The only thing SteelSeries got right with their mice is the shape, and that's because the pro players had an input on it. Everything else the company had to decide, from the sensors being used, the switches, the lens, the feet has been a failure. I'm using the SS Kana at the moment, and the only reason I have been using this mouse is because of shape. I have played with this mouse for a while and let me tell you, even after months of using it I still hate the switches, the sensor, the unbalanced polling rate, the big side buttons as I did on the first day of using it. Unfortunately I cannot find a mouse the shape and coating that is more suitable to me than the SS Kana white version.
I feel in general shape is the most important aspect of the mouse. I have tried using the Deathadder for instance and despite its great sensor, I really can't aim half as well with that mouse as I do with the Kana.
I think shape of the mouse plays a huge role in how someone develops their aim. I remember when SeriousGaming forced Cypher to use the Deathadder, as a claw gripper he couldn't adapt to the mouse and his aim started to suck. He switched quickly.
The sad part is the reason SteelSeries pulled these cheap moves like with the Kana and Kinzu V2 is because they could. They specifically choose cheap components with good shapes because they knew they had no competition in that department.
But now many gaming companies are starting to actually listen to some requests and use good sensors. SteelSeries saw the potential and that they were losing customer base to companies like Zowie, CM and Razer. Razer actually in some regards has been steadily improving, while SteelSeries I feel is getting worse.
I hope they do a good job with the Kana V2 and their future mice, but as far as the company SteelSeries goes they are as dishonest as they come. They pose as some hardcore company that listens to the need of gamers and that they are all about basics and good execution, while in reality they abused the need of gamers for classic mice, and once they released their inferior products they used the pro gaming scene to develop an image that they were the tools to be used while in fact the mice were bad.
Edited by Oeshon - 8/11/13 at 6:58pm