Apple Mac vs PC. It’s a debate that’s been going on for decades, and one that intensified with the launch of Microsoft’s Surface Studio in the UK in May 2017.
It goes without saying that both the iMac Pro and the Surface Studio are high-end, high-performance devices, mainly targeting creative and media professionals. However, there are a vast number of differences between the two.
Let’s take a closer look at the two devices…
The 28” Surface Studio differs from the iMac in terms of its design. The Surface has an intuitive hinge on the back of the touchscreen – an incredible feat of engineering that Microsoft have named the Zero Gravity Hinge. This allows for almost effortless repositioning from an upright panel to a nearly flat worktop, which is particularly useful for illustration.
All of the internal workings run from a small chrome box through to the Zero Gravity Hinge. This design has allowed Microsoft to produce an incredibly thin, 12.5mm display.
The iMac Pro, on the other hand, has the clean and minimalist look we’ve come to expect from Apple, with the internal workings built into its 27” retina display. The display is supported by a thin strand that allows you to make nominal adjustments to the angle of the display.
Both systems weigh in at 9.5kg and come with a wireless keyboard and mouse. The Surface Studio also comes with a Surface Pen stylus which allows the user to make use of the multi-touch display.
When it comes to display, the two devices are pretty similar. Apple caters for users looking for high-resolution displays, with both 4K and 5K available across the range.
The Surface Studio has True Scale technology built in and sRGB colours, while the iMac goes beyond sRGB into a P3 colour spectrum with 25% more colours.
However, it’s also worth keeping in mind that the Surface screen is touch sensitive and recognises 10 touch inputs at once. It is compatible with both the Surface Pen and the new Surface Dial – a circular block that can be placed on the screen and used to control a number of settings and inputs by twisting and tapping it.
The iMac Pro starts from 32GB RAM and increases from there with the option for 64GB or 128GB. The Surface Studio starts at 8GB RAM and peaks at 32GB. While this is more than powerful enough for everyday use, it might pose storage problems for those working on demanding creative work.
In terms of GPU, the Surface comes with either a Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M with 3GB GDDR5 memory in the two lower-spec models, or a GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB GDDR5 memory for the highest spec model.
While these are perfectly well-performing chips, they are no match for the iMac, which offers a choice between the 8GB Vega 56 or the 16GB Vega 64, both of which use HBM2 memory, a faster alternative to GDDR5.
There is a surprising amount of variation when it comes to the ports and connectivity on these two devices.
The iMac Pro offers a variety of ports, including 10gb Ethernet, four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Surface Studio offers four USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC card slot, a Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, and a headphone jack, but no USB-C ports
Both the Apple and Microsoft models are equipped with 1080p front-facing webcams, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
When it comes to software, both the iMac and the Surface Studio will give you want you want, but in different ways. Microsoft has put a huge focus on creators when designing the Surface Studio. Creative professionals have been buying Macs for as long as we can remember, and Microsoft has done a great job at giving them something new and exciting.
The iMac Pro runs macOS High Sierra, while the Surface Studio runs on Windows 10 and enjoys the benefits of the Creators Update.
Ultimately, both the iMac Pro and the Surface Studio are incredible models that offer a great range of impressive features. To discuss the best product for you, or to find out more about leasing either device, please get in touch.