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Offline huha

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Steelseries Ikari / Medium-priced mouse
« on: Wed, 08 April 2009, 04:18:02 »
There seem to be quite a number of Ikari fans here, so: Is the optical (non-laser) version okay or do I need the laser? I'm looking for a medium-priced mouse for my secondary computer and for extended gaming sessions with friends. At the moment, I'm using a Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2, which is a nice mouse for surfing and office tasks (it's even okay for gaming), but its comparatively heavy weight just kills me after several hours of nonstop gaming (which, luckily, doesn't happen very often--but even 4 or 5 times of 10 hour gaming per year justify getting a new mouse. I'd also like to have a spare mouse when the batteries die and I don't have any new ones handy (which also doesn't happen very often, but is extremely unnerving when it does).

So: Is the Steelseries Ikari Optical any good or should I get the laser version? What other mice can you recommend? I also took a look at Logitech's RX1500 which features the best scroll wheel I've ever used. Any recommendations or experience with either of these mice or alternative suggestions?

-huha
Unicomp Endurapro 105 (blank keycaps, BS) // Cherry G80-3000LSCDE-2 (blues, modded to green MX) // Cherry G80-3000LAMDE-0 (blacks, 2x) // Cherry G80-11900LTMDE-0 (blacks, 2x) // Compaq G80-11801 (browns) // Epson Q203A (Fujitsu Peerless) // IBM Model M2 (BS) // Boscom AS400 Terminal Emulator (OEM\'d Unicomp, BS, 2x) // Dell AT102DW (black Alps) // Mechanical Touch (chinese BS) Acer 6312-KW (Acer mechanics on membrane) // Cherry G84-4100 (ML) // Cherry G80-1000HAD (NKRO, blacks)

Offline lam47

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Steelseries Ikari / Medium-priced mouse
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 08 April 2009, 05:08:20 »
The Ikari is excellent and I would recommend it for sure.
The Optical is very good and actually recommended by Steelseries for gaming!
Keyboards. Happy Hacking pro 2 x2. One white one black. IBM model M US layout. SGI silicone Graphics with rubber dampened ALPS. IBM model F. ALPS apple board, I forget what it is. And some more I forget what I have.

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Offline kyamei

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Steelseries Ikari / Medium-priced mouse
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 08 April 2009, 05:34:36 »
I have an Ikari laser, and don't care too much for it.  It tracks well and all, but its simply not comfortable at all.  If I had to try pinpointing the reason for this, I'd say the Ikari is too flat.  I much prefer the Logitech G9 over the Ikari even though I use a "palm" grip and not a "claw" grip.  

Total opposite of what lam will tell you though, so its all a matter of preference.
Topre:  Realforce 101, Realforce 87U, HHKB Pro 2
Cherry Brown:  Compaq MX11800
Cherry Blue:  Filco FKBN87MC/EB
Cherry Black:  K-202 numerical keypad
Alps Black:  AT101W, ABS M1
Alps White:  Focus FK-2001
Buckling Springs:  Model M 1391401, Lexmark Model M 82G2383, Model M2
Buckling Sleeves:  Unicomp Model M4
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Offline lam47

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Steelseries Ikari / Medium-priced mouse
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 08 April 2009, 05:36:54 »
Yup I will say its the other way around. I just gave my G9 to my mother and got another Ikari.
Most comfortable mouse I have used :)

You need to hold them first dont you? Shame more shops dont stock such things.

If you can find them in a shop they both have packing that let you hold the mouse under the plastic. Gives a ruff idea of size etc.
Keyboards. Happy Hacking pro 2 x2. One white one black. IBM model M US layout. SGI silicone Graphics with rubber dampened ALPS. IBM model F. ALPS apple board, I forget what it is. And some more I forget what I have.

Typewriters. Olivetti Valentine. Imperial Good Companion Model T. Olympia SM3

Offline kyamei

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Steelseries Ikari / Medium-priced mouse
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 08 April 2009, 05:53:39 »
Yup definitely try feeling them first.  I bought my Ikari online since shops don't carry it here and I wanted to try something different (and pink is awesome).  The Ikari isn't a bad mouse by any means, I just prefer the G9 over it.
Topre:  Realforce 101, Realforce 87U, HHKB Pro 2
Cherry Brown:  Compaq MX11800
Cherry Blue:  Filco FKBN87MC/EB
Cherry Black:  K-202 numerical keypad
Alps Black:  AT101W, ABS M1
Alps White:  Focus FK-2001
Buckling Springs:  Model M 1391401, Lexmark Model M 82G2383, Model M2
Buckling Sleeves:  Unicomp Model M4
Futaba:  Sejin EAT-1010

Offline lam47

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Steelseries Ikari / Medium-priced mouse
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 08 April 2009, 05:56:20 »
You dont still have the pink one do you?
Keyboards. Happy Hacking pro 2 x2. One white one black. IBM model M US layout. SGI silicone Graphics with rubber dampened ALPS. IBM model F. ALPS apple board, I forget what it is. And some more I forget what I have.

Typewriters. Olivetti Valentine. Imperial Good Companion Model T. Olympia SM3

Offline kyamei

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Steelseries Ikari / Medium-priced mouse
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 08 April 2009, 06:39:29 »
Ya I got a pink one, pink is awesome.
Topre:  Realforce 101, Realforce 87U, HHKB Pro 2
Cherry Brown:  Compaq MX11800
Cherry Blue:  Filco FKBN87MC/EB
Cherry Black:  K-202 numerical keypad
Alps Black:  AT101W, ABS M1
Alps White:  Focus FK-2001
Buckling Springs:  Model M 1391401, Lexmark Model M 82G2383, Model M2
Buckling Sleeves:  Unicomp Model M4
Futaba:  Sejin EAT-1010

Offline lam47

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Steelseries Ikari / Medium-priced mouse
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 08 April 2009, 07:44:59 »
If you ever want to sell it... my Girlfriend wants my one but I wont let her have it!
Keyboards. Happy Hacking pro 2 x2. One white one black. IBM model M US layout. SGI silicone Graphics with rubber dampened ALPS. IBM model F. ALPS apple board, I forget what it is. And some more I forget what I have.

Typewriters. Olivetti Valentine. Imperial Good Companion Model T. Olympia SM3

Offline huha

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Steelseries Ikari / Medium-priced mouse
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 09 April 2009, 06:52:14 »
I like the pink one just for the looks, but is it available on its own? I just found horribly expensive mouse+mousepad bundles.
Is the Ikari's form comparable to any other, more well-known mouse?

-huha
Unicomp Endurapro 105 (blank keycaps, BS) // Cherry G80-3000LSCDE-2 (blues, modded to green MX) // Cherry G80-3000LAMDE-0 (blacks, 2x) // Cherry G80-11900LTMDE-0 (blacks, 2x) // Compaq G80-11801 (browns) // Epson Q203A (Fujitsu Peerless) // IBM Model M2 (BS) // Boscom AS400 Terminal Emulator (OEM\'d Unicomp, BS, 2x) // Dell AT102DW (black Alps) // Mechanical Touch (chinese BS) Acer 6312-KW (Acer mechanics on membrane) // Cherry G84-4100 (ML) // Cherry G80-1000HAD (NKRO, blacks)

Offline Amadeus

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Steelseries Ikari / Medium-priced mouse
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 09 April 2009, 08:09:21 »
I used a logitech MX510 for the past 3 years and figured I'd be best off getting a G7 since it's the same type of shape, but I was sufficiently enticed by the Ikari laser to give it a try. I find it more comfortable than my MX510 (which I loved) and just like it a lot overall. Lighter is definitely better.

Offline ch_123

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« Reply #10 on: Thu, 09 April 2009, 10:24:46 »
I replaced my old MX518 with an Ikari laser. I'd prefer if it was slightly less flat, but other than that it's as close to perfect as you can get.

Offline huha

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Steelseries Ikari / Medium-priced mouse
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 09 April 2009, 10:39:15 »
I didn't find length, width and height specifications for the Ikari anywhere. Could anyone of you be so kind to measure it?
Currently, I'm using Microsoft's Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0, which does not only have one of the longest pointing device names ever, but is also quite high and round, which I like quite a bit.

-huha
Unicomp Endurapro 105 (blank keycaps, BS) // Cherry G80-3000LSCDE-2 (blues, modded to green MX) // Cherry G80-3000LAMDE-0 (blacks, 2x) // Cherry G80-11900LTMDE-0 (blacks, 2x) // Compaq G80-11801 (browns) // Epson Q203A (Fujitsu Peerless) // IBM Model M2 (BS) // Boscom AS400 Terminal Emulator (OEM\'d Unicomp, BS, 2x) // Dell AT102DW (black Alps) // Mechanical Touch (chinese BS) Acer 6312-KW (Acer mechanics on membrane) // Cherry G84-4100 (ML) // Cherry G80-1000HAD (NKRO, blacks)

Offline karlito

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Steelseries Ikari / Medium-priced mouse
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 09 April 2009, 12:49:04 »
i have the optical and it tracks badly. I read a review somewhere which i cannot find anymore but basically they did a great comparison show that the optical version sux.

optical has smooth plastic body. Laser has a textured grippy one
optical has 15g acceleration. Laser 20.
optical has only 3 settings 400/800, 400/1600, and 800/1600* takes 300ms to toggle between these settings.
Laser has 1-3200 at 1 increments

I love the form factor. I love the buttons (they are like a logitech mx510). The scroll wheel is really nice. it's pretty light... Pretty much everything about the mouse is good/great except the tracking.