Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Apr 2012 18:01 UTC
Intel It looks like 2013 is finally going to be the year that we're going to see truly high resolution displays - according to Intel. Retina displays for laptops and desktops for everyone. Considering promises regarding HDPI have been thrown our way for years now, it's high time they became reality. As the article mentions, there's one interesting possible issue: Windows 8's desktop mode. How will it handle HDPI displays?
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RE: Desktop mode
by phoenix on Thu 12th Apr 2012 21:26 UTC in reply to "Desktop mode"
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Forget Windows 8. Windows 7 doesn't even support manually entering the DPI. You can choose normal, or high. Sometimes you can get it to accept a percentage.

I'd settle for just being able to manually enter the DPI so that I can reduce it on my low-res monitors (like the SD TV). "96 DPI" on a 27" TV with only 480 vertical pixels looks horrible! And "120 DPI" is worse.

Wouldn't it be nice if the OS included methods to query the monitor's physical dimensions, query the video card for the current resolution, and figure out what the *ACTUAL* DPI of the display is? And then use that figure for displaying things so that a resolution change wouldn't change the size of icons, text, images, etc? Or changing monitor sizes wouldn't change text/image/icon sizes?

Oh, wait, those capabilities already exist (EDID, for ex). But none of the OSes out there do this. ;)

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