Steelseries XAI Pro Gaming Mouse
Posted by: editor on: 26.07.2011 02:42:35 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Steelseries have made the installation for the XAI mouse super easy as its just Plug and Play and the in-built driver is adjustable using the LCD display on the mouse but if like me, you want to get the very best performance out of the mouse then software is a must and is available for download from Steelseries website, which opens up a number of different features that include; Marco, Acceleration, Profile settings, the lists goes on.
Above is the software steelseries has adapted for the Xai mouse, within you can customize all 10 buttons to perform the configuration of your choice and as you can see there are five different profiles that you can customize and switch between to suit a number of different gaming situations such as different style game play or just browsing the internet. Steelseries have made the software really comprehensive and easy to use; you can even download and try out a professional gamer’s profile that has used the Xai mouse to see if that can improve your gaming.
Steelseries has also included a useful advice task bar that slides out from the side of your opened window which explains all the settings available that really helps give a better understanding of how the setting is going to adjust your mouse and what to expect.
For example Exact Rate adjusts the rate the data is sent from the Xai to the computer which can greatly improve the response time allowing the cursor to move more fluently, but a highlight for me was the Free Move setting which helps correct your path movements, yes that’s right, the Xai pro gaming mouse can predict, correct and make your movement straight which I think is a good function to play around with not only for your gaming needs but also for when you photo editing and what not.
This section of the software is a more advanced feature for the more enthusiastic gamer so they can tweak the Xai mouse to be almost an extension of their gaming hand, to follow their precise movements, acceleration and path and only improve upon to make them much more fluent and precise in those crucial moments of your game play which can make all the difference.
Within here you can adjust settings like the Exact Sense which allows you to control the CPI levels of the mouse so you can tweak how fast your pointer moves and also settings like Exact Aim which helps optimize your gaming surface that you are using and also Advanced Macros, which allows you to setup precise commands and shortcuts to greatly improve your actions per minute.
So having adjusted my profiles to suits my gaming needs I played a number of different types of games such as First Person Shooters, Real Time Strategy and Massively Mulitplayer online games to get a real feel for the mouse and the different senitivity levels I would have to switch between.
I found using the LCD Menu easy use and switch between profile settings by just hold down the CPI button and scrolling up or down to the profiles either stored or customized. While playing FPS/RTS game a CPI level of 3200 preformed to my gaming needs perfectly, i was finding myself able to move my aim so smoothly and precisely that i was getting head shot after head shot, left, right and center.
Even from far away i found the Xai mouse aim to be dead on every single time, using the exact aim and correction setting allowed me to eliminate any jitter when i had my targets in sight. The Xai boasts a 10.8 megapixal HD image correlation of up to 12,00 frames per second and can track movements of up to 150 inches per second so no wonder i was experianting an improvement in my gaming.
As for playing MMO games I used alot lower senitivity setting profile so i went for a CPI level of 900, which allowed me to precisely look everywhere i was going at a smooth level and this is when the Automatic Lift Distance came to my attention. The Xai has a built-in sensor for when you lift your mouse to change position off your surface eliminating any lag from where the pointer should be pointing.
The Ergonomic lightweight ambidextrous shape really felt comfortable to use as your hand rests so relaxed over the mouse itself and the super lightweightness really took that annoying aching wrist out of tthe game completely, say goodbye to weighted mice as the Xai proves you don’t need them. The Slip-resistant coating really did stop your hand from losing any grip of the mouse over a long period of time and it felt really soft under my palm.
I really did get a lot of use out of the LCD menu profile feature while photo editing and web browsing and the Xai mouse responded effectlessly to my every command without the need to load the software to switch profiles.
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