Don’t know your mouse’s sensitivity? No worries, here’s a guide on how to check mouse DPI. 😀
It’s fairly 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 method. However, the simplest way is to check the product description. 😉
Simply try to find the DPI in the product description in the box. However, if you bought a non-branded mouse, this might not be the solution for you.
How to Check Mouse DPI?
To find out the DPI, check the product specifications or you can use MS Paint or the online DPI Analyzer to estimate the DPI of your mouse. 😀
Unless you’re buying a non-branded mouse, you will most likely find the DPI value on the product box. If you don’t find it, no worries.
These are some methods you can follow:
- Check the product box.
- Use MS Paint to find out the DPI.
- Use an online DPI analyzer.
- Check the DPI inside your mouse controlling software.
1. Check the Product Box
As I said, this is the most accurate value. Now, the mouse I bought that day is non-branded and I found no DPI value on the box.
However, there’s a DPI button that allows me to change the DPI just to my preference which is great. (And it works!)
Now, if you bought a branded or even a non-branded mouse, you have a chance that the DPI value is written on the box the mouse came in. 😉
You can also check the mouse specs on the official website. Most brands will have the sensitivity and DPI mentioned.
For me, it was unfortunate and I couldn’t find the information on the box, but you could and this will save you the time trying to figure it out yourself as I’ll show in methods 2 and 3.
2. Use MS Paint to find out DPI
This is one weird method I found out while researching. Remember PPI? That’s how this makes sense.
DPI stands for ‘dots per inch‘. It’s also called PPI which stands for ‘pixels per inch‘. 😉
With all seriousness, this took me a few hours to figure this out. Like, how do you measure this thing?
The first time I tried, my DPI was only 300. Eh? 🤨
Alright, but I didn’t give up and decided to keep trying and finally, I figure this out. I finally found my DPI to be around 756.
So, how do you use MS Paint to check your DPI?
- Turn off Mouse Acceleration.
- Open MS Paint.
- Make sure the page is zoomed at 100%.
- Move the cursor from the 0-5 pixels just 2-3 inches.
- Do this three times.
- Average out the distances (x-axis).
- Voila! That’s your DPI.
How to turn off Mouse Acceleration in Windows 10?
Don’t panic, this works for Windows 7 and 8 as well.
- Go to Control Panel.
- Click on “Hardware and Sound”.
- Go to “Mouse”.
- Move to the Pointer Options tab.
- Uncheck “Enhance Pointer Precision”.
Done. That was easy!
3. Online DPI Analyzer (Calculator)
No matter, if you’re running Windows 10 or Mac OS Mojave. This thing works for everyone because this is browser-based.
We’re going to use an online DPI analyzer or calculator. It’s free and easy to use, and not as confusing as the MS Paint method but it works similarly.
Follow this quick guide:
- Go to DPI Analyzer.
- You will see a scale, just follow the steps.
- Once you complete the test, the tool will show your DPI.
This is easy to use and is a little more accurate than the weird controversial MS Paint method. There are many such Online DPI testers but I found DPI Analyzer by Mouse-Sensitivity.com to be the best.
It’s free, no strings attached.
4. Check the DPI on your mouse controlling software
Most high-end branded mice has some sort of software or app to control its DPI and other metrics.
This is an example of Logitech’s G Hub software which allows you to control things like DPI or sensitivity and other advanced things. If your mouse supports or has a software to control it.
It’s easy to find out your actual DPI without much work. 😀
Mine has buttons to change DPI which is good to change your DPI on the fly while gaming. However, if your mouse has a software, that’s a perfect way to figure out your DPI.
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 because of my curiosity. The non-branded mouse I bought from a local shop had no specs written on the box, so I had to use other methods to check its DPI.
However, I’m someone who solely plays shooting games like Battlefield 5 and Apex Legends. I don’t usually stress much about the DPI and just configure the sensitivity to something that I prefer using.
But if you’re determined to find out your DPI, this is the ultimate guide to help you do that.
Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions. Share this with your friends to help them find theirs! 😉