Microsoft Announces Surface Laptop 2, Pro 6, Studio 2, and More


In New York City, on October 2, Microsoft introduced updated models of the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, and Surface Studio series, as well as its first pair of Surface Headphones. Focused on personal productivity, Microsoft offers devices that will help you manage your work and personal lives.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

The Surface Pro 6 keeps the iconic form factor of the previous Surface Pro models, but is now up to 67 percent faster, with updated 8th-Gen Coffee Lake™ Intel® Core i5™ and i7™ processors. In addition to the platinum finish, there is now an elegant black option. The Surface Pro 6 features the 12.3" PixelSense multi-touch display with 2736 x 1824 resolution, resulting in 267 pixels per inch. With 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and an estimated battery life of up to 13.5 hours, the Surface Pro 6 offers reliable connectivity and mobility without sacrificing performance. The full-friction hinge enables seamless transitions between Laptop, Studio, and Tablet Mode. The 5MP front-facing camera allows for Windows Hello face authentication sign-in, while the 8MP rear-facing camera has autofocus. The Surface Pro 6 can be maxed out with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Windows 10 Home is the installed operating system. The Surface Pro 6 is compatible with the Type Cover, Surface Pen, and Surface Dial, which are all sold separately.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

The Surface Laptop 2 maintains its slim, ultraportable design, complete with Microsoft’s Signature Alcantara-covered keyboard. Microsoft announced that black is now an option, which joins the rich tone-on-tone color combinations of Platinum, Burgundy, and Cobalt Blue. The Surface Laptop 2 also features 8th-Gen Coffee Lake Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and can be maxed out with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The 13.5" PixelSense multi-touch display features 2256 x 1504 resolution for 201 pixels per inch. Windows 10 Home is the installed operating system. The Surface Laptop 2 also features OmniSonic stereo speakers. With its lightweight design, combined with an estimated battery life of up to 14.5 hours, the Surface Laptop 2 allows you to stay productive while on the go.

Microsoft Surface Studio 2

Designed for creativity, the Surface Studio 2 builds on the innovation of the previous model. With a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 1060 or 1070 graphics card, the Surface Studio 2 provides up to 50% more graphical performance. Now offering USB Type-C support and built-in Xbox Wireless performance, the Surface Studio 2 allows you to take full advantage of the 28" PixelSense multi-touch display, which has 4500 x 3000 resolution at 192 pixels per inch. The zero-gravity hinge allows you to use the Surface Studio 2 at an angle that’s comfortable for you. Like the Surface Pro 6, the Surface Studio 2 supports the Surface Pen with tilt sensibility and 4,096 levels of pressure, as well as the Surface Dial for on-screen interactions (both sold separately). The Surface Studio 2 can be maxed out with up to 64GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD. Windows 10 Pro is the installed operating system.

Microsoft Surface Headphones

Microsoft also announced the Surface Headphones, which provide premium sound and integration with Microsoft services. The adjustable noise cancellation allows you to block out ambient noise so you can focus. Removing the headphones from your ears will automatically pause music and videos. Cortana is built into the headphones so the hands-free digital assistant can read your emails or start a conference call on your behalf. There are also on-ear touch controls. The Surface Headphones can last up to 15 hours and support fast charging, thanks to the USB Type-C port. Connect your Surface Headphones to a Surface computer with Swift Pair (Windows 10 Spring Creators Update required).

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Why would you buy one of these compared to an identical iMac? Configuration of components are all of lesser capabilities than an identically setup iMac. Less Graphics memory, slower Graphics card for example. AND! It costs $600 more! What? DUH!