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Steelseries IKARI Laser Mouse

Steelseries IKARI Laser Mouse

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Steelseries IKARI Laser Mouse (cont.)

Using the mouse is a simple matter, after all, it is almost fully functional via just plug n play, but let us take a look at the software before we discuss the standalone capability.

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At the top of the window you can select which profile you are using, each profile has its own unique button configuration and CPI settings. Profiles can only be switched between using the software, meaning that with plug n play you can only adjust the CPI settings for the profile loaded onto the mouse and the macros are fixed. The first page gives you access to the button assignment and allows you to assign macros that you can record on the spot.

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The second page gives you access to the two CPI settings that can be programmed into the mouse. These numbers can be fine tuned to 1 CPI increments and switched on the fly via the button below the scroll wheel. Some other manufacturer’s offer "on the fly" switching between 3 CPI settings but after input from pro gamers, SteelSeries have followed their no gimmick approach and kept things to a minimum. Personally I feel two is enough and gives you options for long range and close combat in an FPS should your playing style require different levels of sensitivity. The fact that you can fine tune this mouse to 1 CPI means it is easy to tailor it exactly to your playing style.

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The final page of the software is the FreeMove section. Many mouse drivers automatically attempt to correct the path of the mouse when they think the user is attempting to draw a straight line, FreeMove gives you the option to adjust the sensitivity of that function. The last thing you want in a game is the mouse intentionally re-adjusting its course from the intended action.

The real beauty regarding these features is that you can access your personal CPI settings and macros wherever you are. This means that if you are using a tournament or a LAN computer which isn’t your own, you can just plug in your Ikari and have your personal settings at your fingertips.

Additionally, you can readjust your CPI settings completely independently from the software. After holding down the CPI switch button for a number of seconds you can fine tune the current setting (high or low) that is currently activated. Just like in the software you can adjust it at 1 CPI increments, all of this is done using the mouse wheel. It also recognises the speed at which you are scrolling so it doesn’t take forever to increase it by a couple of hundred CPI.

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