How to change Mouse DPI

HOW TO CHANGE MOUSE DPI? DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

by Umair Ahmad Khan

You might have seen advertisements for gaming mice that try to sell their new mouse on the basis of how much DPI or dots-per-inch it has. DPI is usually a measure of sensitivity of a mouse. But, if your mouse is branded of a low DPI, you can always increase its sensitivity in Microsoft Windows. So, for that follow the step-by-step process on how to change mouse DPI.

WHAT IS MOUSE DPI?

Before we change mouse DPI, we need to know what it actually is.

DPI is a number about how much dots can be fitted in a straight line.

As, mentioned above, DPI is measure of mouse sensitivity. However, the real measure of mouse sensitivity is CPI or counts-per-inch. CPI is the number of counts or pixels a mouse is able to register and read or move on inch of space.

DPI or CPI is usually a big deal with gamers. Because the optimum mouse sensitivity is essential for perfect gaming experience.

Now, the question is DOES HIGH CPI ALWAYS MEANS BETTER GAMING EXPERIENCE? Keep reading to find out.

How to change mouse DPI?

By changing mouse DPI (technically CPI) we mean to change or optimize the sensitivity of our mouse.

Now you can do that do that in two ways depending upon the mouse you have.

USING MOUSE DPI BUTTON:

Most gaming mice have a mouse DPI button on them slightly behind the scroll-wheel as highlighted in picture below:

You can press this button in order to shift between different configurations of mouse DPI while in gaming. However, this does not have too much variations.

CHANGING IT IN MOUSE SETTINGS:

Now, if your mouse do not have a DPI button or the button is not changing it to your desired level. You can do it in Mouse Settings in Microsoft Windows by following the steps below:

  1. Open the Start Menu and Search “Mouse Settings” and click on the settings with mouse icon.
  2. On top right corner of screen, Click on “Additional Mouse Settings” under “Related Settings”.
Mouse Settings

3. Under these settings, choose the optimum mouse speed by moving the slider.

4. Click “Apply” and test it. If good OK, otherwise change again.

5. Also, uncheck the box saying “Enhance Pointer Precision”.

This is not essential for sensitivity. However, Pointer Precision makes mouse pointer to move at different lenghts depending on how fast you move the mouse. So, it damages gaming experience and it is not recommended for gamers.

IMPROVING MOUSE PERFORMANCE IN GAMES:

For PC gamers, there is usually mouse settings inside game settings. So, in addition to optimizing your mouse DPI, you can also tweak in-game mouse settings as well to improve gaming experience.

You can find these under MOUSE ACCELERATION or SENSITIVITY SETTINGS or something like that depending on your game.

DOES HIGH DPI MEANS BETTER GAMING?

Now, you might be thinking high DPI should translate to better gaming experience. Well, the answer is to that is not that simple.

High DPI sometimes leads to higher amount of errors and noise as more and more gets fitted into an inch of space. So, high DPI is not always better gaming experience.

Instead you should go to settings in both windows and in-game settings and optimize the sensitivity to your liking.

WRAPPING UP THE ARTICLE:

So, its conclusion time.

Mouse DPI is number of dots-per-inches a mouse can register and read.

You can change mouse DPI in Windows settings and also in-game settings to improve gaming experience.

Also, high DPI or high sensitivity does not always lead to better gaming. Instead you should optimize the mouse sensitivity to your liking.

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