SteelSeries World of Warcraft Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse Review

3. The Mouse5. User Experience


SteelSeries World of Warcraft Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse Review

Software

As always SteelSeries direct consumers to their website to get drivers and software. The installation process is pretty standard although a message does appear part way though about how we should use the mouse in-game, more on that later. At the end of the install the software checks our mouse firmware version and if it needs updated it does so. The usual firmware update process is used with the only real user interaction being the need to unplug and plug in the mouse at the end of the flash.

Shown above is the main interface through which we control the configuration of our mouse. The top of the Window allows us to select one of ten profiles, below that the buttons are split into groups and to the left we can add our character avatar and click a button to save our settings to the on-board memory.

Expanding from the left of the main interface is the Mouse Properties section. In here we can select the CPI level from 800 to 5000, choose scroll speed or pointer acceleration and adjust the sensitivity of the X and Y axis.

Another section which expands from the main interface is located at the bottom of the software. In this area we find a colour selection square where we drag a selector to any setting we want for the on-board lighting. There are also drop-down lists for intensity and pulsation.

At the right of the SteelSeries configuration panel is the button control area. Here we can assign commands to each button (drag and drop capable) and there are over 130 pre-set commands available for us. Also located in this area is the custom Macro section. In here we can program Macro’s with over 50 commands and include delays (or not).

Further functionality can be found in the menus at the top of the main interface and this starts in the Profile dropdown were we can assign profiles to applications and import/export profiles to share with friends. It is also possible to print our configuration so that we have a handy paper copy when gaming. In the Tools menu we can set the Polling rate and Lift Distance, both have three settings and in the final menu, Help, we can access the user guide and software/firmware version details.

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