Deathadder classic vs Chroma DPI question

Discussion in 'Mice and Surfaces' started by Stwyde, Jan 8, 2015.

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  1. Stwyde

    Stwyde New Member

    Hi everyone! I currently am stuck between getting the deathadder classic or the chroma. From what I understand, the classic has 6,400 DPI and the Chroma is at around 10k. For someone who isn't used to gaming mice, will the difference in the two be noticeable, or will I not really notice anything if I went with the classic? How noticeable is DPI overall? I'm relatively new to gaming mice as a whole and don't really know what's considered good or bad.
  2. lifeautoCrimson336

    lifeautoCrimson336 Active Member

    DPI is the speed the mouse cursor moves, (Correct me if I'm wrong) From my ouroborus, I can change the DPI and I am pretty sure you can as well on the deathadder so unless you need to move you mouse across three monitors without moving your mouse hardly at all I don't think you need the 10k dpi but its always nice to have. I use 4500 dpi with my mouse.
    Edit: Left something out, the DPI is extremely noticeable but as I said above you can change it to something that suits your preference.
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  3. Stwyde

    Stwyde New Member

    Okay thanks! I think I'll stick with the classic then since I only have one display lol.
  4. lifeautoCrimson336

    lifeautoCrimson336 Active Member

    Well, not just for displays but in games I think I remember someone said dpi switching in BF4 was good because you can go from higher dpi sniping and lower dpi in a tank to help get more precise shots.
  5. Stwyde

    Stwyde New Member

    Oh okay, that makes sense. I'm currently at 1k DPI so I think that I'll probably still be looking at well below 5k for starting though. How difficult is it to adjust to DPI switching on the fly?
  6. jdbogaard

    jdbogaard Member

    Hi Stwyde - A Mouse's DPI is important for gaming mice but it's not the only thing.

    Dots per inch (DPI) is a measurement of how sensitive a mouse is. The higher a mouse’s DPI, the farther the cursor on your screen will move when you move the mouse. A mouse with a higher DPI setting detects and reacts to smaller movements. What is advertised is the maximum DPI the hardware supports. But as you may know, especially with gaming mice, DPI has a software component. You can set your mouse's DPI to anything from the minimum (usually 100) to the maximum the hardware allows using Razer's synapse software.

    Technically, two mice, even two mice from different brands, should behave the same on the same surface (that is if you move them the same physical distance on the same surface both mice should cause the cursor to move the distance on your computer). From personal experience there is not usually perfect agreement between brands but within Razer two mice set at 3200 dpi behave exactly the same.

    So, the Deathadder Classic and the Chroma will be effectively the same if you use them at 6400 dpi or less. Now, if 6400 dpi isn't sensitive enough for you then having the ability to go up to 10k dpi will make a difference.

    There is a third piece to this puzzle in mouse settings, which is your computer's operating system mouse sensitivity setting. That setting allows you to adjust how many pixels the mouse moves per unit of movement detected by your mouse. This allows you to customize both how small of a movement your mouse can detect and how far your cursor moves when you move your mouse.

    An extremely high DPI can cause the mouse cursor to fly across your entire screen when you nudge the mouse, even at the lowest sensitivity setting. For this reason, a higher DPI may not be necessary for you. The ideal DPI depends on the game you’re playing, the resolution of your screen, the sensitivity you perefer to use, and how you prefer using your mouse.

    Unfortunately, the Deathadder doesn't have the extra buttons to switch dpi on the fly like the Mamba does, but technically you can set any button or combination of buttons on any of your Razer products (including your keyboard) to adjust your DPI on the fly.
  7. Stwyde

    Stwyde New Member

    Thanks! I think I understand now from your and somebody's comments but I just have one final question. As I understand it, DPI is the mouse's sensitivity, but I can also change mouse sensitivity settings in the OS. Does that mean that when I change the DPI in Synapse, then the mouse sensitivity in the OS settings changes as well, or is it possible that my OS settings could be skewing everything one way or the other while I'd have a perfectly fine DPI setting for myself?
  8. jdbogaard

    jdbogaard Member

    Your mouse's DPI setting and your OS's sensitivity setting are independent if each other. I am sorry that wasn't clear. They represent different things. You can adjust one and keep the other fixed.

    Your mouse's DPI is a measure of how much movement it reports when you physically move it an inch vs. OS sensitivity which is a measure of how many pixels your cursor moves when your mouse reports movement.

    To make up some numbers, if you want to move your mouse from the top to the bottom of your screen at a resolution of 1920x1080 you need to move 1080 pixels. Let's say your OS's sensitivity converts 1 dot of reported movement from your mouse to 1 pixel of cursor movement. If your mouse's dpi is set to 1000, then you need to move your mouse a little over 1 inch to go from the top to the bottom. If you set your dpi to 500 you'd need to move your mouse a little more than 2 inches.

    If you adjust your OS sensitivity so it concerts 1 for to 2 pixels then for a dpi of 500 you only need to go a little more than 1 inch instead of two.

    Of course your OS doesn't let you see that conversion, it's just a slider, but the effect is the same.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2015
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  9. Stwyde

    Stwyde New Member

    Oh okay, that makes a lot more sense now. Thanks so much for the help everyone! Everything makes a lot more sense for me now.
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