SteelSeries Ikari Laser Mouse Review


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Gaming mice are getting serious… what once was marketed as a niche novelty item is now taken seriously as professional sports equipment.

Nearly every computer peripheral maker has a pointing device targeted towards different users.  Some of these gadgets focus on ergonomics, some on office use, and others on serious gaming performance.

Most gaming mice have a core set of common features that PC gamers look for.  These rodents usually feature notched scroll wheels, high DPI, on-the-fly sensitivity changes, macro ability, and onboard memory just to start.  Most manufacturers seem to think that more features translates into a better gaming mouse, but this isn’t true at all.  Having too much granularity or complicated features can slow down the PC gamer when timing is absolutely critical.

To this end, SteelSeries enters the professional gaming mouse arena with their Ikari Laser Professional Gaming Mouse.  Instead of fancy lights and other gimicks, the Ikari focuses on build quality and no-nonsense features.


  • Programmable macro buttons with driverless plug-and-play feature
  • 40.000 samples per second (SPS) for unbeatable tracking
  • 1 – 3.200 CPI (changeable in increments of 1)
  • Built in LCD display to help set CPI values on-the-fly
  • Chassis material and shape based on input from professional gamers
  • Samples per second: 40.000
  • SteelSeries FreeMove Technology
  • Large pressure points that reduce friction for optimized glide
  • Driverless, plug-and-play feature for LAN gamers
  • Supports Windows XP/Vista/2000/Win 9x/Mac OS
  • CPI high/low indicator
  • Gold-plated USB connector
SteelSeries Ikari Laser Specifications
Specification Value
Acceleration 20 G
Sensor data path True 16 bit
Lift distance 1.8mm (0.07 inches)
Programmable buttons 5
Cord 6.5 foot (braided to improve durability)
Polling 1000 Hz
Measurements 130mm(L) x 83mm(W) x 36mm(H)
Counts per inch 1 – 3,00 (in 1 CPI steps)

SteelSeries Ikari Description

The SteelSeries Ikari mice are the result of 15 months extensive research of ergonomics, technology, shape, motion, hand grip and play styles by gamers. The shape, materials and specifications of the SteelSeries Ikari mice are based on input from professional players from Team 3D, compLexity, mousesports, SK Gaming, Team NoA and other world-class gaming organizations, who collectively represent the world’s most accomplished gamers in Counter-Strike and other gaming disciplines.

The SteelSeries Ikari Laser mouse features programmable macros for RTS and MMO gamers and a high precision sensor suitable for FPS gamers. Furthermore the Ikari Laser is completely driverless which enables the mouse to remember settings and macros when plugged into tournament computers – without installing any drivers or software.

The advanced SteelSeries XY2 laser engine supports resolution settings with increments of only 1 CPI, which for the first time ever gives the user the ability to fine tune the mouse exactly to his personal reaction pattern. Set your windows and in-game sensitivity to default and set the CPI on your hardware instead of forcing software calculations.

With the built in LED display in the bottom of the Ikari Laser you are able to adjust your CPI anytime, anywhere – you are completely independent of software or drivers.

The gaming grade engine used in the SteelSeries Ikari Laser utilizes a new way of analyzing tracking, reaching 40,000 SPS (or around 5 times the speed of conventional laser technology).