The mouse has 15 programmable buttons, of which six fall under the thumb on the side of the mouse. By default, these buttons are preset with game commands, such as selecting the closest enemy, stopping the action...), or you can create custom macros on each of them.
No CD is supplied so you will have to log on the SteelSeries website and download the software. Obviously, any WOW addict has Internet access already. Once you've installed it, the software is very easy to use, and even newbies will be able to use the game commands section. Everything is explained clearly, so it's easy to customise the mouse without needing to know all of the keyboard shortcuts by heart.
More advanced users will probably want to program their own macros to complement the features pre-installed by Steelseries. Up to ten different profiles are available, bine you can have one for the battlefield, but another for the rapid-fire 'player-vs-player' modes where being quick off the mark really matters. It can be a real advantage having all of the commands at your fingertips for several characters at once. In fact, you can get so used to it that the challenge becomes remembering which button does what in which profile.
Not only for WOW
This mouse can be used for online games other than WOW. The software allows you to assign macros to the various buttons and create different profiles for various games. Some can be used to change the sensor's sensitivity on the fly or to switch weapons.
This is a bulky mouse but the size is an advantage as you have to place your whole palm over the mouse. This gives a comfortable grip. Its shape is both good for right- and left-handed users, although the latter will miss out on the extra buttons on the left side of the mouse.
Not everybody will fall in love with the design. "Far too big", "cheap-looking" and "it looks like a turtle" are just some of the comments it attracted in our office. It's true that we've seen sleeker mice, and if you ever give up playing WOW, then this mouse will probably have to go, too ...