"High" lift off distance technically isn't an issue or a fault with the mouse, though it's understandable that you prefer lower lift off to suit your desired playing style. The LED and lens configuration on most mice are designed to be compatible on multiple surface types and colors.
It's certainly possible to lower this for a specific pad via firmware, but you either sacrifice compatibly, tracking quality, or IPS all around. There are exceptions such as the early 1800 CPI deathadders, but only after countless updates provided by Razer:
Assuming you want optical and a decent max IPS range, you only have a few options:
- If you like a specific mouse, best thing you might be able to do is swap to a specific hard surface. 3.5mm can turn into 1.2mm with the right pad.
- Logitech G400: Lift off distance is around 2.5mm on most of my surfaces. (Darker colors)
Con: The higher range of this sensor over 800 CPI is interpolated down from 3600. Cursor quality isn't as optimal as you would expect on a native 1800 CPI mouse for example. The custom lens also distorts cursor quality a little more than the recommend lens designed for the sensor.
- Zowie AM and EC1/2 EVO: custom lens magnification. Apparently very low lift off distances on darker cloth, but doesn't work on all surfaces (specifically white or very light)
Con: The "custom lens" noticeably distorts cursor quality at higher CPI settings. (If thats an issue to you).
- Wait for a fixed Laser variant. (Might happen if the supplier gets enough pressure)
Edited by Skylit - 3/23/12 at 1:21pm