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Low DPI or high DPI?

post #1 of 66
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Is it better to play on lower dpi to get the exact sensitivity you want or take advantage of the higher dpi your mouse has? Does it really matter?
post #2 of 66
as high DPI as possible and then lower the software-controlled sensitivity. This will allow for the same sensitivity but much higher movement resolution.

What this means is, the cursor will move as fast as you want but will pick up much smaller movements it wouldn't have picked up at lower dpi and higher sens.
post #3 of 66
highly depens on the application's engine beahvior, movement/mouse-engine ingame, mouse's overall sensor performances and surface.
post #4 of 66
In the end I think it comes down to preference, and the way you like to handle the mouse... but personally I prefer max DPI with tweaked in-application sensitivity. I feel that it gives me enough ability to snap around quickly without having to really move the mouse much.

I have a G9 with 3200 DPI... Kind of curious how one of the newer mice on the market would feel with the same settings.
post #5 of 66
DPI is only a measurement of speed.

and this
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highly depens on the application's engine beahvior, movement/mouse-engine ingame, mouse's overall sensor performances and surface.
post #6 of 66
I've always found that low DPI gives me more control, as in more accurate shot. I'm a low sensitivity gamer who only plays FPS's.
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I've always found that low DPI gives me more control, as in more accurate shot. I'm a low sensitivity gamer who only plays FPS's.

The lower my dpi is the more accurate my shots are. This is another one of those never ending arguments with no right answer. I use 800 dpi for the speed in windows but 400 dpi would be better for me I am just to lazy to switch it. There has been millions of these threads and the CORRECT answer is "personal preference"
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post #8 of 66
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Originally Posted by Skylit View Post

DPI is only a measurement of speed.

Dots per inch is actually incorrect: What the measure actually is is CPI (how many "counts" or "reports of movement to the PC" the mouse will make when it is moved one inch.)

What this means is, higher DPI (Actually CPI) has the mouse detecting its movement on a surface at a much higher precision.

High DPI + Lowering sensitivity to your tastes is the best result for 1:1 movement. Here's why:



I made this so you guys know what I'm talking about.

BLACK LINE: IRL mouse movement
RED DOTS: Mouse "counts" (incorrectly referred to as DPI)
GREEN LINE: The path the mouse thinks it followed (as reported by its "DPI")


Left line would be "7 DPI", right line would be "5 DPI".

Why does the mouse move FASTER in the 7 DPI scenario? Because between every "report" the computer moves the cursor by a fixed amount (this is without Mouse Acceleration), and this amount is governed by sensitivity.

If the SENSITIVITY were tweaked in the left line as translasting to 1/7th of an inch between counts and 1/5th of an inch between counts for the right one, the end result would be the same amount of distance with a trajectory much closer to real life's in the left scenario.
Edited by Rukumouru - 7/31/12 at 1:45pm
post #9 of 66
Cranking the DPI to max and turning down your sensitivity is much less accurate than leaving your sensitivity at default and adjusting DPI to suit your play style.
post #10 of 66
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Originally Posted by CPate View Post

Cranking the DPI to max and turning down your sensitivity is much less accurate than leaving your sensitivity at default and adjusting DPI to suit your play style.

Read my explanation and tell me how/why.
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