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I dont know very much about mice, or gaming mice, except that from what Ive read/heard, the more DPI your mouse has, the smoother and more precise it will be, which to me is a positive?

I recently bought the CM Storm Xornet, which has 3 DPI settings, 500, 1000, 2000. The last mouse I used was just a basic Dell mouse, and the difference in smoothness was very noticeable at the 1000 DPI setting. I have the setting at 1000 DPI just because in games like BF3 (I havent actually tried this mouse out much yet), I figured it'd be nice to save that highest DPI setting to like move around quicker in vehicles, etc.

I see a LOT of people talking about having their mice set to like the lowest DPI settings, even one of my friends runs his mouse at like 400 or something, even though his mouse goes up to 3000+ DPI.

The only reason I can see is a sensitivity issue, because Ive heard a lot about if you dont have the Windows Sensitivity setting at 6/11 or close to it you might start skipping pixels or something.

So yeah, just wondering, and I just now realized that this post got a lot longer than I expected.

tl;dr: From what I know, higher DPI = Smoother and more precise experience, so why do people run at lower DPI settings?
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I dont know very much about mice, or gaming mice, except that from what Ive read/heard, the more DPI your mouse has, the smoother and more precise it will be, which to me is a positive?
I recently bought the CM Storm Xornet, which has 3 DPI settings, 500, 1000, 2000. The last mouse I used was just a basic Dell mouse, and the difference in smoothness was very noticeable at the 1000 DPI setting. I have the setting at 1000 DPI just because in games like BF3 (I havent actually tried this mouse out much yet), I figured it'd be nice to save that highest DPI setting to like move around quicker in vehicles, etc.
I see a LOT of people talking about having their mice set to like the lowest DPI settings, even one of my friends runs his mouse at like 400 or something, even though his mouse goes up to 3000+ DPI.
The only reason I can see is a sensitivity issue, because Ive heard a lot about if you dont have the Windows Sensitivity setting at 6/11 or close to it you might start skipping pixels or something.
So yeah, just wondering, and I just now realized that this post got a lot longer than I expected.
tl;dr: From what I know, higher DPI = Smoother and more precise experience, so why do people run at lower DPI settings?

The higher the faster it moves. I play BF @ 800 DPI and even have the in-game sensitivity to very low.
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it boils down to personal preference. ZealotKiller like's a lower DPI. I use 1800 for desktop or gaming, in BF3 my sensitivity is at halfway, maybe a tad less but I p[erfer a more "twichy" feel when I game. some time's the mouse will dictate what DPI you have to run, some act funny at certen DPI's. You'll have to play with it. For the most part though high DPI is used to combat larger screen's/eyefinity/surround set up's.
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I like to drop DPI very low and set up a few settings for like 200, 600, 1000. 1400. At the same time I set sensitivity high in setpoint (7/8) and turn off acceleration.
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So its all for sensitivity?

Why not just run the highest DPI then, and then make the in-game or Windows sensitivity setting as low as possible? Or is that still too high of a sensitivity?
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So its all for sensitivity?
Why not just run the highest DPI then, and then make the in-game or Windows sensitivity setting as low as possible? Or is that still too high of a sensitivity?

For me it would be to high, you might like it like that though. Its ALL personal opinion thumb.gif
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So its all for sensitivity?

Why not just run the highest DPI then, and then make the in-game or Windows sensitivity setting as low as possible? Or is that still too high of a sensitivity?

You're better off changing the DPI to what you want it to be (you'd have to test yourself) and leaving Windows and any 'driver' settings (like in Setpoint) to the default (6/11 of slider in Windows) because of the way Windows works with mouse tracking.

The mouse is perfectly tracked at the 6/11 slider in Windows giving you a 1:1 mouse tracking. If you increase or decrease it in the slider, Windows skips pixels in tracking.

By leaving the setting to default and adjusting the DPI, you're in control with (essentially) the best tracking you can get from Windows.

I personally have a setup that goes 400/800/1600/3200/5700 (Logitech G5 v2), which is switchable on the fly from my mouse.
    
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Thanks for the quick replies

But is there still increased precision/smoothness with a higher DPI setting, even if it comes with a higher sensitivity? Like if you managed to adjust to a 3000 DPI mouse, would you get a better experience than you had with a 400 DPI mouse? In terms of how smooth the mouse moves, and how it wont "skip pixels" etc.
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Thanks for the quick replies
But is there still increased precision/smoothness with a higher DPI setting, even if it comes with a higher sensitivity? Like if you managed to adjust to a 3000 DPI mouse, would you get a better experience than you had with a 400 DPI mouse? In terms of how smooth the mouse moves, and how it wont "skip pixels" etc.

In a perfect world, if you set a mouse at 3000 DPI and there was no pixle skipping or sensor jitter, It would still be personal preference as to if you liked it. For most people at 3k DPI they won't be able to set sensitivity's low enough to make it manageable. I like a twichy mouse and feel that 3k is a bit much lol, my brain dosn't work that fast!
One of my real life friends use's his g500 and the maximum sensitivity and DPI, he dose amazing with it. I feel like a retard every time I use his set up, its just too much, WAY to much, I don't even understand or comprehend how his brain is able to control his arm/hand/wrist with such fine accuracy and ease when the mouse is so twitchy. I have trouble clicking on the start button let alone playing a game lol.
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DPI is just how fast the mouse moves across the screen. You do not necessarily want to set the mouse to the highest DPI scaling because you may be reaching the limits of the sensor. You may get weird, ripple/jitter tracking issues if you set DPI too high depending upon the sensor. Of course, everyone is different.
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