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The Microsoft Surface Studio is an impressive piece of technology, especially for anyone who’s ever wanted a desktop version of the tablet rather than having to hunker down like a vagabond and using it while walking around. iFixit took the machine to task and gave it a proper teardown, as iFixit is wont to do.
Inside the package a good amount of powerful tech was found waiting, such as a 6th-Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU with 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB RAM, 1 TB and 2 TB hybrid storage options, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GPU (paired with 2 GB GDDR5) or GTX 980M (paired with 4 GB GDDR5).
That’s enough to pique my interest, that’s for sure, and those are just some of the innards. The monitor is pretty fantastic, too: a 28-inch adjustable PixelSense Display with 4500 x 3000 resolution (192 DPI)—supporting sRGB, DCI-P3, and Vivid color profiles, plus 10-point multi-touch. It’s a powerful package, and its weight supports the idea, too: it’s a whopping 21 lbs.
For the techies interested in what kind of connections there are, it rocks four USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet jack and power inlet, SD card slot and 3.5 mm audio jack, and Mini DisplayPort. On the inside, of course, which is probably what everyone’s the most interested in, is a strip of air vents and rubber feet. Once you pull those things off and work your way inside you can access exhaust fans, the machine’s hybrid storage, and on board memory.
There’s an impressive heat sink with a powerful bit of cooling power, and a SATA hard drive connector within as well. It’s all pretty standard, except for the way you have to remove the RAM, CPU, and GPU. They’re soldered directly to the board, and you can’t upgrade them. Other components can be difficult to replace as well.
It looks like the Microsoft Surface Studio does a good job overall of acting as a desktop replacement from the Surface line, but its overall repairability factor of 5 may make some buyers hesitant.