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Windows 7: Windows 7 DPI scaling, how good is it?

03 Nov 2009   #1

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Windows 7 DPI scaling, how good is it?

Thinking of buying either a 1280x800 or a high res 1680x1050 15.4" screen on a Lenovo T500 laptop (feels like this is a common problem since all laptops are getting higher and higher resolutions). When I'm at home I need 1280x800 since I'm a bit away from the screen but for example on a train 1680x1050 would be better since I then would be closer to the screen.

So my question, how good is the DPI scaling in Windows 7? Can I by using the scaling function (not XP style scaling) be able to make the 1680x1050 screen look like a 1280x800 screen just when needed?


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03 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

In a sense, yes, but practically no. LCD's display best when they are set to native resolution, and the DPI will increase the font size, so try it and see.
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04 Nov 2009   #3

Windows vista B

Thanks for you reply. I'm asking since I can't try myself, I don't have a high res screen nor Windows 7... But you're saying that it woun't work optimal? As I understood it 96 DPI is the normal setting, so why does it work better in 96 DPI?

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