Find out if your laptop supports modifying the refresh rate

When considering purchasing a new computer, especially a laptop, there are several factors to consider. While desktop computers may have more consistent features based on the processor, laptops offer a greater variety of options depending on other components.

The market offers a wide range of portable equipment designed to meet the needs of all types of users. Basic laptops are available at affordable prices but may lack certain features that some users find important. Conversely, portable equipment is designed for those who need great battery life at the expense of power. Additionally, laptops designed for gaming are available on the market, which sacrifice battery life for high-end specifications and performance.

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Moreover, many of these computers, particularly those optimized for gaming, come with a high refresh rate display that allows for a smoother gaming experience than what’s achievable on most non-gaming desktop monitors. Gaming monitors are engineered to offer a high refresh rate, which means they can display a larger number of frames per second, making them especially beneficial for first and third person shooter games.

These displays typically start at 144 Hz and can go up to 360 Hz. In contrast, monitors found in most offices and households, including smart TVs, have a refresh rate of between 60 and 75 Hz. While monitors with a high refresh rate are more expensive, they also consume a considerably higher amount of energy compared to 60 Hz monitors. For desktop computers, the monitor’s power consumption is negligible since they don’t rely on batteries.

Modify the refresh rate on a laptop

When it comes to portable devices, maximizing battery life is crucial. Lowering the refresh rate to 60 Hz, which is more than sufficient for performing office tasks such as using Word, Excel, Photoshop, browsing the internet, or even editing videos, can provide an additional couple of hours of battery life.

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To determine if your computer has a high refresh rate screen or to conserve battery life by reducing the refresh rate, you need to access the Windows configuration options by pressing Win + i, then navigate to Display > Advanced display. From there, select Choose an update frequency and choose the lowest available option. Keep in mind that reducing the refresh rate means the screen will display fewer images, resulting in less fluidity, but also less battery consumption.