SteelSeries Prime+ Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 25, 2021 at 10:03 am
SteelSeries Prime+ Picture
7.2
Office/Multimedia
8.2
Video Games (FPS)
8.0
Video Games (MMO)
8.3
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.3
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The SteelSeries Prime+ is a very good wired gaming mouse. It's lightweight, it feels very sturdy, and it has a comfortable right-handed shape. It boasts several unusual features, including a dedicated secondary sensor that SteelSeries claims can provide extremely low lift-off distances and optical-magnetic switches advertised to be quicker and more responsive. However, neither of these is something we test. It also has an OLED screen on the mouse's underside, which you can use to customize the polling rate, RGB lighting, lift-off distance, and CPI settings without using the companion software. Unfortunately, while it has impressive sensor performance, its click latency is high for a wired gaming mouse.

Our Verdict

7.2 Office/Multimedia

The SteelSeries Prime+ is decent for office and multimedia use. It feels very well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape that's well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes. It has a good number of buttons you can program using the companion software, which is compatible with both Windows and macOS. Unfortunately, this mouse has no wireless connectivity options, and the mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Software is compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
8.2 Video Games (FPS)

The SteelSeries Prime+ is a great FPS gaming mouse, but it has significantly higher latency than most wired gaming mice. That said, it's lightweight, feels very sturdy, and has a shape that's well-suited to all grip types and most hand sizes. It also has a fairly flexible cable, mouse feet that glide well on all surfaces, a wide CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by increments of 50, and a very low lift-off distance.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes.
  • Lightweight.
Cons
  • High click latency.
8.0 Video Games (MMO)

The SteelSeries Prime+ is a very good mouse for MMO gaming, though it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse. That said, all of the buttons on the top of the mouse are programmable using the companion software compatible with Windows and macOS. Performance-wise, it has a wide CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by increments of 50, and a very low lift-off distance. Unfortunately, the click latency is high, and some gamers may prefer a more responsive-feeling option.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes.
  • Software is compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • High click latency.
  • Not nearly as many progammable side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
8.3 Ultra-Light Gaming

The SteelSeries Prime+ is a great ultra-light gaming mouse. It's lightweight, feels very well-built, and its right-handed shape is well-suited to all grip types and most hand sizes. It also has a good quality paracord-like cable that's fairly flexible and mouse feet that glide well on both mousepads and tables. Performance-wise, it has a wide CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by increments of 50, and a very low lift-off distance. Unfortunately, its click latency is significantly higher than most other wired gaming mice, and some gamers may notice delays, particularly in fast-paced or competitive games.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes.
  • Lightweight.
Cons
  • High click latency.
5.3 Travel

The SteelSeries Prime+ is inadequate for travel use. Its somewhat bulky design makes it unlikely to fit into most laptop cases, and you can't use it wirelessly, which can be cumbersome in tight spaces like buses, trains, or planes. That said, it does feel very well-built, the cable is detachable, and there's an OLED screen on the underside, which you can use to adjust mouse settings without the companion software.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • Wired-only.
  • 7.2 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.2 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.0 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.3 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.3 Travel
  1. Updated Jul 28, 2021: Changed the test result for click noise from 'quiet' to 'loud.'
  2. Updated Jun 25, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Jun 23, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The SteelSeries Prime+ has a fairly conventional design with a solid, matte black plastic body, two side buttons on the left, a logo on the palm area, and an RGB lighting zone within the rubberized scroll.

Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (125 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 2.7" (68 mm)
Grip Width
65 mm
5.5
Design
Portability
Volume
22.09 in³ (362 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
105 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
71 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
71 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The body feels very sturdy and has a slightly textured matte finish. There isn't any flex when you squeeze the body and no rattling sounds if you shake the mouse. All buttons provide good physical feedback and feel responsive. There's a slight wobble and side-to-side movement in the scroll wheel, but this shouldn't be noticeable during normal use.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The SteelSeries Prime+ has a slightly textured matte plastic body and a grippy, rubberized scroll wheel. Its right-handed ergonomic shape is well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes. For a similar wired gaming mouse that has a range of modular pieces available to adjust the look and feel of the mouse, check out the Pwnage Ultra Custom Ergo.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No

If you have extra-large hands, your fingers may extend past the front of the mouse using a palm grip.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

The SteelSeries Prime+ is well-suited for all hand sizes using a claw grip.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Small and medium-sized hands may not comfortably reach the front side button or the scroll wheel using a fingertip grip.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
8.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.7 ft (2.1 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable feels very good quality. However, it's not quite as flexible as other paracord-like cables we've tested, and it retains kinks from packaging. Even though this is a wired-only mouse, the cable is removable, which is great for portability but can also be helpful if the cable gets damaged and needs replacing.

8.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No

The mouse feet glide well on both mousepads and desks, although they make a slight scratching sound on rougher surfaces.

Design
In The Box

  • SteelSeries Prime+
  • User documentation
  • Micro-USB to USB-A cable

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
TrueMove Pro+
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
18,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
2%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rate settings on the SteelSeries Prime+ are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. You can adjust the polling rate and many other settings using the companion software or the OLED screen on the underside of the mouse.

Note: This mouse also has a dedicated secondary sensor that SteelSeries claims can achieve lift-off distances as low as 0.5mm. However, this isn't something we test.

7.3
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Optical And Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
7
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

All buttons on the top of the mouse are programmable, including the mouse wheel up and down functions, the mouse wheel click, and left and right-click buttons. You can set up to five CPI profiles using the companion software, and you can cycle between them by assigning one of the buttons to act as a CPI button. There is an additional button on the underside used to interact with the screen on the bottom of the mouse, which you can use to customize CPI, lift-off distance, and other settings on the fly.

Note: This mouse uses magnetic optical-mechanical switches, which SteelSeries claims produce more consistent clicks and quicker response times. However, this isn't something we test.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

The mouse wheel feels precise and has well-defined steps. Also, it's fairly quiet.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud

Update 07/28/2021: We previously incorrectly stated that this mouse had 'quiet' click noises instead of 'loud' click noises. This review has been updated to reflect this change.

7.2
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
20 ms

The SteelSeries Prime+ has satisfactory click latency, but it's higher than many similar mid-range gaming mice, and gamers may prefer a more responsive option, especially for fast-paced or competitive gaming.

Operating System And Software
10
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name SteelSeries GG
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
Yes
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The companion software has a clean and modern-looking interface with well laid-out settings and easy-to-control sliders.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

All of the SteelSeries Prime+'s default buttons work as intended in Windows and macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The SteelSeries Prime+ belongs to a lineup of three similar SteelSeries mice, which all share the same ergonomic shape. The other versions include the SteelSeries Prime, another wired version that lacks the OLED screen on the bottom, and the SteelSeries Prime Wireless, which lacks the OLED screen, but you can use it wirelessly. The unit we tested is black, and there are no other color variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The SteelSeries Prime+ is a feature-rich, wired gaming mouse and one of the three mice in SteelSeries's Prime lineup. Unique to this version, this mouse has an OLED screen on the underside that you can use to customize settings without using the companion software. This feature can be helpful if you often switch computers or attend events like LAN tournaments and can't always rely on software for customization. Altogether, it has solid sensor performance and several uncommon features, but it also has significantly higher click latency than most other gaming mice at this price point, so it may not be a great fit if you exclusively play fast-paced or competitive games.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best wired mice, the best gaming mice, and the best SteelSeries mice.

SteelSeries Prime

The SteelSeries Prime and the SteelSeries Prime+ are similar wired gaming mice from the same lineup. The SteelSeries Prime is marginally lighter, but the SteelSeries Prime+ has an OLED screen on the underside that you can use to customize settings without using the companion software. It also has a secondary sensor dedicated to detecting lift-off distance. However, this isn't something we test at this time. Although both mice have differently-named sensors, they perform almost identically. That said, the SteelSeries Prime also has a lower click latency.

SteelSeries Prime Wireless

The SteelSeries Prime Wireless is a similar, wireless version of the SteelSeries Prime+. The Prime+ is a lighter, wired-only model. It has a slightly different sensor with a more precisely adjustable CPI and a lower lift-off distance. It also has a secondary lift-off sensor and an OLED screen on the underside allowing you to change settings without using the software. On the other hand, the Prime Wireless has better quality mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Its cable also has a USB-C connector, making it much easier to replace than the cable on the Prime+, which has an older micro-USB connector.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D and the SteelSeries Prime+ are both impressive, wired gaming mice. The SteelSeries feels sturdier and has a detachable cable. It also has a wider CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, customization software for Windows and macOS, and an OLED screen on the bottom for making on-the-fly settings adjustments without the software. On the other hand, the Glorious has a more flexible cable, mouse feet that glide more smoothly, and a much lower click latency. Unfortunately, its software is only compatible with Windows. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless is a better gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Prime+. You can use the Logitech wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has a much higher maximum CPI, two additional side buttons on the right side, and a much lower click latency. Comparatively, the SteelSeries is a wired mouse that's lighter and has a more flexible cable. It also has an OLED screen on the bottom for adjusting settings without needing the companion software. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes, though the Logitech accommodates more hand sizes overall.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech PRO X SUPERLIGHT is a better gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Prime+. You can use the Logitech wired or wirelessly. It's significantly lighter, and it has smoother gliding mouse feet. It also has a higher maximum CPI, a much lower click latency. Comparatively, the SteelSeries is a wired-only mouse with a lower minimum CPI and an OLED screen on the bottom of the mouse that you can use to change sensor settings without the companion software. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes, but the Logitech is more accomodating to more hand sizes overall.

SteelSeries Rival 5

The SteelSeries Rival 5 and the SteelSeries Prime+ are wired gaming mice with comparable performance. The Prime+ is lighter and has a more precisely adjustable CPI. It also has an OLED screen under the mouse that you can use to customize settings without the companion software. Comparatively, the Rival 5 has three additional side buttons and a significantly lower click latency. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, but those with larger hands may favor the Rival 5, while the Prime+ is more accommodating for smaller hands.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2

In most respects, the SteelSeries Prime+ is a better wired gaming mouse than the BenQ ZOWIE EC2. The Prime+ is significantly lighter, has a more flexible cable, mouse feet that glide more smoothly, and an OLED screen on the underside that you can use to adjust settings without the software. It also has a much wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and companion software for customization. It's ideal for a claw grip for all hand sizes. Comparatively, the BenQ has a much lower click latency and is ideal for a palm grip for all hand sizes.

SteelSeries Rival 710

The SteelSeries Rival 710 and the SteelSeries Prime+ are both wired gaming mice with OLED screens. The Prime+ is significantly lighter, has a more flexible cable, and smoother gliding mouse feet. It also has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and a lower lift-off distance. The OLED screen on the Prime+ is on the underside and allows you to change settings without the software. Comparatively, the OLED on the Rival 710 is on the left side and can only display images and in-game or system stats. The Rival 710 also has a dedicated CPI button and significantly lower click latency.

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