I am guessing you aint to educated about mice.
first off DPI or CPI, dots/counts per inch has been used for years for kind of a marketing war.
The average customer thinks the more DPI the better the mouse.
Exactly the opposite is most of the times true or was true.
I dont know if you know but the most sensor used in mice are laser or optical.
Laser is know for higher DPI and higher malfunction speeds aswell as laser can read more surfaces better.But
and its a big but
, laser mice use a sensor (mostly avago 9500/9800) wich has native acceleration.
It doesnt matter what the compagny tells u on the package of the mouse.
Or in there software you can install with it,
The most comon laser mice will have always a little native acceleration.
So to explain you what is acceleration.
Acceleration can be positive and negative.
Acceleration is the relation between the speed you move youre mouse and the distance youre cursor moves on youre screen.
For example if you move you mouse 4 cm on youre mousepad in a slow tempo you will hit almost every time the same spot.
But if you speed increases of moving youre mouse youre cursor will over shoot the point you aim.
Some gamers even prefer it that way and increase it even with the software.
Like for example RTS players who wants to move there view quicker so when they move there mouse faster there view will adjust faster wich benifits them.
But as you can think of yourself it easier to control a mouse with no acceleration.
You muscle memory will learn faster the movement relation of the movement of the mouse and the cursor on the screen if the distance you move the mouse no matter what speed is the same on youre screen.
Now here it comes, Optical sensors mostly avago 3060 3090 have almost zero acceleration.
Thats why most people here on this forum will give you advice picking a optical mouse.
But as explained some people still prefer or even dont notice the acceleration.
Then to help you picking a mouse.
First of all try mice,
see what shape you like.
Because shape always come first, you can have the best mouse with the best internals like for example the roccat kone pure optical but if you have large hands and tend to a palm grip.
This mouse will never be comfortable and cramp youre hand.
So see what grip style you have, palm, claw, fingertip and then measure youre hand have you got small, large or medium sized hand.
Post it here and we will give you some advice.
Then whats is youre prefered DPI step, or sensitivity most gamers with good aim tend to have low dpi/sensitivity ingame.
Because aiming with using a bigger movement is easier to control then if you only can control a little movement of the mouse seeing youre mouse cursor already moving a loth of dots/counts on youre screen.
Some mice have greater malfunction speeds at certain dpi steps so if you like a higher sensitivity tell us.
Then there are mice with good trackign but a high lift off distance (LOD) (LOD = the distance when youre mouse stops tracking above the pad/surface)
People with low sensitivity tend to pick there mouse more often.
Then a high lod can be negative seeing youre mouse will be picked up often and the cursor could move already before resting on the surface.
But a higher lod can increase tracking or maximum malfunction speeds.
I can explain you a lot more but its better if you do some research yourself there are some good threads on OCN wich can explain you a lot.
I reccomend you reading An Overview of Mouse Technology.
And if you have question just ask away I dont mind a PM or a post in this thread or another one.
We are lucky with a loth of smart intelligent mouse freaks who can tell almost everything you wanne know,.
Then if you know youre shape or a deciding between 2 of more mice just post them and we will give oure opinions what we think is the better mouse for you.
Or you can just be lazy and buy one the mice I recommended if you like the shape of the Microsoft Intelligence 3.0
If I epxlained something wrong dont hesitate to correct me, its l8 and I just returned from football practice and wanted to react.
But it turned out a lot more text then I thought hehe but I hoped I helped him a bit by explaining some general knowledge.Edited by CtrlAltel1te - 9/12/13 at 1:40pm