Conclusion: This mouse is a vast improvement on any of the standard mice that can be purchased; I feel one of the better gaming mice out there but there a few faults with it and it is not quite the perfect mouse that some reviews have made out. There are a lot of competing mice which have the same functions (plus a few extra) for a similar price so it is hard to recommend this fully.
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
Excerpt: Steelseries delivers a one-two punch of awesome with its first mouse—the Ikari, a standard five-button, right-handed design suitable for gamers who use either the palm and claw-style grips. With its low-profile design, the Ikari doesn’t provide sufficient support for folks who like to rest their palm on the mouse; our palm-gripped tester had a stiff hand after a few hours of play.
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.
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: This mouse is nothing short of amazing and the only thing holding it back from getting the highest score available is the scroll wheel problems that it has. At €79.99 you are expecting a flawlessly performing mouse, but the Ikari cannot claim that because of the scroll wheel. All other aspects of its performance are just staggering right from the perfectly performing laser sensor to the lift-off distance that rivals the Razer Lachesis, but the SteelSeries mouse...
Pros: Excellent tracking, Very good ergonomics, Design, Lift-off distance, Good performance at any sensitivity, Profile display, High / Low sensitivity LEDs, Durable, Perfect button placement for the majority of users, Exceptional glide, Looks good
Cons: Expensive, Scroll wheel problems (random press and jam), Not for left handed people
Summary: SteelSeries Ikari Laser is a mouse which has everything that you can imagine. Its driverless plug and play functionality is great, which means you can use it in LAN events easily. Also, its programmable buttons comes in handy especially when playing games. One of its attractive features is the sensitivity change button, you can choose two between 2 settings depending on your needs. However, the only negtive side to this high-end gaming mouse is its price.
Pros: - 3200CPI and precise laser sensor, - 1000Hz Ultrapolling, - Five programmable buttons, - Compatible with all mousepads
Excerpt: With the exception of the size and the overly bright indicator LEDs, this is a very sound product. To spice up the pot a bit more the price is also very reasonable for a high quality optical mouse. If you are used to large mice and want more of the same then don't hesitate to give the Ikari a look, it is a very solid, comfortable mouse to use and a sheer joy to game with.