SteelSeries Ikari Laser Gaming Mouse - Testing and Software

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SteelSeries Ikari Laser Gaming Mouse
Testing and Software
Final Conclusion

SteelSeries Ikari Laser Mouse Testing:

Testing of a mouse is pretty straight-forward, you use it like you would daily for gaming, internet, etc, and see how it works. There is no way to "benchmark" it against other mice, so a lot of the testing is my personal experiences with this mouse.

Before I start the testing section of this review, I need to clarify a few things. As you may have seen in the specifications, this mouse refers to "CPI" and "SPS" in its specifications, what the heck are they talking about? Well, let me refer you to the FAQ on the Ikari website for a more accurate explanation:

Q: I'm confused. You use the term CPI (counter per inch) but every other mouse manufacturer uses DPI (dots per inch). Why can't you just use the recognized term?

A: DPI is an expression from the printing world and has nothing to do with mouse movement. DPI is meant to describe that for one inch of distance you move your mouse on any surface, the equivalent number of counts are sent to the PC - resulting in movement on your screen. CPI is the correct term for this as it actually is consistent with what you seek to describe with the abbreviation.

Q: I'm still confused. You use the term SPS (samples per second) but every other mouse manufacturer uses FPS (frames per second). Why can't you just use the recognized term?

A: Other mouse manufacturers use sensors that take “pictures" of the surface and compare them to each other. This is why referring to frames per second is correct here. Our technology only takes samples and is in this way a lot more efficient than always processing a bigger image. We're just using the correct term for our technology for the Ikari Laser.


Hopefully this clears up what those terms mean, now on with the testing....

I received this mouse just before our big LAN party, and was determined to get it all setup and get used to it before the gaming started..... Well, long story short, I was opening the box and setting it up while I was setting up at the LAN party. I was a little worried that I was going to have to spend some time setting up the mouse and software; however, I had the whole thing up and going in about 30 seconds. Installing the software was very simple, and the menus for changing options are very straightforward and easy to setup without thinking at all.


SteelSeries Ikari Laser Mouse Testing - General Testing:

For testing, I basically just played games and did my everyday tasks using this mouse, and after about 10 minutes of getting used to the mouse, I never really thought about it too much, it seems like it's a very easy mouse to get used to.

I was also very interested to see how this mouse tracked on different surfaces, as normally I just use the top of my desk instead of a mouse pad. This mouse however tracked great on whatever I threw at it, I tried a few hard surface mousepads with great results, I tried some soft surface mousepads with the same results, and even while using just the top of my desk it also never skipped, so overall I was very happy with the tracking.

The on-the-fly sensitivity settings also worked very easy, and the button just below the scroll wheels allows you to easily alternate between high and low settings (which you can set in the software, or manually adjust using the scroll wheel), depending on how you like your setup, you can really fine tune the sensitivity very easily.

And that pretty much concludes the general testing section, in the next section I'll go over the software a bit more.

 

SteelSeries Ikari Laser Mouse Testing - Software:

Let's take a closer look at the software

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SteelSeries Software - Main Meu

 

As you can see in the above screenshot, this is the main menu where you can very easily reassign keys to suit your gaming needs. You can setup different profiles for different games, and if you want to check out someone else's setups you can click on "Get More" and go to SteelSeries website where you can download other user's setups. Also in this menu you can setup Macro's if you like.

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SteelSeries Software - Freemove

 

In the above screenshot, you see the FreeMove menu. This option helps you correct your wavy mouse movement into a nice straight line, and you can adjust just how much movement this will correct. This is a very interesting option, and for some people it could be very handy, while others might find it a bit annoying. Personally I tried it out for a while, but eventually turned it back off just because it felt weird to me, but I can really see this being useful for some people. As you can see in the menu, you can really fine-tune this to have as much or as little assistance as you want.

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SteelSeries Software - CPI Settings

 

The last screenshot is the CPI settings menu, where you can manually setup what you want your low and high settings to be. You can still override these settings using the screen on the bottom of the mouse while playing a game if you want to, but these settings will be your "default" setting.

Overall the software is very good, it's very simple and works the way it should, no complaints about the software whatsoever.