Microsoft’s answer to the traditional desktop computer is coming. And it’s expensive.
The convertible screen 28-inch is touch sensitive, 12.5 millimeters thick, and boasts a retina-scorching 13.5 million pixels. It’s undoubtedly gorgeous—so much so that Surface chief Panos Panay was practically fondling the thing on stage.
So how much would you expect such a luxurious device? You could opt for the low rent configuration which runs $3,000. But at full specs, you’re looking at $4,200, according to the company’s preorder page. Four thousand and two hundred dollars. That’s about $1,000 more than a maxed out Surface Book or even a 15-inch Macbook Pro. For that much money you could also buy approximately 200,000 Chromebooks.
What does that kind of scratch get you? An Intel i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, a 4GB NVidia GPU, a 2 TB solid state hard drive for storage, a keyboard, pen, and mouse. The weird Dial peripheral (the one that looks like a cross between a paperweight and a weed grinder) will run an extra $100 and the ergonomic keyboard variant is another $120. All for a beautiful machine that seems far too easy to put your elbow through.