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Lets talk mouse polling rate, how much do i need? (G700)

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August 12, 2012 9:13:39 PM

i like to play FPS games mostly on my PC but im trying to improve the battery life on my G700, right now my polling rate is at 500... could i get away with less? will i notice a difference say using 250?
August 12, 2012 10:40:27 PM

Why don't you try it and find out for yourself? We will never know how much you're sensitive to the delays :) .
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August 12, 2012 10:55:31 PM

reducing the poll rate increases prediction so dropping from 500 to 250 will increase the prediction by as much as 200% so your mouse will be more likely to snap to angles and straight lines rather than creating smooth curves.
250 is the minimum needed for gamers as a typical reaction time is about 1/4-1/8 of a second. having it set to 500 will mean you will always have the response you require from your mouse... having it set to 1000 isnt generally needed but is added because if your moving left to right the response to the change in direction can be near instantaneous rather than waiting 1/8th of a second which is measurable by the brain the pointer will appear to react as quickly as you do.

http://www.ngohq.com/news/15043-how-to-increase-usb-sam... check here if you want to experiment with your mouse...
even a mouse that seems to be set at 125 can be set as high as 1000 by changing how fast windows not the mouse responds. you wont be able to change the dpi but increasing the poll rate will change the overall accuracy of your mouse.
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August 13, 2012 12:21:35 AM

i can change the dpi on my mouse as well but i prefer it at 1600
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August 13, 2012 5:00:14 AM

dpi is different to poll rate but the 2 together will determin how much prediction you get. the lower both are the more prediction...
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August 13, 2012 3:23:53 PM

HEXiT said:
a typical reaction time is about 1/4-1/8 of a second
source?

(op, sorry for offtop, but I'm picky)
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August 13, 2012 4:52:53 PM

250 Hz polling means the response will be 1/250th of a second, not 1/4th.. 1/4th would be very noticeable.
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