Steelseries XAI Pro Gaming Mouse
Posted by: editor on: 26.07.2011 02:42:35 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
The Steelseries XAI uses Plug and Play technology so no added software was included in the packaging so pictured above is the XAI mouse and the quick installation manual supplied which can be easily downloaded from Steelseries website.
On first impressions on the XAI laser mouse I found the overall shape of the mouse body to be pretty much shapeless and by that I mean, there isn’t any cut out sections built into the body of the mouse at all really. Every inch of the body of the XAI in exactly the same from side to side which gives the mouse an effortless comfortable feel in the palm of your hand.
The reason for the symmetrical shape of the XAI is because Steelseries have designed this mouse to be Ambidextrous. By this I mean the mouse allows you to use it in both left and right hands which is a first for us here at xtreme, myself being a right handed gaming, just by looking at the XAI mouse I wouldn’t have been able to tell you that it was an ambidextrous mouse thanks to the smooth design.
The top of the mouse has four main buttons, the Scroll wheel/Middle click, Toggle profile CPI setting button and finally not forgetting Left click and Right click buttons. All the buttons match perfectly to the body work of the XAI mouse and I liked the way the right and left click continue down the frame work of the mouse, there’s no cut out section between allowing the mouse to be seamless. The CPI button has been coated to match the darker shade of black so it ties in nicely with the sides of the mouse and the Scroll wheel is coated in a rubberized material for better grip, the only issue is the colour for me, i would have also liked to have seen this in black as well.
A highlight which stood out was the braided cord that Steelseries have included in the XAI mouse which eliminates any tangling from happening to the cord and also gives it more durability, not all gaming mice come with the feature but it does make all the difference.
The right side of the XAI is where you will find the Left side button 1 and 2; these have been coated in the darker shade of black I was explaining earlier and they have a shiny appearance which allows your thumb to glide effortlessly over the buttons but with just the right amount of resistance there.
Steelseries have coated the sides of the XAI mouse is a non-slip rubberized material which has a really soft feel against your fingers and thumb that also allows for an effortless movement from side to button and so on with just the right amount of grip there.
This is carried on through to the other side of the XAI gaming mouse, above we have the Right side button 1 and 2 that have been positioned in the exact same location as the left side bring the Ergonomic Ambidextrous shape into its own.
Steelseries have added their logo to the rear of the XAI laser gaming mouse in an silver effect paint work that really stands out against the black Slip-Resistant coating that has been applied to the whole top part of the mouse body, this coating is sweat resistant giving you more grip over long periods of time which we all have experienced from time to time over long gaming session so I am intrigued to see whether it truly is sweat resistant while in testing.
The underside of the XAI mouse shows you the 10.8 MegaPixels per second HD gaming grade laser sensor and the Mouse Glides that have been placed in the hot zones; these cover 16% of the mouse base to allow for maximum glide over a number of different surfaces. They are made up from a gaming grade UPE Teflon material which can also be changed when you feel they need to be for maximum performance.
Another thing about the XAI mouse, is the LCD display located on the underside of the mouse, this LCD is where you get displayed all your information on what customization feature setting you have selected for your needs. Having positioned the display in this location allows the body of the mouse to be free from any extra buttons or lights that indicate what setting you have selected, leaving the mouse to be clean, sleek and very stylish.
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