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Dots Per Inch (DPI)

  • Last Updated : 05 Jun, 2020

Whenever you bought any mouse whether it is simple mouse or a gaming mouse, it is written on it or in its specifications with numbers like 800/1600/2400/3200dpi.

What is DPI ?
It stands for Dots Per Inch. When you use your computer, you use your mouse for the movement of cursor. If you want to increase the speed of the mouse, we use DPI for it.

For example, you move your mouse two inches and in that time your cursor only covered two pixels. If you set DPI at 800 dpi, then if you move your mouse two inches, your cursor will cover more pixels than two. Also if you set your mouse DPI at 1600 dpi, then the cursor will cover eight or nine pixels.

We use DPI because if we moves mouse a little right or left, cursor will cover more pixels. With this, mouse speed increases. It does not affect the accuracy of the mouse.

Nowadays, we have two types of mouse- Normal mouse and Gaming Mouse.



If you play less games or doesn’t play it at all, then 800/1600 or dpi till 2000 works properly with normal mouse. If you play games and have a gaming mouse, then it is suggested that your mouse should be above 2000dpi for its proper use.

For example, there are many shooting games, in that we have to attack the other character and for that we must have a good aim. If you want a good feedback from your mouse while playing a game, then gaming mouse and Dpi works very well together for good users experience. More the DPI, the good you can aim, more the mouse will be responsive.

Accuracy does not depends on DPI, it totally depends on the user. DPI only helps to increase the speed of the mouse.

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