Last week, Microsoft launched the Surface Studio, an all-in-one PC that is aimed squarely at creative professionals. Apple has already secured a large portion of that market with its iMac desktops but the Surface Studio is a formidable competitor. So how do they stack up against each other? Here’s a detailed breakdown of the specs and the pricing for the Microsoft Surface Studio and the latest Apple iMac with Retina display.
Microsoft Surface Studio And Apple iMac Retina 5K: Specs
Microsoft Surface Studio only comes in one size (28-inch screen) while the iMac with Retina 5K display line carries a 21.5-inch and a 27-inch version. For the sake of this comparison, we’ll only be looking at the 27-inch iMac.
It’s also worth noting that both Microsoft and Apple have been using older CPUs and GPUs for their newest products. Click here for our previous article that explains why this is the case.
|Surface Studio||iMac 27-inch|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro||macOS Sierra|
|Dimensions||Display: 63.74cm x 43.89cm x 1.25cm Base: 25cm x 22cm x 3.22cm||Display: 51.6cm x 65cm 0.5cm (edge) Stand depth: 20.3cm|
|CPU||Intel 6th generation Core i5 or i7||Intel 6th generation Core i5 or i7|
|GPU||One of the following:
||One of the following:
|Storage||Rapid Hybrid Drive options: 1TB or 2TB||One of the following (all configurable up to 3TB Fusion Drive or up to 1TB SSD):
|Memory||8GB, 16GB, or 32GB RAM||8GB (two 4GB) of 1867MHz DDR3 memory; four user-accessible SO-DIMM slots (configurable to 16GB or 32GB)|
|Display||28-inch (diagonal) PixelSense display with 4500 x 3000 (192ppi) resolution with sRGB, DCI-P3 and Vivid Color Profiles, Individually color calibrated display. Also has 10-point multitouch. 3:2 aspect ratio. Supports Pen enabled and Zero Gravity Hinge||27-inch (diagonal) Retina 5K display with IPS technology; 5120‑by‑2880 resolution with support for millions of colours|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking, and IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology Xbox Wireless built-in||WiFi: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking and IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology|
|Connections & Expansions||
||Kensington lock slot||What’s In The Box||
Microsoft Surface Studio prices start from US$2999. Prices vary depending on the configuration you choose. Here’s the price list for the base configurations. The official Australian prices have yet to be released so we’ve done a currency conversion based on today’s exchange rates:
- 1TB storage with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM and 2GB GPU memory: US$2999 (AU$3918)
- 1TB storage with Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM and 2GB GPU memory: US$3499 (AU$4572)
- 2TB storage with Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM and 4GB GPU memory: US$4199 (AU$5486)
The 27-inch Apple iMac with Retina display prices start from $2799. Prices vary depending on the configuration you choose. Here’s the price list for the base configurations:
- 1TB hard drive storage with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM and 2GB GPU memory: $2799
- 1TB Fusion Drive storage with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM and 2GB GPU memory: $3099
- 2TB Fusion Drive storage with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM and 2GB GPU memory: $3599
You can buy the iMac over at the Apple Online Store.