In Windows 11, Microsoft is introducing the Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) function, which is aimed to save laptop battery life while also boosting refresh rates when they’re needed. Dynamic refresh rate is a new feature that can be found in Windows Insider builds (Dev channel) on supported devices. Like the name suggests, DRR lets your device set the refresh rate dynamically.
Dynamic Refresh Rate on Windows 11:
Many laptops now come with 120Hz or higher displays, which make scrolling, animations, and inking feel much smoother in Windows. While the extra smoothness is nice, running at faster refresh rates depletes the battery. On a laptop, you must choose between 60Hz and 120Hz with Windows 10, and this is a fixed option. DRR, which will allow a laptop to dynamically modify its refresh rate, is now built into Windows 11.
According to Ana Marta, a programme manager on Microsoft’s graphics team, “With Dynamic refresh rate (DRR), you get the best of both worlds—a more natural and responsive inking experience along with smoother scrolling, all while minimizing battery usage.”
How to turn on Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) on Windows 11?
▶ Open Settings, then select System > Display > Advanced display.
▶ For Choose a refresh rate, select a refresh rate that has Dynamic in the name.
You’ll need a laptop that supports DRR and refresh rates of 120Hz or higher, and the functionality will allow you to write emails or documents at 60Hz, then use DRR to increase the screen to 120Hz for inking and scrolling. Apps must support DRR, which is now limited to Office for the scrolling boost in the Windows 11 preview.
DRR should not be confused with VRR (variable refresh rate), because DRR is only applicable to Windows programmes and does not apply to games. DRR will require Windows 11 as well as a laptop that can support a variable refresh rate of at least 120Hz. A new graphics driver (WDDM 3.0) is also required, and Microsoft says it is working with its graphics display partners to enable DRR on a number of Windows 11 preview devices.
DRR will be supported for inking in Office, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Whiteboard, Microsoft Photos, Snip & Sketch, Drawboard PDF, Microsoft Sticky Notes, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft To Do, and Inkodo.
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