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Is it possible to turn a surface studio or surface studio 2 into a monitor?

The surface studio has an amazing display and touch screen that is great for drawing.

The main problem is you are bound by the pc in the base and nothing is upgradable.

I think it would make an amazing video if you can strip out the internals and somehow turn it into a stand alone monitor with all touch screen capabilities.

Posted : 20/08/2023 8:14 pm
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Easiest way to achieve that is with screen sharing software. While it might be possible to do that, it's likely to be far more work than the benefits. You can pick up touch-screen PCs like Lenovo Yoga series (that come with little pressure-sensitive pens) for under $200 and they are perfect for this.

I'm not very artistic so I don't get on with these things too well (that's why there is buzz over the new Re-Markable do-dad with the writable e-paper display.

Screen sharing software is ... available but you have to shop around to find something that will deliver the performance you'll need. Most of the work is on the host machine, but the client (the Surface in this case) still has a fair bit of work to do. The older stuff seem to just send compressed screenshots but the better stuff sends drawing instructions. This isn't really my area of expertise so this is just what comes immediately to mind.

Windows 10 Home and Pro have "Remote Desktop" that's free and easy to use - that might do what you want but it's far from the only game in town.

Take everything I say with a pinch of salt, I might be wrong!

Posted : 21/08/2023 4:34 pm
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It's unlikely to convert a Surface Studio or Surface Studio 2 into a standalone monitor due to their proprietary design and lack of upgradeability. The computing components are integrated into the base, making it difficult to remove them and use the display as a separate monitor. Additionally, the touchscreen functionality is closely tied to the computer's software and hardware, so it wouldn't be easy to replicate that feature in a DIY setup. While it may be possible with extensive modifications, it's not a practical solution for most users. Instead, consider using the Surface Studio as a graphics tablet or look into other touchscreen monitors specifically designed for art and graphic design.

If you're looking for a way to clean and maintain your Surface Studio or Surface Studio 2, there are a few things you can do. Regularly wiping down the display with a soft cloth and a mild cleaning solution can help remove dirt and fingerprints. You can also use a microfiber cloth to gently clean the exterior of the device. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, as they can damage the display or harm the device's internal components. Microsoft also offers a range of cleaning products specifically designed for its devices, which may be worth considering.

Posted : 20/09/2023 12:13 pm
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Hey there,

I was asking myself the same question for a long time.

Finally I have found someone on reddit who did this:

So it is definitely possible to diy it into a display that can be used with a DP to USB-C cable - using a circuit board. You could also use spare part displays. A thing that would be neat, is PD and Video over one USB-C cable.

At work I do have a more or less spare Surface Studio 1 thats nearing end of usefulnes, when it comes to compute power. I would love to use it as a monitor for my PC and work laptop over DP and USB-C. But it seems like, that someone has to put in the hacking hours to figure this out.

Posted : 16/10/2023 8:57 pm