External monitor for Razer Blade blurry/fuzzy - bad on eyes, possible 4K issue?

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  1. markrisky_no_id

    markrisky_no_id New Member


    I bought the Acer XF240H Black 24" 1ms AMD FreeSync 1920 x 1080 Full HD Widescreen monitor (https://goo.gl/pJc6sq) a few days ago. I plug it into my laptop, a Razer Blade 2015 (specs below), using an HDMI 2.0 cable. My laptop's native resolution is 3200 x 1800.

    When I plug in and use the monitor, all text, brightness and general look of the screen is terrible - it's overly bright, text is fuzzy and the view itself is blurry and not crisp.

    I've tried the following already:

    - Switching to all available resolutions for the monitor (blurriness & fuzziness remains regardless)
    - Updated nVidia graphics card drivers and did a clean installation
    - Swapped out the HDMI cable
    - Tried "Duplicate displays", "Extend my display", "Show on only 2" in Windows Display settings - all the same, no luck
    - Enabled High Performance setting to use nVidia graphics card as preferred for global settings in nVidia control panel
    - Went through and applied the ClearText in Windows and calibrated contrast, brightness, gamma etc
    - Changed settings and played around with values on the monitor itself

    None of the above have worked at all, I've read forum after forum and followed the steps - still nothing. I would think my laptop is a problem, however when I take my it to work and plug into a Westinghouse WE40UX8310 40" 4K monitor (https://goo.gl/4q3VVv) the screen and view is perfectly fine.

    So the only thing I can think of is that it's due to the fact that the Razer Blade supports 4K res, so does my work monitor, but the Acer XF240H does not. Surely this can't be the reason?

    If it is, how do I get past it as I have limited experience and knowledge in 4K display settings.

    Also, if it makes a difference, I notice that the monitor defaults to the Intel on-board graphics as the display adapter and not the GeForce.

    Razer Blade Specs

    CPU: Intel i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHZ
    RAM: 16 GB DDR4
    OS: Win 10 Home 64-bit
    GFX Card: nVidia GeForce GTX 970M
    On-board GFX: Intel HD Graphics 530

  2. I would recommend trying a different computer. Try a different laptop and see if the monitor is still blurry. If it is, it's the monitor. If it's not, it's the computer. Since you plug your blade into another monitor and the other monitor works fine, it sounds like it's the monitor.

    Another thing to try, is the scaling settings. Try changing your scaling on your monitor to see if that improves. You can also try changing the settings on the monitor itself to try and change the resolution on the monitor. This, however, sounds like there's an issue with the monitor.
  3. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    Yeah absolutely try and isolate the problem by testing that monitor you have with other devices. You'll be able to narrow it down and then direct your confusion and possible anger towards the appropriate party ;)

    My guess is it's probably the monitor, but share your findings and I'm sure someone will be able to help :)
  4. markrisky_no_id

    markrisky_no_id New Member

    Tried a MAC - quality slightly better but not at all close to being crisp.

    A return it shall be.

    Thanks for the responses!
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  5. Stevie_Eye

    Stevie_Eye Active Member

    This sounds like the same problem I was having with my Blade Pro 2015. Sorry if you have tried this but I'll post anyways-
    >Select '2'
    >Set the "Change the size of text, apps and other items:" to 100%

    For me, it was zooming everything in to like 120% or something and it caused everything to look blurry and fuzzy.

    Good luck otherwise!
  6. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    Best of luck with a future monitor! Hopefully you can get one which performs how you'd like!
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