This ultra high-definition TV rocks it for productivity, gaming using Windows 8.1

There aren’t a lot of movies out yet in 4K – which has about four times the resolution of a 1080p high-def screen – but there are some good bargains on 4K TVs, with those displays offering an incredible canvas for your PC for games and photo editing. Among them is the Seiki 50-inch 4K TV, which is going for under $1,000, writes Gavin Gear on the Extreme Windows Blog.

Windows 8.1 is optimized for ultra-high resolution displays, and “having a large 4K display for your PC is essentially like having a 2×2 array of 1920 x 1080 monitors all in one,” he writes. “You can arrange windows however you want,” and there’s so much screen room to roam, you can see a lot of the user interface at the same time.

Gears hooked up his HP Z820 PC running Windows 8.1 to the Seiki 50-inch display. In the screenshot he shares, you can see Windows Explorer, Photoshop CC, Internet Explorer and SolidWorks 2014 – all open at the same time at a very usable window size.


Gear says he set the DPI scaling to 200 percent, something that is fully supported as of Windows 8.1, so that user interface elements are easy to see and click on.

And while there aren’t a lot of 4K movies out there yet, Gear notes that you can get 4K content from YouTube. “If a video was uploaded in 4K resolution, you can watch it in 4K resolution in the player by selecting ‘Original’ from the resolution options.”

Many of the latest DirectX PC games support 4K resolution “with no problems,” he writes. “Some of the games that I’ve run at 4K resolution include ‘BF3,’ ‘BF4,’ ‘Dirt3’ and ‘Crysis 3’ I’ve actually run ‘Dirt 3’ at 12K-wide resolution (3×1 @ 4K Ultra-HD).”

Seiki also makes 39-, 55- and 65-inch 4K TVs. To read Gear’s full post, head over to the Extreme Windows Blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff