Best Surface Studio 2 Alternatives 2022
Looking for an all-in-one that isn't as expensive as the Surface Studio 2? We've got you covered.
Are you 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 ultrawide AIO
The HP Envy 34 All-in-One is a fantastic entry into the AiO market. Featuring a powerful 12th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, an NVIDIA RTX 3060, this is one powerful device with a glories "5K2K" ultrawide display.
Dell has a beautiful 27-inch all-in-one PC with an Intel 12th Generation Core i5 or i7 processor, up to MX550 graphics, up to 32GB RAM, and up to a 1TB NVMe SSD for fast file transfers. Its display can be configured with touch, too!
With a 9th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, privacy hideable Windows Hello enabled a pop-up camera, and a quad HD 27-inch display, the Lenovo IdeaCenter AIO is an excellent all-round PC for browsing the web, working in Office, and getting general stuff done in an excellent design.
The dark side
If you're not interested in Windows, the best alternative to the Surface Studio 2 is an Apple iMac. Featuring the Apple's own M1 silicon, up to 16GB RAM, and an amazing 4K 24-inch display, the iMac can chew through most tasks with ease.
With an Intel Core i5-1135G7, 27-inch 1080p display, 12GB RAM, and a 512GB NVMe drive for storage, this ASUS Aspire C27 is decidedly midrange. But that's the point of a budget-friendly option. This is great for general office work and web browsing.
The old king
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.
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Whether you're looking for something with a beautiful display like the Acer Aspire AiO (opens in new tab), or something beautifully designed like the Dell Inspiron 27 (opens in new tab), we've got a recommendation for everyone. Even the original Surface Studio (opens in new tab) is a great pick, if you can find it for a good price.
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 a great idea. 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 uses 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.
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.