What is mouse jitter?

We all know it doesn’t sound good, but what exactly is mouse jitter? Simply put it’s when your mouse cursor jumps around and makes sudden, unexpected movements on the screen without you having made those movements. This is not to be confused with angle snapping or mouse smoothing, since these are deliberate attempts (from either the software side or hardware side) to predict and alter mouse movement. Mouse jitter (or stutter) is unpredictable and inconsistent.

Mouse jitter (or mouse stutter) in practice and how to fix it

If a mouse stutters or jitters right from the get go and you’ve had no issues with previous mice then it’s probably best to just return that product and ask for a replacement or go for another product entirely if jittering is a known issue with that mouse. There’s simply no excuse in today’s market to produce a gaming mouse that jitters, and mouse jittering is definitely one of the biggest ‘cardinals sins’ for gaming mice since it’s so unpredictable and can absolutely destroy your ingame performance.

That being said; it is entirely possible that your perfectly functioning flawless sensor mouse suddenly starts messing up, and luckily that can most often be fixed pretty easily.

One of the most common causes of sudden onset mouse stuttering is also one of the most simple ones, namely dust. Modern mouse sensors are extremely delicate and precise instruments, so something as simple as a tiny speck of dust lodging itself in the hole where the sensor goes can cause the mouse to freak out. The simple fix? Clean your mouse or gently blow away the dust from the sensor.

It’s also of importance to have the appropriate playing surface. If you’ve got a state of the art gaming mouse you should put it on a mousepad, and ideally one that’s designed for gaming. If you put your super sensitive sensor on a reflective glass surface, for example, it’s going to have a way harder time accurately tracking your motion.

Always make sure that your mouse is on a flat surface, ideally a surface that’s designed for gaming or at least designed to ‘accommodate’ a computer mouse. It’s also worth noting that some mice have trouble with brightly colored/patterned pads (though that ideally shouldn’t be the case) so if you’re having trouble with jitters it might be a good idea to try and test your mouse on a solid color pad.

The following tip is basic ‘troubleshooting’, but if your mouse (or any piece of hardware) suddenly starts malfunctioning after installing a certain piece of software it’s obviously also a good idea to disable those programs or to roll back your drivers.

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This didnt work for me, i’m using the Logitech g pro wireless and i’m playing on a mousepad. I have only had my mouse sins christmas so it shouldn’t be a problem, i haven’t smashed it or dropt it something like that either. I really don’t know what the reason to this is the mouse just stops at the bottom left side of the mousepad.
The USB receiver isn’t to far away but neither to close. I have tried to change usb port but that didn’t work out either. I have also already checked at device manager in the human interface devices but is wasnt any problem there either. I have tried to delete the Logitech g hub and reinstall it but that didn’t work. I have also tried to change frequeny on the mouse but didn’t work. I have also tried to use it with cable but that didn’t change anything. Ive also tried to turn off my pc and turn it on but that didn’t work. The last thing that i have tried to do was to check with a logitech group in reddit but no one has answered so i don’t think that anyone knows whats wrong there. If you do find a way to solve this please contact me.

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We’d recommend you to contact Logitech’s support to get a replacement. It can always happen that you get a faulty product unfortunately.


I to have experienced some issues with Logitech mice and their G Hub software and I’m currently getting a new Logitech G Pro Wireless in hopes of seeing if their will be any cursor or jitter issues + upgrading everything on it little by little. I remember comparing a wired Zowie EC2 which was for me miles better in terms of mouse accuracy over the G Pro Wireless.

I have a potential fix for this.

I have noticed from my research that playing above 400dpi preferably on at least 800 dpi reduces latency by up to 50% and also playing at a polling rate of 500hz which is a consistent polling rate compared to playing at a faster 1000hz polling rate might help.

I also noticed in the windows slider I’d “always” play with it at the default 6 all the time because that’s what I was told from professionals or youtubers on various mice but when I watched one video of a guy saying to start by putting the windows slider lower until you find something comfortable I noticed that I instantly performed better with my wired Roccat Kone Pro mouse. Also disabling the G HUB software can help.

Above all else I’d suggest try what I’m going to try which might help with specifically the Logitech G Pro or any wireless mouse. Put windows slider lower so you don’t overshoot / have mouse jumps or jitters, put polling on 500hz, put DPI on at least 800 to cut latency and you can test disabling the G Hub software or having it running in the background to see if it makes a difference.