Your mouse, more so with gaming mice, comes with 3rd-party software for setting macros or even changing dpi. Some mice even come with a DPI-Switch /DPI-Shift feature, a button on the mouse you can either hold down (useful when sniping) or press to toggle your mouse’s sensitivity to a much lower dpi. If your mouse has this then it probably has some software you can get online. In this software is the easiest way to check out your DPI. Most of my accessories are Logitech and they all make use of Logitech Gaming Software.
You’ll notice a few benefits this kind of software can offer. The “Profiles” allow me to set settings specific to each game I play. Everytime I launch of the profiles I have, my mouse will switch its settings over. On the bottom you’ll see “Acceleration (Enhance Pointer Precision)” which is unchecked. This feature is what the second tip further within this article is referring to.
If your mouse doesn’t come with any software there’s always Microsoft’s own version called “Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center.” There may be some third party gaming ones that are out there, so it’s worth giving that a search as well. You can download the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center software here. This will also allow you to view and set DPI Sensitivity Levels.
Thank you for sharing such an amazing guide. As a gamer, I would recommend 1k to 1600 for MMO games, and for a shooter game, 400 would be enough. What are your thoughts about it?
For mac users I found these steps to change mouse dpi.
=> System Preferences > Mouse/Trackpad
=> Open ‘Tracking Speed’ from ‘Point & Click’ tab. if you are iMac user you will find this option in the “mouse” option
=> Adjust your tracking speed
=> Click on Save changes
Nice find! Thank you for sharing! I’ve never used a Mac for gaming before, but I know they’re out there!
Hi Steve, I apologize for the delayed response! Personally I’m always set to 800dpi. I used to run at a much higher rate like what you suggested, between 1k-1.6k, but I went through a period of gaming where I played an FPS competitively and forced myself to play at a lower dpi. To make up for the reduced speed, I practiced making longer mouse strokes. I saw huge returns with just how accurate and precise my movements became! By adding more movement into your arm/mouse strokes you effectively add more room to make the more precise in game adjustments aka the difference between aiming for the head instead of the chest/center mass. Of course it’s worth reminding that there is in game mouse settings that act on top of the native (800) dpi setting, so ultimately the speed is a bit off but it’s a good base!
This crossed over into MOBA games as well! If you’re looking for 100% accurate click rate during anything fast paced I prefer to start lower and use the in game settings to speed up my mouse if needed. I’ve become so adjusted to it that I haven’t bothered changing it at all since I’ve started playing WoW: ShadowLands(MMO). 🙂
I think 400dpi may be a bit low for me in my opinion though. It doesn’t leave as much room to make adjustments via in game mouse settings. Every “point” you may move the in game setting down by, you effectively are moving it a percentage of the 0-400dpi value. This means larger increments than if you had a native level of 800dpi, thus adjusting a percentage of 0-800dpi. Using a higher than 800 native dpi and you begin to go the other way. Depends on the game too though!