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Am I the only one who feels like laser mice are more smooth and almost feel artificial if so, why is this?
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Laser are smoother than optical due to higher achievable DPI. Google is your friend on things like this. Maybe it needs to be said that not everything needs a post on a forum to find an answer. Google has soooooooooo much information as long as you use the correct search terms.

In this case those terms would be laser vs optical mouse. Then you read the wiki page.
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Maybe he just wanted to start a discussion about it... lighten up.
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My experience with laser is that it tends to flip out when moving it swiftly. So gaming with a low sensitivity on a laser mouse is a no-no. This might have been an older generation of laser mice, not sure, but I prefer optical mouse for these reasons.
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Used a G9x for years. Have a Storm Spawn now. Can't say I notice any difference.
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Laser are smoother than optical due to higher achievable DPI. Google is your friend on things like this. Maybe it needs to be said that not everything needs a post on a forum to find an answer. Google has soooooooooo much information as long as you use the correct search terms.

In this case those terms would be laser vs optical mouse. Then you read the wiki page.
No, CPI is just sensitivity. Smoothness is influenced by a lot of things, the 9X00 family of sensors have a higher max frame rate which might be the cause. I'm not sure what mice the OP is comparing.
    
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No, CPI is just sensitivity. Smoothness is influenced by a lot of things, the 9X00 family of sensors have a higher max frame rate which might be the cause. I'm not sure what mice the OP is comparing.

DPI= Dots Per Inch

Read this page and pay perticular attention to this line.

http://www.wikivs.com/wiki/Laser_Mouse_vs_Optical_Mouse

Laser mice allow for higher DPI (dots-per-inch) than Optical mice. DPI is what allows for precise scanning of mouse movement.

Which means that the mouse is able to better see how much you move the mouse across the surface of the desk. More DPI=More Sensitive=Tracks your movements better=creates a much smoother mouse response and tracking.
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DPI= Dots Per Inch

Read this page and pay perticular attention to this line.

http://www.wikivs.com/wiki/Laser_Mouse_vs_Optical_Mouse

Laser mice allow for higher DPI (dots-per-inch) than Optical mice. DPI is what allows for precise scanning of mouse movement.

Which means that the mouse is able to better see how much you move the mouse across the surface of the desk. More DPI=More Sensitive=Tracks your movements better=creates a much smoother mouse response and tracking.
That article is wrong, basically complete bunk in fact. The correct term is "Counts Per Inch", how many increments a mouse will send when moved one inch. It does not impact cursor smoothness unless the sensor doesn't perform well at that sensitivity. Take the Sensei when set to an above native sensitivity, the interpolated movement you are getting at that resolution are clearly less precise in spite of sending more counts per distance traveled.
    
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post #9 of 24
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Not talking about DPI; the Sensei feels more smooth than many optical mice I've tried out (Deathadder 3.5g, ZOWIE AM, and Logitech G400) although it was only a major problem with the AM it would almost feel like it would skip? When I tried to move the mouse slowly in a horizontal motion. Never had a problem with Sensei skipping maybe it's because the Sensei is 105 grams where as the AM is 88 grams and my hands just can't move the mouse at a steady velocity but I'm not sure. I played with my mouse on 400DPI and 500Hz for each each example except the AM at 450DPI; using QCK+ team edition. frown.gif
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I have to somewhat agree with you. I felt the same when I was using the SteelSeries Diablo III mouse. It felt a bit smoother than my Logitech G500 which has the same sensor, though it could've been the the mouse functioning as a whole (feet, shell, weight etc). Performance-wise I couldn't notice much a difference between the Diablo III mouse and CM Storm Spawn or MX-518. All mice were at 800 DPI, 500Hz and used on the Razer Goliathus Speed. The mouse went back because I couldn't get used to the shape like I thought I would, otherwise I would've kept it.
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