Understand what mouse dpi is

Choosing a mouse is not like it used to be. For this accessory, numerous technologies were created with the aim of making them increasingly ergonomic, comfortable and, of course, much more accurate.

Especially in games like CS:GO, Valorant, overwatch and Rainbow Six Siege, where mouse accuracy counts a lot to eliminate your enemies, sensitivity has never been more in demand.

That’s where DPI comes in, a standard used to measure your mouse’s sensitivity. In this Tecmundo guide, we’ll help you understand what this acronym means and how you can change it to adapt the sensitivity to more comfortable and/or faster patterns, whether browsing the computer, accessing specific software or especially in games. Check out:

What does DPI mean?

DPI is an acronym that comes from English, which means “dots per inch”, or “dots per inch” in Portuguese translation. Technologically, this means the amount in numbers of dots per inch that can be detected by the mouse at that moment, allowing the pointer (the “small arrow”) to be as accurate as necessary.


However, it is interesting to know that this sensitivity variable changes a lot from one mouse model to another. The most conventional accessories and, consequently, cheaper, are already manufactured with a standard of around 1000 DPI, without the possibility of alteration. By purchasing better mice with more robust constructions, the chances of you being able to change the DPI, ie, the sensitivity of the mouse is greater.

How do I change mouse DPI?

Changing the DPI can be done in three ways: in your Windows settings, from a standard button on the mouse itself, or through a software provided by the peripheral’s manufacturer.

On conventional mice without a DPI switch button or software like the other options, the only way to change it is through Windows. For this:

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  1. Access the Windows menu from the keyboard or by clicking on the logo in the lower left corner of your desktop;
  2. In the search area, type “Change your mouse settings” and click on the corresponding option that appears;
  3. Now click on “Additional Mouse Options”, located in the upper right corner of the screen;
  4. You will open a window called “Mouse Properties”, with several configuration options for the peripheral divided into tabs. Click on the “Pointer Options” tab;
  5. The first option, called “Motion”, shows the current pointer speed level. Drag the marker right or left to change the mouse DPI;
  6. To work, don’t forget to leave the “Enhance Pointer Accuracy” box checked.

The second option is already quite common and does not require such a high investment, as you can find mice in stores with 6-button constructions: the main two (left and right), the scroll or scroll button, additional buttons on the side left and the DPI button, which changes the DPI default with each click, sometimes changing the RGB color to represent the change.

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The last option is usually offered by gamer mice from most popular brands, such as Razer, HyperX, Logitech, Redragon, among others. In this case, the manufacturer offers its own software, where the user can choose the DPI and other functionalities, such as RGB colors and standardization of the side buttons, for example.

How to choose the mouse by DPI

Currently, DPI is one of the points that must be taken into account when choosing the best mouse. Even if you have a more casual gaming profile, a gaming mouse with good sensitivity makes a difference in comfort and in the application of simple tasks on the computer.

However, DPI isn’t everything either. Many mice go beyond what you need. Mice with DPI ranging up to the house of 5 or 6 thousand are already great models, but the options can reach 25 thousand or more. And, a good number of point detection is useless, if the sensor used in the peripheral is not of good quality. Keep an eye.

In terms of mouse, there is no lack of options on the market: with DPI button, wireless, with software, with RGB, for each type of mouse footprint, with extra buttons and other features that only make this accessory even better.

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