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November 1, 2013

Quick Look–What’s in a display?

Today’s quick look features Stevie Bathiche describing the improvements to the display in Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. The display on the new devices is gorgeous, and the engineering work to produce gorgeousness isn’t trivial. It requires focus on far more than pixel count, things like size and aspect ratio, optical bonding of the display to the cover glass for reduced reflection, contrast ratio, viewing angles, color depth, gray scale, color reproduction, luminance, and backlight uniformity.

Both Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 feature 10.6 ClearType HD displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio (the most popular for TV’s, the screen a lot of HD content is designed for) that offer up stunning 1080p video and awesome gaming, as well as crisp text.

With the proliferation of screens in our lives it’s easy to take them for granted and to forget the huge strides made in the technology in just the last few years. Take a moment to remember the quality of the first photo you looked at on a computer or mobile phone, then get to a Microsoft Store or other retailer and check out the display on the new Surface devices. They’re brilliant.

Dan Laycock
Senior Manager- Microsoft Surface