I am ditching Chrome – for now
high resolution life, I am ditching it. Geez, does Google do a bad job when it comes to scaling. Everything becomes blurry. And I won’t even talk about Chrome’s memory consumption… I am using a Lenovo T540p right now and it has 2880 x 1620 pixels. Windows Store apps look great, since they automatically scale with the resolution, so they always look the same, only smoother. But on the desktop I need a magnifying glass. That’s really small! So I upped the desktop zoom to 150%, which is perfect… but not for all applications. Really a lot of applications will end up looking fuzzy. Also: Google Chrome. Internet Explorer and Firefox do a great job and scale everything perfectly. The menus, the tabs, the websites etc. Opera doesn’t scale at all and I take my magnifying glass to solve that problem, but Chrome, I don’t know what it does. Everything becomes blurry. Doesn’t Chrome use fonts to render? Does it use images for the tabs or what? Doesn’t it use Windows’ standard fonts? I think it’s weird, since high resolutions have been around for a while now.
One solution is to use compatibility settings and tick the “Disable display scaling” option there (you’ll have to browse to Program Files/Google/Chrome/chrome.exe for that!). But the outcome was not really what I expected. Websites scale back to 100% and now the tabs are totally out of proportion. Text is scaled (not blurry!) at 150% and the tabs itself are 100%, making it hard to close the tabs. Try and aim for that 1 pixel (it sure looks like 1 pixel to me) on the screen. And believe you me, the website displayed is really small!
To prevent websites to be dislayed that small you can always set the browser zoom rate to 150%. It solves part of the issue, but also screws up some websites.
Update: use chrome://flags/
OK. A colleague suggested to use chrome://flags/ to set the HiDPI setting to true. It’s experimental, and I now know why 🙂 And is it Chrome or is it Windows? I still think Google should the one to fix this issue, since Firefox and other programs are working fine. Anyway. I will still switch to IE/Firefox, at least for now.