Windows 10: Scaling 1920x1080 to 4K screen

  1.    21 Dec 2016 #1

    Scaling 1920x1080 to 4K screen

    Hello everyone!

    I have a question that I have not been able to find a proper answer to, and I'm starting to think it's impossible to do.

    I recently bought a Dell XPS 15 with a 4K screen. I normally don't care for 4K but I thought it would be useful to futureproof my investment as much as possible, and I believe the 4K screen to be far brighter and more color accurate according to all the research I did prior.

    Now to the issue: Windows 10 scaling is a bit wonky and I don't really care for the added pixel density at this present time. I tried to set the computer to 1920x1080 on the display settings and it works fine, but it looks blurry. It appears to scale the pixels in a "soft" way. I'm looking for a way to scale the pixels in a "hard" way, jagged edges and all. Is it possible?

    Photoshop users might understand better if I describe it as follows: I want "nearest neighbor" scaling, not "bicubic" or "bilinear".

    Any idea how I can do this?
    Last edited by felixdeportu; 21 Dec 2016 at 11:09.
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       21 Dec 2016 #2

    felixdeportu said: View Post
    ...I tried to set the computer to 1920x1080 on the display settings and it works fine, but it looks blurry.
    Welcome to TenForums!

    The Dell 2715Q/2415Q ? There are a number of settings for this in the monitor's On Screen Display (OSD) menus and submenus.

    Dell P2715Q User’s Guide said:
    Preset Mode
    When you select Preset Modes, you can choose Standard, Multimedia, Movie, Game, Paper, Warm, Cool, or Custom Color from the list.
    Paper: Loads brightness and sharpness settings ideal for viewing text.
    Support for Dell P2715Q | Dell US

    Plus, in Display there's...
    Sharpness - Makes the image look sharper or softer. Use or to adjust the sharpness from ‘0’ to ‘100’.
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  3.    21 Dec 2016 #3

    No, I'm on an XPS 15. There's no external monitor.
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       22 Dec 2016 #4

    Feed the screen some lower resolution and it will have to scale up. That in a Laptop will be a fixed method, apart from maybe doing some tuning with ClearType for text/fonts, or the Windows 10 scaling.
    Even with an external monitor that is pretty much fixed by it's design.

    I know very well what you mean, some imaging applications do the same sort of thing, with choices, but it is fixed in the design of a Laptop Screen. Maybe high end external monitors have options there ? no idea, I don't have one.
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  5.    22 Dec 2016 #5

    I understand that it is fixed by design, but it seems like just an oversight on their part. As far as I can assess, there is no reason this can't be a thing. I've seen enough threads of people requesting this and it makes perfect sense to have an option for it. I'm not sure but I have a feeling it would even be (marginally) less strain on the graphics card to do a perfect 2x scaling without interpolation than with.

    But whatever. Thanks for the response, friends!
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