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post #1 of 17
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hi, i just want to know what so special about this mouse?
it looks simple and got a lot of good review on it.
what you guys like about this mouse?
i want to try it, but it really looks too simple to convince me lol.

thanks in advance
post #2 of 17
It's simply awesome and very responsive.
With the 4HD it's incredibly precise.
People say things about the software but for me it worked very well.
Purchase one from bestbuy, as it is currently on sale:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/SteelSer...=xai&cp=1&lp=1

The shape is very nice in my hand.
It is capable of a few macros with the side buttons.
It has a high DPI of 5000, if you're into counting DPI.

It uses the best sensor on the market.
It's got cool feet to provide a smooth experience.
It's ambidextrous, but I had no problem at all adjusting to it after switching from a right-handed mouse.

The software offers fine tuning of CPI (DPI) up to 5001 and Polling rate (hz) up to 1000mhz (960hz recommended for 60hz monitors).
It is half off from best buy, which is awesome. I bought mine there.

It's much better than the G5 I have.

If you don't have a good mouse with a hard surface mouse pad, I highly recommend this mouse.

For about $55 after taxes, you can get this mouse with a 2 year warranty from best buy, in case the sensor goes bad or something.

SteelSeries offers replaceable feet but I'm not sure if I'll be needing them any time soon.

It has an anti-tangle braided cord, which is much better for me than my Logitech G5 was. The damn thing's tangly cord was the reason I bought this new mouse.
Definitely jump on this deal while you still can.

I hear about more frequent occurrences of issues from the Roccat Kone, so I wouldn't buy that... and the G9x and Mamba are a bit more expensive.

A lot of people who have tried several mice agree that this one is better, but there are some that don't. If you don't own any of those high-end mice, this should be your new high-end mouse.



From what I hear, the G9x, SteelSeries Xai, Roccat Kone, Mamba, and I think maybe the CM Storm Sentinel all use this same sensor (or at least similar ones).
They're all high end mice, but I like the feedback on this one. It also has some cool awards for best PC mouse and best PC peripheral for '09 and '10.
Edited by games2007 - 12/29/10 at 2:09am
post #3 of 17
Mine should arrive tomoz.
post #4 of 17
I've heard its a top of the line sensor that make it great!

also heard that some don't like the physical shape for palm griping but for claw grip its great
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post #5 of 17
Simplicity is the main selling point for me, and it does it so well I bought two (each on sale for 40-50% off though)

1. The Xai is easily one of the best designs I have ever touched as far as my own finger grip is concerned.

2. The included mouse feet are second to none.

3. Scroll wheel is on par with the best I've used (and I use quite a bit of scroll wheel and scroll wheel click for L4D1/2 and BC2).

4. The DPI toggle is more limiting but also harder to get messed up on, much better if you're just going to toggle between two states, which is what I prefer.

5. Sensor performance is about as good as I could hope for on my hard pads, acceleration issues are not a problem for me.

6. The ability to completely configure the mouse settings through its built in LCD and without extra software is pretty cool and has actually come in very handy



That being said here are some things I don't care for:

1. the sensor goes too overboard with its optimization ability, more than half the specialty settings I leave the same with little need to change from stock, and there's a lot of mumbo jumbo hype to most of it

2. button reprogramming/macro is buggy/broken and nearly useless, it can be done, but don't expect the Xai to pull any weight there

3. whenever the mouse is plugged in or the computer is just turned it, it takes a good ~10-20 seconds or so for the mouse to become responsive, and the mouse can apparently cause boot issues with some computers (although I haven't had a problem on all 3 of mine)
Edited by bojinglebells - 12/29/10 at 4:01pm
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Originally Posted by bojinglebells View Post
Simplicity is the main selling point for me, and it does it so well I bought two (each on sale for 40-50% off though)

1. The Xai is easily one of the best designs I have ever touched as far as my own finger grip is concerned.

2. The included mouse feet are second to none.

3. Scroll wheel is on par with the best I've used (and I use quite a bit of scroll wheel and scroll wheel click for L4D1/2 and BC2).

4. The DPI toggle is more limiting but also harder to get messed up on, much better if you're just going to toggle between two states, which is what I prefer.

5. Sensor performance is about as good as I could hope for on my hard pads, acceleration issues are not a problem for me.

6. The ability to completely configure the mouse settings through its built in LCD and without extra software is pretty cool and has actually come in very handy



That being said here are some things I don't care for:

1. the sensor goes too overboard with its optimization ability, more than half the specialty settings I leave the same with little need to change from stock, and there's a lot of mumbo jumbo hype to most of it

2. button reprogramming/macro is buggy/broken and nearly useless, it can be done, but don't expect the Xai to pull any weight there

3. whenever the mouse is plugged in or the computer is just turned it, it takes a good ~10-20 seconds or so for the mouse to become responsive, and the mouse can apparently cause boot issues with some computers (although I haven't had a problem on all 3 of mine)
The acceleration issue you mentioned. It doesnt effect your flick shots then? you dont overshot you shots?
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The only thing I would change about the Xai are the side buttons on the right of the mouse...for some reason the way I grip mice I end up pushing that back button frequently, I never bind the side buttons anyways but the feeling is annoying. As far as acceleration effecting your flick shots it's going to feel a little different at first just like anytime you get a new mouse. Once you get used to the tiny bit of accel that the mouse has it wont effect you at all.
post #8 of 17
Being a palm gripper and coming from a Logitech G5 which was large and fit my hand well, the Xai is a bit smaller and seems more designed for claw type grip. That said, I'm getting used to it and my in-game performance hasn't suffered any.

Overall it is a nice mouse. My only gripe is the rather sloppy feeling scroll wheel.
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Originally Posted by foppa View Post
The only thing I would change about the Xai are the side buttons on the right of the mouse...for some reason the way I grip mice I end up pushing that back button frequently, I never bind the side buttons anyways but the feeling is annoying.
It's not "intended" to bind them, they are for the lefties.
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The acceleration issue you mentioned. It doesnt effect your flick shots then? you dont overshot you shots?
no, but as I said, I play strictly on hard surfaces where the problem is less pronounced if exists at all
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