Microsoft's Surface Laptop Studio is receiving a new firmware update that is coming to the Beta Channel and Dev Channel for Windows Insiders. There are two driver updates in the bundle, with an Intel display update coming with the Surface firmware. The big feature update here is Microsoft has enabled its Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) feature on the Laptop Studio.
When the company announced Windows 11 last year, one of the new features over Windows 10 was Dynamic Refresh Rate. Essentially, the feature allows Windows to automatically switch display refresh rate from 60Hz to 120Hz.
Doing normal tasks like writing an email will see DDR run the screen at 60Hz, and pick up to 120Hz for tasks like scrolling and animations. It only works on applications that have support for the feature built-in.
It is worth noting that Dynamic Refresh Rate is not VRR (variable refresh rate), which Microsoft uses on Xbox. For the unfamiliar, variable refresh rate monitors are popular due to their ability to update more dynamically. Regular screens tend to update 60, 90, or 120 times a second (Hz), and nowhere in between.
On the Surface Laptop Studio, the DRR tool is now available for the first time. Specifically, it is part of Surface Firmware 10.0.156.0 for the device. That update is shipping alongside Intel Corporation Display driver version 126.96.36.1990.
Microsoft's Surface Laptop Studio was launched last September as the flagship portable device in Microsoft's range. It combines Microsoft's Surface Book with the Surface Studio. As a result, Microsoft says the Surface Laptop Studio creates a new category.
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