If you are thinking to buy a new display or you have already bought it then you would be confused about what does refresh rate means and does it affect you? If yes keep on reading to clear all your confusions.
What is refresh rate?
Refresh rate is the number of times a display updates it’s buffer each second measured in Hertz (Hz). You can relate it with the blinking of an eye. Imagine an eye blinking 60 times a second, so by this we can say that the refresh rate of the eye is 60 Hz. This now takes you to the point where you can tell that 75 Hz means that the display is repainted or refreshed 75 times a second and it goes on same for 144 Hz, 240 Hz.
Now the question that would be arising in your mind would be that why Hz is used to measure refresh rate when the processor speed is also measured with Hz. The answer to this question lies in the question it self! Hz is the SI unit of frequency, equal to one cycle per second. So where ever a cycle is made the unit to measure the cycle is Hz. For example, a processor with 1.8 GHz clock rate would perform 1,800,000,000 clock cycles per second.
Does it affects you?
Now you would be thinking that does it even bothers you, but if you think that it doesn’t, sorry but you are wrong! It does, special if you are a gamer it plays a vital role for you. Let’s see why? You could feel the difference of refresh rate when you would be scrolling pages, the higher your refresh rate would be more the smoothness you would feel while scrolling. In the case of gaming and TV’s the content would feel more smooth to you then usual.
For gamers, when you would use a higher refresh rate monitor you will get an advantage in multiplayer battle games, as your moniter will render enemies more faster for you then others means you can notice enemy before he will notice you coming and you will kill him first. You also need to have a higher refresh rate monitor because when you would build a gaming PC, if your PC would be able to output 140 fps in a game but your moniter is of only 60 Hz then you would notice only 60 fps gameplay means you are not fully utilising your PC’s capabilities.
When you would use a higher refresh rate pannel in your day to day life your user experience will be more refined and smoother then normal refresh rate pannel. Which will make you feel happy about your purchase. Higher refresh rate pannel also make your eyes feel more comfortable than usual while using a device as, higher refresh rate pannel makes the image tearing less which makes eye strain less.
What are disadvantages of using a higher refresh rate pannel?
- When you would use a mobile with higher refresh rate pannel the battery consumption of that device would be more than a usual mobile with 60 Hz pannel.
- When you would consume multimedia in that particular pannel your scenes would appear moving fast and you will not get the feeling of the scene because higher refresh rate pannel makes content move smoother but in turn make it move faster.
- You would also need more processing power in your PC and if your PC is not able to process for the given refresh rate the term screen tear would occur.
If you are an average gamer or multimedia consumer there is no way you need to spend more for those higher refresh rate pannel. Where as from an gamer’s perspective you definitely need a higher refresh rate pannel to perform better.
How to change refresh rate?
Now by reading this much the question you would think is of can you change the refresh rate of a pannel? So the answer to this is yes! You can. I have shown in both PC and mobile how to change you see respectively for which you want to know.
- Step 1 :- Open mobile’s settings and navigate to display settings.
- Step 2 :- In display settings navigate to refresh rate.
- Step 3 :- Select your concerned refresh rate.
- Step 4 :- Enjoy your selected Refresh rate!
Computer and laptop
- Step 1 :- Right click on your desktop and navigate to display settings.
- Step 2 :- In display settings navigate to advanced display settings.
- Step 3 :- In advanced display settings select monitor tab.
- Step 4 :- In monitor tab click on screen refresh rate and select your concerned refresh rate.
- Step 5 :- After selecting your concerned refresh rate click on apply.
- Step 6 :- Enjoy your selected refresh rate!