Windows Insiders can test Dynamic Refresh Rate on Surface Laptop Studio

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Microsoft is not done with adding new features to the Surface Laptop Studio using various firmware updates. The company is now preparing to add Dynamic Refresh Rate support following the recent update with Voice Clarity support.

According to the report from Windows Central, Dynamic Refresh Rate support for the Surface Laptop Studio is now available as a part of an update for Windows Insiders in the Dev and Beta channels. It consists of new firmware and a fresh GPU driver:

  • Surface - Firmware - 10.0.156.0.
  • Intel Corporation - Display - 30.0.101.1340

After installing available updates, Surface Laptop Studio owners can navigate to advanced display settings and select Dynamic Refresh Rate.

The Windows Settings app showing the option for Dynamic Refresh Rate

Dynamic Refresh Rate is a feature that will help your Surface Laptop Studio save the battery and avoid wasting energy by using 120Hz all the time. The operating system can detect scenarios where 120Hz is unnecessary (for example, when viewing static images or idling) and lower the refresh rate to 60Hz, thus prolonging the battery life. Unfortunately, it cannot go lower than 60Hz, but the effect should still be noticeable.

Windows Central says Dynamic Refresh Rate on the Surface Laptop Studio works as intended. Still, some animations seem less fluid than they should, which might be why Microsoft is pushing the update for Windows Insiders first. The company most likely wants to iron out bugs with help from Windows Insiders before shipping Dynamic Refresh Rate to the public.

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