How well does the Surface RT Display Perform?
There has been a lot of negative attention around the low resolution in the Microsoft Surface RT’s display. 1366 x 768 isn’t awful, but for a premium device it is pretty weak. After all, this is the minimum requirement for Windows 8/RT to even run the new Windows Store apps with support for the snap feature.
With both the Nexus 10 and iPad 3 (and 4) offering better resolutions by a long shot, how well does this weak screen hold up? Microsoft has claimed that there are factors beyond the resolution that make their tablet look great, such as the ClearType technology found inside of it.
Now a new test has been conducted by Display Mate in order to see how the screen holds up. According to Display Mate, here is what they discovered:
The display on the Microsoft Surface RT outperforms all of the standard resolution full size 10 inch Tablets that we have tested. The Lab tests […] indicate that Microsoft has paid a lot of attention to display performance for the Surface RT.
In particular, on-screen text is significantly sharper, it has a better factory display calibration, and also significantly lower screen Reflectance than the iPad 2 and all full size 1280×800 Android Tablets.
But it is not as sharp as the iPad 3 or 4, nor does it have their large full Color Gamut. We’ll have to wait for the high resolution Windows Pro Tablets that will be launching in early 2013 for direct comparisons with the high resolution iPads and Android Tablets.
Keep in mind that this test was simply comparing the Microsof Surface RT display against iPad 2 and other tablets with similar resolutions. When compared to devices that were said to have about the same resolution, Microsoft’s display was clearer, sharper and overall just looked better.
It would have been interesting to see how far behind the Surface RT display lags when compared with other recent tablets like the Nexus 10 and newest iPad, but at least we know that Microsoft’s screen really does perform better than the resolution would allude to.
No, it isn’t a retina display, but if you aren’t someone who cares that much about 1080p capabilities, this the Surface RT should be more than good enough for your needs.
For a full report on the results of the text, check out the source section below.