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Windows 11 adjusts display refresh rate to conserve laptop battery

Users who recently purchased a Windows laptop are likely to have received a display with a high refresh rate. Of the latest innovations in the PC market, this is perhaps the most important innovation – with a high refresh rate display, the system is much more pleasant to work with. For example, scrolling sites, interacting with the interface, and any other task look smoother. But, unfortunately, the increased frequency negatively affects the laptop’s battery drain, and in Windows 11, fortunately, this problem was partially eliminated by the introduction of smart new technology.

The fact is that in the first build of Windows 11, which was presented yesterday, June 28, as part of the OS Insider Program, a Dynamic Display Refresh Rate (DRR) feature was discovered. Thanks to it, the operating system independently reduces the refresh rate of the laptop display to 60 Hz in cases where the user, for example, writes a letter or works with a document. If the script changes dramatically, for example, for drawing, scrolling content, or anything else, the system will return the frequency to 120 Hz. Unfortunately, Microsoft noted that at the moment, the function works only in the office suite of the company and in Adobe applications.

In the foreseeable future, the developers of the operating system promise to expand the range of applications that support DRR, but what kind of software will receive the new technology are not currently reported. At the same time, of course, the function does not work in games – you should not worry that the refresh rate will suddenly drop. And if the user’s laptop fits the system requirements, then after updating to Windows 11 Insider build, a DRR switch will appear in the system settings, which on laptops can save a little battery power.

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