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Which DPI do you use for your gaming mouse?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by FreedomEclipse, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. pantherx12

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    I use 500 dpi all the time.


    Why?

    Because my screen doesn't even have 100 dpi, so super hi DPI mouse offer no extra accuracy at all, all they do is make small hand-movements and turns them into larger mouse movements.
     
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  2. FreedomEclipse

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    you can - because what im talking about is not DPI. Unless its the FIRST mouse ever made coupled with the first O/S microsoft or whoever made then it will most likely include options to increase the speed of your mouse.
     
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    using the window speed even at the max cant reach what 4000 dpi on default windows. on a default 600-800 dpi mouse
     
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    Well im not talking about DPI nor am i comparing the 2 - (please read as this is the final time i will repeat myself....)

    for some who wanted a higher DPI mouse because he wants a more 'accurate' mouse for web browsing and email its a bit of a no brainer. because if its speed hes after (which im guessing he is) then he can adjust the windows settings to suit his needs - so maybe it wont perform like an 800+ DPI mouse would but so what? thats not the point im trying to make.

    how can you justify the price of a G9 when all your gonna use it for is Email & Internet?? good looks?? - have you seen this mouse? its f**king ugly, its not gonna win an award for the sexiest mouse anytime soon. let alone spending £40 for a mouse with higher DPI?

    G5 or MX518's are great peices of hardware & are fairly cheap to obtain providing you can find a stockist but they are both technologicaly outdated compared to the bling that newer recent mouses have but that wont really matter.

    the keywords here are 'Email' 'Internet' & 'G9'

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    unless hes made of money of course. eitherway i have no right to tell people how to spend their money but for this situation is not practical, so please stop blowing this out of context
     
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    I like my G5.
     
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    Hardware = Accurate DPI ; Windows = Inaccurate software algorithms. Correct?
     
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    Yes true, but as I said earlier, since most peoples screens don't even have 100dpi it doesn't actually offer any extra accuracy, you just move your hand less to get the result you want.


    If anything high dpi makes it harder to aim, its like looking through a telescope zoomed in at 20x, the tiniest movement makes a big difference to what you can see.



    high DPI does infact make it more difficult to be accurate, which is why I never understood why gaming mice have high DPI XD

    Its not as if I haven't tried either, have a mouse upstairs that goes from 500 dpi to 3000 dpi.
     
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    high DPI + low sensitivity makes sense, and would be more precise. although then, any imperfections in your mousepad/surface would cause major problems.
     
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    I never even play with DPI settings. It's always at 1600.
     
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    But again, the screen DPI is much lower then the mouse, the mouse doesn't magically add extra pixels to navigate :p
     
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    I rather go across the screen with slight movements than have to bring my mouse all across my mousepad. It didnt actually lower my accuracy, i just like being able to move around fast,
     
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    it not like they're directly linked - its the DPI of the mouse camera, not the DPI of the screen.

    think 2MP image to 4MP image - ones going to have finer granularity, when you 'move' from pixel to pixel as the mouse tracks the surface.
     
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    Yes and that's why the mouse moves faster, not more accurately : ]

    DPI is dots per inch its directly comparable.


    Epicfail that's a fair enough reason for using higher dpi in my books.

    Just thought I'd squash the myth of higher dpi=better accuracy :D


    Even looking through this thread a few people have said they use lower DPI for sniping and fps games where as they use high dpi on racing games etc.

    High DPI is great for games you need to turn quickly ha ha

    Personally use a logitech trackmanwheel mouse so I don't have the problem of having to move the mouse a lot.
     
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    Hence the yadda yadda yadda per square inch I guess ay. I have noticed vastly increased accuracy with my Mamba at Native max DPI hardware settings vs toned down generic Windows settings, even versing the mice at my TAFE course in the Mac lab where those mice are supposed to be second to none in accuracy, Apple Magic mice my ass... With greater DPI despite the myths to my experience, it pretty much gives you increased accuracy from practice with a higher DPI yet the ability to go faster with the natural DPI and scan rate at your command, ala scanning at a speed (NOT acceleration which is an additionaal bonus :-D) Please read up technical aspects of mice, it is a great read, source from AtomicMag, Toms'HW, This Site FTW, Extremetech.com, Anandtech and DaliyTech, plus the good ol' Wikipedia, don't forget that :) Yeah and tracking surfaces as mentioned play a good role, hence some of the Razer Mouse Pad's with control and speed sides as well as the technical articles about Microsoft BlueTrack Technology...
     
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    i dont lower my sensitivities in those lol, it truly doesnt make that much of a difference you get use to slightly not moving your mouse to get were you want.

    i find it better because if you notice someone at the last second and can quickly move and click on them extremely fast with not much movement and still be accurate if your use to the speed of your mouse :p
     
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    1400 - 1200 - 1000

    In the middle 1200 on desktop and most games. If i need a bit faster or slower those values are there for that. Might though change the faster one higher once my BC2 arrives.

    'Just' 3 settings so that I know without looking where it's at and can get with one press to what I want.

    btw. had a 1000dpi static dpi laser mouse before. Have upped the DPI in 50 steps. Started in 1100dpi with this mouse (G5).
     
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    ingame - 1600/1800/2000/2200/2400 ;) desktop is the same now so i get used to the DPI. sniping in BC2 hasnt posed much of a problem in BC2 - but its just a tiny bit too sensitive when it comes to scoped assualt rifles.
     
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    3200 DPI on my G9 and low sensitivity
     
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    i still beleive you arent understanding. let me try and make an example.


    If my mouse detects 1 unit of movement as 1 pixel on screen, it would move slowly.

    i could set that 1 unit of movement as 10 pixels for faster movement, or i could set its DPI higher so that the same distance moved, registers as 10 units (10x the sensitivity of the camera) and turn the speed down so it moves the same.


    while it would equate to the same movement, the higher DPI has 10 units for the camera to 'see' not just one - therefore, the mouse has 10 times the 'dots' for it to see when moving it - its more sensitive because unlike moving just the one unit, i now have an additional 9 for the mouse to register, giving me teh ability to move 0 through 10 units, not 0 OR 10.
    While its only a fine amount and not noticeable to most people and this is a drastic example, Think of it as the difference if you only had a 1 meter ruler, or a ruler with 1CM increments - if you were measuring a meter, no difference - but if you wanted to precisely measure, the one with finer increments wins out hands down.

    This is not tied in to your screen resolution or how many pixels you have on screen, the mouse cursor is NOT directly linked to that (especially in FPS games where there is no cursor at all)
     

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