SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse

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SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse
Software, Setup and Final Thoughts

Product: SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse
Provided By: SteelSeries
Price: $89.99 MSRP


Introduction:

Today we are going to take a look at a SteelSeries Xai laser pro gaming mouse. As you can guess, it was designed with gamers in mind. But how can it be any different than other mice?

SteelSeries Xai
SteelSeries Xai
Xai Mouse Back
Xai Package Back

 

First Impression:

At first glance, it looked like any other mouse. Then I noticed the coating on it. It has a rubber like coating on it that makes it very easy to grip. It has very big glides on bottom that provide nice fluid movement.  It also has ambidextrous buttons for right or left handed use.Like other high-end SteelSeries mice, it has braided sheathing on USB cable, which doesn’t get caught on other cables like the monitor power or video.

I thought I was missing something; a software disk. However, after reading the small booklet that came with it, I was wrong. It does not come with a software disk. All you have is a small download from their site, which took all of 15 seconds to download, but other than that it was plug and play. There was one more thing I noticed, it was a little heavier than the mice I have had in the past, but it didn’t take long to get use too.

Xai Bundle
Xai Bundle

 


Specifications:

  • Frames per second: 12.000
  • Inches per second: 150+
  • Megapixels per second: 10.8
  • Counts per inch: 100 - 5.001 (one CPI Steps)
  • Max. Acceleration: 30 G
  • Sensor data path: True 16 bit
  • Lift distance: ~1mm (auto-adjusting)
  • Buttons: 8
  • Cord: 2 m / 6,5 ft (braided to improve durability)
  • Polling: 125 - 1000 Hz (1Hz increments)
  • Gold-plated USB connector
  • Measurements: 125,5 x 68,3 x 38,7 mm / 4,94 x 2,69 x 1,52 in
  • CPI high/low indicator
  • SteelSeries FreeMove Technology
  • SteelSeries ExactSens Technology
  • SteelSeries ExactRate Technology
  • SteelSeries ExactAim Technology
  • On mouse acceleration Technology
  • On mouse LCD display for tweaking above technologies thru menu system
  • Large pressure points that reduce friction for optimized glide
  • Driverless, plug-and-play feature for LAN gamers
  • Built-in memory for 5 profiles
  • Operating systems: Win 2000/XP/Vista/7 / Mac OSX
    **Configuration software only available for Windows operating systems


Testing:

Testing a mouse doesn't sound that interesting and I simply used it just like every other mouse I've used. I played games like Call of Duty 5, Call of Duty 6, and Battlefield 2. It was very easy to set up for each game. The software was very user friendly. You can have several different profiles that you can set-up for each game. I also surfing the web as well as other office applications. The side buttons made paging forward and back a breeze.

Xai Mouse
Xai Mouse - Left
Xai Profile
Xai Mouse - Right

 

Then I tried it on many different surfaces - pretty much anything I could find. I used the desk surface, a cheap cloth pad, a hard plastic pad, a metal pad and even a piece of glass. It did great! I was actually surprised at how well it traced on all surfaces.

The CPI/LCD menu button made switching from gaming to just surfing the web a breeze. Just one click of the button you can switch setting. We will discuss the software more a little later.