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Spec for spec, the iMac is a bargain over the Surface Studio

Susie Ochs | Oct. 27, 2016
Just for fun, we compare Microsoft's brand-new desktop PCs to similarly spec'ed iMacs released a year ago—and the iMacs are $700 to $1,000 cheaper.

But you could keep pushing the iMac past the Surface Studio with a few more options. Microsoft’s all-in-one tops out at 2TB of storage, for example, but the iMac can have a 3TB Fusion Drive for an extra $100. If you want super-speedy all-flash storage, that’s also doable, with a max of 1TB for $700.

A fully maxed out 27-inch iMac would cost $4,099 if you ordered it today, with the same Core i7, 32GB of RAM, and 4GB of graphics memory as you’d get it in the top-of-the-line Surface Studio. The iMac would have 1TB of faster solid-state storage, compared to the 2TB hybrid drive in the Surface Studio, and the Microsoft machine has an Nvidia GPU to the iMac’s AMD.

The Surface Studio looks pretty neat, I must admit—it’s more adjustable, and comes with the Surface Pen, which is $60 on its own. But with the Mac, you get macOS Sierra. The Surface Studio runs Windows 10.

So is it really much of a choice after all?


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