SteelSeries Ikari Laser Gaming Mouse

Testing & Results

Testing
 
So the Ikari can talk the talk but does it have what it takes to walk the walk? After all, with at least three comparable mice with the same price tag, it must deliver as promised. Our test strategy consists of three tests in order to form an overall conclusion.
 
 
Test 1 – Polling Test
 
This test involves a number of mouse movements while running an application called dx_mouse_timer to verify the polling rate achieved by the mouse. Our testing showed that on average, the mouse met the rated specification of 500Hz at 2.0ms. Competitor mice are capable of 1000Hz at 1.0ms but this isn't necessarily a disaster for the Ikari.
 
 
Test 2 – Tracking Test
 
As part of testing the mouse over a long period of time in both general and gaming usage, it was vital to make a note of it's ability to perform smoothly.
 
In terms of general use, it performed exactly as expected. There was very little to report as far as this was concerned as all movements were as fluid as water and no abnormal behaviour such as twitching was noticed on either a mouse pad or grained wooden surface.
 
Playing games such as Counter Strike were an absolute breeze when using the Ikari. The rated response times paired with it's 3200dpi and 500Hz polling rate clearly helped and at this point there was absolutely no technical factor that held back game play, leaving just myself and my (lack of?) skills to take a front seat and do everything within my reach to gun down those terrorists! Once again, as with general use the mouse behaved normally without any abnormal movement.
 
 
Test 3 – Comfort and Ergonomics
 
This is where the Ikari particularly excelled. The indentations to the left and right of the mouse, which offered resting points for the thumb and more noticeably the third and fourth finger certainly helped with grip and comfort. Even after hours of heavy usage, the mouse remained very easy to handle as mentioned previously, the placement of buttons were very convenient.
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Most Recent Comments

17-07-2009, 07:55:22

JN
"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.

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SteelSeries Ikari Laser Gaming Mouse

17-07-2009, 08:00:53

zak4994
It looks really really cheap in terms of build quality. But the review says different.

17-07-2009, 08:12:21

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

17-07-2009, 10:01:56

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.

17-07-2009, 10:56:29

Mul.
Quote:
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!

Quote:
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.

20-07-2009, 06:10:54

Skiddywinks
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?

20-07-2009, 13:41:08

Santa-san
Looks interesting

04-09-2010, 13:53:24

Delusion77
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.

05-09-2010, 13:36:48

AMDFTW
no thanks,ile stick to Razer lol
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