Denmark based manufacturer of professional gaming peripherals, SteelSeries today announced three new additions to its lineup. First up is the SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse. The Xai features an ambidextrous design, 7 macro buttons, driver-less plug and play (with 5 profiles), an LCD display on the bottom to configure settings, a high definition 10.8 megapixels/second sensor and up to 5001 CPI, to name a few. The Xai was developed over three years of extensive research in conjunction with professional gamers from the U.S., Europe and Asia for maximum performance in fast paced gaming situations.
Next up, is the Kinzu Optical Mouse which is based around the same shape as the Xai but 7% smaller in size boasts a 3200 CPI and is designed with compactness, reliability and stability in mind. The Kinzu also includes a CPI toggle for on-the-fly adjustments, a slip-resistant coating and low-friction polyethylene feet.
Last, but not least is the SteelSeries 9HD hard plastic gaming surface created to enable gamers to perform very precise mouse movements and "slingshots" with a high degree of control. The 9HD achieves this by utilizing thousands of light reflecting microscopic points for enhanced tracking by sensors. The 9HD was developed in conjunction with the Xai and is designed to allow high definition mice to perform at their full potential.
The Xai will retail for around US$114/€79.99, while the Kinzu and 9HD will set you back approximately $US50/€34.99 each. All three peripherals will be available from next month. This announcement seems to coincide pretty nicely with Razer's announcement on Thursday of the Orochi and Kabuto. All I can say is that more competition is better for everyone!