Microsoft is introducing a new DRR feature in Windows 11 that’s designed to save laptop battery life and boost refresh rates when you need it most.
A number of laptops are now shipped with screens with a refresh rate of 120Hz and more, making Windows feel smoother with scrolling, animations, and inking.
While the added smoothness is good, operating at higher refresh rates takes a toll on battery life.
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On Windows 10, you have to decide between 60Hz and 120Hz via your laptop, which is a consistent choice.
Microsoft is now building a dynamic refresh rate feature in Windows 11, which allows the laptop to dynamically adjust the refresh rate.
And theexplain Program Manager, Microsoft Graphics Team: This means that Windows 11 seamlessly switches between a lower refresh rate and a higher refresh rate based on what you’re doing on your computer.
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And you need a laptop that supports dynamic refresh rate feature and 120Hz or higher refresh rates.
The feature means that normal tasks, such as writing emails or documents, run at 60Hz. While the dynamic refresh rate feature is turned on and the screen is boosted to 120Hz for inking and scrolling.
Applications need to support the dynamic refresh rate feature, and during Windows 11 preview, support for the DRR feature is limited to the Office productivity package only to increase scrolling.
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Office suite, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Whiteboard, Microsoft Photos, Snip & Sketch, Drawboard PDF, Microsoft Sticky Notes, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft To Do, and Inkodo support dynamic inking refresh rate as well.
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DRR is not to be confused with VRR. This is because the dynamic refresh rate feature does not apply to games and is focused on Windows applications only.
Windows 11 is a requirement for the dynamic refresh rate feature. Together with a laptop that supports a variable refresh rate of at least 120 Hz.
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And you also need a new WDDM 3.0 graphics driver. Microsoft says it is working with its graphics partners to enable the feature across a variety of devices running Windows 11 Preview.
The dynamic refresh rate feature seems suitable for a range of devices Surface from Microsoft, thanks to the company’s focus on enabling dynamic refresh rate in inking scenarios.
There are currently no Surface devices that come with a screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz. But this could be a sign that Surface devices may get screens that can rival Apple’s ProMotion screens.