Up For Debate - How do You Set Your Mouse up for a Competitive Advantage?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Feb 3, 2018 4:29 PM

Professional footballers don’t just slip on a pair of trainers on matchday like they’re going for a kickabout in the park. No, they take it very seriously with their neon pink Adidas Aces. Having the right gear for the right occasion is a must, and it’s exactly the same if you want to up your game in competitive online gaming. Just plugging in your $10 Dell mouse and playing will take care of the basics, but there’s a world of performance to be unlocked by getting hold of a better mouse and fine-tuning the settings to give you the ultimate competitive advantage.

Unlike just about every other platform, PC gaming offers the means to players to easily upgrade their interface, whether that be a mouse with dozens of shortcuts or an insanely high DPI for lightning quick reactions. The lower your mouse sensitivity, the more control you have over the precision of the movement, while the higher the sensitivity, the quicker you can aim. It’s obviously important to find the right balance for you here, between speed and accuracy. Whatever you choose, you’re going to stomp a gamepad in most games.

For me personally, I like to keep things fairly simple. I like a couple of shortcuts on the mouse, max, along with fine tuning the sensitivity. If it’s an FPS like Siege or CSGO and I’m planning a lot of sniping then it’s also handy to have the option for quick-switching between DPIs so I can lower it for long-range accuracy.

Sort of secondary to this, I always make sure in just about every game I play that mouse acceleration is turned off. With it turned off, your cursor movement is one to one with your mouse movement. With it enabled, mouse movement is distracted by the speed you move your mouse in any one direction. I’m not sure why it’s enabled by default in certain games, but some people must like it.

One final thing to take of is the mouse mat. If I’m not playing competitively then I’ll do the heinous thing and sit on the sofa and just put it on a stack of books, but if I’m getting serious then a decent mouse mat is a must. The larger the better, really, and next on my list has to be one of those desk-sized ones. Glorious.

I'm sure plenty of you get more in-depth than this though, whether it's setting up a mouse with dozens of shortcuts or designing your own macros. So how do you set your gaming mouse up for a competitive advantage?

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19:43 Feb-06-2018

Corsair Sabre RGB.
6400 DPI at all times and a very low in-game and OS sensitivity. My mouse has DPI switches (+ and -) which I have set to half the DPI on each level down, so 6400 default, 3200, 1600, 800 and 400. Barely ever use other lower settings unless I play an older game that doesn't support raw input very well or there's no real way to adjust the mouse (sometimes the mouse in-game can be behaving one way while in menus it could be stupid fast, etc).

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08:19 Feb-05-2018

I use G102 Prodigy with 800 DPI, dekstop and game without hardware accelaration.
Ingame sensitivity (CS:GO) use 1.6.

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08:05 Feb-05-2018

G203 Prodigy... 800 DPI, Desktop & In game and no Acceleration...

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18:24 Feb-04-2018

G502 Proteus Spectrum :)


in Desktop 6000 Dpi and for Gaming 12000 Dpi + Sniper Botton ( 3000 Dpi for me ) :)


Really nice Mouse :)

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20:31 Feb-04-2018

whoahh thats really, really high. I also use the G502, desktop 2300 dpi, gaming 1400 dpi and sniper 700 dpi for me.

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01:17 Feb-07-2018

Also using the G502 Proteus Spectrum. I have my default DPI set to 1500 (desktop and most games), but I use the profile manager and have some games set lower or higher, depending on the game. For most FPS games, I'll turn it down to -1100 and 800 with the sniper button, but again, it depends. I may set it lower or higher than that, mixed with in-game sensitivity. I mentioned lower down in this thread that I don't have a lot of verticle or horizontal room on my desktop, so I can't go too low with sensitivity or DPI.

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13:30 Feb-04-2018

1000dpi 1000hz poling rate and thats enough

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12:32 Feb-04-2018

Logitech rx 300...still playing good ^^

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12:26 Feb-04-2018

g502.no acceleration,600 ,800 ,1000 dpi but ussually i game on 800 dpi bf and tf2.for me its a huge difference with this mouse in fps games.it has a good sensor and i enjoy its weight

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10:57 Feb-04-2018

Honestly, just having the G502, and using low DPI, 800DPI, or 400 (depending on space of your desk) is the way to go.


But everyone has their own preferences.

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11:00 Feb-04-2018

same mouse but I like 1200dpi but I do run 1440p monitor and at 800dpi it feels to slow after my monitor upgrade

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16:07 Feb-04-2018

Just a tip for people, the steelseries rival 110(NOT 100) has the same sensor as the g502, but improved and costs less, but it is slightly smaller, which is either a good or a bad thing depending on your hand size. Usually if the mouse is 60-65% of your hand size gives the best results according to pretty much every study and everybody and that's usually how they design the mice as well.

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10:29 Feb-04-2018

I have two mouse pads and I use them differently really hard to explain my first is the Desk mouse mat by Glorious XXL which is for all my gaming needs except for a certain game (CSGO) when playing CSGO I put my hard razer mouse pad on top of the mouse desk mat somehow I like the extreme gliding feeling only in csgo, while the mouse matt is similar in smoothness I just like the smaller mouse pad while playing csgo

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10:33 Feb-04-2018

one word: placebo

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10:41 Feb-04-2018

not really I just have been used to small mouse pads for source games that I am hard encoded to play any source game with a small matt

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08:42 Feb-04-2018

Alot of people think buying a fancy expensive 30 button mouse will give them a advantage, but in reality if you suck at a game, you going to still suck regardless of equipment. FACTS

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09:13 Feb-04-2018

absolutely, but it's still nice to have a mouse that does NOT require you to move your character's body to aim, don't you think?


Also it's nice if there is no acceleration and the sensor is 99% accurate, so that it is consistent and you can get some muscle memory to get good, to begin with, right? Try building muscle memory with a mouse that randomly accelerates and randomly does NOT read your full movement at random times.


Of course at this point you can get the best optical sensors in 30-40 euro mice, or nearly as good for 25-30 euro.

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15:53 Feb-05-2018

Totally wrong. Yes if u play a 4 button FPS, mouse doesnt matter. If u play MMOs that need 20+buttons for spells/macros, then a 19 mouse button gona be a HUGE difference. You are dividing 10 buttons to kb(left hand) and 10 buttons to right

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16:15 Feb-05-2018

As much as I do NOT like them, macros are there to remove the need for many buttons, hell name me an RPG that I need a 20 mouse button for, when I can make macros and reduce the buttons needed 3-5x times...

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17:55 Feb-06-2018

dude what are u talking about? Whats the point of macroing many skills in one click. when u r needing them all separate? Ever played Wow or even FFXIV? dont tell me ur 20 mouse button didnt help u, its just false.

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03:45 Feb-07-2018

Amm... in WoW in particular I set up macros so that I always get the spell I need and that I can always have access to each of the spell of the macro separately if I know that the rotation is NOT perfect, which only happened to me with a monk back in mist of pandaria while I was learning the class.


I love the built-in macros in WoW, the script language allows me to make amazing things, all the buttons I need are 1,2,3,4,5,6,q,e,r,t,v, plus "x" and "z" on some classes.


I haven't played FFXIV though.

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08:36 Feb-04-2018

I dont use a mouse i use a touchpad lol

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09:15 Feb-04-2018

Why? O_O

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10:01 Feb-04-2018

He is the chosen one...

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08:03 Feb-04-2018

Hmmm... first I like accurate sensors that have no acceleration and are stable with good lift-off distance, which is the most important thing. Then I use a sensitivity to cover my mouse pad which is 45x30cm, half a mouse pad = 360 degree turn in shooters, while in strategies a full wrist movement = from center of the screen to a side of the monitor so that the camera moves.

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08:04 Feb-04-2018

otherwise I keep my DPI at 500-600 as my mouse tends to get inaccurate at more than 1200 and I used to play at 1200 before without problem if anything I might have been more accurate due to the lack of comfort from moving my mouse so much, since I no longer have no place my elbow properly, which sucks(broke the arm wrest of my chair a few months ago)...


But it's more fun to play with lower DPI and overall sensitivity.

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07:19 Feb-04-2018

Logitech G402, Palm/Fingertip Hybrid grip, Extremely Low Sensitivity in games, High DPI and large mouse mat (Razer Goliathus Speed Extended).

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06:57 Feb-04-2018

I have a gaming mouse but i don't really know which DPI to choose.

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08:42 Feb-04-2018

I use 1500 everytime

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10:29 Feb-04-2018

It's trial and error honestly.

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15:09 Feb-04-2018

I started low, at 400 dpi and worked up until i felt comfortable. Found that 800 works well.

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05:23 Feb-04-2018

I discovered recently when I fired up Age of Empire 3 that having a good mouse and setting it up properly also effects games where fast reaction times aren't really needed. RTS games need a very accurate mouse to be enjoyed properly otherwise frustration, when you try to select certain units, will ruin the experience.

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23:56 Feb-03-2018

I would tell you, but then I would have to kill you :P


On a serious note, mouse acceleration OFF like you said. After that depending on the game I key-bind my extra buttons accordingly. Not much too it personally. I prefer a slow mouse, I find my accuracy goes up, however, I can play with high sensitivity depending on the game. Typically I go as low as I can without losing the speed advantage. If you have ever played Tribes: Ascend you'll know how important balance is!

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23:37 Feb-03-2018

I just wanna tell you guys AC - Origin has been cracked by CPY
http://www.ovagames.com/assassins-creed-origins-cpy.html

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06:36 Feb-04-2018

The latest Denuvo version at that.

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08:43 Feb-04-2018

cant believe you didn't get censored for that

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22:59 Feb-03-2018

High DPI, low mouse sensitivity works for me.

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21:39 Feb-03-2018

My mousepad is 450mm/17.7in wide and my dpi is 800. In all games i make it so that if i move my mouse from one side to the other my camera does a full 360 turn.

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21:03 Feb-03-2018

I don't...

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