Mouse DPI, what is it and how to check it on your …

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If you are a Mac user and you use a mouse in your day to day, would you like to know how fast the cursor can move on your screen? This is the DPI of the mouse. Just as we know the pixels per inch of the iPhone or iPad, or any other mobile device, it is also interesting to know the dots per inch of our mouse.

What are dots per inch (mouse DPI)?

It is the measurement of the movement of the mouse that you have on our screen or monitor. Suppose that with a DPI of 1080 you would only have to move the mouse an inch to traverse the full height of a screen in high definition. Have you checked your mouse movement parameters? Herein lies the sensitivity of movement on your Mac when you move the cursor. What is the use of knowing it? For very precise graphics tasks or if you perform very precise operations, it is very useful to know the DPI of the mouse on your Mac.

The more DPI of the mouse, the less the need to move it, although it is also necessary to know how sensitive it can be. Otherwise, if your mouse setting is right for you, you don’t need to change anything. Even so, Today we show you how to handle the DPI of your mouse on Mac.

What DPI does my mouse have?

This measurement will not be found on the Mac, nor by searching in the System Preferences. The only thing that can be done is to change the scrolling and tracking speed, as well as the buttons and direction options. It is best to locate the manufacturer’s specification table. If you no longer have the original packaging that the mouse came in, you will have to go to the manufacturer’s website and find the support area.

In my case, I count on the mouse Logitech M535 and the DPI is 1000 ±. It is within the average it should be, although I honestly only use it when my MacBook Pro is connected to an external display. If you cannot find the precise information you will have to resort to a DPI calculator.

Measuring with a calculator

For the measurement to be the best, you have to go to System Preferences -> Mouse. The tracking speed has to be set at the maximum. Then go to the site Mouse Sensitivity.

  1. Be sure to read the instructions for use as they vary depending on the type of test to be performed.
  2. Measure the desktop based on how far you need to move the mouse to scroll from one side of the screen to the other.
  3. Enter the measurement in “Target Distance” in inches or centimeters. You can configure it by changing the button «Unit».
  4. Mark the distance to travel on the desk or physically with a sheet of paper.
  5. Place your mouse to the left and the cursor positioned on the red target on the far left that will simulate the ruler-like area at the bottom of your screen.
  6. Click and hold the left button of your mouse and scroll to the end of the marked line.
  7. Mouse DPI will appear in calculator results.
  8. If you think that the movement was not correct, repeat the procedure a few more times to make sure that the result is as expected.

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