It’s nice to have a high pixel density on the Surface Laptop 3 display that offers a better viewing experience when browsing the web, watching movies, and working with office tasks. However, there are some situations where you might need to lower the screen resolution like playing games, connecting multiple monitors with different pixel densities, or improving performance and battery life.
We previously posted a guide on how to set custom resolutions on Microsoft Surface since Microsoft didn’t offer any 3:2 display ratio resolutions other than the native resolution of the display. However, with recent Windows and Surface updates, my Surface Laptop 3 now has more 3:2 display ratio resolutions I can set without any tools or tweaks.
Table of contents
- What are the new 3:2 Resolutions on Surface Laptop 3?
- How to Set a New 3:2 Resolution on Surface Laptop 3?
What are the new 3:2 Resolutions on Surface Laptop 3?
From what I tested, here are the resolutions that are properly designed to fully cover the Surface Laptop 3 display:
- 2256 x 1504 (Native Resolution) Ideally for watching movies, browsing the web, and graphics design.
- 1692 x 1128 Ideally for more screen real estate and multitasking with 100% display scaling.
- 1620 x 1080 (1080p) Ideally for pairing with 1080p external monitor.
- 1128 x 752 Ideally for maximizing gaming performance with a minimum screen resolution while taking advantage of the full 3:2 aspect ratio display.
All the above resolutions have the same 1.5 results when you divide the number of horizontal pixels by the number of vertical pixels. They perfectly cover your Surface Laptop 3 display without letterboxing.
How to Set a New 3:2 Resolution on Surface Laptop 3?
To change the screen resolution on your Surface Laptop 3 to a new 3:2 resolution:
- Open Windows Settings
First, you need to access Windows Settings by going to Start and clicking the Gear icon (or by using Win + I shortcut key).
- Go to System
In Windows Settings, select “System“.
- Go to Display > Display Resolution
Under the “Display resolution”, select the drop-down menu to select a new resolution.
- Select one of the resolutions we listed above
- Click the Keep changes button
Click the “Keep changes” button if you like the selected resolution or click the “Revert” to return back to the previous resolution.
That’s what I found on my Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 and it’s not mentioned in the Surface Laptop 3 Update history. So if you have other Surface models that have multiple 3:2 resolutions as I mentioned in this article, please let me know in the comments section below.
More Surface Laptop 3 Tips and Tricks
Here are all related Surface Laptop 3 tips & tricks you should know:
- How to Boot Surface Laptop from A USB Drive
- How to Claim Surface Exclusive Offers on Microsoft Surface
- How to download and install the latest Surface Laptop 3 drivers and firmware updates
- How to Download Surface Laptop 3 and Laptop 4 Service Manual
- How to download the official Surface Laptop 3 recovery image
- How to Enable Battery Limit Feature on Microsoft Surface
- How to fix brightness issue on Surface Laptop 3?
- How to Properly Shut Down a Surface Laptop
- Surface Laptop USB-C Charging: We tested all chargers we have
- Ultimate Tips and Tricks for Mastering Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
Surface Laptop 3 Common Questions
Here are all frequently asked questions about Surface Laptop 3:
- Can you add RAM to Surface Laptop 3?
- Can you charge Surface Laptop 3 via USB-C?
- Can you upgrade Surface Laptop 3 SSD?
- Does Surface Laptop 3 have Ethernet port?
- Does Surface Laptop 3 have HDMI port?
- Does Surface Laptop 3 have SD Card Slot?
- Does Surface Laptop 3 have Thunderbolt 3 port?
- Does Surface Laptop 3 have USB-A port?
- Does Surface Laptop 3 support External GPU (eGPU)?
- Does Surface Laptop 3 support WiFi 6?
- Does the Surface Laptop 3 have Face ID?
- Does the Surface Laptop 3 have headphone jack?
- Does the Surface Laptop 3 have USB-C port?
- How long will the Surface Laptop 3 be supported?
- How to charge Surface Laptop 3 via USB-C?
- How to disable secure boot on Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
- Is Surface Laptop 3 fanless?
- Is Surface Laptop 3 keyboard backlit?
- What are the Specs of Surface Laptop 3 Power Supply?
- What’s is the battery capacity of Surface Laptop 3?
- What’s ports on Surface Laptop 3?
- What’s processors on Surface Laptop 3?
- What’s new in Surface Laptop 3?