Microsoft, We Really Need a Proper HiDPI Mode For Windows

By Sam Gibbs on at

If you ever needed a reason to spit out a proper hidpi mode, Microsoft, now you have one. Your very own Microsoft Surface Pro's 10-inch 1080p screen makes UI elements too small to be truly useable, but now Samsung's spat a 13.3-inch laptop display with an insane 3200x1800 resolution. That's an Apple Retina Display-beating 276.05ppi. 50 more pixels per inch than the Surface Pro.

Now, I'm not saying these high-resolution small displays are bad -- not by a long shot. But unlike OS X, iOS, Android, and even Chrome OS, Windows doesn't have proper hidpi mode, and it's becoming a real issue.

To demonstrate this, here's what the Surface Pro looks like at its native resolution:

Just look at the size of the address bar in Chrome. It's smaller than the one on the HTC One for goodness sake. Yes, there is some modicum of scaling you can apply to the Windows desktop, which is kind of like a half-way house, but it just makes things bigger without increasing the pixel density, essentially giving you big, blurry icons, images, UI elements and text. Certainly not what you want from your super-crisp new display.

So, Microsoft, now's the time to spit out that hidpi mode, not just in Metro UI, and make those gorgeous high resolution displays shine. Because if you don't, new Windows PCs are either going to look crappy or be so small they're unusable, which plays right into Apple's retina display-packing hands. [Samsung]