Intro to the trouble:
Gaming enthusiasts often wonder what the best DPI for FPS video games is, and which gaming mice will be most suitable for their needs. The reason being, the best gaming mice these days have a bewildering amount of features. Choosing the most appropriate one can be overwhelming. Considering this, we have peeked through the market and compiled these reviews of the best mice for FPS gaming with a primary focus on the DPI. Grab a cup of coffee as we delve deep into all the intricacies!
Before we move on to our reviews, it is essential to know what is DPI exactly, and how it affects your gaming performance. DPI is short for Dots Per Inch. It determines how many pixels the cursor moves per inch of the actual mouse movement. Get that? Don’t worry; we won’t be boring you with the Maths. So, DPI is, in lay man’s terms, the measure of your mouse sensitivity. Looking at gaming mouse marketing, you’d be led to believe that higher DPI is better. That is not always the case. Higher DPI means that your mouse is more sensitive. The cursor will move more distance on your monitor with less movement of the mouse. Thus your gaming character will move about considerably faster. But, FPS games need a steady aim. If your cursor is moving too fast, aiming gets equally more laborious. That’s where the trouble lies. Should we choose a gaming mouse with higher DPI or lower DPI?
Solving the puzzle:
One solution for this predicament lies in choosing a DPI that is most suitable for your gaming character. For example, if you are playing as Lucio in Overwatch, a higher DPI will benefit your gaming experience. It is because Lucio is a character with lots of movements like wall-crawling, jumping and making tight turns, etc. Conversely, if you are playing as a sniper character like Widowmaker, you should tone down your DPI. Reason being, your character requires steady aim and vigorous mousing for precise shots. In this scenario, a low DPI value will benefit your gaming experience.
Many pro-gamers have come up with their solutions like “the 360-degree test” and emulating the pros, to name a few. But, we don’t want to bore you with all the Maths and calculations involved. Thus we will shift our focus to the gaming mice that provide the best DPI options for the FPS games.
Pictek 7200 Best DPI for FPS gaming mouse
As you can see above, this gaming mouse comes with two DPI buttons on the top. You can choose any level from five available default DPI levels in the middle of a game. These are 1200, 2400, 3500, 5500, and 7200. The levels are easily adjustable to get consistent responsiveness and high precision. What’s more, each DPI level flashes a different color. For example, the red color indicates 1200 DPI, the blue color means 2400 DPI, green color indicates 3500 DPI and so on. You can even personalize the DPI colors from 16 million colors available. It has a DPI range of 500 to 7200. The five DPI levels can be adjusted in the “Advanced” menu as per the requirements of your game.
UtechSmart Venus Gaming Mouse
The Venus is an exceptionally responsive mouse with a DPI range of 200 to 16400. Four red lights on top of the mouse, next to the up and down keys, indicate DPI. The DPI settings are easy to change. Using the mouse software, you can set four different DPI levels. These levels can then be toggled through up and down buttons located beside the DPI red lights on top of the mouse. Five different settings on these buttons are Off and 1-4. So Venus has more DPI range when compared with Pictek. However, its only downside is that the red DPI indicator lights are not customizable. So you are stuck with the red lights.
Redragon M801 Gaming Mouse
This mice is a counterpart to UtechSmart Venus in terms of the gaming features. It has a DPI range of 200 to 16400 just like Venus. Similarly, you can change the DPI settings on the fly. In the DPI department, the main difference is that the DPI indicator lights are customizable using the DPI profiles. You can set the LEDs to any color of your choice. The DPI buttons work regardless of the OS you are using. Also, Redragon makes a clear distinction between DPI and mouse speed. In gaming mice, usually, DPI controls both speeds as well as the resolution. However, Redragon allows you to change the resolution of the mouse independent of the speed it travels. This feature alone should make you think about buying this little beast.
ONIKUMA Wireless Gaming Mouse
The ONIKUMA gaming mouse has the smallest DPI range on this list. 6000 is the highest DPI level you can choose on this device. There are six adjustable DPI levels to pick from. Their values are set at 1000-1800-2500-3200-4500-6000. Unlike other gaming mice on this list, these values are not changeable. Additionally, each level can be customized with a beautiful LED color. The main reason why ONIKUMA is on this list is that it was the first gaming mice with an ability to quickly toggle among level settings using the buttons on top of the device.
Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse
The Logitech’s G502 has a DPI range of 200 to 12000. It was the first gaming mice to have a DPI level of 12000. You can change the DPI without having to enter into settings. With your thumb button, you can toggle between low-sensitivity headshots to lightning-fast high DPI maneuvers. There are five different DPI settings available on the device. Each setting is differentiated by a beautiful LED color indicated by the three LED lights. G502 provides you with 16.4 million color options. You can program these settings using the Logitech’s Gaming Software, or you can also use the default settings. We have only one issue with this device. That being, the Logitech logo color is also customizable. But, when you change it, it also changes the DPI color, i.e. you need to have a uniform color setting on the device.
It concludes our list of the best DPI mice for FPS. In the end, I would recommend experimenting a bit. You should try out different DPI levels with different gaming mice for whatever FPS game you are playing. This is because, ultimately, everything boils down to one fact – what feels best for YOU. Once you find a mouse and a DPI level that feels comfortable, you can enjoy and excel in any FPS game. Don’t forget that the DPI settings also depend on the capabilities and requirements of your virtual avatar. As we mentioned in the article, lower DPI settings are most suitable for pinpoint accuracy of your shots. So, if your avatar requires very agile movements, you should play with higher DPI settings. So consider all these factors before deciding on a DPI for FPS gaming. Happy gaming!