SteelSeries Xai High Performance Laser Gaming Mouse (Black)
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- Laser gaming mouse
- 8 Programmable buttons
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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.
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.
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.
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."
"... 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
- 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?
Ikari High Performance
Xai High Performance
|Driverless: Plug & Play|
|Large Glide Surface|
|Software for Advanced Settings|
Top customer reviews
Tried it out mostly on Max Payne 3 so far; works like a dream now that Rockstar fixed the mouse aim and I am popping headshots left and right. Planning on taking it for a spin on some good old Quake 3 and possibly some Serious Sam.
All in all, I recommend it. I feel like the money was well spent toward a good mouse that will last me through many gaming sessions.
First of all i bought this for Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty and use it with SteelSeries QcK Limited Edition SCII mousepad.
Physically the mouse is a good size and feels like it fits in my hand perfectly. Not too big to be uncomfortable, or too small to make gripping hard. It glides on the mousepad I bought PERFECTLY (this might be a function of only the mouse pad, or the quality and size of the gliders on the mouse, but I don't care, the combination is amazing at any rate).
I'm running Windows 7 64-bit and the mouse installed itself in a matter of seconds. It uses standard windows drivers so it's fully plug and play. The amazing feature of this mouse is that it's settings (acceleration, speed, path correction, etc) are all saved in the mouse itself. You can configure all of these settings except button macros on the mouse using the tiny LCD panel on the back if you need to. It's far easier to download the steelseries software (windows only I'm afraid) to manage these settings. Even when you use the software however you're only setting the mouse settings, NOT driver settings on your computer. This means that you set the settings, carry the mouse to a friends house, and all of your settings are there. PERFECT. I can not believe that every high end mouse doesn't do this, it seems so simple and so perfect! No more annoying driver issues and software running on your computer all the time. Just a solid mouse with it's own settings stored in hardware.
So good hardware, great feel, great tracking, great settings + management. I would buy another one in a heartbeat!
First off, there is a LOT i love about this mouse:
- Insanely responsive. Definitely the more responsive mouse i've ever used.
- Ideal weight for fast paced FPS (ie, UT)
- The body texture is fantastic.
- Great button (left/right/middle) action.
- The millisecond you lift your mouse, the laser stops. Perfect for quick edge-of-the-desk re-adjustments.
- Fast on the fly dpi (or cpi) switching.
- Multiple profiles.
Unfortunately, there is one huge reason i'm chucking this mouse:
- The side buttons suck.
In the week (and roughly seven hours of game time) i've given myself to adjust to this mouse, i've found myself doing one of two things:
1) consciously avoiding accidental clicks of the side buttons (very distracting)
2) relaxing and accidentally clicking the side buttons. as a fix, i omitted mapping one side of the buttons; same thing happened. As a further fix, i left all of the buttons unmapped (...). And here's the issue: We're programmed to stop and think-- even if just for a millisecond-- when we press a button. So what happened is, even though the buttons were unmapped, i still found myself mentally wincing every time i accidentally clicked one of the four side buttons.
And because of the horrendous button placement, this happens a LOT. So the end result is either four un-mapped buttons i still try not to click, or mapped ones i accidentally click in game.
I'm going to return this and go for the Kinzu instead. This is frustrating, as i like EVERYTHING ELSE about the Xai, but i just cannot deal with the button placement.
The Kinzu has slightly inferior specs, but i need an ambidextrous mouse (i'm a rock climber and have a year-long finger injury; i refuse to stop climbing, so it hasn't quite recovered; as a result, i use my mouse lefty for everything but gaming).
Idunno... maybe i can Krazy Glue the Xai's buttons down.
-Comfortable to hold for multiple hours.
-Smoothest mousing experience I've ever had.
-It stores all of the profile/customization internally on the mouse itself. This means you can take the mouse to other computers, or other places while not losing any of your customization.
-Feet on the bottom look like they'll wear out after about 2-3months. So replacing these could be a headache down the road.
Overall if you looking for a high end gaming mouse, this is the only one i think is worth the money. Otherwise save ~$25 and just get a Logitech G5.
Most recent customer reviews
Simplistic design, light for ease of movement, cord is long and durable, buttons work, no software needed (unless you need to remap...Read more