It's a war of the giants and one doesn't know which side should to take. At one end we have Microsoft and the latest amazing thing to come out of its stable, the Microsoft Surface Studio line up. Aesthetics aside, this piece of machine is sheer beauty and elegance with the specs purring under its hood ready to back up the claim that it is not just another piece of good looking hardware.
On the other end we have the iMac series and deep down in our heart, we know that we are inclined to the bit of that royal blood and finesse when it comes to having a machine that really speaks to our techy side of personality. Since Apple has already promised us a new line of iMacs this year, the comparisons are going to be obvious so let's just see what they have got.
If you take a peep under the hood of Surface Studio you will find a 28-inch touch screen armed with a stylus for the artistic side of you that wants to create things in a jiffy on the screen itself. Microsoft is targeting the niche group here and honestly, that's an added bonus. The entire package comes powered by 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-6820HQ and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980M 4GB GPU, and is quite sound on the capabilities and is packed with 32GB memory and 2TB hard drive.
For the fringe benefit, you are going to get a stellar wireless connectivity from its 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and two premium Dolby Audio speakers beneath the Studio's display just to spoil the audiophile in you.
Let's be honest that we are snowballing out there and it's a pure specification based game and we are not getting into the aesthetics or the hands on feel of things.
The 2017 iMac which is supposed to come out in the third quarter this year will have an Intel's Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor with 16GB to 64GB of ECC RAM, and up to 2TB of NVMe SSD storage. It will be all decked up with a top of the line graphics card and you get the rumours of a Touch Bar thrown in to make its debut in this lineup.
The Surface studio is a novelty for sure but it's still a relatively new way of doing things and any smart buyer out there will tell you to wait and watch rather than take things at their face value.