Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated February 22, 2021)
When you set up the monitor for your computer, did you do as most people do and simply plug it in and use the default settings? Or did you look at your system's settings to see if the defaults are the settings you want to use? One area that many people overlook is what's known as "refresh rate." This is the rate at which the image you see on your screen refreshes, or is "redrawn." Think of it as how fast your monitor blinks. If your computer is set to a refresh rate of, say, 60Hz, that means your screen refreshes or "blinks" 60 times in a second.
While most people think that you can't see a refresh rate, you actually can see glimpses if you know what to look for. A lower refresh rate can cause your screen to appear almost sluggish when there is any fast movement happening on your screen. If your refresh rate is low, you may see an odd, choppy motion as you move an Explorer window around. Or, if you're playing a video game on your system that which includes a lot of fast scenes, a low refresh rate may make the game seem less than ideal.
If your monitor seems to be experiencing a sluggish reaction to what you're doing and you know your machine is running fine otherwise, you may want to take a look at the refresh rate currently set-up on your computer. This is simple and easy to do.
If you do not show any refresh rate options, you will need to take some extra steps to modify your settings:
Other than smoother motion on your screen, a possible benefit to specifying a higher refresh rate is that some users report reduced headaches and eye strain while using their computer.
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