I’ve been looking forward to getting the chance to play with the World of Warcraft mouse and review it since we first previewed it a few months ago and now here is our review of this custom gaming mouse.
Initially what struck me most of all about this World of Warcraft mouse was the box that it comes in being in the shape and action of a treasure chest – yes not only looks like a chest with the mouse shown in the centre of it, but it also opens up in a similar manner with the top being hinged and upon opening you see the mouse is shown in the middle of gold and jewels – very World of Warcraft-like!
Once I’d got into the box properly, I was rather surprised with what I found, although it did take a little bit of figuring out as I didn’t want to damage this novel packaging – good job that I wasn’t recording an unboxing video of it!
Obviously there is the mouse, which I’ll come back to soon – but what surprised me a little was that the manual was effectively a few short page-sides of information – nothing more than a leaflet, but most of all I was shocked to find there was no CD contained in the box (it did make me look twice).
As I took the mouse out of the packaging, not only did the very cool design styling strike me, but also the USB lead itself did – instead of being a standard plastic cable, it is actually covered in a material that gives it a more textured and handcrafted feeling – if anything it actually reminds me of a shoe lace, it’s different and makes it stand out from other mice on that alone.
All there was in terms of software was a website address – www.steelseries.com/downloads to download the latest version of the World of Warcraft mouse software from – definitely a good move, I hate having to install from CDs/DVDs and the subsequent storage – far better to point people to just download the latest version and be done with it – especially for a product where you know your customers will have internet access. It also makes sense environmentally, which is rather cool – well done on that Steelseries!
The first thing that I noticed about the World of Warcraft mouse was that it is slightly larger than a traditional mouse, mostly width-wise due to side-rests on either side of the mouse, but that also allows for a larger surface area on the bottom to have a very slick surface. This makes the mouse one of the smoothest mice I’ve ever had in terms of using it on a standard desk surface or on a specific mousepad – why don’t more mice have larger smooth surfaces to aid smoother movement?
Once you plug the mouse into a free USB socket, Windows (Vista in my case) immediately installs the basic drivers so that you can start using it for general use – at this point you’ll also start admiring the pulsating (orange) glowing light that the mouse emanates.
After the Steelseries mouse software has been installed, you can then get to work in customising how you mouse actually works and what setup is best for you, however by default most of the 15 buttons have already been assigned functions and commands. I find most of the buttons to be quick logically placed and easy to use once you get used to them, the only thing I would say is that the 4-in-1 button (kind of like a throw-back to the old console controller D-pads) does take a bit of getting used – I certainly had to change the default functions round as some buttons are easier to use than others.
There are other options in terms of dpi (you can increase the accuracy of your mouse movement from the default 800 up to 3200dpi), speed, mouse clicking, however once I’d finished with those, I immediately changed the colour of the light glow to a more pleasing “Zath Blue” colour!
Since I covered this in World of Warcraft mouse preview, I’d completely forgotten about the colour options, so this function is definitely very cool – if only all backlit keyboards also gave this colour option to personalise your new purchase to your own desktop! (click the below image for a closer look at the WoW mouse software)
One downside that I did find was that, some of the command macros set up on some of the buttons could also be used outside of World of Warcraft in your normal Windows environment – for instance, the /dismount macro would run if I accidently pressed that particular button – not such a huge issue, however if you are doing something live on the Internet, such as broadcasting or simply using Twitter, then this could make for a somewhat humourous mistake.
The only other unfortunate thing to consider at the current time, is that because of the huge demand from a potential market of 11.5 million WoW players, Steelseries are obviously having trouble keeping up with the initial demand, so it may take a little while before you can get hold of one.
With that in mind, I would just like to thank Game-1 who have kindly loaned us a mouse for the purposes of this review, they seem to be doing well in terms of getting hold of stock when Amazon still don’t have any!
I only wish I could keep it since I’ve got quite used to it…as a big fan of WoW myself, I’ll definitely be looking to track one of these down for myself.
Overall, I would say that this product works well a general mouse and looks great on your desk, but as a specific World of Warcraft mouse, this is the most comprehensive mouse you could want in terms of a customised controller for your favourite online game – pair this with Steelseries’ World of Warcraft keyboard and you’re all set for the most optimum WoW setup possible!
- World of Warcraft® branded GUI
- Assign World of Warcraft® commands
- Develop custom macros (up to 160 characters)
- Adjust DPI and standard mouse settings
- Adjust illumination colour, effects and intensity
- Independently adjust x and y-axis sensitivity
- Real-time profile switching
- Import and export profiles
- Max. resolution: 3200 DPI
- Max. acceleration: 20 g
- Max. speed: 65 inches/second
- Max. USB report rate: 1000 hz / 1ms
- USB data format: 16-bit
- USB interface: Full speed
- Sleep mode: Disabled (Always On)
- Windows Vista™, Windows® XP, or Windows® 2000
- 100 MB Free Hard Drive Space
- 128 MB RAM
- Available USB port