Category Archives: Desktops

Surface Studio 2 has an even more amazing screen, ditches the spinning disks

Promotional image of computer monitor

Enlarge (credit: Microsoft)

The original Surface Studio was one of the strangest, most eye-catching, and enjoyable-to-look-at machines we’ve used: a giant 28-inch touchscreen with a computer in its base. Today, Microsoft announced Surface Studio 2: the same concept, an even more beautiful screen, and a healthy improvement to the computer specs.

The first-generation Surface Studio has a 4500×3000 28-inch display. The new one retains those specs, but with big improvements to brightness (38 percent increased) and contrast (22 percent increased). To do this, Microsoft has changed the way it makes the screen by using technology first found in the mobile Surface devices. The new screen has smaller transistors controlling each pixel, meaning that more light can pass through; the new pixels also block more light when turned off. The result is that the best-looking screen in computing now looks even better. It’s a rich, luscious display that will ruin you for every other screen you look at.

Driving the screen is either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of dedicated GDDR5 or a GTX 1070 with 8GB. This is a substantial upgrade to GTX 965M or 980M found in the first generation, with Microsoft claiming them to be 50 percent faster. Microsoft is continuing to use mobile parts in the Surface Studio, so in a sense these are “current-generation” chips; while Nvidia’s desktop RTX 2080s have just hit the market their corresponding mobile chips aren’t out yet.

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The Black Sand Desktop

We’ve been seeing a lot of water-based, beach-y, ocean-y wallpapers lately, and that makes us think you guys must be yearning for warmer weather. This one, from Sebastian, is a gorgeous, stark, black and white desktop with just a little customization. Here’s how it’s all set up.

Sebastian is running Windows, which means you’ll need Rainmeter to get this done. If you’re unfamiliar, check out our getting started guide, it’ll help you out.

Once you have the basics, you’ll need these components to make your desktop look like this:

That’s all there is to this one. You have to overlay some of the elements over one another to get the desired look, but this is a sharp one. Black and white, minimal, non-distracting, but still informative and useful when you can look at the desktop. If you have questions about how it was made, or want to make your system look like and can’t figure it out, hit the Flickr link below to let Sebastian know how much you like his work—and ping him there!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag DesktopShowcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Black Sand UI | Flickr

The Edge of the World Desktop

The Edge of the World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customize your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.

This desktop comes to us from DN Carr, who submitted it to our Desktop Show and Tell Pool over at Flickr. To make it your own, you’ll need to use GeekTool, which we have a great getting started guide for here.

http://lifehacker.com/5834676/build-…

Once you have it installed and have a handle on the basics, here’s what you’ll need:

All in all, there’s a lot of tweaking and customization going on here to make it just the way DN Carr likes it, but the effect is minimal and good looking. As always, you can take or leave the components you like for your own system—maybe you don’t need the time and date on the desktop, but you do like the icon pack and the customized dock, for example. Either way, hit the link below to see more about how he made it, and to let him know how much you like his work.

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

The Edge of the World | Flickr

The Edge of the World Desktop

The Edge of the World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customize your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.

This desktop comes to us from DN Carr, who submitted it to our Desktop Show and Tell Pool over at Flickr. To make it your own, you’ll need to use GeekTool, which we have a great getting started guide for here.

http://lifehacker.com/5834676/build-…

Once you have it installed and have a handle on the basics, here’s what you’ll need:

All in all, there’s a lot of tweaking and customization going on here to make it just the way DN Carr likes it, but the effect is minimal and good looking. As always, you can take or leave the components you like for your own system—maybe you don’t need the time and date on the desktop, but you do like the icon pack and the customized dock, for example. Either way, hit the link below to see more about how he made it, and to let him know how much you like his work.

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

The Edge of the World | Flickr

The Edge of the World Desktop

The Edge of the World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customize your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.

This desktop comes to us from DN Carr, who submitted it to our Desktop Show and Tell Pool over at Flickr. To make it your own, you’ll need to use GeekTool, which we have a great getting started guide for here.

http://lifehacker.com/5834676/build-…

Once you have it installed and have a handle on the basics, here’s what you’ll need:

All in all, there’s a lot of tweaking and customization going on here to make it just the way DN Carr likes it, but the effect is minimal and good looking. As always, you can take or leave the components you like for your own system—maybe you don’t need the time and date on the desktop, but you do like the icon pack and the customized dock, for example. Either way, hit the link below to see more about how he made it, and to let him know how much you like his work.

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

The Edge of the World | Flickr

The Edge of the World Desktop

The Edge of the World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customize your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.

This desktop comes to us from DN Carr, who submitted it to our Desktop Show and Tell Pool over at Flickr. To make it your own, you’ll need to use GeekTool, which we have a great getting started guide for here.

http://lifehacker.com/5834676/build-…

Once you have it installed and have a handle on the basics, here’s what you’ll need:

All in all, there’s a lot of tweaking and customization going on here to make it just the way DN Carr likes it, but the effect is minimal and good looking. As always, you can take or leave the components you like for your own system—maybe you don’t need the time and date on the desktop, but you do like the icon pack and the customized dock, for example. Either way, hit the link below to see more about how he made it, and to let him know how much you like his work.

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

The Edge of the World | Flickr

The Edge of the World Desktop

The Edge of the World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customize your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.

This desktop comes to us from DN Carr, who submitted it to our Desktop Show and Tell Pool over at Flickr. To make it your own, you’ll need to use GeekTool, which we have a great getting started guide for here.

http://lifehacker.com/5834676/build-…

Once you have it installed and have a handle on the basics, here’s what you’ll need:

All in all, there’s a lot of tweaking and customization going on here to make it just the way DN Carr likes it, but the effect is minimal and good looking. As always, you can take or leave the components you like for your own system—maybe you don’t need the time and date on the desktop, but you do like the icon pack and the customized dock, for example. Either way, hit the link below to see more about how he made it, and to let him know how much you like his work.

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

The Edge of the World | Flickr

The Edge of the World Desktop

The Edge of the World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customize your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.

This desktop comes to us from DN Carr, who submitted it to our Desktop Show and Tell Pool over at Flickr. To make it your own, you’ll need to use GeekTool, which we have a great getting started guide for here.

http://lifehacker.com/5834676/build-…

Once you have it installed and have a handle on the basics, here’s what you’ll need:

All in all, there’s a lot of tweaking and customization going on here to make it just the way DN Carr likes it, but the effect is minimal and good looking. As always, you can take or leave the components you like for your own system—maybe you don’t need the time and date on the desktop, but you do like the icon pack and the customized dock, for example. Either way, hit the link below to see more about how he made it, and to let him know how much you like his work.

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

The Edge of the World | Flickr

The Edge of the World Desktop

The Edge of the World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customize your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.

This desktop comes to us from DN Carr, who submitted it to our Desktop Show and Tell Pool over at Flickr. To make it your own, you’ll need to use GeekTool, which we have a great getting started guide for here.

http://lifehacker.com/5834676/build-…

Once you have it installed and have a handle on the basics, here’s what you’ll need:

All in all, there’s a lot of tweaking and customization going on here to make it just the way DN Carr likes it, but the effect is minimal and good looking. As always, you can take or leave the components you like for your own system—maybe you don’t need the time and date on the desktop, but you do like the icon pack and the customized dock, for example. Either way, hit the link below to see more about how he made it, and to let him know how much you like his work.

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

The Edge of the World | Flickr

The Edge of the World Desktop

The Edge of the World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customize your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.

This desktop comes to us from DN Carr, who submitted it to our Desktop Show and Tell Pool over at Flickr. To make it your own, you’ll need to use GeekTool, which we have a great getting started guide for here.

http://lifehacker.com/5834676/build-…

Once you have it installed and have a handle on the basics, here’s what you’ll need:

All in all, there’s a lot of tweaking and customization going on here to make it just the way DN Carr likes it, but the effect is minimal and good looking. As always, you can take or leave the components you like for your own system—maybe you don’t need the time and date on the desktop, but you do like the icon pack and the customized dock, for example. Either way, hit the link below to see more about how he made it, and to let him know how much you like his work.

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

The Edge of the World | Flickr