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Hello OCN. I recently purchased a Logitech G700 mouse. On the box it says it can do up to 5700dpi.

Now my question is, does higher the DPI mean better accuracy? I know higher DPI usually equals to quicker mouse movements. But is there a gain in accuracy as well? Say for example, you set it to 5700 DPI....then whatever application you are in, lower the mouse movement so it doesn't go flying all over the place....will this help the laser accuracy?
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Originally Posted by steven88;12376377 
Hello OCN. I recently purchased a Logitech G700 mouse. On the box it says it can do up to 5700dpi.

Now my question is, does higher the DPI mean better accuracy? I know higher DPI usually equals to quicker mouse movements. But is there a gain in accuracy as well? Say for example, you set it to 5700 DPI....then whatever application you are in, lower the mouse movement so it doesn't go flying all over the place....will this help the laser accuracy?

I guess you are referring to accuracy in terms of FPS games? Higher DPI (dots per inch) means you can move across the screen faster, point at something with more "accuracy" and select tiny things accurately. However, a pro could be using a 400 dpi mouse and still be more "accurate" with his M4 than someone with a 5700 dpi mouse. In my experience though, higher dpi does tend to lead to better accuracy.
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its different for each user I believe.

I have a death adder mouse and I just cant aim with it, but I can roll faces with my microsoft optical mouse for 20 bucks lol

So I suppose best put it would be however you react and adjust to it
    
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High DPI is only as good as how much you can control it, its useless if you have DPI and you can't control it, I believe I only use around 2k with my G5 in game
    
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Originally Posted by Eugenester;12376532 
I guess you are referring to accuracy in terms of FPS games? Higher DPI (dots per inch) means you can move across the screen faster, point at something with more "accuracy" and select tiny things accurately. However, a pro could be using a 400 dpi mouse and still be more "accurate" with his M4 than someone with a 5700 dpi mouse. In my experience though, higher dpi does tend to lead to better accuracy.

thanks for the response!

I actually found my answer here...and it seems like you shouldn't raise the DPI too high or else it could mess up your in game accuracy

http://www.overclock.net/mice/894285-does-make-sense-keep-your-dpi.html

It seems like DPI is just a marketing gimmick.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by steven88;12376584 
thanks for the response!

I actually found my answer here...and it seems like you shouldn't raise the DPI too high or else it could mess up your in game accuracy

http://www.overclock.net/mice/894285-does-make-sense-keep-your-dpi.html

It seems like DPI is just a marketing gimmick.
That it is, I find 1,800 dpi is more then enough for pretty much every fps. one advantage to more dpi though is if you want an insanely fast cursor, you can do that.
Edited by Eagle1337 - 2/13/11 at 6:43pm
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Originally Posted by Eugenester;12376532 
In my experience though, higher dpi does tend to lead to better accuracy.

Placebo effect really.

DPI != Accuracy.
Mouse FPS + Polling Speed = Accuracy.


Adjusting DPI just adjusts sensitivity, or how fast your cursor moves on screen.
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post #8 of 29
i dont know why but i use all 5700DPI on my G500, i just like the high sensitivity a lot. It took almost a whole month to get used to it though when i moved from my old ball mouse tongue.gif

With regards to the original question DPI is basically just how fast the cursor moves, always adjust the DPI on your mouse and leave the OS setting to 6/11 so that you have a 1:1 ratio for the mouse cursor for best accuracy. If you make it higher than the 6/11 then the OS just skips some dots to make it move farther, but it is not as accurate. You can see this when you set the OS to 11/11 and lower the DPI on your mouse so that it is about the same speed as it was before any changes were made.

Just a little knowledge about DPI from me smile.gif
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Originally Posted by hfcobra;12377332 
i dont know why but i use all 5700DPI on my G500

5700 DPI?! It must take like 1/2 an inch to move from one side of your screen to the other.
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well its pretty fast according to people who use it, but since i got used to it i never notice anymore. I just get irritated when i am at school and have to use one of their optical mouses. frown.gif
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