SteelSeries - World of Warcraft Gaming Mouse - 15 x Button - Black
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- Assembly RequiredNo
- Gaming SeriesYes
- Scrolling WheelYes
- Tilt WheelNo
- Optical TechnologyNo
- Zooming CapabilitiesNo
- Mac CompatibleYes
- Left/Right-Handed DesignRight
- Length of Cord6.6'
- Programmable ButtonsYes
- Number of Buttons15
- Power SwitchNo
- Type of Pointing DeviceGaming mouse|Laser mouse
- Connection TypeWired
- Port ConnectionUSB
- Included SoftwareYes
- System RequirementsWindows 2000, XP or Vista; 100MB free hard drive space; 128MB RAM; available USB port
Rating 2.8 out of 5 stars with 30 reviews(30 Reviews)
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
How to work these buttons... As a WoW multiboxer I'm always in need of more buttons, and this mouse looked like a dream come true. I'm pretty good with computers/interface/gadgets, and the mouse's clunky software was an annoyance for me. Attempting to bind a key in game to a button isn't quite as simple as it should be. The extra buttons are inputting more like a keyboard combo from 'World of Warcraft' interface rather than an extra button. For example: Rather than actually performing an action in game, like, 'Target Party Member 1' the mouse literally binds 'F2' to the button. You cannot directly choose the keys that are input either, they give you a list of in game commands that perform the default actions. Have something bound to 'ctrl + 3' that you want on the mouse instead? You have to select 'Secondary action bar, button 3' for that button. It's very restricting, and a pain to get it to do what you want. Custom Macro eh? Sounds great, you can program the same macros that work in game straight to the button. This would totally avoid my above complaint, except it's unreliable. The macro doesn't always seem to fire correctly, and the fact that you can add a delay is completely bogus. Blizzard's ToS specifically says this is not allowed, in fact, the mouse software even warns you that using the custom macros improperly can be against the rules. Seriously? Why implement a feature that's possibly against the rules? Last rant... The paint design looked shiny, but after a couple days it started to wear down, first on the left/right clicks and later under my palm. For a long time my mouse hand was actually stained blue/green from the paint wearing off. Cheap, annoying. This thing is not a mouse, it's a rat. It's big. That's not specifically a complaint. Actually I find it quite comfortable, I can rest my whole hand on it and it takes a bit of force to drag it over the mouse pad. I like that clunkiness, it seems a lot of people however, do not. In conclusion... Overall I'm pretty satisfied. I have yet to find any other mouse that would fit my unique play style. If you are prepared to overcome the interface limitations, it's really got an interesting array of buttons. Once the paint wears down completely (or you could scrape it off I suppose) the mouse has a nice smooth feeling, and the custom LED's are awesome. Most of all, the custom character profiles are really sweet. The mouse changes color based on the profile you play, and you could even save multiple sets of mouse binds for a single toon if you needed. Overall there are much higher quality mice for the price, but none with buttons like this. NOTE THAT I WOULD ONLY RECOMMEND THIS TO A FRIEND WITH THE ABOVE WARNING.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Best and worst gaming mouse I've ownedPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I'll start out with the good things about this mouse. There's few options for gaming, especially MMOs, in the mouse department. Most mice designed for games have maybe 5 extra buttons if you're lucky. Steelseries had a great idea when they decided to put a D-pad where you normally rest your thumb. It works GREAT for gaming and gives you 4 easy to use buttons right off the bat. On top of that there's 2 very convenient buttons right next to the wheel, and 1 easy to use button below it. The 2 buttons above the D-pad are a little too close, but still easy to use. Altogether, that's 9 extra assignable buttons that I have no difficulty using, which is amazing for button heavy games like MMOs. Other nice features are the pulsating lights that glow through the mouse's "armor", the excellent overall shape that's comfortable to hold, the "luxurious" braided cord, and the very accurate optics. Now the bad. First off, driver support. ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE! I just put together a new computer with windows 7 64-bit, the most popular OS choice for new gaming computers (AKA the people who will primarily be buying a mouse like this), and at the time SteelSeries' driver was not compatible with the OS...seriously? They knew their driver was not compatible since OCTOBER, yet they did not fix it before Christmas. That his a HUGE oversight that reflects very poorly on the company. However, after much complaining, SteelSeries released a compatible Windows 7 64-bit driver on Dec 30th, yet it still has some issues with saving the polling rate and various macro commands. That got me off to a VERY BAD start with this mouse. Second is the size. Who designed this thing, a gorilla? I know it needs space for all the buttons, but come on. If it were 90-95% of its current size it would be perfect. It's definitely useable, but feels a little too big. Third are the other buttons, primarily the wheel, right side button, and the 2nd one below the wheel. The wheel is too loose for a gaming mouse and does not always register on every click. That's a big no no and should have been fixed pre-production. The right side button was a nice try, but useless. Maybe I'll get it with practice, but it's very difficult to press without hitting one or more of the other buttons on the mouse at the same time. Finally the 2nd button below the wheel is too hard to use. However, I won't fault them for putting it there because it's completely out of the way if you don't want to use it, and they could have just as easily not given us the option. My final complaint is the overall quality of the product. I had to go through 3 mice to find one that was acceptable. The first was opened and repackaged, and apparently used by someone who likes Cheetos and playing on a sandpaper mouse pad. Normally that wouldn't be the manufacturer's fault, except that the packaging is too easy to open and close without the store knowing. There should have been a seal somewhere. Mouse #2 had a defective wheel and right mouse button. The 3rd one, which I finally settled on, has a looser D-pad than the others. But since the quality is so inconsistent, I decided to keep this one rather than risking getting something worse. Overall I actually like the mouse, despite all it's faults. However, this is mainly because there are no other options for MMOs besides the Razer Naga. The Naga looks interesting, but I am positive there is no way I'd be able to use a small number pad with my thumb without fat fingering 3 abilities at once every time. So that leaves the WoW mouse the default victor and my mouse of choice for World of Warcraft. TLDR: It's a huge pain to set up, but works better for WoW than any other mouse. Don't buy if you have very small hands.
Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review
I love it and hate itPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
The Good: First, this mouse looks cool, I got alot of comments on how awesome it looked, especially the ability to change its color. But looks aren't everything. This mouse increases the performance of WoW. i especially liked the small buttons on the side of the scroll wheel. I programed them to nearest target and next target, they make dotting up a gorup of enemies quick and easy. The Bad: The cord is supposed to be tangle resistant, it was constantly looping up for me. I also found the placement of the 4 way hat thumb switch difficult to use and too close to the buttons right above it. As a result i only ever used one out the 4 buttons on the hat. Way too hard to press. i'm glad to see the mouse is no longer 99.99 like it was when I bought it. The Ugly: After 5 months the mouse stopped responding to movement inputs... aka it wouldn't track. All the buttons still worked... just no movement. I googled it and its a common problem. This being a "top of the line" gaming item I naturally attempted to contact steeleseries, the manufacturer. Thier customer service is pretty much non existant. They have no contact number and you have to fill out a form on thier website. Its been a week and my request for an RMA hasn't even been reviewed by a member of thier staff.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great Gaming MousePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought this mouse after trying a few Razer gaming mice. I found the Razer mice to be too small and to have main buttons in difficult locations to reach without adjusting your entire hand. Being a WoWer AND a normal person I was skeptic about buying the "WoW mouse", but I have been pleasantly surprised. I believe I have average size hands and I know I am a fingertip gripper when using mice so the extra height/size of the mouse has been great for me although I realize this would not be the same for others who grip the mouse differently. I would suggest going somewhere you can place the mouse in your hand and make sure your hand/wrist is comfortable (crucial for me) My favorite buttons on the mouse are the two on the left/right side of the wheel. They are easily identified and reached with your right/left clicking fingers. The entire left side of the mouse is perfect IMO. The only issue I can even come up with is that sometimes the D-pad style button will squeak as plastic rubs against plastic, but each button is uniquely identifiable by the touch and easy to reach with your thumb. The right side rocker button requires a little getting used to and some finger dexterity, but I was looking for buttons on both sides of the mouse and I adjusted to them in a about a week of playing (2-3 nights). Personally I would prefer the buttons to be separated and not a rocker style, but that is just my personal preference. Again, being a fingertip gripper it is easily with reach. The rocker button is set pretty forward on the mouse and other may have a different experience reaching it. The two buttons behind the wheel are very difficult for me to reach and as such are rarely used. Typically I will use them for stance/shapeshifting so that I don't have to find and click. It does require me to adjust my hand on the mouse, but I am quickly getting used to the motion and it is easy to get your hand back in the proper position on the mouse with the feel of the d-pad. I am not a big macro user and don't use any of the custom software that mouse comes with other than to change the colors of the LED and DPI settings, but just using key-mapping it has been magnificent for me. Only other issue I will have is when loading WoW the mouse won't be recognized and I sometimes have to go into the interface options have to check the box for the "WoW mouse" and things are back to normal. It even tells me it couldn't detect it, so I know to go check the box again. Probably happens 1/10 times I login. Worth the trouble IMO. Not perfect - but the closest I could find.
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Not the best for female gamers... :[Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I'm an avid female gamer that plays WoW quite often, and after playing around with this mouse for a while, I really do like it. However, it's way too big for my small hands; I can't even reach half the buttons! It's very bulky in size, but is very lightweight surprisingly. Other than that, it's a really nice wired mouse, and the software was really easy to use in order to program the buttons. The profiles you setup can also pull your character from the armory which I thought was pretty neat. The customizable LED is pretty nice, too, as you can pick just about any color in the spectrum, as well as setup how often the LED pulses and it's overall brightness. Unfortunately, another downside to this mouse, although it may not annoy some people, is that you'd think the preset macros like "dismount" or "stopall" to stop casting/attacking would be instant, however, the macros are basically typed into your text box. I guess this just wasn't something I was expecting. It can sometimes interfere with typing in chat, too, or you may accidentally hit keys while doing things outside the game since it can't recognize what window you are in, which results in unwanted text. All-in-all, setting up your mouse buttons to actually trigger some of your action bar keys in-game is more reliable and quicker since nothing has to be "typed." I just used the mouse buttons to link to some of my keybindings in-game because I found using some custom macros to be pointless (i.e. the "stopall" macro stops my casting, however it's pretty much pointless because I can just move with WASD keys to stop casting many times faster than with the mouse button which just types in /stopcasting macro in your text box). In that situation, I'd be better off making a macro in-game, binding it to a key, and then binding my mouse button to that action button, which just seems like a waste. :[ I guess it all depends on what kind of custom macros you are using and when you are using them. Just my two cents :] Anyways, the mouse is great otherwise, and I would gladly use it if I could reach all of the keys!
Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Better Options availablePosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I got the mouse about 2 weeks ago thinking I would like it more than having to keep 1 hand trained on buttons and the other locked on the mouse while playing wow. I liked the fact that I could program my hot keys so I could play more fluid like. Needless to say the shape of the mouse was quite uncomfortable after a short time of play and the placement of the hot keys made it sometimes difficult when playing in dungeons. I was hopeful that this would be a good mouse but in the end I am quite dissapointed. I am returning this and finding a different mouse for my mmo use!
Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great Concept, BUT.....Posted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I recently purchased this mouse for my new gaming laptop. I thought that because I play WoW mostly, that it would be a good fit. I also knew of all the problems in the past with this mouse. But I thought that was far enough in the past, that it most of them would be worked out. What I didn't expect was all the new problems that would crop up with Windows 7 First I noticed that it seemed like a well balanced mouse. Good accuracy, easy to handle if a bit odd shaped. After tearing the box apart looking for the driver disk I read the directions. Turns out you have to download the drivers off the net. Curious, but not a problem. I downloaded the software and ran it for the first time. the thing that struck me was there was no OK or APPLY buttons anywhere to be seenon the interface window. First I tried the illumination color change, nothing. "There has to be a way to apply the changes" I thought. But no there wasn't. I loaded World of Warcraft, and played for a while. everything seemed alright accept for an occasional glitch (press a button and get a completely unexpected result. Like dismount when your 100ft in the air instead of auto-run). After about a week, all the WoW dedicated buttons stopped working altogether. Even re-installing the drivers did not help. According to Steel Series, they are having technical problems with the current software (Version 1.06). I understand that a new OS can break things, but they should of had the resources to test with before Win7 was introduced. In another review, someone suggested the the side skirts on the mouse should be enlarged, I believe they should be removed altogether. Simply put, for my hand size, they seem to just get in the way. As of now I'm debating whether to stick with it to see if the problems are fixed. Or return it and get either a Razer or Logitech gaming mouse.
Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review
This mouse has no "WoW" value to it.Posted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
After much research and toiling onwhether to get this mouse, I finally took the chance...and was disappointed, to say the least. After weeks of reading mixed reviews, from great to not so great, I decided to weigh in on my research, with the 50/50 mixed reviews and take a personal chance. The mouse is nicely designed, comfortable (unless you have small hands) and glided on a mousepad almost, if not as well, as any other gaming mouse. The only complaint that I have is the poor software implementation. From install to setting up the mouse was utter mayhem. Even on three computers. The drivers work on initial install and the mouse functions as advertised. Back out of the game and come back in, it becomes a basic 5 button mouse. After much troubleshooting, and having to reinstall the driver each and every time I wanted to play WoW, I contacted Tech Support. No phone number, just an email form to submit a trouble ticket. This is a not so good sign. After a week, I have yet to have a response to the trouble at hand. Did I mention that this not only happening on one computer, but three that I tried to troubleshoot? Someone was even kind enough to post v1.03 of the software on a forum, and the same results occurred. It's hard to say whether I have the "first" generation of the product, but I just didn't want to go through the hassle with the lack of tech support to try and get this RMA'd for a new mouse. All in all, for an attractive mouse (read Paper Weight), it's dysfunctionality far outweighed my decision to pursue getting it replaced. And don't let the name SteelSeries branding fool you...It's still an Ideazon product (read trash). And another point of interest worth mentioning...before you install, there is a big warning on using macros with it that could possibly get you banned from the game, before you click OK to install the software. Not good.