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SteelSeries Xai High Performance Laser Gaming Mouse (Black)


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  • Laser gaming mouse
  • 8 Programmable buttons

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SteelSeries Xai High Performance Laser Gaming Mouse (Black) + SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad (Black)
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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

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.

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

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 T. Smith on September 17, 2010
OK first off I will admit that I am probably an idiot, I'm not a gamer but I tend to buy expensive gamer hardware because I like the quality, precision, etc.

So I won't be rating this mouse on how easy I can get an "insta kill" or whatever, I want to stick strictly to the mouse itself. I'm certainly not going to detract from my score because I bought something that wasn't ideally suited for my needs.

That said, the mouse has a very nice profile and texture. Having a mouse in my hand all day, I definitely appreciate the matte finish which prevents it from getting a sweaty coating. It also is very responsive and (at least for my needs) very accurate.

The weight combined with the skid pads is just about perfect, the mouse glides across my mouse pad effortlessly. The cord is almost show boating, a corded cable cover rather than the typical plastic cord.

I immediatly downloaded the software for the mouse so I could configure it, you don't necessarily need it for non-gaming but it sure is nice and has incredible options for getting just what you want, even if it takes a while to get it "just right".

So why am I not rating it 5 stars? Primarily because of the ampidextrous side buttons. I actually turned off the thumb buttons on the right side (so they do nothing), I just find myself constantly clicking them when I am doing normal tasks, and it's somewhat irritating.

If you are a left hander and have problems finding the perfect mouse, this might be as close as it gets excluding left hand focused mouses (mice?). However, for the majority of us right handers, I'd say that not having the buttons there would make the mouse better, if not damn near perfect.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan D on September 15, 2010
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Let me start off by saying that this is an awesome mouse. From the moment I took it out of the package, I loved the way it felt in my hand. I hold my mouse in a kind of hybrid style, I will actively switch between a "claw" style grip and a "palm" style grip while gaming/surfing or whatever i'm doing, and it feels great no matter how I grip it.The buttons have a nice sold click too them, not too hard, but just enough to eliminate any accidental clicks, which has been a problem for me with many mice (mouses?). the scroll wheel is great too, has a good solid feedback and has a nice clicky feel to it (no audible click but you can definitely tell when you have gone up or down a notch). The side buttons are well placed on the left side of the mouse, the right side, I had some issues with mis-clicking for the first day, and after that my grip had self adjusted to put my fingers just far enough away from it to prevent mis-clicks (I mean self adjusted as in i made no conscious effort to adjust my grip, i just noticed after the second day that I had stopped accidentally clicking the buttons). The DPI switch button is well placed, easy to press and fairly hard to mis-click. The glides on this mouse are some of the best that I have ever used, very smooth without feeling too slippery. The laser is dead accurate, I run a mid-high DPI setting for most of the things that I do, typically in the 1700-2100 range. While photoshopping I find it effortless to hold the cursor withing 1 pixel, while drawing a line, over seemingly endless distances without the slightest bit of jitter or pull (this is without using any of the software aides that make the cursor move "smoother" or "straighter").

However, the greatness of the hardware does not translate into the software for this mouse unfortunately.
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