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SteelSeries Xai High Performance Laser Gaming Mouse (Black)


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  • Laser gaming mouse
  • 8 Programmable buttons


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 5 x 20.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002NIK174
  • Item model number: 62012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

SteelSeries Xai is a tool - not a gadget. The SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse features state of the art technology and groundbreaking technical specifications. The technology, shape, size, weight and surface of the SteelSeries Xai were designed with one purpose: to enhance the users performance. Research and development was done in close cooperation with fulltime professional gamers from USA, Europe and Asia.

SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse
Customize all settings to fit your specific needs with the LCD display. View larger

SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse
Achieve completely reliable tracking, even during the most fast-paced games

SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse
SteelSeries Xai can be configured with simple software for more detailed options. Screenshot
SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse
Record 8 macros for key combinations that can be up to 200 different keystrokes and with a precise timing of sequences

SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse
With FreeMove, your mouse will move on the screen exactly as you move it on the surface

SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse
Anti-tangle braided cord for enhanced durability
LCD Display

With the LCD display on the backside of the SteelSeries Xai mouse, you can customize all settings to fit your specific needs. If you choose to download the advanced software for Xai, there are even more detailed options to customize and personalize your mouse settings.

Plug and Play Simplicity

There's no need to install software of any kind to use the Xai. The built-in driver can be adjusted through an LCD menu on the backside of the mouse. Just plug in the Xai and play.

Advanced Programmable Macros

On the SteelSeries Xai you can record 8 macros for key combinations that can be up to 200 different keystrokes and with a precise timing of sequences. This allows you to setup common commands and shortcuts that enhance your actions per minute and ensures that you don't accidentally hit the wrong key and miss out on important in-game sequences.

Tracks on Any Surface

SteelSeries ExactAim makes it possible to adjust the way the SteelSeries Xai gets information from the laser sensor. For instance, if you have a surface that is not optimized for gaming, with ExactAim you can simply adjust the jitter and prediction corrections. For optimal use of the Xai we strongly recommend the SteelSeries 9HD mousepad, which was developed simultaneously with the Xai and features a prism-like textured surface for maximum performance for next generation mice.

True Sensitivity with ExactSens

SteelSeries ExactSens allows you to control how fast your pointer should move by adjusting your CPI in increments of 1 between 100-5001. This means the SteelSeries Xai offers you true hardware-based sensitivity settings, freeing you of interpolation from game software. To take advantage of ExactSens you need to deactivate any cursor acceleration and set your sensitivity settings in-game (sensitivity 1 or adjust your sensitivity slider to lowest possible setting) and on your operating system to default.

Adjustable Rate for Smooth Movement

SteelSeries ExactRate enables you to adjust the rate of which data is sent from the SteelSeries Xai to your computer. When tweaking the ExactRate to the response time of your screen you can make the mouse cursor movement perfectly fluent.

Automatic Lift Distance

To make sure you always have a 1mm lift distance the sensor on the SteelSeries Xai automatically adjusts the lift distance depending on the surface you’re using. If you are a low sensitivity gamer a minimal lift distance is extremely important so that the mouse will shut off the sensor when you lift your mouse up to change positions.

Personalized Path Correction

SteelSeries FreeMove eliminates path correction, which makes the mouse predict, correct and make your movement straight. With the SteelSeries Xai, you can adjust the amount of path correction or completely disable it for 100% control of your movement. For FPS games that require high precision, this is a crucial feature.

Download Pro Gamer Profiles

The SteelSeries Xai allows you to configure and store up to 5 profiles on the mouse. This helps you easily switch between profiles when playing different games or performing tasks on your computer that require different levels of sensitivity and precision. You can also exchange your setting profiles with other Xai users as well as try downloading a profile from a few professional gamers who’ve used the Xai to win major global tournaments.

Software for Advanced Setup

Although no software installation is required to use the Xai, the SteelSeries Xai can be configured with simple software which is available in the downloads section of the SteelSeries site. If you want to get the maximum use of all the Xai's features including macro settings, acceleration, profile settings and more, then the software menu should be your next destination.

Ambidextrous

The SteelSeries Xai is ambidextrous, which means that unlike other SteelSeries mice like the Ikari which was designed for the right hand only, you can use the Xai as a righty or lefty gamer.

What's in the Box

SteelSeries Xai High Performance Laser Gaming Mouse and software.

SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse PC Gamer

What Critics Are Saying About the Xai Laser Gaming Mouse

"The Xai is in every way equal to the SteelSeries Ikari - the hands-down best gaming mouse of all time that received a whooping 97% in October 2008 - except for one thing: It's ambidextrous, with two thumb buttons on each side."
--PCGamer.com

"... the SteelSeries Xai is quite simply the best pure gaming mouse we've ever tested."
--Edward Chester, TrustedReviews.com

"In terms of ergonomics, the Xai is fantastic. All told it is the most comfortable mouse I have used and fits both left and right hands perfectly. [...] All told, the SteelSeries Xai is the most impressive gaming mouse I have ever tested in our labs."
--Henry Butt, HardwareHeaven.com

Technical Specifications

  • Frames per second: 12,000
  • Inches per second: 150+
  • Mega pixels per second: 10.8
  • Counts per inch: 5,001
  • Maximum acceleration: 30 G
  • Sensor data path: True 16 bit
  • Lift distance: ~1mm
  • Maximum polling: 1,000 Hz
  • Dimensions (H x W x L): 1.5" x 2.7" x 4.9"
  • Weight: 0.22 lbs

Which SteelSeries Gaming Mouse is Right for You?

SteelSeries SteelSeries Ikari Optical Mouse
Ikari
SteelSeries Ikari Laser Mouse
Ikari High Performance
SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse
Xai High Performance
Sensor Optical Laser Laser
Driverless: Plug & Play
Braided Cord
Large Glide Surface
"Toggle On-the-Fly"
LCD Display
Macro Settings
FreeMove
ExactSens
Ambidextrous
Software for Advanced Settings
Gamer Profiles

Product Description

The technology, shape, size, weight and surface of the SteelSeries Xai were designed with one purpose: to enhance the users performance. The sensor offers huge improvement over current laser mice, processing 12,000 Frames Per Second at movement speeds of 150 Inches Per Second. SteelSeries Xai can be fully configured via a LCD menu system on the back of the mouse, while supporting advanced macro capabilities of up to 200 strokes per button. Advanced software allows configuration of SteelSeries FreeMove, SteelSeries ExactSens, SteelSeries ExactAim, SteelSeries ExactRate, plus automatic lift distance calibration. SteelSeries Xai is a tool - not a gadget.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Microsoft, Logitech, Razer and now SteelSeries.
B. Jordan
Overall if you looking for a high end gaming mouse, this is the only one i think is worth the money.
A. Pickert
As for the mouse, it is very premium in design and construction.
Robert

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert on October 31, 2010
I purchased this mouse for Mac OSX because I needed an ultra-precise and premium wired mouse.

I finally got this mouse to work with OSX by setting the "ExactRate" feature of the mouse to "125". Doing so gives the precision necessary when operating the mouse at slow speeds to avoid the jittering effect that most third-party mice have with OSX. Now I can say the mouse works totally fine with OSX. It took weeks of trying different mice and different mouse pads until I finally landed on this combination. If you can imagine my frustration as I tried to get third-party products to work with the new computer. In the end, it has to do with a very particular way that OSX communicates with mice. They support their settings and not much else.

As for the mouse, it is very premium in design and construction. It has a perfect size and shape that most mice do not have. However you should get the version of the mouse that doesn't have buttons along the sides, because these are frequently getting clicked accidentally.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KL on March 12, 2010
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I am a big fan of ambidextrous mouse, and Xai is a great replacement for the Logitech G3 that I've used for a long time.

Pluses:
- very smooth tracking and movement
- mouse settings mostly configurable thru the LCD and without driver
- 4 side buttons that are customizable, including macros (using driver software)
- customization is stored on-board, up to 5 profiles, so no need to have driver software on all your computers
- Can be comfortably used for both claw/palm grip
- Has rubber coating that feels very nice and comfortable to the touch
- Buttons are well built and nice clicks with good feedbacks yet not too firm
- Good quality teflon feet for gliding

Possible cons that I don't mind:
- some may say the middle wheel is too stiff to scroll
- some may get annoyed by the placement of side buttons, though I find them well placed and un-obtrusive.

Cons:
- Slightly buggy on firmware upgrade**

**When I ran the firmware upgrade, it returned an error message warning that the firmware has NOT been upgraded. After which, the mouse becomes irresponsive. Un-plugging and re-plugging in the mouse makes it work again and the software says the firmware is up-to-date. Weird. It did scare me that I may have "bricked" the mouse for a moment. Knock off one star.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S.R.H. on January 14, 2011
I'm surprised nobody has had any issues with the side mouse buttons getting stuck. Like many of the other reviewers here, I too thought this was a perfect gaming mouse until I repeatedly encountered an issue with one of the side mouse buttons getting stuck. I actually had to stop playing and take a moment to forcibly pull the button back outwards using a thin piece of metal. I use this key for crouching in many fps games so the functionality of this button is a dealbreaker for me.

Right now the mouse is sitting on my desk and looks and feels fine when I click in the side mouse button. I'm going to assume that I'm pressing the button too hard when in the middle of an intense gaming session - or maybe it's effected by perspiration? Either way, I haven't had this problem with any of the many gaming mice I've tried.

I really want to be able to use this mouse without running into this problem. Perhaps it was just a fluke?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By har1eydavidson on August 13, 2011
Wow im loving it once you set it up its really smooth and accurate for FPS Shooter style Games i copied this guys settings and all is super. [...] with the exception of double click speed witch is set to 10 and i only have the 9 buttons instead of 11 2 extra buttons behind my mouse wheel on my Lachesis 5600 but for better mouse performance its worth the sacrifice also the the exact rate on the XAI witch = poll rate on Lachesis 5600 witch only has 125Hz 500Hz and 1000Hz poll rate and can not be set to 960Hz.
the XAI is set to 960Hz for Optimal use with XAI Gaming Mouse If you utilize a screen with 60Hz, you should try setting this at
960Hz (or something else that is dividable by 60).With
this setting your report rate will be synchronized to the
refresh rate of your screen, improving consistency and
smoothness of your movements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irukandji on March 15, 2011
As a professional video game competitor, I've used a plethora of mice and the SteelSeries Xai is far and away my favorite off all-time. The mouse is not only shaped perfectly for any hand type, but the mouse also comes with a built-in processor/computer that allows you to change sensitivity, DPI, mouse hertz, and other options inside the mouse without downloading software onto your computer. The mouse works perfect on both hard and soft pads and via the CPI menu can be customized in virtually endless ways. Although the mouse does have a very nice matte texture, it is sized perfectly to work with SteelSeries Grip which I also use to enhance my gaming experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Jordan on December 20, 2010
Microsoft, Logitech, Razer and now SteelSeries. I've been searching for the perfect mouse for a while. Being a fairly hardcore FPS (first-person-shooter) player, I need accuracy, comfort and agility in a mouse... and now having tried the SteelSeries, I'm sold.

Usually it takes me a couple of weeks to really get really comfortable with a new mouse. My previous, the Razer Mamba, was very good, but a bit heavy and not really the best shape for me overall. And after a few months of use, I wanted something lighter/less bulky.

I have a SteelSeries headset, so I felt confident their mice would be good too. I've been reading serious gaming reviews about the XAI for a while, and when I saw it at BestBuy for $45, I decided to give it a try... WOW, it felt perfect & I was 100% comfy with it in less than 30 seconds. In games it was like I had been using it for years. It just felt that perfect and natural. So good in fact, I bought a 2nd one the next day for use at work.

Some highlights / PROS:
* The buttons have a very definite, firm "click" -- you know when they are pressed; no accidental clicks (but not too firm).
* No software needs to be installed -- you can set it up via the LCD screen on bottom if you want, but the software is a bit quicker/easier to do initial setup. The multiple profiles are great for switching to different applications/games.
* Software is simple, effective & updates the mouse fairly quickly (<10 seconds). Some of the Razer software is just way overdone and not very user friendly, and updating the Mamba would take 20-30 seconds... way too long.
* Huge pads/skates on bottom -- should last a long time.
* Quality -- every square centimeter of this mouse feels solid & high quality without being too heavy.
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