I've become a major fan of the Microsoft Surface Studio 2, and it's almost obsessive. I'm convinced this fast and powerful desktop is an excellent match for startups, e.g., those who need a consistent look in the office without insisting everyone use a laptop.
The desktop is making a comeback, anyway--in my opinion. I see plenty of laptops of course, including the "other" Surface product from Microsoft. Yet, I also see companies that want to have reliable and stable computers that stay on their desks and encourage people to work together and not leave the office so often (when they might not be as productive).
If that's you, the good news is that the Surface Studio 2 is faster than the previous model I harped on about years ago and, even back then, championed as a stellar machine. I don't get excited about gadgets and gear as often these days, maybe since there aren't as many that have that "wow" factor of the first iPhones or iPads and some recent Android phones. A laptop is now a commodity item we all take for granted. It's all a bit ho-hum.
But the Surface Studio 2 is not in that duller-than-dull category. Several times a week, someone noticed the all-in-one machine on my desk (although it helps that my desk is also a brand new Teknion stand-up model, and I'm testing some new Grovemade gear).
One thing I really like is that it tilts all...the way...back to become a canvas of sorts. I like drawing out ideas and I've even done my seven day morning routine on the desktop, jotting notes with the stylus as though I'm using a normal pen and paper. The 28-inch screen is so big that you feel like you can stretch out a little (figuratively and practically). I know the device is intended for artists and creative types, but it's well-suited for any free thinker.
The Studio 2 is notable for being faster than its predecessor, which I once tested pre-launch at an event in Las Vegas. I was impressed back then and I'm still impressed, especially since the 4500 x 3000 display is still quite stunning, plus the desktop is snappy and responsive thanks to an Intel Core i7 processor running at 2.9 GHz and 32GB of RAM. I still like using the Surface Dial, although I don't think it has reached its potential.
The Surface Studio 2 has several other cool perks. In my testing, the stylus definitely felt more responsive than the original Studio when I took notes, and Microsoft reps said they had worked on the touch sensitivity (likely through software tweaks). There's nothing new about the enclosure itself, so most of the work must have been inside the machine and with the upgraded processing speed thanks to the new Intel chip.
Now, about the price. $3,500 is a lot for anyone, let alone a brand new company trying to equip employees. The computer is useful because of the speed and the pen-enabled tablet that's like a gargantuan iPad, so if the goal is to go with the best and biggest, this is a good bet. It's a computer any entrepreneur would love.