SteelSeries are a company that need no introduction on a site such as this. They have been producing quality equipment for gamers for a good few years now and have made a name for themselves with products such as the Siberia headset and an extensive range of gamer mouse pads. The last product we saw from them here at OC3D towers was the Ikari Gaming Mouse
, which, despite a slightly high price, performed well and didn't fail to impress.
We've now been given the opportunity to review another mouse from the all mighty SteelSeries. This one, however, has been designed with a very, very specific game in mind. As you have probably guessed from the title of the review that game is Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft. The biggest Massively Multi-player Online Role playing Game (MMORPG) currently live and kicking. With more than 11 million monthly subscribers and still as active as ever after nearly 5 years, the game was bound to attract the attention of people looking to make gaming peripherals sooner or later.
Without mumbling incessantly about the game (If I did we would be here all day!), lets dive in and see what SteelSeries say about the mouse on their own site:
The World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse was designed specifically for World of Warcraft® by Blizzard® and SteelSeries. The World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse provides remarkable benefits to all MMO gamers, regardless of level or play style. The mouse features incredible customisation options to accommodate personal preferences. Seamless integration between software and hardware will provide an amazing in-game experience that provides superior performance, comfort and control. The World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse is fully scalable to meet and exceed the requirements of even the most discerning World of Warcraft® gamer.
A promising sounding bit of marketing blurb. It makes me wonder exactly how much input blizzard had over the mouse, and if SteelSeries consulted any players about the design and functionality as well as the company that made the game.
Taken from SteelSeries own site again, the specs of the mouse:
- World of Warcraft® branded GUI
- Assign World of Warcraft® commands
- Develop custom macros (up to 160 characters)
- Adjust DPI and standard mouse settings
- Adjust illumination colour, effects, and intensity
- Independently adjust x and y-axis sensitivity
- Real-time profile switching
- Import and export profiles
- Max. resolution: 3200 DPI
- Max. acceleration: 20 g
- Max. speed: 65 inches/second
- Max. USB report rate: 1000 hz / 1ms
- USB data format: 16-bit
- USB interface: Full speed
- Sleep mode: Disabled (Always On
- Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows 2000
- 100 MB Free Hard Drive Space
- 128 MB RAM
- Available USB port
The first point they make is a little iffy, meaning that their software simply has a WoW based skin. Form there on however all looks good. Assigning WoW commands will hopefully mean that you can add your macros written in game to one of the 15 buttons on the mouse (oddly not mentioned in the specifications) as well as custom binds & real time profile switching could help between characters. The hardware specs sound very much like most other gaming mice, which is should mean that it won't be hampered issues such as lag or poor tracking.
Enough with the pleasantries, let's get on with looking at the mouse itself...