1.    27 Aug 2015 #1

    Lowering resolution for tiring eyes


    Hi, I'm looking to get some advice about 13.3" laptops because my daughter is looking to buy one and I've told her to not get anything less than 1920 x 1080 resolution. I admit however that on a display smaller than 15.6", it starts getting small.

    Years ago I remember when any resolution other than the native one was really not crisp. Has this changed at all? The model she likes comes only in 13.3" (HP Spectre x360) and I dont know how much of a difference getting a 15.6" would make (at same resolution) OR if lowering the resolution a bit would make things as crisp on screen...

    Does anyone know?
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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
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       27 Aug 2015 #2

    I think not. Any resolution other than native resolution tends to look like crap.
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  3. Joined : Sep 2014
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       27 Aug 2015 #3

    Any particular reason you told her not to go less than 1920x1080? At that screen size, something like 1600x900 would be fine. I'm not saying to get something cheap. Just be open to more options if going for a 14" or smaller screen. Having the resolution set to anything but native does still look pretty bad. Windows does have DPI scaling options. Basically you can make it where everything is 125% , 150%, or whatever of the regular size. That would make everything on the screen bigger without lowering the resolution. My dad uses 125% and his screen still has that crisp, native resolution look.
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  4.    27 Aug 2015 #4

    "Basically you can make it where everything is 125% , 150%, or whatever of the regular size. That would make everything on the screen bigger without lowering the resolution."

    Oh I see... so instead of lowering the resolution from 1920x1080 to say 1280x780 (etc) she could leave it on as native 1920x1080 but use Windows 10's 125% feature to make things a bit bigger yet remain super crisp?

    Is this what you mean?
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  5. Joined : Sep 2014
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       27 Aug 2015 #5

    Yes. In Windows 10, you would go to Settings>System>Display and there is a slider you can use to adjust things to 125%, 150% or 175%. In Windows 8.1 its in control panel somewhere.
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  6. Joined : Aug 2015
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       29 Aug 2015 #6

    Be aware that some software will have a issue if you increase the DPI size above 100%. This is typically reflected in various Dialog Boxes. So far I have found that it tends to be some "specialty" software that has this issue. The specialty software I am referring to typically is the industrial automation programming and visualization packages.
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  7.    30 Aug 2015 #7

    I think this explains why some installer boxes seem to have slightly "blurry" text say in their instructions, but then the generic buttons no the box are crisp.
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  8. Joined : Jan 2014
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       30 Aug 2015 #8

    PLCMAN58 said: View Post
    Be aware that some software will have a issue if you increase the DPI size above 100%. This is typically reflected in various Dialog Boxes. So far I have found that it tends to be some "specialty" software that has this issue.
    Yeah - Adobe Reader has this problem. I've also come across some websites which don't play nicely on scaled displays, in Firefox and I think IE11.
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