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Microsoft Surface Studio is the all-in-one PC of our dreams

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Microsoft today unveiled its first all-in-one desktop PC, the Surface Studio — and it’s absolutely brilliant.

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Based on Microsoft’s onstage demos, this machine is geared toward creative professionals and visual artists. We certainly wouldn’t mind one (magically) landing on our desk, though.

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It actually reminds us of Apple’s iMac G4.

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And, to a much lesser degree, the ASUS Zenbo.

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The Surface Studio has the “world’s thinnest LCD monitor ever built” at only 12.5mm thick, just a bit thicker than your average tablet.

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The 28-inch, 4,500 x 3,000 multi-touch monitor looks impossibly sharp and vibrant, making images and videos seem to jump off the screen.

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Not that way, obviously, but you get the picture.

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It even supports the Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 color profiles, something professional photographers will appreciate. You can switch between profiles in the Windows 10 taskbar.

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Those tiny bezels add to the “wow” factor and are meant to sink you into the screen and what you’re doing on it. There’s no ugly chin to be found here, like that of current iMac models.

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There’s a special hinge that props up the screen at an angle that’s most comfortable for you and beneficial to the work that you’re doing. Microsoft says the Studio uses a zero-gravity hinge system, so the display can be pushed down with one finger.

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This PC supports the Surface Pen, plus the optional Surface Dial accessory. The Pen can stay magnetically attached to the side of the display so you won’t lose it.

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Really, the Dial looks like a silver puck. It can be placed on the screen to access menus and custom features depending on which app you’re using. When you’re using Word, for instance, it can help you format documents; in Paint, it can summon a virtual ruler or a paint palette.

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The Studio also has a mic array so you can talk to Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, from across the room.

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Despite all the impressive technology built right into its aluminum enclosure, the only cord you’ll see coming out of the Studio’s back is the one that connects it to a power source.

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This all-in-one PC will go on sale in time to ring in the holidays. The price: $2,999 for the base model with an Intel Core i5 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M graphics chip.

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$4,199 will get you the latest Core i7 CPU, alongside 32GB of RAM and GTX 980M graphics. If you’ve got a good chunk of disposable income lying around, it might be worth the expense. But don’t quote us on that.

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Samsung’s latest 2.5-inch SSD has record 30TB of storage

Yet another world record by Samsung

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We were already impressed by the 512GB microSD card and 2TB flash drive, so you can imagine our collective jaws dropping when we found out Samsung released a 30TB solid state drive (SSD).

Yes, this an SSD and not the slower mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) that normally reaches this storage level.

Labeled as the PM1643, it’s the most spacious 2.5-inch SSD in the world. The previous record holder happened to be Samsung as well when the company launched a 15.36TB SSD back in 2016.

The exact amount is 30.72TB coming from 32 units of 1TB NAND flash. Its 2,100MB/s sequential read and 1,700MB/s write speeds outdo most consumer SSDs thanks to 40GB of built-in RAM.

As you can obviously tell, this is meant for enterprise users and will cost a sum as crazy as the storage itself — exactly how much is not yet known.

And because it uses the newer Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, don’t expect this to connect to your desktop PC or notebook.

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Steam Lunar New Year Sale is live!

Hold on to your wallets and pray it survives

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It’s time to roll up our sleeves, hold on to our bleeding and weeping wallets, and pray for the almighty Gaben because the Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale has officially begun.

The sale will run until February 19. Some of the discounted titles include:

Cuphead

US$ $16.99 19.99

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NBA 2K18

US$ 38.99 59.99

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Pyre

US$ 9.99 19.99

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Nioh: Complete Edition

US$ 34.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Complete Edition

US$ 90.99 129.99

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Sniper Elite 4

US$ 20.39 59.99

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The Evil Within 2

US$ 29.99 59.99

BUY HERE

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition

US$ 19.99 49.99

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

US$ 29.99 59.99

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Tekken 7

US$ 24.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Steam also rolled out improvements to Steam Wishlists. The update includes more ways to filter and categorize your options, as well as customizing relevant information. Viewing Early Access and review scores have also been tweaked to notify you as soon as changes have been made. The patch was released just today here.

SEE ALSO: Top 9 Steam Holiday Sale Deals

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Integral Memory announces world’s first 512GB microSD card

When you want more space

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How much storage do you need for your Android device? Most phones nowadays start at 32GB of internal storage and go up to 256GB depending on the configuration. But, what if that’s not enough? If your phone supports storage expansion via microSD card, this might satisfy your need for more bytes.

UK-based Integral Memory just announced the world’s first 512GB microSDXC card. We’ve reached the point where our phones have more storage than our slim notebooks.

The tiny memory card is fully compatible with Android smartphones and tablets. It’s guaranteed to avoid bottlenecks, especially when used with apps, unlike other cheap memory cards in the market. It’s not only for phones though, it’s also for digital cameras, action cameras, drones, camcorders, and PCs that accept microSDXC cards.

With this large storage, what’s the catch? Unfortunately, it’s the speed. The 512GB microSDXC card only meets the Video Class 10 standard for Full HD recording. To be specific, the card has a V10, UHS-I Class 1 specification and can handle transfer speeds up to 80MB/s. This means high bit rate 4K video recording might be challenging for the card.

The 512GB microSDXC card will be available some time in February 2018. No pricing info yet, but the full specifications of the card is available on Integral Memory’s website.

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