Mouse LOD is a abbreviation/short-name for “Lift-off Distance.” The mouse lift-off distance is the distance between the mouse and the surface on which it is used. The mouse LOD is the maximum distance that the mouse can be moved before it stops tracking movement.

This is typically a few millimeters, but can be as much as a few centimeters. The lift off distance can be adjusted in some mice, but is usually not adjustable in others.

This is important because it determines how much movement is required to move the mouse. If the lift-off distance is too small, the mouse will be difficult to use. If the lift-off distance is too large, the mouse will be easy to use but may not be precise.

Even though, an average computer mouse user don’t need to worry about the LOD at all. This tend to only affect the gamers and especially esports professionals as it require them to optimise their each and every gadget including their gaming mouse for every millisecond to get those clutches and clean sweeps in a competitive match.

How does mouse LOD affect gaming?

When it comes to gaming, having a mouse with a lift off distance that is too high can be a major issue. This is because it can cause the cursor to jump around on the screen, making it difficult to control.

Additionally, a high lift off distance can also cause the mouse to lose tracking, which can lead to inaccurate clicks and movement. The ideal lift off distance is somewhere in between these two extremes.

You can also take this in context with mouse polling rate because both mouse LOD and polling rate are somewhat directly related to each other.

How to adjust mouse LOD (Lift-off Distance)?

There are a few ways to adjust mouse lift off distance, depending on the type of mouse you have. If you have an optical mouse, you can usually adjust the lift off distance by changing the settings in the mouse software.

If you have a laser mouse, you can usually adjust the lift off distance by changing the sensitivity settings in the mouse software. For example, if you have a Razer DeathAdder Chroma, you can adjust the mouse lift-off range between 1 to 10. To do this, open the Razer Synapse software, click the mouse icon in the Devices list, and then click the calibration tab. From here, you can adjust the Lift-off range settings.

Mouse LOD Settings in Razer Software
Mouse LOD Settings in Razer Software | Image via: Razer Synapse Software

Some mice have physical switches that allow you to adjust the lift off distance. For example, the Roccat Kova+ has a switch that lets you toggle between two different settings. To adjust the lift off distance, simply toggle the switch to the desired setting.

Finally, some mice have adjustable weights. For example, the Logitech G502 Proteus Core has five 3.6g weights that you can add or remove to adjust the weight and balance of the mouse. To adjust the lift off distance, simply add or remove weights until you find the perfect balance for your needs.

What mouse LOD settings does esports pro use?

Although it depends on player to player however, some esports pro gamers may prefer a shorter lift-off distance because it allows them to make more precise movements, while others may prefer a longer distance because it gives them more room to make large sweeping motions.

Ultimately, it is up to the pro gamer to experiment with different lift-off distances to see what works best for them. What I have seen in pro CS:GO scene most players like s1mple, ropz, or NiKo, etc tend to use very minimal mouse LOD.