How to do Mouse DPI Test in 2020 (Windows & Mac)

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How to do Mouse DPI Test in 2020 (Windows & Mac)

Don’t know the sensitivity of your mouse? Don’t worry, here is a guide on how to check mouse DPI.

It’s very easy to find out the DPI of any mouse. But it does require some trial and error.

There are four simple ways to find out. Although I hate one of them — the MS Paint procedure. However, the easiest way is to check the product description.

Try to find the DPI easily in the product description in the box. However, if you buy a non-branded mouse, this may not be the solution for you. Try to find the DPI easily in the product description in the box. However, if you buy a non-branded noiseless mouse, this may not be the solution for you.

How to Check Mouse DPI?

To find out the DPI, see the product specifications or you could use MS Paint or the online DPI Analyzer to estimate the DPI of your mouse.

Don’t know the sensitivity of your mouse? Don’t worry, so many others don’t know too. Mouse speed is measured in DPI, which stands for Dots Per Inch. This is the measure of how many pixels your mouse can move when you move it one inch. For example, if your mouse has 1600 DPI, then moving it exactly one inch (2.54 cm) will move the cursor 1600 pixels on your screen.

You can see the DPI in the product specifications, online through the DPI analyzer, or in your computer settings. If you’re using a Mac, you can check the DPI through the task manager mac. Whatever way you choose, you can control or change the mouse DPI or sensitivity and make it run at the speed and sensitivity you want. Just know that when you’re buying a mouse, even a cheap budget mouse or a non-branded one, it is important to find out the DPI.

Unless you’re buying a non-branded mouse, Most likely DPI value will be found on the product box. If you can’t find it, don’t worry.

These are 4 methods you can follow:

  1. Check the product box.
  2. Use MS Paint to find out the DPI.
  3. Use an online DPI analyzer.
  4. Check the DPI on the software that controls your mouse

1. Check the Product Box

As I said, this is the most accurate value. Now, the mouse I purchased that day is non-branded and I found no DPI value on the box.

However, there is a DPI button that only allows me to change the DPI for my preference which is the best. (And it works!)

Now, if you have bought any branded or non-branded mouse, you will have to see the DPI value written on the box in which the mouse came.

You can also check the mouse specifications on the official website. Sensitivity and DPI will be mentioned in most brands.

For me, this is unfortunate and I couldn’t find the information on the box, but you can and it will save you time trying to get to know yourself as I show in methods 2 and 3.

2. Use MS Paint to find out DPI

This is a strange method that I found out while researching. Remember PPI? That is what it means.

DPI stands for ‘dots per inch‘. It’s also called PPI which stands for ‘pixels per inch‘. 

Seriously, it took me a few hours to figure it out. Like, how do you measure this thing?

The first time I tried, my DPI was only 300.

Alright, however, I didn’t give up and decided to keep trying. And finally, I figure this out. I found my DPI to be around 756.

So, how do you use MS Paint to check your PPI?

  1. Turn off Mouse Acceleration.
  2. Open MS Paint.
  3. Make sure the page is zoomed at 100%.
  4. Move the cursor from the 0-5 pixels just 2-3 inches.
  5. Do this three times.
  6. Average out the distances (x-axis).
  7. Voila! That’s your DPI.

How to turn off Mouse Acceleration in Windows 10?

Don’t worry, it works for Windows 7 and 8 as well.

  1. Go to Control Panel.
  2. Click on “Hardware and Sound”.
  3. Go to “Mouse”.
  4. Move to the Pointer Options tab.
  5. Uncheck “Enhance Pointer Precision”.

Done it was easy!

3. Online DPI Analyzer (Calculator)

It doesn’t matter if you are running Windows 10 or Mac OS Mojave. This thing works for everyone because it is browser-based

Now we are going to use an online DPI analyzer or calculator. It’s free and easy to use, and also not as confusing as the MS Paint method but it works similarly.

Follow this quick guide:

  1. Go to DPI Analyzer.
  2. You will see a scale, just follow the steps.
  3. Once you complete the test, the tool will show your DPI.

It’s easy to use and far more accurate than the weird controversial MS Paint method. There are many such DPI testers online but I found the DPI Analyzer to be the best through Mouse-Sensitivity.com.

It’s Free. No cost.

4. Check the DPI on the software that controls your mouse

Most high-end branded mice have some sort of software or app to control their DPI and other metrics.

This is an example of Logitech’s G Hub Software that lets you get a grip on matters such as DPI or sensitivity along with other advanced things. If your mouse supports or has software to control it.

Finding your original DPI is easy without much work.

I have buttons to change the DPI which is good to change your DPI on the fly during the game. However, if your mouse has any software, this is a great way to detect your DPI.

Conclusion

When you’re buying a cheap budget mouse or even a non-branded one, you might want to find out the DPI.

To be honest, I just wanted to check out of curiosity. A non-branded mouse I bought from a local store had no specifications written on the box, so I had to use other methods to check its DPI.

However, I am the one who plays the perfect shooting game like BattleField 5 and Apex Legends. I don’t usually put too much pressure on DPI and just form a sensitivity to something I like to use.

But if you are determined to know your DPI, this is the ultimate guide to help you do just that.

If you have any other questions then comment below. Share this post with your friends to help them find theirs! 😉

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