We constantly keep updating our monitors or our computer mouse every now and then. When you change your monitor or your mouse, you might notice that the cursor sensitivity has changed.
A change in the mouse sensitivity can be infuriating especially if you are a gamer. Gamers are used to a specific sensitivity in games and any slight change in the mouse sensitivity can lead to their defeat, especially in video games that require them to aim with their mouse.
But why does mouse sensitivity change? Does it have to do with the screen size?
Screen size doesn’t affect the mouse sensitivity. However, the screen resolution is what affects the mouse sensitivity. A change in the screen resolution can change the sensitivity of your mouse. When you get a new screen, the screen might have a different resolution and that will affect your mouse sensitivity.
What’s the difference between screen size and screen resolution?
Most of you already know the difference, but if you don’t, here’s a quick explanation.
Screen size is the physical size of your screen. It is usually defined as the length of the diagonal of the screen, or in other words, the distance between the opposite corners of the screen.
Screen resolution however is the number of pixels inside a screen, i.e. the number of dots that are responsible for displaying whatever you see on your screen.
With that said, it’s time to briefly explain how the mouse works and conclude why a change in the screen resolution can affect the mouse sensitivity.
How does the mouse work?
The way optical mice work is that they take more than a thousand pictures per second and measure the difference between each picture so that they know how much the mouse moved from its previous position.
To represent the mouse movement numerically, the mouse manufacturers use the term DPI.
What is the mouse DPI?
The mouse divides the surface that it is sitting on into dots. Dots per inch (DPI) determines how many dots will be counted if your mouse moves one inch on the surface that it’s standing on.
Whenever you move your mouse, the mouse sends how much you have moved your mouse to your computer in terms of dots. Then the computer maps the number of dots to a number of pixels on the screen.
For example, if each dot corresponds to 1 pixel on the screen, then if you move your mouse 500 dots, your cursor will move 500 pixels.
How does the resolution of the screen affect the mouse sensitivity?
If a screen has more pixels, it means that you will have to move your mouse a longer distance in order to move your cursor from one end of the screen to another.
The higher the number of pixels inside a screen, the higher the number of dots required to move the cursor from one end of the screen to another.
This means that a change in the screen resolution will change the amount of effort you need to put when moving your mouse.
This is exactly why your mouse sensitivity changes whenever your screen resolution changes.
Does mouse sensitivity chance when you change your mouse?
Yes, mouse sensitivity can change if you change your mouse. Different mice have different DPIs. Some have much higher DPI than others, and any change in the DPI will affect the cursor sensitivity.
With that said, you might experience a change in the mouse sensitivity whenever you try a new mouse.
You do not need to worry however, some mice contain buttons that allow you to change their DPI. If these buttons do not exist on your mouse, you still don’t need to worry because you can adjust your mouse sensitivity from your operating system.
If you are a gamer, here’s a good article about what is the best mouse DPI for your gaming experience.
The actual screen size does not affect the mouse sensitivity. However, if your new monitor has a different screen resolution, then the mouse sensitivity will change. Changing your mouse might also change your cursor sensitivity because different mice have different DPIs.