SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse review

It’s not cheap, but the SteelSeries Xai has an excellent design and there are plenty of settings to configure.

13 Jan 2011
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With a simple, ambidextrous design, the Xai sits very comfortably in the hand. The rubberised chassis feels good and SteelSeries has got the weight of the mouse spot on.

A small LCD screen sits on the underside and lets you switch between the five customisable profiles. It’s possible to change profile settings on the mouse directly, but due to the screen’s small size and the fiddly method of using the scroll wheel to navigate the menus, it’s not particularly easy. Thankfully there’s a software alternative, which lets you tweak a huge range of settings, including adjusting path and jitter correction.

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Two dpi settings can be configured and switched between using the small button below the scroll wheel. A further four buttons are provided; two on either side of the mouse. Although useful, these buttons are a little too sensitive and you have to be careful not to hit them by accident.

Despite this minor flaw, the mouse's comfort sensitivity and programmability make it a great choice and it wins a Best Buy award.

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