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.

All of the settings for the SteelSeries MoH Xai mouse can seem a little daunting at first, but once you start tinkering around with it, you’ll appreciate all of the customization available to you. It’s good to know that inside this seemingly inconspicuous mouse lies a monster.

Using the Xai was a little difficult for me at first, as ring finger on the right hand continuously kept on touching the right side back/forward buttons (designed for southpaws). I had already disabled these buttons in the software, but in the beginning it was really disconcerting to accidentally hit these buttons (even though they did nothing).  In time I got used to adjusting my hand in such a way that I usually don’t touch the right side buttons.

The top surface of the MoH Xai mouse is ever so slightly rubberized, but is extremely smooth. It feels strong in the hand, and I have not once lost grip on it during fast movements. The best part is that it doesn’t attract dust as much as other rubberized mice do. Underneath things are also pretty clean due to the QcK surface ensuring friction-free movements and a clean place for the Xai to move on.

Honestly, if I had to complain about the Xai, I can only say that it doesn’t have a proper DPI switch (with a range of DPIs to choose from), and that too is something I personally don’t mind at all. There was a lot of thought put into making the Xai, and the engineering (both hardware and software) really shines once you start digging deeper. The Medal of Honor Xai mouse and QcK surface look very simple on the outside, but once you use it and start customizing it, you will feel the confidence and precision in competitive games that comes from it.

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