Microsoft has started rolling out the May 2022 updates for its Surface Laptop Studio (via The Digital Lifestyle). The new bits finally enable the Dynamic Refresh rate feature that Microsoft has been testing with Windows Insiders for quite some time.
The Surface Laptop Studio has a 120Hz screen, and Dynamic Refresh Rate lets the device set the refresh rate dynamically depending on the task at hand. For example, the display will refresh at 60Hz for basic productivity tasks such as writing emails and documents to conserve battery life. However, the Surface Studio display will switch to a 120Hz refresh rate when inking and scrolling to provide a smoother experience.
Microsoft previously explained that DRR support is app dependent, and the feature doesn’t apply to games. Windows 11 apps that support DRR include Office, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Photos, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Illustrator. DRR is a system-level feature on Windows 11 and it’s supported on PCs with displays that support Variable refresh rate (VRR) and a refresh rate of at least 120Hz.
The May 2022 updates for the Surface Laptop Studio should also improve the touch experience, as well as performance and stability for the Surface Dock and Surface Pen. As usual, the new bits are rolling out gradually so it may need to wait a bit before seeing them in Windows Update.