12 Jan 2024

What is eDPI?

eDPI, short for effective Dots Per Inch, is calculated by multiplying the DPI of a mouse with the in-game sensitivity. This gives gamers a way of comparing the true sensitivity of different players, regardless of their hardware or software settings.

How is eDPI useful?

It can be useful when comparing your in-game sensitivity with that of a friend, because even if two players have the same in-game sensitivity, they may not be moving their mouse the same distance physically if they are using mice with different DPI.

eDPI fixes this issue; take the 3 Valorant Players below as an example.

Player DPI Sensitivity eDPI
1 800 0.350 280
2 1600 0.350 560
3 1600 0.175 280

DPI vs Sensitivity vs eDPI

You can see that even though Player 1 and Player 2 have the same in-game sensitivity, Player 2, who has a higher DPI mouse, won't have to move his mouse as much as Player 1 to perform the same movement. Denoted by Player 2 having a higher eDPI.

On the contrary, Player 3, while having lower sensitivity, will move his mouse the same distance as Player 1 because of his higher DPI, as indicated by both of them having the same eDPI.

What is the best eDPI?

There isn't one and only ideal eDPI. It all comes down to what you are most comfortable with when it comes to mouse sensitivity, or mouse DPI. However, if you really think that your eDPI is too low or high, you can look up the eDPI of the top players in the game you are playing and try to increase or decrease your settings until you reach the desired results. Just remember, if something works for someone else, it does not mean it will also work for you.

Generally, games that require more precise cursor movement tend to be played better with a lower eDPI, while games where you need to make fast and big mouse movements benefit more from a higher eDPI.

How to calculate eDPI?

You can use the eDPI Calculator to calculate your eDPI. Or you can do it manually by multiplying your in-game sensitivity with your mouse DPI.

eDPI = DPI x in-game sensitivity

For example, if you play Valorant with 0.35 sensitivity with an 800 DPI mouse, your eDPI will be equal to 280.

🔗 Mouse EDPI Calculator

Are eDPI and DPI the same thing?

No, DPI (Dots per inch) is a measure of a mouse's sensitivity. A higher DPI means that the mouse cursor will move farther on the screen for each inch that the mouse is moved, and vice versa. Although related, they are not the same thing and therefore possess and convey different meanings.

Learn more about DPI in the post What is DPI?

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