What is an HDR Technology?
The HDR or High Dynamic Range is a technology that improves or accelerates the contrast of the picture by utilizing the maximum brightness and the lowest dimness of the screen. It works on the brightness level and the results shoot out to improved colors and contrast. In this way, an HDR is way different than the SDR or Standard Dynamic Range.
Do I really need an HDR monitor?
Now before you throw cash for an HDR monitor, think about whether you really need it or not to pay for this expensive feature. If you are an accountant or working on a presentation or simply having your homework, an HDR monitor makes no sense but a simple SDR monitor can do this fine. On the other hand, if you are a gamer then it is really worth spending on this technology.
For gaming, this feature helps to generate beautiful colors and dimensions very clear that the darkest and the brightness parts of the screen become more prominent without over-emphasizing. However, the games you want to play have to be HDR supportive to enjoy this feature, like Doom Eternal, Far cry 5, Metro Exodus, Resident Evil, etc. are all HDR PC games.
Although apart from gaming, this property is also pretty attractive for watching movies or streaming for the same reason of improved colors and contrast of the content. It is also very appealing for tasks like video and photo editing but in this case, the monitor has to be factory calibrated along with being an HDR because it alters the outcomes of the efforts and the results vary on different monitors.
I hope you have decided till now whether you need an HDR monitor or SDR is sufficient for you. If you want to go for an HDR, then let me shed the confusing clouds you might get shaded within this process.
The most important thing is, a monitor labeled with HDR doesn’t always render HDR quality visuals. It is because this technology needs support from the brightness of the screen. Not only this but the right protocols are also required to get the results.
HDR content is enabled and transferred by DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 or higher versions.
No less than 1080p resolution and 300cd/m2 brightness level required.
If you find checking these specs a bit difficult then locate the VESA DisplayHDR certification of the monitor that must be written in the manual of the screen. This makes it easy to determine whether the monitor supports HDR or not, apart from the video card that you have to see by yourself in the PC tower.
How to enable HDR?
After you are done with thoroughly checking the specs that support HDR or simply looking for VESA DisplayHDR certification, all you need to do is to enable it. Whether you are having Windows 10 or Windows 11, click on the Windows icon, find the settings option and click on the display, here you will find “Windows HD color”, turn “Use HDR” on.
Despite all, if you couldn’t find this option anywhere under the display option, it means your monitor doesn’t support HDR, nonetheless, it’s an SDR monitor on your table.