-inch Retina 5K 27-inch LED touch or non-touch 27-inch IPS LED touch
Resolution 4,500 x 3,000 (192 ppi) 5,120 x 2,880 (218 ppi) 2,560 x 1,440 (109 ppi) 2,560 x 1,440 (109 ppi)
Processor Intel Core i5 / Core i7 Intel Core i5 (3.2 / 3.3 GHz) Intel Core i5 (2.2 Ghz) / Core i7 (2.8 Ghz) Intel Core i5 (3.4 GHz) / Intel Core i7 (4 GHz)
Memory 8 / 16 / 32GB 8GB 8 / 12 / 16GB 8GB
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 965M / 980M AMD Radeon R9 M380 / M390 / M395 Integrated / GeForce GTX 950 Intel HD Graphics / NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
Storage 1 / 2TB hybrid drive 1TB HDD (7200 rpm) / 1TB Fusion Drive / 2TB Fusion Drive 1TB (5400 / 7200 rpm) 1TB (7200 rpm)
Ports USB 3.0 (x4), Mini Displayport, ethernet, SD card reader USB 3.0 (x4), Thunderbolt 2 (x2), gigabit ethernet, SDXC card reader USB 3.0 (x4), gigabit ethernet, 3-in-1 card reader USB 3.0 (x6), HDMI, gigabit ethernet, 8-in-1 card reader
Wireless 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0

* Specs listed are standard configurations and don’t include upgrade options available at checkout. Width dimensions include the base.

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