NEW YORK—Microsoft has built a really strange computer.
As a piece of design, there's a lot to like about the Surface Studio. There's no avoiding the fact that its screen, a custom built 28 inch 4500×3000 unit that's barely more than a centimeter thick—is strikingly gorgeous. It's large, it's bright, its colors are glorious (it supports the DCI-P3 color space with 30 bits per pixel, which gives it much more punch and depth, especially for reds), and its thickness, or rather, lack thereof, is remarkable. There's no taper or anything like that; the display is a uniform 12.5mm/0.5" thick and it looks incredible. It makes the LCDs that sit on my desktop at home look as dated as my LCDs make a CRT screen look.