There has been a discussion for a long time among gamers about mouse dpi. Does higher dpi mean better performance? Or is it a parameter that can strictly define your mouse quality? In the market you see super duper mice promoted with their high dpi rate. And people who don’t really know the stuff intensively go like ” wow dude this monster has 16000 DPI!!!”. But does DPI really matter while choosing your gaming (or some other classic) mouse?
But what is DPI (or better described as CPI)? Definition goes like this: DPI=Dots Per Inch (CPI=Counts Per Inch) There is just one single thing that you should know about DPI. DPI is the pixel count that we can place in an inch of our mouse movement. That simple. Not a question of any kind of quality of tracking. People just tend to connect dpi with non-relevant things or just overwhelm themselves with incorrect information. Also dpi is directly in relation with your screen resolution. Here is a video that shortly explain dpi:
A short informational: Highest mouse dpi you can see in modern gaming mice is usually 16000 DPI. As an example, think you have a screen with 1280 x 720 display resolution and 1600 DPI mouse. Moving this mouse an inch will be enough to move the cursor completely across the screen. So, it also means that with unnecessarily high dpi your mouse will be flying across the screen, during when you will have to control your mouse with micro-movements. You can make the logic.
Bear in mind – your choice of dpi is about your preferance. There is no single perfect dpi for all. It’s about your own comfort and it can vary for everybody. If you would like to listen to a professional approach from an insider, here’s a video of a Senior Engineer from Logitech:
Well, actually the industry has done a great job at making people believe that dpi is the most important fact
determining the mouse. Sorry but your dpi doesn’t determine your mouse’s overall quality. But why the hell companies are promoting their mice usually with high dpi rate? The answer is simple. MONEY! When people see a higher number, they think they have a good mouse. This is for marketing purposes.
Find your mouse dpi. How to adjust mouse dpi?
How to change your mouse dpi? There are several ways. The simplest way is to change it from your mouse buttons if you have a dpi adjustable mouse. These kind of mice usually come with the manufacturer’s own software to adjust mouse settings and dpi.
If you don’t have a dpi adjustable mouse, you can learn it’s dpi by searching the brand and model from the internet. You can regulate it with your sensitivity options. Think of your sensitivity as your dpi multiplier. Your sensitivity multiplies your dpi by a given coefficient. Better to test various dpi and sensitivity values together and find your sweet spot while adjusting your dpi and sensitivity settings.
So, we can list 3 types of sensitivity:
-In game sensitivity
To adjust your operating system (Windows) sensitivity, Press Windows Button + R. There will pop up a little column. Write “control main.cpl” to the popped up screen aand you will be directed to mouse settings screen. From there you can adjust your mouse sensitivity and other settings.