After fours of neglect, Microsoft has finally upgraded its All-in-One Surface Studio, resulting in a debacle of the Surface Studio 2+.
Perhaps a mild admission that this year''s upgrade is merely a spec bump on paper, but Microsoft''s Studio 2+ is every bit the device it released back in October 2018.
Microsoft''s 28-inch 3:2 PixelSense touchscreen features, while Microsoft has restored the very familiar Surface 2, with Intel''s 11th Gen Core H-35 processor, and NVIDIA''s GeForce''s RTX 3060 laptop GPU.
The Surface Studio 2+ screen technology does not come as a standalone service this year, as many would have liked, but it will provide as many 10-point multi-touch capabilities as previously, including DCI-P3, Dolby Vision, and a 4500 x 3000 (192 PPI) resolution.
The Surface Studio 2+ comes in a single configuration: 32GB of DDR4 RAM, 1TB of non-removable SSD, Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax, and Bluetooth 5.1 support.
Many Surface Studio 2 fans had hoped for some tweaks that would include a better webcam, speakers, and even more color options.
Microsoft maintains the Surface Studio 2 philosophy by maintaining the same 1080p Full HD front facing camera from four years ago, as well as the dual far-field studio mic and stereo 2.1 speaker set up, but this time with Dolby Atmos'' support.
While using Intel''s older 11th Gen H-series chips as a laptop is a head scratching option, Microsoft is entrusted to the power improvement over the previous Surface Studio, which is up to 50 percent faster and 5x more powerful than the original 2016 model.
While the screen-to-body ratio and processor selection will be questioned in 2022, Microsoft revised its CPU frame to include three USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, two USB-A 3.1 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a 3,5mm audio connector.
There isn''t much more to say on the Surface Studio 2+ front, but it might give some hope that Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 7+ before it could begin a complete redesign of the Surface Pro 8 product line. However, as history is to repeat itself, we may be in a holding pattern for the Surface Studio lineup as companies continue to struggle to keep their supply chains in order.
The Surface Studio 2+ is now available for pre-order.