If you’re a gamer, chances are you have been searching for the perfect gaming mouse. However, once you get it, if you don’t configure it properly for your games, it won’t perform much better than a standard USB mouse connected to your laptop.
Many gamers don’t realize they can customize the settings to setup the mouse in such a way that works best for them. Today, let’s look at five tips to improve gaming mouse performance so you can get the most out of your device.
Tip 1: Adjust Your DPI Settings
Modern gaming mice boast crazy high DPI settings. This means that you can move the mouse a very short distance while covering a lot of your screen. While this sounds great, in the gaming world, this could mean you overcompensate your movements resulting in a missed target. Try setting your DPI somewhere between 400 and 800 and then test it to see how it works for you.
Tip 2: Turn off Acceleration
This is one of those features that sounds great, but in games, well, not so much. Remember, you are shooting for accuracy. Acceleration will force you into making tiny corrections to your targeting that you don’t even realize. In fast paced games, this can hurt your performance and even make the difference between living and dying.
Tip 3: Set Your Buttons
Your gaming mouse comes with many more buttons compared to a standard mouse. So why not use them? If you program these keys for common tasks, that’s one less thing you have to do on your keyboard. Remember, you spent extra money on this mouse to get more features, but they won’t do you a lot of good if you don’t set it up and use them.
Tip 4: Configure for Each Game
If you play multiple games, your gaming mouse will perform differently in each one of them. Most gaming mice come with software that allows you to configure the settings for each game you play. If you want to maximize your gaming performance, then you need to use this feature to customize each button and feature for the game you are playing.
Tip 5: Practice, Practice, Practice
A gaming mouse is like any other device. It takes a bit of getting used to. You will have to get it a fair shot before you decide it’s not right for you. So, spend some time configuring your settings, then load up your favorite game and give it a try. If you find one setting isn’t working right for you, then change it and give it another try. I’m pretty confident that you will find that sweet spot that works for you.
Gaming mice are great tools for gamers that are looking to improve their gaming performance, especially in fast-paced, multiplayer games. However, you must configure them properly if you want to make the most out of their hardware. What settings have you customized on your gaming mouse? Did it help your performance or are you still trying to find the best settings that fit your play style? Sound off in the comments below and tell me about your experience.
About the author
Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing for LaptopNinja where he enjoys talking about everything tech.