Anyone using custom (120) DPI scaling?

By on February 17, 2007, 4:54 AM
I recently bought a new laptop, specifically a Vaio TXN17P/B, which goes beyond the 'thin and light' category weighting in at only 2.8 pounds with a 11.1" LCD screen. Although it's too early to tell whether I will get used to the little screen after using a 15.4" ThinkPad for more than two years, I definitely love the portability and extended battery life (~4-7 hours).

Nevermind those details... while the small screen in the Vaio is excellent in terms of brightness, resolution and viewing angle, it's still too small. So, besides cranking up some font settings in XP, I decided to use the DPI scaling option which gets you from the default 96 to a larger 120 DPI setting. I believe I had played with that option once before but quickly went back as it made things large, ugly and disarranged. Turns out that's my best option with the Vaio now, and in less than a day I have somewhat got used to it... after all, I can finally read things better in the OS, while in Firefox 'Ctrl +' is my best friend.

That said, when I came to visit my favorite website (I suppose you can figure that out yourself), all fonts were horribly rendered, making for a very unpleasant reading experience. Turns out I was completely unaware of the impracticality of using fixed font sizes (points or pt) versus relative font sizes (pixels or px). Long story short, until just now TechSpot had had a life only in 96 DPI font scaling (which luckily is the default for all Windows machines). Those few of you that still remained loyal to this website despite of the horrible looks, well, you are probably having a much pleasant surprise before your eyes.

I also believe this small but significant change of how fonts are rendered site-wide will have more of an impact in the coming year or two, as operating systems like Vista and Mac OS X have started pushing the envelope in this regard with higher resolution scalable icons, and an optimized interface to be used with custom DPI settings.




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Nic said:
I use Opera 9 and the 'In the spotlight' section always showed garbled text. Things must have changed today because it looks fine now.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
I use about twelve DPI quite a lot :)That is, browsing the net using my data projector. It's easier to my eyes when I can read the text from about four meters away. I can also relax better that way.Well, technically I haven't checked if I can actually change the DPI setting in Windows for this display, the other should be around 100 DPI.
Phantasm66 said:
You gave up your Thinkpad???! Are you insane>?!
Julio said:
I never said I was going to sell it or anything like that :)
stretchman said:
I use a 23" Cinema Display w/ my PC, and to see things better using the 1920x1200 resolution I turn up the DPI to 120 in my Windows XP Settings.Firefox doesn't seem to handle this as well as Opera and IE, especially in Google search results. Ctrl+ for each page is a pain after a while, and raising the font permanently in options results in a slightly overly bold look.
Nic said:
[b]Originally posted by Nic:[/b][quote]I use Opera 9 and the 'In the spotlight' section always showed garbled text. Things must have changed today because it looks fine now.[/quote]I spoke too soon ... it looks garbled again!
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