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Just got my first gaming mouse and WOW is it a big difference. But I have a few questions. I can set the CPI(how does this differ from DPI) from 400 to 800,1600, and then 3200. What I'm curious about is, for someone with a gaming mouse, would you rather set the CPI down and in game sensitivity up, or other way around? Because 800 CPI feels too slow for the current in game sensitivity that I have in one of my games(MW2), but 1600 feels a tad too fast. So I'm wondering, should I just keep 800 CPI and change sensitivity in game? Or stick with 1600 and lower sensitivity accordingly? Also, what's polling rate and should I keep it at the max 1000hz? Thanks
Edited by venomblade - 12/1/12 at 6:54am
post #2 of 12
For the Kana it's best to use either the 400 or 800 step because the tracking quality drops off significantly after 800. (click the image)

Kana.png
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by Derp View Post

For the Kana it's best to use either the 400 or 800 step because the tracking quality drops off significantly after 800. (click the image)
Kana.png

Dat 3200DPI interpolation/jitter... 1600DPI is marginally acceptable depending on the use, and 400/800DPI seems perfect.

On which mousepad is this tested though?
post #4 of 12
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Those pictures look so foreign to me haha. So you guys are saying stick with 800CPI for games? 800 is too slow for the desktop, and too slow with my current ingame sensitivities so I guess I should crank them up and use 1600 only for desktop.
Edited by venomblade - 11/30/12 at 6:07am
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Those pictures look so foreign to me haha. So you guys are saying stick with 800CPI for games? 800 is too slow for the desktop, and too slow with my current ingame sensitivities so I guess I should crank them up and use 1600 only for desktop.

Yea that's what I would do. I play with a 400 dpi mouse in mw2 and I just adjust the in-game sensitivity (not that I can change my DPI anyway tongue.gif)
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Originally Posted by Bentz View Post

Yea that's what I would do. I play with a 400 dpi mouse in mw2 and I just adjust the in-game sensitivity (not that I can change my DPI anyway tongue.gif)

Alright sounds good. That's what I've been doing all day, and I'm having an easier time adjusting to 800CPI. How much CPI do normal mouses go up to? I just don't want to be "wasting" my mouses extra features by having it at a setting that's slightly higher than what a normal mouse could do.
post #7 of 12
Your not wasting anything. Have a look at the image derp provided. Your mouse tracks best at 400/800 dpi. The other dpi steps are not so good (1600) and terrible (3200). Marketing says more dpi better, we say more dpi faster (and often more jittery).
post #8 of 12
CPI is more or less only how fast your mouse is. And faster doesn't mean better. So you are actually not wasting anything, you are more being limited by the bad sensor performance in the higher cpi-steps smile.gif
post #9 of 12
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Ah I see. Now you've got me curious. So what makes my mouse better than a regular? Besides being able to change CPI speeds? My mouse is undoubtedly more accurate even at faster speeds and the mouse delay I had with my standard Dell mouse is gone now, but I'm wondering, when on paper, what specs should I look at in a gaming mouse(in the future). Also, so since CPI is just speed, how does it differ from DPI and which is better?
post #10 of 12
As ergonomics are quite subjective, I'd say it comes down to build quality (usually ok with steelseries mouse) and the sensor. Kana seems to be average sensor wise, so you mostly pay for better quality and marketing. This is the common case, as there are very few perfect mouse around and except the G400 none of them is a bargain.

Your Kana is still lightyears ahead of your old dell just because the dell sucks so hard. If your looking for "the best mouse (TM)" then this forum is the right place. Usually it boils down to the g400 and deathadder and zowie ones for low sense players while high sensers will also be happy with sensors with lower perfect control speed as the kana or kinzu v2.

If you ask me, the G400v2 is the perfect non symmetrical mouse while the Kinzuadder (selfmade Kinzu with Deathadder internals) is the best ambidextrous one. Your mileage may vary.
Edited by rawkd - 12/1/12 at 7:41am
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