Best Surface Studio 2 Alternatives Windows Central 2019

Interested in the Surface Studio 2 but can't lay down $3,500 for one? Perhaps you should consider some alternatives built by Microsoft's partners, the best of which we have listed here. Whether you're interested in design, display, or raw power, there's something for everyone in the Windows All-in-One (AIO) market. AIOs are perfect for people who want to keep their desk clean and tidy with fewer wires and bits all over the place.

A great AIO: HP Envy 27 All-in-One

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The HP Envy 27 All-in-One is a fantastic entry into the AiO market. Featuring a powerful 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, a GTX 1050, and 1TB storage with 256GB SSD, this is one powerful device with a beautiful quad HD display.

$1,349 at HP

Great sound: Dell Inspiron 27 7000 All-in-One

Need even more power? Check out the Dell Inspiron 27 with an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB RAM, a GTX 1050, and a fantastic 27-inch 4K display. If you need color accuracy, this is a great all-in-one to buy for work and play.

$783 at Dell

Robust computing: Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 520

With an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, a privacy hideable Windows Hello enabled pop up camera, and a quad HD 27-inch display, the Lenovo IdeaCenter AIO is a great all round PC for browing the web, working in Office, and getting general stuff done.

$1,045 at Lenovo

The dark side: Apple iMac 27-inch

If you're not interested in Windows, the best alternative to the Surface Studio 2 is an Apple iMac. Featuring the latest 8th generation Intel Core processors, up to 32GB RAM, an amazing 5K 27-inch display, and a Radeon Pro 570X for graphics, the iMac can chew through most tasks with ease.

$1,799 at Apple

Beautiful display: Asus ZenAiO 27

With an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 27-inch 4K touch screen display, 16GB RAM, and a GTX 1050 for graphics, this Asus Zen AIO is an excellent all-in-one with power to boot. Its touchscreen makes interacting with Windows easy, and overall design makes it very pretty on a desk.

$1,940 at Amazon

The old king: Surface Studio 1

Perhaps you're looking for the Surface Studio 2, but cheaper. In that case, pick up the last generation Surface Studio, featuring the same beautiful design and display, just with less powerful specifications. The original Surface Studio can still get by doing most tasks with ease, however, so it shouldn't be that bad.

$2,399 at Amazon

If we're making a suggestion

Whether you're looking for something with a beautiful display like the Asus ZenAIO, or something beautifuly designed like the HP Envy 27, we've got a recommendation for everyone. Even the original Surface Studio is a great pick, if you can find it for a good price.

In fact, if you're looking for a Surface Studio 2 alternative because you just can't afford the Surface Studio 2, the Surface Studio 1 is your best bet. The Surface Studio 1 and Surface Studio 2 are very similar on the outside, the only major differences being with what's on the inside. Now, the Surface Studio 1 is using older hardware, with a much less powerful GPU and slower mechanical hard drive, so keep that in mind if you do decide to go with the original Surface Studio.

We're also huge fans of the Dell Inspiron 27 thanks to its simple design. It has great front facing speakers, a beautiful display, and it isn't even that expensive to get started.

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