SteelSeries and Razer Dispute Importance of DPI in Gaming Grade Mice

Paul Lilly

You won't find many serious gamers attempting to frag their opponents with $10 rodent, and one of the main reasons why is because these blue-light specials just don't offer the high DPI sensitivity that gaming grade mice do. But do you really need an ultra-high DPI?

"Technology has progressed to a level where you can move your mouse, say, one inch on your desk, and your cursor will move 2 or 3 times your screen length," said Kim Rom , the CMO of SteelSeries. "That doesn't make you more precise or accurate; I would argue that it does exactly the opposite. A higher DPI in a mouse doesn't offer a lot of value, and it is not a benchmark for how precise or awesome the mouse is. It's simply a measure of sensitivity."

Rom's comments ruffled a few feathers, including those at Razer.

"I think gamers care about DPI and I do think the term makes sense for today's mice," said Robert Krakoff , President of Razer. "We pioneered this industry back in 1999 when we came out with the first gaming mouse offering 2000 DPI -- at that time gamers were told by our competitors that 800 DPI was enough. Now people are saying 1600 DPI is enough, just like there were 'purists' who believed in silent movies, black and white TV, or perhaps film rather than digital cameras. By the way, I could discuss CD versus vinyl for days."

So could we, but maybe another time. The issue at hand is how important a high DPI really is, and while Razer sees it as very important, Krakoff does acknowledge that "one size does not fit all," meaning some prefer a higher sensitivity while others want a lower DPI.

So who's right? Is there even a right or wrong answer?


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