A full two years ago we brought you the first incarnation of the SteelSeries’ World of Warcraft Mouse which we really enjoyed here on Zath and since then the company have been taking in feedback and doing a bit of R&D to come up with the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse which aims to not only match, but exceed the benchmark left by the first one.
It doesn’t really take a genius to see that they have done a pretty good job: whilst the aesthetics clearly resemble the previous mouse (especially in the amour-like top) they have been improved to offer a slightly more rounded appearance, and the gold colour certainly makes it look that bit more exciting and lively and certainly looks the part as it ties in with the recent World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion pack.
However, ‘customisation’ is perhaps the most important element when buying a mouse specifically for World of Warcraft and this mouse has got that in droves: simply looking at the aesthetics offers you 16-million colour illumination options along with four different ‘pulsation’ levels. I have to admit that whilst I have survived my first decade of using computers without ‘pulsation’ settings on my mouse I sure wish I had them now!
There’s also the ability to save up to 10 different character-linked profiles (which is handy for the more ardent MMO gamer) as well as some simple to use drag-and-drop software that allows you to programme the 14 different buttons on the mouse with more than 130 preset in-game commands.
And you don’t need to be worried that it will be of a low spec either as the technical specifications are pretty impressive; 11,750 frames per second are on offer, along with 150 Inches Per Second and 90 — 5,040 ( DPI / CPI ) Counts Per Inch.
Perhaps the biggest disadvantage is that, probably due to the ’16 million colour options’, the mouse is only available with a 2.5m wire, but that’s really not the end of the World (of Warcraft) as at least you’re guaranteed a high level of responsiveness which can be vital during PvP battles.
The new World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Mouse has a relatively hefty price of $99.99 (roughly £64) but then I have seen much worse mice priced a lot higher so really it’s not too bad, and if you are a dedicated WoW player then it is probably worth the investment!