Surface Studio vs iMac (2015)

surface aio vs imac

After Microsoft unveiled it first desktop PC called Surface Studio, I had hoped that Apple will also refresh their iMac lines but turns out it wasn’t even mentioned in the Apple event earlier.

So, as it stands, it is only fitting for one to pit the Surface Studio against the current flagship from Apple of last year.

surface aio vs imac

Microsoft Surface Studio


Apple 27-inch iMac (2015)


Display Size 28-inch, 4500 x 3000 pixel display (193 ppi) 27-inch, 5120 x 2880 pixel display (218 ppi)
Display Type PixelSense Retina 5K display with IPS technology
Operating System Windows 10 OS X El Capitan (at launch)
  • Quad-core 6th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
  • 3.2GHz quad‑core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz)
  • 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB RAM
  • 8GB (two 4GB) of 1867MHz DDR3 memory; four SO-DIMM slots, user accessible
  • Configurable to 16GB or 32GB
  • Rapid hybrid drive options: 1TB or 2TB
  • 1TB (7200-rpm) hard drive
  • Configurable up to 3TB hard drive, 3TB Fusion Drive, or 256GB or 512GB of flash storage (SSD)
  • Windows Hello face sign-in camera 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • Dual microphones
  • Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
  • 3.5mm Headset jack
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Dual microphones
  • Stereo speakers
Input Output
  • USB 3.0 PORTS X 4
  • SD Card reader
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • SDXC card slot
  • Four USB 3 ports (compatible with USB 2)
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports
  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • Kensington lock slot
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Height 25.09 inches (63.73 cm) 20.3 inches (51.56 cm)
Width 17.27 inches (43.87 cm) 25.6 inches (65.02 cm)
Depth 0.44 inches (11.2 mm) 8 inches (20.32 cm)
Weight 21.07 lbs (9.56 kg) 21 lbs (9.53 kg)


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