Computers are kind of boring, right?
Whether you’re a Mac fan or a PC person, I can hand you any laptop in the world, you can log into your Facebook and Google accounts, and do probably 90% of what you need to do. It means that, for a lot of people, one computer is pretty much interchangeable with any other.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
For the last two months, I’ve been using a Microsoft Surface Studio — a beautiful all-in-one PC, made with the goal of breathing new life into the tired old desktop computer.
It’s Microsoft’s first-ever desktop computer, following the well-received Surface Pro tablet and Surface Book laptop lines. Starting at $2,999, it’s a piece of premium hardware that’s not for everyone. Still, I’m here to tell you that for the last two months, this machine has put a grin on my face every dang day. Here’s why:
It’s tempting to compare the Surface Studio to Apple’s iMac all-in-one PCs. They do share a certain design sensibility. But, in my opinion, the Surface Studio is so much more.
This is the Surface Studio. It’s got a giant, gorgeous 28-inch touchscreen display, and comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse. Just like this, it was enough to engender jealousy and admiration from coworkers.
It’s a fabulous computer, with enough processing power to handle all the tabs, Slack chats, and Steam windows I have open. But luxury doesn’t come cheap: The cheapest Surface Studio starts at $2,999; the tricked-out configuration I tested goes for $4,199.