June 2012 Ian Chiu
SteelSeries has been co-designing mice and keyboards with Blizzard for World of Warcraft since 2008. Now the partnership has brought us a fourth game tie-in mouse for its 10 million MMO players. This time, we’re looking at a wireless mouse that features a dock for battery recharging, wired option, 11-button layout and logo illumination. Being a an official accessory, all the buttons and macros can be customized from directly within the game itself.
Somewhat reminiscent to the Legendary Edition counterpart announced last year, the WoW wireless mouse has been improved in several areas. Top buttons are now enlarged for a more comfortable reach; buttons are now rubberized with soft-touch coating that is hand-sweat resistant; and precision has been boosted to 8,200 CPI, thanks to the mouse’s new laser sensor.
There’s also a wired option – the same as Logitech G700 and Razer Mamba – that allows you to continue gameplay when the mini-USB cable is recharging the mouse’s Li-ion battery that lasts up to 16 hours in a single charge. The recharging dock which doubles as a 2.4Ghz wireless USB receiver is worth mentioning as it shares the mouse’s dark stone-gray tone and illuminates along the outer rim. It isn’t something you would like to hide along with your pedestrian USB hubs. Expect the WoW wireless mouse to hit retail shelves in third quarter for $129.99.