SteelSeries Prime & Prime Mini Review
The latest pro series gaming mouse from SteelSeries, the SteelSeries Prime, boasts some seriously impressive stats. I am always nervous when unboxing a review product that seems to have received such high praise and hype, for far too many times my prior expectations have outweighed the reality of the experience. If anyone can break out of this trend, I trust that SteelSeries, one of the gaming industry’s most long-standing champions, will be the one to do it. Let’s take a look!
It truly is quite rare for any product to live up to its hype. The more excitement builds, the truer this statement becomes. Whatever the reason, we don’t need to dwell on it too much. Thankfully, the SteelSeries Prime lineup of pro gaming mice live up to the hype and oh so much more. This line offers customers four options for their perfect mouse. You have full-size and a mini version, both of which are available in wired or wireless models.
This mouse is impossibly light and offers incredibly smooth tracking. I mean, seriously. I could not believe how immediately noticeable the difference was when switching from my previous mouse. The proprietary SteelSeries GG software also allows you to make your Prime mouse your own with on-board customization of pre-set polling rates, DPI settings and a variety of other options. This truly is a mouse that all gamers can adapt to perfectly suit their needs.
While ringing in at a significantly higher price than its wired counterpart, the wireless version really is the way to go, assuming it is in your budget. The impressive battery life, extraordinary 69g weight and ultra-convenient wireless dongle setup is enough to make us swoon. I never thought I would care this much about how my mouse connected to my PC, but SteelSeries has proven to the industry that you don’t need to make major changes to bring real innovation, sometimes the little details count for just as much, if not more.
The durable, braided cable connects to a USB port on your PC, and then connects to the weighted dongle base via USB-C. This cable doubles as your charging cable, and therefore you will only ever use one USB port on your PC for this mouse. The weighted base itself sports a sturdy, rubber grip and two female USB-C ports. The second port is what your dongle connects into, meaning it can sit anywhere on your desk for optimal convenience and the perfect wireless connection. This may seem like a lot of talk around a very minor part, but it is in our opinion one of the most impressive features of this mouse, and what really makes the wireless versions of the SteelSeries Prime mice worth your money.
At the end of the day, we can’t say enough good things about this entire line of mice. There are just enough features without getting in its own way (I don’t care what anyone says, I do not need an entire keypad worth of buttons on my mouse) and is the ideal design for style, comfort and performance. Our hats truly come off to SteelSeries for this one. The wired version is significantly more affordable and should be within range of most PC budgets while the wireless version is a real treat for those who are looking to capitalize on all that this mouse has to offer.