It’s been four years since we got Surface Studio 2which is a much improved follow-up to Microsoft An all-in-one desktop that’s always flexible. Sure, the company has something special in store for the next release, right? Well, yes and no. The Surface Studio 2+ It’s already much faster than before, thanks to an 11th-generation H35 CPU and NVIDIA’s RTX 3060 graphics.
But we also spent most of this year admiring Brilliant 12th Generation Intel Hybrid ChipsWhich offers much better performance than the eleventh generation processors. (Just imagine how much more interesting Studio 2+ would be with 12th Generation HX 16-core CPU.) Do you think a computer starting at $4,300 will have the fastest hardware available? No wonder it wasn’t called the Surface Studio 3.
If you’ve been following our coverage of the Studio line, Studio 2+ will look very familiar. It has the same 28-inch PixelSense display, a flexible hinge that can be easily pushed down into a stand-like angle, and all of its devices are assembled into a desktop-friendly base. As per the trend we’ve seen with all of Microsoft’s Surface devices this year, there aren’t any changes to the exterior design at all. But hey, at least we finally have Thunderbolt 4 USB-C and Dolby Vision HDR ports.
Microsoft claims that the Core i7-11370H CPU in the Surface Studio 2+ is 50 percent faster than the Studio 2, as well as five times faster than the original 2017 model. Combined with the RTX 3060, which is twice as fast as the GTX 1060 in the Studio 2, this new desktop will definitely be a fast performer. But the hardware geek inside of me can’t help but wonder why Microsoft couldn’t get their 12th generation Intel chips to work. It’s more technically efficient, and it’s not like there isn’t enough time to prepare for the new hardware.
I’m sure Studio 2+ will satisfy general buyers who are willing to pay big for a uniquely flexible desktop. But I can’t think of recommending the 11th generation Intel chipset in any other computer today, Unless You snag it at a huge discount. For such a premium, they practically break deals.
At least the Studio 2+ is otherwise well equipped, shipping with 32GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB SSD. (It sure would be nice to see some SSD expansion slots.) But note, if you want it to ship with your Microsoft Surface Pen, keyboard, and mouse, you’ll have to spend an extra $300. (That makes it a $4,500 computer with last year’s Intel chip! Horror!)
Could you Pre-order Surface Studio 2+ today, and it will be available in select markets on October 25th.
Follow with the rest of our news from Microsoft Surface Event 2022.
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