The computer is a set of peripheral devices that perform different tasks together in a computer system. Between all these devices, we will talk about a mouse that is the essential device. A mouse is a necessary input device for use with any visual interface. For gamers, a good mouse determines how precise, quick and accurate various selections, strikes, and sudden moves are in the game.
The mouse performance and sensitivity primarily rely on its DPI as it is the value that tells us about the mouse speed and sensitivity. It facilitates you to adjust the mouse cursor’s speed by adjusting how many pixels per second it moves. When your mouse is more sensitive, your mouse’s DPI is also higher.
A mouse is a pointing device, and it is helpful for gaming and clicking icons to access applications and open folders to perform different tasks. As we know that the gaming mouse has a relatively high DPI, thereby making it facile for users to react or focus on their target during a game.
What is DPI?
DPI is estimated by the number of dots that can fall in a line across 1 inch. In terms of pictures and video quality, you can get greater resolution from a picture with the help of a higher DPI as a higher DPI produce a sharper picture.
The DPI for the mouse varies slightly from the concept of video and picture”. I’ll explain it by example; if your mouse has 800 DPI, it’ll move the cursor at 800 pixels as you move the mouse for every inch on the screen. If you increase the DPI, then the cursor will move more swiftly for every real-life inch.
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How to check mouse DPI
It isn’t very easy to check DPI when you don’t know much about your mouse manufacturer and don’t know any other ways to find it. If you are unaware of your mouse DPI and don’t know how to check it from the mouse information or other resources, don’t worry; we got your back.
Most gaming mice have buttons that enable you to switch DPI while you’re playing. It can be challenging to find out with some mice, but here are some ways to tell you how you can find out the DPI of your mouse. Let’s explore them
1. From Manufacturer Specifications
It is the most basic method as you can search for your mouse make and model online. If your mouse is unbranded, then there’s another option for you that you’ll find a specification chart or sheet which shows you the DPI figures of mice.
If you search the DPI from the specification charts or sheet that comes with the gaming mouse, you will probably find the highest value that the mouse can support. However, many renowned manufacturers offer extensive detail about the DPI.
You can check your orders to find your model if you bought the mouse online. You’ll need to find the section where all the information is stored about mouse’s orders. Maybe it will be in front of the tag resolution.
It’s a simple Google search. You can search for mouse model DPI, and then you’ll find the information that you’re needed. In most cases, many people do not know what mouse model they have, so we will have to discuss one of the other methods below about how to find the DPI of your mouse.
2. Install the Support Software
Installing the support software is a viable option for determining the mouse DPI. But for the stock drivers that most unbranded mice use, it becomes difficult. This method works almost every time for known manufacturers. You need to download the required software support from the manufacturer’s website.
Installing the drivers enables you to set up many customizations for the gaming mouse. Out of these fantastic settings, one of the vital customizations is changing the mouse DPI. With the required drivers/software installation, you can modify RGB lights, remap buttons, configure macros, and definitely change the DPI.
Once inside the mouse software, you need to find the DPI settings of the mouse. It is not at the exact location for each manufacturer, so make sure to read the instruction on the software manual or try searching out about it if you cannot find it from the interface.
Once you locate the DPI settings, you can check the mouse’s maximum and minimum DPI range. It is an easier way to find out the exact DPI of the gaming mouse. If you feel like this method is not working out for you, try the method given below.
3. Use an online DPI calculator
Many online tools let you check the DPI of the mouse. You can use the online DPI calculator tool to approximate the range of DPI if you still can’t find your mouse’s DPI.
If you already have mouse driver software installed, make sure that any pointer acceleration is also disabled. You can disable the pointer acceleration of the mouse in Windows 10 by going into “Settings.”
Then quicker hover to the “Devices” and then choose “Mouse and touchpad” from the left menu. Once inside the mouse settings, click on “Additional mouse options.” Doing so will take you to the mouse settings. Go to the “Pointer Options” tab and uncheck “Enhanced pointer precision.”
Now, coming back to the online DPI checker for a gaming mouse, double-check the other requirements and limitations if you have not already headed to the Real Mouse DPI Analyzer page.
Use a scale, as you should enter the distance into the ‘Target distance’ box on the website. Calculate the rough distance that you want to move your mouse to make the mouse pointer go from the left side of the screen to the right side.
You can’t put a value in the Configured DPI box until you don’t know your mouse’s DPI. Find a red crosshair at the bottom of the page and drag the mouse to the right by holding it. Move the mouse to the targeted distance that you specified earlier. Don’t try to rush things and move the mouse accurately to get better results.
Prevent the mouse from reaching the border of your computer display. It won’t disturb the results if it crosses the browser window but can affect the results if it reaches the screen’s border. Avoid starting in the middle of the screen to prevent early reaching the border before completing the required distance.
4. Using Paint to measure DPI
It’s really easy to estimate your mouse’s DPI by using Paint in Windows 10. It can help you how to figure out your mouse DPI in MS paint. Some steps you’ll need are given below:
Search for “Paint” in the search bar of Windows 10 and then launch it. It better to go with the classic Paint app rather than Paint 3D.
Point out your mouse cursor to the most left side of the image in paint. Ensure that the zooming level of the paint window is at 100%; otherwise, it will disturb the accuracy of the results.
Another thing to keep in mind is the position of the mouse cursor. It should be near the left side of the window at 0 pixels. Confirm the value by looking at the number given at the bottom of the left corner of the window.
Drag a line by moving your mouse, also hold the left mouse button pressed. On the distance of the 2 inches, on a desk.
In this article, you learned about the mouse DPI and how it affects performance. We explained various methods that let you check the mouse DPI on Windows 10 and Windows 11. Each method is effective in particular circumstances. In the world of competitive gaming, checking your mouse DPI and setting it at the correct value always gives an advantage over the competition. If you need more information and having difficulty in finding the mouse DPI, let us know in the comments.
M. Kashif is a published author at Gaming Expert.net. He is a tech enthusiast a passionate gamer and loves to try new gadgets and writing about games and technology events.