Should You Get a Higher Refresh Rate Panel for Your Laptop

So you are confused on seeing the display options that you can choose while buying a laptop. There are a lot of numbers to consider like starting from 60Hz for the base model to higher numbers as you consider paying more. These numbers are refresh rates of your display panel and to choose the right refresh rate for your panel you need to have some idea on what these Refresh rate really mean and how they affect your workflow.

Frame Rate and Refresh Rate

Refresh rates should not be misconfused with frame rates(FPS). People often assume that refresh rates(Hz) have something do with performance because it seems similar to the way processor clock speeds are described. Frame rates have more to do with the performance of your laptop than the refresh rate.

Frame rate is how fast your graphics card can output individual frames(still images) each second and the Refresh rate is the number of times per second a display refreshes its image. With the definitions being said there is a close relation between refresh rate and frame rate(FPS). The refresh rate is an attribute of the monitor, while the frame rate is an attribute of the information being sent to it.

Why Refresh Rate matter?

A refresh rate of 60Hz means that your display can redraw the entire screen 60 times in one second. The refresh rate will never affect your frame rate. Your CPU and GPU work together to generate a number of frames per second and as higher your CPU and GPU power will result in an increase in the number of frames produced each second. However, if your FPS is higher than the refresh rate of your screen, your display will not be able to display all of the frames your computer is producing, so although the refresh rate doesn’t technically limit the frame rate, it does effectively set a cap.

So if your display is 60Hz but your computer is powerful enough to produce 120fps, your screen will still only be able to show 60 different images per second. The conditions like this where your computer is powerful enough to produce 120fps or 140 fps but your monitor is only 60Hz not capable of loading frames as fast as your display wil have screen tearing. To prevent this from happening options like Vsync are used which are topics out of scope for this post. So the refresh rate should be more than your FPS of your favorite games.

Guide to Choose Best Refresh Rate for Your Display

First of all, think about the activities that you prioritize to do with your laptop. Understand how powerful is your laptop inside, the CPU and GPU are the main concerns here. 

If you are buying a laptop for ordinary use which we can put into a user who mostly browses the web, watch videos or Netflix, Do docs and sheets or write something and also a little bit of gaming. Then you might be choosing an easy portable sleek laptop with medium processors(intel i5 9th Gen or lower) and entry-level GPUs(Nvidia MX series or Nvidia GTX 10 series or 16 series). This category of user's major concern will be battery life and portability. The best for these people will be 60Hz display with 1080p resolution.

The other category is the gamers who invest in high-end setups for these people competitive gaming or esports level gaming is important. Packing with high-end graphics cards and processors these laptops will be capable of running games at the highest fps possible. These people should consider the highest refresh rate monitors available because they make a lot of improvements in your gameplay.

The other complicated users are the creators these are the people in the field of video editing animation, photo editing, graphics works, etc. These people will also have a good setup But when it comes to displays they would have a lot of things to considers like the resolution, People who do work on 4k videos needs a 4k panel which will cost a great amount of money and increasing the refresh rate option is not an easily available option on most laptops for a 4k panel. The other one is the OLED panels which are even costlier than ordinary led 4k panel which will provide good colors for those type of workers who utilize colors and most of them are available at 4k resolution and 50hz refresh rate.


So after all the things we read on this post, we should really know which type of user we are and what are our uses and goals to achieve daily using your laptops. The most important thing to remember is that if your PC is powerful enough to generate frames at higher FPS then never go for laptops under refresh rate of that FPS which can be generated unless you need an OLED or 4k panel for your work.

Jobin Jose

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