Steelseries Ikari Laser & Optical

Optical and Laser sensor mice for serious gaming
Author: Toni 'HaoKi' Siik
Published: 01.09.2008
Manufacturer: SteelSeries
Product Group: Input
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In the Office

I used both of these mice at home and at work. In general both of these mice followed through both in accuracy and comfort. All of the movements of the mouse were tracked accurately by both mice.


As an avid FPS-gamer both of these mice were tested by playing COD4, CS:S, and TF2 to mention a few. After getting used to the shape of the mouse everything went just as it was supposed to. I found myself getting the headshots I needed, even in difficult situations. Both of the mice tracked as they were supposed to and even all of the faster movements were tracked without any jitters.

Even though both mice showed their claws while gaming, I found a couple of issues with both mice. The Ikari Optical continues on tracking for fairly long after you've lifted it off the surface. The Ikari Laser mouse on the other hand had some problems on the Steelseries SX mouse surface that couldn't be replicated with other surfaces. The mouse had a tendency to jump quite far when placing it back on the surface after lifting it. This however seems to be the case with the SX surface only.


Ikari Optical

  • Great shape
  • Good tracking
  • Great price (~38€ in Finland)
  • No drivers needed

  • CONS 
  • No key binding possibilities
  • High lift distance
  • Award
    Gold Award!

    Ikari Laser

  • Great Shape
  • Good tracking
  • No drivers needed (even for macros)
  • Decent price (~60€ in Finland)

  • CONS 
  • Limitations in binding
  • Problems with the SX mouse pad
  • Award
    Editor's Choice!

    Steelseries has once again succeeded in producing reasonably priced products for gamers that do just what they promise. Of course the shape of the mouse is always the biggest factor when buying a new mouse. If the shape of the mouse fits your hand these are both great mice especially if you don't want to bind the mouse buttons.

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    • 02.09.2008 16:14 Legacy

    • Hyvä revikka taas kerran. Täytyy kyllä sanoa, että nyt on hiirissä hinta/laatu-suhde kohdallaan. :)
    • 07.12.2008 16:17 pokoljska

    • Ikari Laserista: "Ainut ongelma joka vaivasi minua tässä ohjelmassa on se, että sillä ei voi bindata esim. näppäimistön nappia toimimaan hiiren napista."

      Täh? Mitä sillä VOI tehdä?
    • 08.12.2008 07:59 HaoKi

    • :) Jos nyt oikein muistan niin sinne sai bindattua napin painalluksen, eli kun hiiren nappia painaa niin joku nappi on tietyn aikaa pohjassa, ei niin kauaa kun mitä hiiren nappi on...

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