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.

The main palm rest has three slits created by the plastic covers to look like metal plating. The plastic covers are shaped like chevrons with the LED peeking through the slits. While the basic design of the palm rest is the same as SteelSeries’ original WoW mouse, this time around the plastic covers have bolt dents and rust coloring all over the place. Of course, the stock LED color is orange; again keeping in touch with Cataclysm’s visual themes, but these can be changed to any shade of your liking. You have a choice of 16 million colors.

Operating the SteelSeries Cataclysm was a great experience within WoW, but as I played TF2 and Dragon Age 2, I realized that the buttons would have to be re-maped, and frankly that was too much of hassle to redo it all over again. Of course, I can save the button commands on up to 10 different profiles, but that would be more helpful for all of my different WoW characters.

The SteelSeries Cataclysm mouse was designed purely for World of Warcraft, and all of its features and designs excel in that, save for the complicated button mapping via the software. If you plan to play other games than WoW and are the type to map buttons on your mouse for those as well, then it’s going to be an uphill climb. All of this is acceptable, however, keep in mind that there’s no solution for its size; the SteelSeries Cataclysm mouse is made for big hands. So it’s great at what it does, but with some annoyances as well.

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