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Date: March 18th, 2008
Article by: Karl Van der Walt (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: SteelSeries
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH


 
Just like the Ikari Optical, the bottom of the mouse has large glide pads. This time however it is a LASER sensor sitting in the middle of the mouse. According to SteelSeries this will allow for precision tracking up to an incredible 3200cpi. Below the laser sensor is the LCD display, something the Optical version lacks.



Here you can see the Ikari Optical and Ikari Laser mice next to each other. As you can see, the only difference in the casings is the color scheme.

 

PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING

 
The Ikari series are designed to be plug and play and driver free so all you need to do is plug it in, wait for a few seconds and you are on your way. The software provided is not a driver, it simply allows you to configure your mouse's features.


Software


Like the Optical version the software is not needed to use the mouse but without it you can't configure the Freemove and Button settings. The CPI settings can be changed directly on the mouse however but I will get into that later.



As you can see the software has quite a few more options than the Optical version. Here you can configure your button assignments so you can get the most out of your mouse in your favorite strategy and online RPGs.



The second tab reveals the CPI settings. The really cool thing about the Ikari Laser is that you can change these figures in 1 CPI increments allowing you to get your sensitivity exactly how you like it.



The last tab I will look at is the Freemove tab. This is another very useful option. Most mice have a fixed setting with no option to disable or edit it. What is it? It is a little function that enables you to make straight lines with your mouse. No one is capable of moving the mouse in a straight line so a little piece of software is put in place to smooth things out. This is all well and good if you are trying to make a straight line but can be a serious pain if, for example, you are trying to make a curve or a wavy line. SteelSeries in their wisdom decided to give you the option to not only turn this off but also to adjust its sensitivity hence the name Freemove. It may not sound like much but when your screen is set to an obscene resolution and you are trying to select that little unit down and to the left of the last unit you selected you will see just how much it helps.

 

 


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