SteelSeries WoW: Cataclysm Mouse Review

By on March 14, 2011
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Size matters?

Good: Cool design, Good button layout, Customizable LEDs, Feels great once commands are properly assigned
Bad: Large size, Mapping buttons is a tiresome process, Feels too light
Price: AED 380
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

When a huge franchise like World of Warcraft gets an expansion released, tie-in products are bound to show up. While I recently reviewed the Razer Naga Molten Edition mouse and found it to be very impressive, let’s see how the SteelSeries’ Cataclysm mouse holds up.

Looking from the pictures you can see right of the bat that the SteelSeries Cataclysm mouse is huge, especially compared to the Razer Naga. Make no mistake; if you have small hands, this is not the MMO mouse for you. Even I had slight trouble using the SteelSeries Cataclysm mouse at first, but soon got used to its size.

Also, it’s southpaw unfriendly. In fact, the SteelSeries Cataclysm mouse owes its size partly due to the finger rest on the right side, which also houses one additional button, bringing the grand total to 14 programmable buttons. Speaking of which, the software used for the SteelSeries Cataclysm mouse needs to be downloaded directly from their website, eventually allowing the mouse to reach its full potential.

While macro creation was a straightforward process, assigning each key to a different command within WoW was a different matter altogether. Basically you cannot assign any command to any button on the mouse. You need to match each mouse button to a corresponding key on your keyboard first, which in turn can be assigned to any given command within WoW. It’s irritating at first, but doesn’t take long to get used to, and after that, it’s smooth sailing.

Coming back to the buttons, I’m not a big fan of how the three big side buttons are designed. Yes, they are probably sculpted to ensure proper clicking when the thumb is constantly on the move, but the ridges feel disorienting as my thumb moved between the last two buttons. Apart from these three buttons on the side, all other buttons were nicely placed, especially the top buttons near the left and right-click buttons that are sticking out. All of the buttons on the SteelSeries Cataclysm mouse are very easy to reach and intuitively designed.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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