What is LOD? Understanding Lift-Off Distance


Mar 24 2023

When it comes to PC gaming, a term that often comes up is LOD or lift-off distance. LOD is the distance between the mouse sensor and the surface it's tracking on, and it can have a significant impact on your gaming experience. By adjusting your mouse's LOD to suit your play style and preferences, you embrace the power of precision, ensuring that every movement is accurate, every decision is intentional, and no effort is wasted.

In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about lift-off distance. We’ll explain what it is, how it affects your gaming performance, a step-by-step guide on how to adjust it in your mouse settings (bottom of article), and other tips and tricks to improve your overall tracking.

What is LOD?

LOD (lift-off distance) refers to the height at which a mouse sensor stops tracking the surface it's on. A high LOD means that your mouse will continue tracking even when it's lifted off the surface. Therefore, a low LOD allows for the tracking to cut off earlier, which prevents unwanted mouse behavior. However, it’s very important to have an even surface when playing to avoid problems.

How to adjust LOD (LIft-off distance)

Why Does LOD Matter to Gamers?

A high LOD can cause the cursor to jump or move erratically when the mouse is lifted off the surface, which can be especially problematic in games that require quick and precise movements.  A low lift-off distance is more beneficial since it makes movements more reliable and more predictable.

Tips and Tricks for Adjusting Your LOD

If you're experiencing issues with your LOD, there are several tips and tricks you can try to adjust it:

1) Adjust the LOD settings in your mouse software. Many high performance gaming mice come with software that allows you to adjust the LOD settings. This can be a quick and easy way to fine-tune your mouse sensitivity to your specific needs. Below, we share a step-by-step guide on how to adjust your mouse's LOD. 

2) Change the surface you're tracking on. The surface you're tracking on can have a significant impact on your LOD. Hard surfaces, such as wood or reflective surfaces, can cause issues with tracking, while others, surfaces with gaming mousepads, can help improve tracking. We recommend using a gaming-specific mousepad, such as a professional cloth desk mat or one of our specialized Elements mousepads with hybrid surfaces, to optimize your mouse's tracking.

How to adjust LOD (LIft-off distance)

How to Change Your Mouse LOD in Glorious CORE

Adjusting your gaming mouse’s LOD is very simple. First, ensure that you have the most up-to-date version of your mouse’s software installed. Once you’ve made sure you have the correct software ready to go, simply connect your mouse and follow the steps below.

  1. Connect your device and select it in CORE.
  2. This should open all your mouse settings on screen. Under the “Performance” section, find the Lift-Off Distance setting.
  3. Adjust the LOD to meet your needs.

Below, we'll include a step-by-step walkthrough of how to adjust your lift-off distance within Glorious CORE. 

1. Connect and Select Device

How to adjust LOD (LIft-off distance)

2. Go to Performance Mouse Settings

How to adjust LOD (LIft-off distance)

3. Adjust LOD to Your Needs

How to adjust LOD (LIft-off distance)

Bottom Line

As we've journeyed through the intricacies of LOD (lift-off distance) in the realm of PC gaming, it's clear that this seemingly minor detail can significantly impact the precision and enjoyment of your gaming experience. The importance of LOD in gaming cannot be overstated. Whether you're a casual gamer or a competitive esports athlete, the fine-tuning of your mouse's lift-off distance can be the difference between victory and defeat. 

Remember, the key to mastering LOD lies in experimentation and personalization. Use the tools and tips shared, like adjusting LOD settings in your mouse software or selecting the right surface, to find the perfect balance that matches your gaming needs. And with the step-by-step guide to adjusting your mouse's LOD in Glorious CORE, you're well-equipped to make those adjustments with confidence and ease.