SteelSeries releases new HD Gaming Mouse and Surface

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If you think that a High Definition term only applies to LCD screens, you are wrong. SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, today introduced the SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse, SteelSeries Kinzu Optical Mouse and the SteelSeries 9HD hard plastic surface.

“We spent three years methodically perfecting the SteelSeries Xai by researching mouse grips used by professional gaming teams such as Fnatic, SK Gaming and Evil Geniuses in order to create a level of performance that gamers have never experienced before,” said Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries. “The SteelSeries Xai’s High Definition sensor offers a huge improvement over the current highest-end gaming mice and it is designed with technical specifications that increase the level of performance results, especially during the most frantic and fast-paced games.”

SteelSeries Xai is not a simple mouse (despite of it looks). Check out its features:

  • 10.8 megapixels/second sensor
  • High Definition tracking and unparalleled precision
  • Ambidextrous shape
  • 7 Programmable macro buttons, 200 strokes per button
  • Driverless plug-and-play, with 5 profiles
  • Fully configurable via LCD menu system
  • 100-5,001 counts/inch
  • Includes SteelSeries technologies such as SteelSeries ExactAim, SteelSeries ExactRate, SteelSeries ExactSens, SteelSeries FreeMove and automatic lift distance calibration.

The SteelSeries 9HD surface was designed to fully support the enhanced tracking capabilities of next-generation High Definition gaming mice. The finely textured surface consists of tens-of-thousands of light reflecting microscopic points, enabling the user to perform exceptionally precise mouse operations, including minimal movements as well as high velocity “slingshots.”

In addition to the SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse, SteelSeries is also introducing the SteelSeries Kinzu Optical Mouse. Based on the same shape as the SteelSeries Xai, but 7% smaller in size, the SteelSeries Kinzu processes 9,375 frames/second at 3,200 CPI and is compact, lightweight, and is in a league of its own when it comes to reliability and stability.

SteelSeries Xai, SteelSeries Kinzu and SteelSeries 9HD will be available August 2009.

I currently own and use the SteelSeries Ikari Laser mouse. It’s great for gaming and also the most comfortable mouse I’ve ever experienced. Looks like the SteelSeries Xai doesn’t have the same contour like the Ikari but more focused on the “inside”. Only the time will tell!

Source: SteelSeries press release, Chicago, July 24, 2009.

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