What you need to know
- The Sefree Apollo is a new Surface Studio clone, and it's now live on Kickstarter.
- The PC mimics the form factor of the Surface Studio 2 while serving up a 4K touch display and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics.
- Early backers can get a Sefree Apollo starting at $1549.
Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 is an attractive PC, especially for creators, but it comes with a high price tag. The Sefree Apollo shares a similar design to the Surface Studio 2 but comes at a much lower cost. The Apollo is now live on Kickstarter, and early backers can receive the most affordable model for $1549, which is around half the price of the Surface Studio 2. There is also an option to purchase a Sefree Apollo that is just a monitor for $799.
The Sefree Apollo is in many ways a Surface Studio 2 clone. It has a PC base attached to a display that can rotate between 95 and 15 degrees. The touch display is 4K (3,840x2160) and available in either 27-inch or 32-inch options. It also works with a stylus, though you have to use a specific stylus from Sefree.
The Apollo is available with either an Intel Core i5-8350 or an Intel Core i7-8550U processor. It also comes with up to 512GB of SSD storage and up to 2TB of HDD storage. You can elect to have up to 32GB of RAM, and the Apollo can run on integrated graphics or an NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI. The Apollo has front-facing cameras, though it doesn't seem to support Windows Hello.
The Sefree Apollo is now live on Kickstarter. The 27-inch Intel Core i5 version is available for $1,549. There are several options ranging all the way up to an Intel Core i7 version for $2,599. The Sefree Apollo comes with a stylus, keyboard, and mouse.
As with any Kickstarter campaign, you should exercise due diligence before backing a product.
The estimated shipping date is December 2019. If you're looking to pick something up a little sooner, check out our list of Surface Studio 2 alternatives.
A more affordable flexible all-in-one
A more affordable Surface clone.
This all-in-one PC has a hinge that allows you to reposition the display and comes with a keyboard and mouse.
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A lot of money to lay down for a Kickstarter product...!
That promo video intro is a blatant rip-off of the Surface Studio. I get this is an alternative to the Studio, but I can't help feel that it has almost no originality.
the monitor only option is interesting, I wish there was a 32" option
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