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SteelSeries Prime Wireless Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 04, 2021 at 10:20 am
SteelSeries Prime Wireless Picture
7.9
Office/Multimedia
8.1
Video Games (FPS)
7.9
Video Games (MMO)
8.2
Ultra-Light Gaming
6.9
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The SteelSeries Prime Wireless is a great wireless gaming mouse. It's lightweight, and it has an ergonomic right-handed shape well-suited for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip. It feels very well-built, and you can connect it either wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. Performance-wise, you can adjust the CPI within a wide range by increments of 100, and it has a low lift-off distance. It also has good click latency that's likely to be sufficient for most users, but it's marginally higher when used wirelessly and higher than other high-end gaming mice overall.

Our Verdict

7.9 Office/Multimedia

Although not designed for this use, the SteelSeries Prime Wireless is good for office and multimedia work. It feels very well-built, and you can use it either wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It has a slightly textured body and an ergonomic right-handed shape that's well-suited for almost all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip. There's a good number of buttons you can program using the companion software that's compatible with Windows and macOS. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth, and the mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels very sturdy.
  • Customization software is compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
8.1 Video Games (FPS)

The SteelSeries Prime Wireless is a great FPS gaming mouse. It's lightweight, and it has a slightly textured, very sturdy feeling solid plastic body. Its right-handed shape is well-suited for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip and a fingertip grip for larger hands. Performance-wise, you can adjust the CPI setting by increments of 100 within a wide range. It also has a low lift-off distance, though it isn't as low as some gaming mice. Also, while the click latency is good, it's higher than many other similar gaming mice and FPS gamers may prefer something more responsive.

Pros
  • Feels very sturdy.
  • Fairly lightweight.
  • Mouse feet glide exceptionally smooth.
  • Charging cable has a USB-C connector.
Cons
  • CPI button is on the underside, making on-the-fly changes difficult.
7.9 Video Games (MMO)

The SteelSeries Prime Wireless is a good mouse for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse. That said, it feels very well-built, and you can program all of the buttons using the customization software compatible with Windows and macOS. Performance-wise, you can adjust the CPI within a wide range and by increments of 100. Unfortunately, while the lift-off distance is low, it isn't as low as on some other mice, and there's no option to adjust it. Also, the click latency is good, but it's somewhat higher when you use the mouse wirelessly, and some gamers may prefer a more responsive-feeling option.

Pros
  • Feels very sturdy.
  • Customization software is compatible with Windows and macOS.
  • Charging cable has a USB-C connector.
Cons
  • CPI button is on the underside, making on-the-fly changes difficult.
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
8.2 Ultra-Light Gaming

The SteelSeries Prime Wireless is a very good ultra-light gaming mouse, but it's towards the heavier end of what we'd consider a lightweight gaming mouse. Also, while its click latency is good, it's somewhat higher than many other mid-range wireless gaming mice. That said, it feels very well-built, and it has a comfortable, right-handed shape well suited for most hand sizes using a palm or claw grip. It also has superb mouse feet that glide very smoothly on both hard or soft mousepads and desks.

Pros
  • Feels very sturdy.
  • Fairly lightweight.
  • Mouse feet glide exceptionally smooth.
  • Charging cable has a USB-C connector.
Cons
  • CPI button is on the underside, making on-the-fly changes difficult.
6.9 Travel

The SteelSeries Prime Wireless is adequate for travel use, but it's bulky and may not fit most laptop cases. It also lacks Bluetooth support and doesn't have a compartment for storing its USB receiver. Nevertheless, it feels very well-built, and it has onboard memory, allowing you to use custom settings on computers without the companion software installed.

Pros
  • Feels very sturdy.
Cons
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • 7.9 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.1 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.9 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.2 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 6.9 Travel
  1. Updated Aug 04, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 30, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The SteelSeries Prime Wireless looks nearly identical to the SteelSeries Prime and the SteelSeries Prime+ with a minimalist design and a body made of textured matte black plastic. It also has two side buttons on the left, a logo on the palm rest area, and a single RGB lighting zone in the mouse wheel.

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 inยณ (362 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
113 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
81 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
81 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The SteelSeries Prime Wireless has a solid plastic body that feels very sturdy. It doesn't flex or creak when squeezed or make any ratting sounds when shaken. The buttons all provide good physical feedback, and there's no wobble in the scroll wheel.

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

The SteelSeries Prime Wireless has a slightly textured matte plastic body and right-handed shape that's well-suited for most hand sizes using a palm or claw grip. However, we recommend a fingertip grip only for large and extra-large hands due to the placement of the front side button and the scroll wheel. For a similar ambidextrous mouse with both solid plastic and honeycomb-style swappable palm rests, check out the Xenics Titan GX AIR Wireless.

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

Extra-large hands may find their fingers extend past the front edge of the mouse when using a palm grip.

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

This mouse is suitable 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 reach both side buttons or the scroll wheel comfortably using a fingertip grip.

7.0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator Yes

SteelSeries advertises the SteelSeries Prime Wireless has a battery life of 100 hours with the mouse set to its maximum 1000Hz polling rate. However, this isn't something we test. The RGB LED in the scroll wheel flashes red when the battery is low. You can set the mouse to a 'high-efficiency mode' using the software, which turns off the LED lights and locks the mouse to a polling rate of 125Hz. The wireless receiver has a USB-C connector, which is slightly unusual. If your computer is older, you may need to use the receiver with the receiver extender, which has an older USB-A connector.

8.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.7 ft (2.1 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable feels very good quality, and it uses a USB-C connector, making it easy to replace. Unfortunately, it's not quite as flexible as other paracord-like cables we've tested.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No

The mouse feet glide very smoothly on hard or soft mousepads and desks, but they produce a very slight scratching sound directly on desks.

Design
In The Box

  • SteelSeries Prime Wireless mouse
  • User documentation
  • USB-C wireless receiver
  • USB-A wireless receiver extender
  • USB-A to USB-C cable

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
TrueMove Air
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
18,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
7%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rate settings available on the SteelSeries Prime Wireless are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. You can cycle between the polling rates by holding the button on the underside or using the customization software. While it has a low minimum lift-off distance, it isn't as low as the SteelSeries Prime or the SteelSeries Prime+, and some gamers may prefer it lower. Unfortunately, there's no option to adjust it in the software. Also, the CPI also isn't as precisely adjustable as on the other two variants.

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

You can program all of the buttons on the SteelSeries Prime Wireless, including the mouse wheel up/down and the right and left-click buttons. There's also a button on the underside that cycles between the five CPI profiles when pressed and the four polling rates when held.

Note: The SteelSeries Prime Wireless has magnetic optical-mechanical switches. SteelSeries claims these switches 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 on the SteelSeries Prime Wireless feels precise and has well-defined steps. It also has a grippy, rubberized surface and is relatively quiet.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
7.5
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
20 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
16.5 ms

The SteelSeries Prime Wireless has good click latency, but it's somewhat higher than other mid-range gaming mice, especially when used wirelessly.

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, well-laid-out interface. The sliders are easy to control, and all settings are on a single page. Unfortunately, there's no way to adjust the lift-off distance.

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

All buttons on the SteelSeries Prime Wireless function by default in Windows and macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The SteelSeries Prime Wireless belongs to a lineup of three similar mice that share the same ergonomic shape. This is the wireless version based on the SteelSeries Prime. There's also a SteelSeries Prime+, which is a wired model with an OLED screen and a secondary sensor. The model we tested is black, and there are no other color variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

SteelSeries Prime Wireless is an excellent FPS gaming mouse and one of three mice in the SteelSeries Prime lineup. It shares the same shape as the other two mice and is the only variant that you can connect wirelessly. Unfortunately, this makes it heavier than its counterparts. Also, you can't adjust its CPI as precisely, and the minimum lift-off distance is higher and can't be adjusted as it can on the SteelSeries Prime+.

For other recommendations, check out our picks for the best wireless gaming mice, the best gaming mice, and the best SteelSeries mice.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT is a better wireless gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Prime Wireless. The Logitech is significantly lighter and has mouse feet that glide even more smoothly. It also has a wider CPI range, a CPI you can adjust more precisely, a lower lift-off distance, and a much lower click latency. Comparatively, the SteelSeries has an RGB lighting zone in its scroll wheel, while the Logitech lacks lighting altogether. It also has a more flexible charging cable with a USB-C connector, while the Logitech has a stiff rubber charging cable that uses an older micro-USB connector.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless is a better gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Prime Wireless. Both mice weigh virtually the same and connect wirelessly with their USB receivers. The Logitech has an ambidextrous shape with two side buttons on either side. It also has a more consistent sensor, a lower lift-off distance, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and lower click latency. Comparatively, the SteelSeries has a right-handed shape and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has a more flexible charging cable with a USB-C connector, while the Logitech has a stiff cable with an older micro-USB connector.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate is a better gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Prime Wireless. The Razer is lighter and has an ambidextrous shape. It also has two additional side buttons on the right side. Performance-wise, it has a much lower click latency, a lower lift-off distance, a higher maximum CPI, and you can adjust the set CPI more precisely. On the other hand, the SteelSeries feels sturdier and has a right-handed shape. It also has customization software compatible with Windows and macOS, while the Razer only has software compatible with Windows.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro

The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro is a better wireless gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Prime Wireless. The Razer has a wider CPI range, a CPI you can adjust more precisely, and much lower click latency. It also supports Bluetooth, and you can assign an EasyShift button to enable a secondary layer of commands. On the other hand, the SteelSeries feels sturdier and is marginally lighter. It also has software compatible with Windows and macOS, while the Razer has software only compatible with Windows.

SteelSeries Prime

The SteelSeries Prime Wireless is a wireless version of the SteelSeries Prime. The Prime is a wired-only model that's lighter. Its sensor has a lower lift-off distance and allows you to set the CPI lower and adjust it more precisely by increments of 50. 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.

SteelSeries Prime+

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.

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