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post #11 of 24
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more smooth and almost feel artificial
I know what you mean, I think. A few days ago I bought my first laser mouse after having used only mechanical (Logitech Pilot), and optical mice (MS Basic Optical Mouse 1.0, WMO 3.0, and Logitech MX300): Razer Taipan. First thing I noticed was the different behavior of the cursor on the desktop. It felt somehow "smoother", but at the same time "unconnected". With ball and optical mice I experience a more direct feel, while laser feels somehow "unconnected" in some way. It's smooth no doubt about that and very precise, but the way the cursor moves around it's like there's yet another layer between me and its moving around. Hard to express.

But maybe it's all just imagination because something is different, (i.e. the mouse) and humans - being the creatures of habit they are - think a whole lot has changed, while in fact it's the same biggrin.gif Then again, when using my Abyssus or Logitech M-UV69 at work, I'm back with that "old" feeling.
post #12 of 24
The taipan has some smoothing shizz taking place behind the scenes.
    
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post #13 of 24
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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.

Sorry, but that is just wrong. But if you follow the links you'll see that they linked to the DPI definition for printers and images on Wikipedia. On the same article under "see also" you'll find "mouse dpi" and that links to "mouse speed" in the article "mouse (computing)". Reading that you'll see that dpi is just sensitivity, it does not increase accuracy, smoothness, whatever else. Only pointer speed so to say.
Edited by Ino. - 5/22/13 at 1:58am
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post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by Stuntfly02 View Post

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.

and this is why I don't use google and ask people on overclock which work on these topics day by day. ; ))
post #15 of 24
The surface you use the mouse on is the source of your griefs. Sensors do not track the same on all surfaces...
   
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post #16 of 24
Actually depending on the surface a higher DPI can make it LESS smooth for the fact its reading the imperfections in the surface. i have the mX mouse and on my desk that had small surface scuffs (ever so slight) that if I moved slowly I could see the mouse just barely jitter as it went over those. however I since got a new desk, and the mX can even work on clear glass. hows that for cool.
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post #17 of 24
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The taipan has some smoothing shizz taking place behind the scenes.
Which is said to been taken care of by the latest Synapse update. Still feels differently and not quite 1:1. Maybe it's not gone completely, but only improved, noone will know but Razer.
Edited by phl0w - 5/22/13 at 3:59am
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by Stuntfly02 View Post

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.

So you say 800dpi on laser have more "dots-per-inch" than 800dpi on optical? thinking.gif
post #19 of 24
okay, it's cpi. dpi is just adopted as a marketing term since it is a printer resolution term in all technicality. anyways, the more frames the mouse computes per second, and the higher the polling rate, the smoother i find the mouse tends to be in keeping tracking/ reading all movement. cpi really doesn't make a huge impact on smoothness, and a laser or optical can both be very smooth. it really depends on what other hardware is in the mouse.

i'm glad ss uses cpi as the term though dince dpi is not technically correct, much like how engine is not interchangeable for motor when talking about electromotive units. (though they are interchangeable when talking about hydrocarbon-burning motive units)
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post #20 of 24
Also, coming from a background of competitive gaming, I know guys who are playing at the absolute highest level with 400 dpi (optical obviously) that are 10+ years old. So for gaming, it really is kind of a moot point.
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