How to Check Your Mouse DPI on Windows 10 and Adjust It

How to Check Your Mouse DPI on Windows 10 and Adjust It
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DPI (standing for dots per inch) determines mouse sensitivity. A mouse with a higher DPI will move the cursor on screen further than a lower one when both are moved the same distance. Thus, a high DPI mouse is better for gaming since the cursor will react to even a slight movement.

What is your mouse DPI? Learn how to test mouse DPI on your Windows computer.

Tip: There are users who are confused of DPI and CPI. To know their difference, read the reference about DPI VS CPI.

How to Check Mouse DPI

Method 1. Check Your Mouse Specification

The easiest way to test mouse DPI is to head for the official specification of your mouse. As long as your mouse is not an unbranded one, you will find the specifications easily. For instance, you can google and view the mouse DPI of Logitech Pro Gaming mouse:

mouse DPI test from the offical Logitech website

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Method 2. Test Your Mouse DPI

If you cannot find your mouse DPI online, you can manually measure your mouse DPI. To do this, you need to do the followings:

Step 1. Turn off the Enhance Pointer Precision option

  1. Press Win + S to search for Mouse Settings and run it.
  2. From the Settings window, go to Mouse, and then Additional mouse options.
  3. From the Mouse Properties window, navigate to Pointer Options tab and uncheck the Enhance Pointer Precision option.
  4. Click Apply and OK accordingly.
go to mouse settings
uncheck Enhance Pointer Precision option

Step 2. Measure Mouse DPI Manually

  1. Prepare a ruler, a white paper, and a marker.
  2. Draw 2-3 inches (or you can use centimeter instead) straight line on the paper.
  3. Go to DPI Analyzer, set the target distance as the length you draw just now.
  4. Place the starting point of the line on paper to the Target and then move your mouse pointer there.
  5. Drag the mouse cursor from the starting point to the ending point on the paper. Read and record the Actual DPI you see on the paper.
  6. Repeat the test for several times and then calculate the average Actual DPI.
measure your mouse DPI

Method 3. Measure in MS Paint

Step 1. Turn off the Enhance Pointer Precision option

Please follow the guide in Method 2 to complete.

Step 2. Draw in MS Paint

  1. Open MS Paint and make sure the page is zoomed at 100%.
  2. Move the cursor horizontally 2-3 inches starting from the 0-5 pixels, and record the first number in the bottom-left.
  3. Do this three times.
  4. Average out the measurement.
use MS Paint to calculate your mouse DPI
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Method 4. Use Your Mouse Controlling App

Most high-end mouse products have some sort of software to control the DPI. For example, Logitech G Hub software allows you to control mouse DPI, sensitivity and other advanced things. If your mouse has software to control it, you can easily find the actual mouse DPI.

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How to Adjust Mouse DPI

If you are not satified with the currect mouse DPI, you do have the way to adjust it, provided you’re your mouse can be controlled by the supporting softwre.

How to adjust mouse DPI? Download and install that software, find the pointer settings or mouse performance, and adjust the DPI to the ideal value.

change Logitech mouse DPI

Conclusion

When you are buying a mouse for gaming, you likely want to know its DPI, and this ultimate guide helps you do that. Also, let me know if you have any questions or better suggestions on mouse DPI test.

Mouse DPI Test FAQ

Is 1200 DPI good for a mouse?

In theory, if your mouse has 1200 DPI, the mouse pointer will move 1200 pixels when your move your mouse one inch (2.54 cm). The higher the DPI of your mouse is, the more sensitive your mouse is. Many competitive game players set their mouse DPI to 1200 or even lower because lower DPI gives them precision.

Why do pros gamers use low DPI?

When aiming, pro gamers tend to use low DPI because this gives them ultimate precision. The huge mouse mats allows Pro FPS players to use their whole forearm to move the mouse, so a DPI of 400 to 800 gives them accurate aim.

How do I lower my mouse DPI?

Without DPI buttons, you can go ahead to launch the mouse and keyboard control center, go to the basic settings and then sensitivity setting to make your adjustments accordingly.