Date: February 1st, 2007
Article by: Karl Van der Walt (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Steel Series
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The bottom of the mouse has large glide pads as well as the high-resolution optical sensor ensuring a smooth mousing experience.
The mouse is fitted with two indicator LEDs that identify what Resolution setting you are using, as you can see the light is a but too bright.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Installation of a mouse, particularly a USB mouse needs no description in today's world so suffice it to say you plug it in and you are set.
Installing the software is not necessary to use the mouse but it does give you the option to change the CPI of the mouse between 3 different preset combinations. The mouse stores the preset you choose and when you press the button circled above it switches between the high and low setting. This allows you to switch between the 2 on the fly, particularly useful when you are running around in an FPS and stop to take aim. The lower CPI setting means the mouse pointer moves slower, allowing for more precise aim and the higher CPI setting obviously does the opposite allowing fast turns and movement without too much mouse movement. This is probably the most useful and innovative feature on the mouse for a gamer. The mouse is perfectly suited to everyday use as well so you won't need to swap out mice every time you want to do regular day-to-day stuff.
I always enjoy getting products like this to test, it gives me the chance to dig out all my favorite games and spend hours “testing” the product.
To test the Ikari I got stuck into some Counterstrike Source as well as some MMORPGs that I like to play. I have been testing this mouse over a period of two weeks of day-to-day use over and above the play testing.
The fist thing that struck me is that this mouse is huge; my wife has been complaining bitterly that it's to big for her little hands to use comfortably. Once I got used to the size however I found it very comfortable to use. Just bare in mind that this thing is likely not for you if you are one of the 60% of the worlds population with small hands. I think this is a bit of a design flaw on the part of SteelSeries. It's not a problem for someone with large hands to use a smaller mouse but it is very awkward if the mouse is too large.
Gaming with this mouse was a lot of fun; the glide is smooth as silk and the ability to switch to a lower CPI for those “Headshots” had my friends cursing me within minutes of starting a Counterstrike game. They say the gear doesn't make the gamer but this mouse sure does help if you use it right.
I did notice that the mouse rocks a bit from back to front but after examining the mouse closely and not seeing any poor fitting glide pads or structural abnormalities I am assuming this is deliberate and serves some purpose I am unaware of. It does not in any way interfere with using the mouse and does not rock whilst in use. It rocks somewhat like a seesaw if you push down on the back with your finger.
In what I have now come to expect as typical SteelSeries fashion the Ikari produces the goods and does so in style.