SteelSeries makes among the greatest peripherals round, and it didn’t disappoint with the Prime+.
For $79, this wired gaming mouse options nice efficiency, a light-weight design and a candy OLED show with customizable settings with out the necessity of any software program. As handy as that’s, the software program you can obtain is nice. The one problem is that there needs to be a minimum of yet one more button outdoors of the usual ones, and there’s no on-the-fly DPI button.
However total, the SteelSeries Prime+ slides within the ranks of the greatest gaming mouse that you could purchase.
SteelSeries Prime+ design
SteelSeries’ new Prime lineup includes a related design, so just like the SteelSeries Prime Wi-fi, the SteelSeries Prime+ boasts a discreet and glossy aesthetic. If it didn’t sport RGB lighting on the mouse wheel, you couldn’t inform it was a gaming mouse because of its easy black shell accented by a delicate SteelSeries emblem. The dimensions is an identical to its wi-fi sibling, measuring 4.9 x 2.7 x 1.7 inches, however it’s simply barely lighter, at 2.5 ounces (with out the cable).
Because of the seamless matte-black design, it’s exhausting to see the place the highest panel begins and ends, however there’s a slight V form that varieties the highest panel. Above the SteelSeries emblem lies two small clickers and an RGB-lit mouse wheel. Just like the Prime Wi-fi, the Prime+ additionally doesn’t have an on-the-fly DPI button on the prime.
The delicate design carries over to the ergonomics; the left aspect of the mouse has a gently curved melancholy that acts because the thumb relaxation. Simply above is a small two-button panel. In the meantime, the suitable aspect of the mouse curves outward, designating area for the ring and pinkie finger.
Whereas the Prime+ is a wired mouse, the wire isn’t completely hooked up, and yow will discover the enter for the microUSB on the entrance finish of the mouse. If you wish to know why the Prime+ has an edge over the Prime Wi-fi, look to the underside. Flipping the Prime+ over, you’ll discover the black teflon ft, DPI button and, most significantly, the OLED show. That’s proper, there’s an OLED panel on the underside (extra on that later).
SteelSeries Prime+ consolation
The SteelSeries Prime+’s design is in step with Prime Wi-fi, however that 0.3-ounce weight reduction makes a distinction. It felt even smoother to maneuver round, regardless of having a wire hooked up. You probably have lengthy fingers and love light-weight mice, the Prime+ shall be tremendous snug to you.
Surprisingly, the clickers on the Prime+ sound a bit totally different. They’re sharper and lighter. It’s extra satisfying to click on, however that relies upon fully in your choice. I personally prefer it. Just like the Prime Wi-fi, the mouse felt snug in my hand, however since there’s no bulge on the finish, my palm sits on the desk as I’m utilizing the mouse.
Regardless of the Prime+’s subdued design, the thumb relaxation offers greater than sufficient area for my large finger, and the matte floor makes for a easy however snug texture. Just like the Prime Wi-fi, the clickers above the Prime+’s thumb relaxation have been stiff and clicks weren’t practically as satisfying.
When trying on the proper aspect of the Prime+, there’s no apparent part to your ring finger or pinky to relaxation on. The clean area is comparatively snug, but it surely makes it tough to carry the mouse off of the desk. In the meantime, the mouse wheel is nicely positioned and straightforward to make use of, but it surely feels low-cost. It’s not something particular, which is disappointing for an $80 mouse.
SteelSeries Prime+ efficiency
Whether or not I used to be blasting fools with a shotgun or chopping them down with a blade, the SteelSeries Prime+ responded to every of my instructions with ease, however further buttons would’ve been good.
I performed Darkish Alliance and the Prime+ was fast and responsive as I weaved via a variety of foes earlier than unleashing a torrent of arrows upon them. There wasn’t a lot aiming to do, however the Prime+ ensured that I used to be proper on track nonetheless. It was straightforward to snap-turn to run away from a bunch of ice traps that blocked the way in which to loot.
I went again down reminiscence lane in Resident Evil 2 in my second Leon playthrough, and the Prime+ was a stable companion as I took purpose and blasted the entire zombie brains between me and my aim. The Prime+’s efficiency was very important once I was attempting to dodge round Mr. X via the slim hallways of the police station.
In Name of Responsibility: Warzone, I parachuted into the doorway of an open constructing proper behind an enemy; upon touchdown, I flung the Prime+ 60 levels to the left and unloaded my pistol precisely into somebody’s again. I’m not a lot of a keyboard and mouse participant, however the Prime+ made it straightforward. Then I cleared my means via a grocery store and nailed fast headshots from throughout the isles on one other schmuck attempting to purchase the entire bathroom paper.
SteelSeries Prime+ options
Regardless of the worth distinction between the Prime+ and Prime Wi-fi, the previous has some cooler tech, together with that OLED show.
Just like the Prime Wi-fi, the Prime+ packs optical magnetic switches, which creates consistency and precision so that each click on actuates with the identical quantity of launch power. These clickers are rated for 100 million clicks. It has a distinct sensor, known as TrueMove Professional+, which SteelSeries claims has true 1-to-1 monitoring. It’s able to 18,000 DPI, 450 IPS (inches per second) and 50G acceleration, which is barely higher than the Prime Wi-fi sensor. Moreover, it additionally includes a lift-off distance sensor that ranges from 0.5 millimeters to 2.0 mm.
Now, let’s discuss that OLED show on the underside. You possibly can management it with the DPI button, the mouse wheel and the clickers. With the show, you may regulate the settings for the DPI, polling fee, lift-off distance and illumination all with out having mess with any software program in your PC. This is a wonderful function for players who’re all the time on the go, particularly esports gamers.
You too can regulate these settings within the SteelSeries GG software program. Throughout the app, you may customise all 5 programmable buttons and mouse-wheel instructions, regulate the DPI, the polling fee, the acceleration, the deceleration, the angle snapping and lift-off distance. You too can regulate the RGB lighting of the mouse wheel in the identical tab.
Regardless of being a wired mouse, the SteelSeries Prime+ kicks butt. Not solely does it function nice efficiency with a flowery new sensor, but it surely additionally sports activities an excellent light-weight design and a sick OLED show that you need to use to configure settings. Nevertheless, it’s a bummer that it doesn’t have many buttons.
Should you’re in search of a mouse with extra buttons, you may spend just a little extra to get the Razer Naga Professional, which presents three swappable panels for FPS, MOBA and MMO video games.
However total, for those who’re in search of a easy mouse with some cool options and a speedy sensor, the SteelSeries Prime+ may be for you.