Conclusion: Flipping the mouse over, you will see a tiny rectangle LCD screen that displays the profiles name. The profile and its name can be set via the bundled software. This is a handy little tool that directly relays the information you need without having you to remember which profile light belonged to which.
Conclusion: Steelseries has once again succeeded in producing reasonably priced products for gamers that do just what they promise. Of course the shape of the mouse is always the biggest factor when buying a new mouse. If the shape of the mouse fits your hand these are both great mice especially if you don't want to bind the mouse buttons.
Pros: Great shape, Good tracking, Great price (~38€ in Finland), No drivers needed
Cons: No key binding possibilities, High lift distance
Summary: With a sensitive laser sensor and a driverless approach designed to appeal to hardcore tournament players (who play their most important matches on machines not their own), the Ikari Laser leaves us undeniably stoked. With a few tweaks for comfort and one more sensitivity setting, this mouse could easily reach Kick Ass territory.
Pros: Screen makes adjusting sensitivity easy. Perfect for tournament players. Silky smooth action thanks to large feet.
Cons: Our hand was sore after an extended session. Only two sensitivity settings available.
Conclusion: Before the SteelSeries Laser and Optical mice I was using the Logitech G5 Rev2 as my 'regular' mouse for everything I did, along came the Ikari Laser and I had a new mouse to take the G5s place, but now that I've got the Ikari Optical it will be replacing the laser now as I like it much better.
Summary: I've used quite a few mice over the years; personally I really enjoy getting a new mouse. Sometimes getting a new mouse can take a bit of adjustment, but that's not the case with the Ikari, other than the slightly different feel of the mouse, it's pretty easy to get onto, and thanks to the adjustable sensitivity, it's really easy to find a setting that works for you, especially since you can adjust the sensitivity 1 CPI at a time, unlike other mice that have "predefined"...
Pros: Easy Setup, Excellent Performance, Adjustable DPI on the fly, Easy to Use Software
Summary: SteelSeries have succeeded to produce not one, but two mice with both excellent ergonomics and tracking capability. They are both sold under the Ikari brand, but employ two very different sensors as the review shows. The Optical has the edge when it comes to tracking, but the lift-off distance penalty is enormous and renders the mouse unusable on many surfaces for low sensitivity gamers.
Pros: Tracking, Coherent tracking at insane speeds, Comfort, Durability, Adequate amount of buttons, Button placement, Pretty, Excellent build quality, Braided cable, Runs fine without driver installed
Cons: Lift-off distance on some surfaces, Very picky about the surface, Scroll wheel bug, Limited driver
Excerpt: Gaming on the PC has come a very long way from the initial days of First Person Shooter games like Wolfenstein 3D. With the newer and faster paced 3D first person shooter games, better control means higher scores, more kills and greater frag counts. To compete at a high level, games like CounterStrike: Source and Doom3 require the use of precision optical or laser mouse.
Pros: Very comfortable with smooth, even tracking and precise response, high resolution that can be adjusted on the fly.
Excerpt: All through testing I experienced nothing but comfort and that neat feeling only quality can give you. Like all good things though it comes at a price and the Ikari Laser is certainly not cheap coming in at around US$65. This is certainly not the type of product your average home user should be looking at, unless you have money to throw away, but for the enthusiast and or Gamer it's a worthwhile investment.
Summary: The Ikari’s unusual shape cradles and supports the entire hand in a natural way, and the textured surface reduces hand perspriation. These two simple but practical design features make the Ikari more comfortable than even “super-ergonomic” mice, and is easily the most comfortable gaming mouse available.