SteelSeries Xai Medal of Honor Edition Mouse Review

By on August 11, 2011
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Simplicity at its most effective.

Good: Highly customizable; No need for software; QcK surface is large and smooth; Ambidextrous; 5 Profiles with full customization and macros
Bad: DPI switch only allows to switch between two values
Price: AED 319
* 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 SteelSeries products have a big name when it comes to professional gaming, but unlike Razer, they haven’t delved into merchandising products so much. Today though, I’ll be looking at the Xai “Medal of Honor Edition” mouse.

For all intents and purposes, the MoH mouse is a standard Xai mouse, but with Medal of Honor printed on the palm rest. Furthermore the MoH Xai mouse comes with a MoH branded QcK  mouse surface as well. The surface is simply the cover of the MoH game boxart, with logos of SteelSeries and EA on the bottom left and right respectively.

While many people may find this a little off-putting, I found the extreme simplicity of this branded product quite refreshing. The mouse itself is grey and black, with the MoH name printed in a very obvious place to look at, but without being obtrusive. The MoH mouse surface is nice and large, and again looks good without being distracting in any way.

Before I go on the mouse itself, I’ll just talk a little about the surface. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that price included the Xai mouse as well as the QcK surface. So the MoH QcK surface itself is like any of the SteelSeries QcK mouse surface, which is to say pretty damn good. Measuring in at 10.5 by 12.5 inches (32 x 37 cm), the MoH QcK surface is large enough for any type of usage. The cloth material used for the surface top is smooth and allows the Teflon feet of the Xai mouse to move freely.

The rubberized base is good, and given the large surface area, it will almost never move from place. Since the QcK surface is cloth and rubber, you can easily fold it and take it with you wherever. My concern is that over time the edging of the cloth surface will start to deteriorate and come off, but the main central area should be fine. But after 2 plus years, you may as well wouldn’t mind getting a new surface even if this one does wear off.

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