SteelSeries Prime+ Quick Review

Prime+

SteelSeries Prime+ is the brand new gaming mouse from SteelSeries .

SteelSeries launched Prime series products this year, with a relatively simple goal in which peripherals are specially developed for competitive games. When it comes to choosing your best gaming mouse, there are three options: Prime ($ 60 MSRP), Prime Wireless ($130), and the focus of our Prime + test ($80).

The new SteelSeries Prestige OM “Magnetic Optical Switch” on the left and right buttons highlights all three. The difference between Prime + and its OLED siblings is that there is a screen underneath that you don’t know exists. An exceptionally high-quality mouse, but a polarizing form factor that isn’t suitable for left-handed people or those with smaller hands, may keep it from being the preferred choice for some gamers. SteelSeries Prime + has built-in controls that can be changed via a small OLED screen and a single button on the bottom of the mouse.
SteelSeries claims that these hardware controls allow adjustment of CPI, polling start distance, and RGB without the need for SteelSeries Engine software.

This is true, but only to a certain extent.There is no detailed control. Instead, the button is used to cycle through several standard options. Advanced settings still require the SteelSeries Engine application. This was mainly a problem when trying to change the sensitivity to my preferred 1600 CPI setting.This is not a hardware-driven option.SteelSeries includes 400, 800, 1200, 2400 and 3200 CPI configurations. I can adjust to these settings by changing my sensitivity in-game, but that means I still have to get used to it. another sensitivity to click everything else on my device.

To access the other built-in Prime + settings, press and hold the button next to the OLED display, select a setting with the scroll wheel and open the menu for that setting by pressing the left mouse button.  and despite my best efforts, I couldn’t get it to work with one hand, but at least the product information outlines the steps everyone should read when setting up a new mouse. The default setting of the polling rate is 125, 250, 500, or 1000 Hz. The starting distance level can be set from 1 to 8 (possibly 0).25 mm steps) and the sensor can be adjusted. With light control, you can choose orange, red, yellow, green, blue or purple, set static, breathing or rainbow effects called prisms, or change the light.

Design

I can hardly say that a gaming mouse has a not entirely ambidextrous design with an almost black color scheme and RGB lighting. It’s safe to say that many companies have chosen this design as the most attractive. It took a different route with the Prime + and its less math siblings, all of which were obviously designed for right-handers. Prime+ feels a bit strange the first time I use it. SteelSeries does not work out of the box on the MM720 like Cooler Master, but the shape of Prime + is definitely a bit strange. A stress ball that has been squeezed many times but is still trying to hold its shape, exactly the existential crisis I like to feel when playing. It looks symmetrical in the promotional images of SteelSeries, but it is undeniable that it is designed for right-handed people. There are two buttons and a thumb hole on the side. The right side is buttonless and expanded to provide additional support. for the ring and little finger, although not as much as with the MM720.

Prime + gives you good programmability. 2 main mouse buttons, 2 side buttons, scroll click and scroll wheel are programmable, and you can also set actions in both scrolling directions.
The mouse also has a “VD130 Touch Microtexture Body” for easy grip.VDI30 refers to the texture standard of the German Society of Engineers. The standard includes 12 values ​​of VDI 12 (the hardest) and VDI 45 (the softest) with VDI30 in the middle. Few peripheral manufacturers refer to this standard, but based on Plastopia’s previews, I suspect most are on the softer end of the spectrum.In contrast, Prime + texture is much more obvious.Compared to many competitors, this added texture makes it almost uncomfortable. This added texture made me feel like the mouse required more force to move than others I’ve used lately (we’ll discuss this below. 

I think the added texture is a downside, it doesn’t feel cheap or does like SteelSeries just wants to take keyboard shortcuts, but likely most people will get used to them once they get used to the softer mice. The Prime + matte black color scheme makes it darker than many other mice, but the RGB scroll wheel can match the SteelSeries palm rest. helplogo actually seems like a sticker that always feels a little different from the rest of the mouse. Size: The Prime + is 4. 93 inches long with the back of the mouse 2.67 inches wide and 1 , 67 inches wide; front measures 2.32 inches wide and 0.9 inches high, weighs 2.5 ounces, excluding wire.MM720 is shorter, wider, and lighter (4.15 x 3.01 x 1 inches) due to its honeycomb structure.47 inches), the Roccat Kone Pro, which is similar in price and can be operated almost with both hands, is preferably used for right-handers, is about the same length, width and height and is slightly lighter than our test focus (4.94 x 2.83 x 1 , 57 inches, 2.34 ounces). 

After overcoming my initial suspicions, this size worked for me.It will be great, but easier. I’ve gotten used to ultra-light mice shedding a few grams when using honeycomb trays or more limited features, but I suspect others will. We appreciate the Prime + case. Otherwise, the mouse was comfortable to use for an extended period of time, and I admit that it might be nice to use something specially designed for right-handed people from time to time. 

Prime + also includes 6.Detachable 6-foot super braided mesh cable.The ability to remove cables from Prime + should make it easier to transport Prime + without worrying about damage.And you can also replace a pair of PTFE legs, which is not bad considering the price of mice.
SteelSeries equipped the Prime + with its Prestige OM switches, which are designed for more than 100 million clicks.
OM stands for OpticalMagnet, where the optical part is an infrared light that is said to offer “ultra-fast response times” and the magnetic part refers to the “neodymium magnets” that are said to offer the “most consistent mouse clicks”.  They can be pressed comfortably, but not noticeably more sensitive than other quality switches.

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