SteelSeries Ikari Laser Gaming Mouse

Packaging, Appearance & Software

Packaging and Initial Impressions
The Ikari mouse arrived in a pleasantly decorated box in black, orange and white. Moulded transparent plastic material allows the potential buyer to see exactly what they're buying and to some extent, try it. Flaps at the top allowed the contents of the box to be opened, the mouse at the top and the driver CD underneath. The packaging held the contents securely and the box is durable enough to be able to use it again if need be.
Steelseries Ikari Box Front SteelSeries Ikari Contents
The mouse itself looks somewhat bland. A grey/black mouse with scroll wheel and additional customisable buttons. There's nothing flamboyant about it and absolutely nothing that suggests it's performance capabilities. This is going to suit a lot of people as many will want the performance but without having to deal with aesthetics that could be compared to a small hatchback that's been driven straight through a halfords shop floor, flying out the other side of the building with a plethora of LEDs, Body Kits and Speakers attached.
SteelSeries Ikari Laser Side SteelSeries Ikari Laser Top
SteelSeries Ikari Laser Left View SteelSeries Ikari Laser Front
The bottom of the mouse is naturally a similar affair, with the exception of a small LCD screen that displays the profile being used at present and the ability to adjust the current DPI setting, using the scroll wheel. On the same note, just behind the scroll wheel lies a HIGH/LOW DPI button, which allows the user to choose between two settings, also indicated by HIGH/LOW LEDs to the side of the mouse. A great idea as it's nice to be able to verify settings that have been applied, especially when restricted to one touch buttons.
SteelSeries Ikari Laser LED
In terms of build quality, there isn't a lot to report. All of the contact surfaces felt well built and the placement of buttons and resting points very well thought out. SteelSeries mentioned that input with regards to the aformentioned observations were based on the input and opinions of professional gamers and it appears to have paid off.
The Software
Included in the package was a CD containing drivers for Windows Xp/Vista as well as a configuration utility. Installation was a piece of cake and the software was usable without a restart. Upon first inspection it was clear that SteelSeries have included a very comprehensive piece of software. The layout appears both inviting and intuitive, splitting settings into three categories:
Button Settings
This section allows the end user to assign commands to the Ikari's 5 buttons including scroll wheel. This is not just restricted single keypresses but also allows for multi key macro's with delay options.
SteelSeries Ikari Software
Sensitivity Settings
In this section, the user is able to assign DPI settings to the mouse. High and Low assignments can be set, which can also be carried out using the mouse's High/Low toggle button itself. Adjustments can be made in increments in 1 up to it's max of 3200DPI.
SteelSeries Ikari Software
The third section named Freemove is an interesting feature that adapts the Ikari's ability to move completely freely, where lower settings of freedom results in straighter paths of movement. This can be particularly useful for particular tasks such as CAD.
SteelSeries Ikari Software
Finally, to the top of the screen is a profile utility that allows you to save, delete and import profiles for the mouse. These profiles are saved directly to the mouse, adding to the Ikari's flexibility of driver-less operation, which allows the same settings to be used on another computer without any reprogramming.
The software consumes approximately 16mb of system memory, hardly a memory hog by any stretch of the imagination.
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Most Recent Comments

17-07-2009, 07:55:22

"Not looking for a mouse that's more blinged out with lights than a chav's Nova? Then maybe the SteelSeries Ikari Laser is the mouse for you." - by Mul.

SteelSeries Ikari Laser Gaming MouseQuote

17-07-2009, 08:00:53

It looks really really cheap in terms of build quality. But the review says different.Quote

17-07-2009, 08:12:21

It actually reminds me of the Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 a little bit. Now that was an AWESOME mouse.Quote

17-07-2009, 10:01:56

Sweet review, seems a bit pricey, but then there are gaming keyboards for £100 at times. Perhaps this is what they feel they can get away with also.

Looks like it's designed for an evil left-handed person ?

Anywho I'm a trackball>mouse person.Quote

17-07-2009, 10:56:29

Originally Posted by name='zak4994'
It looks really really cheap in terms of build quality. But the review says different.
I think it's bland looks are what makes it appear cheap. The build quality isn't bad at all if I may say so!

Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Sweet review, seems a bit pricey, but then there are gaming keyboards for £100 at times. Perhaps this is what they feel they can get away with also.

Looks like it's designed for an evil left-handed person ?

Anywho I'm a trackball>mouse person.
I thought so at first but it fits in the right hand very well. The right hand side which has been moulded to plant down the third and fourth finger seems to make it look like a lefty mouse.Quote

20-07-2009, 06:10:54

I'd buy one on payday if it wasn't for the price. The fact of the matter is that it is less impressive when compared to the competition, both specs-wise and looks-wise, so why is it the same price?Quote

20-07-2009, 13:41:08

Looks interestingQuote

04-09-2010, 13:53:24

Came across this review while looking for the bitfenix logo, I personally own this mouse and it is the most comfortable mouse ever made (IMO). It has a really nice build quality and i just love it.Quote

05-09-2010, 13:36:48

no thanks,ile stick to Razer lolQuote

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