SteelSeries' Kana is like a grown-up CPI switcher under the scroll wheel.— a slightly larger shape, the addition of a single mouse button on either side, glowing orange bits and orange stripes on its braided cable. It's otherwise a standard mouse, aside from the
It's not quite theor the , and the pricing reflects this accordingly.
The Kana plugs into SteelSeries' "Engine" software — a universal driver for all of its mice. Engine sadly still has the issues it had four months ago; the macro-recording process is confusing thanks to the layout, and button text is blurred in places — even SteelSeries' own logo is out of focus. It's also too tall for 1366x768 screens, and it can't be resized smaller. Impressively, though, as you switch between SteelSeries mice, it detects them and changes the options accordingly.
In small images, SteelSeries' "Engine" looks good. But it needs an overhaul to its usability, and advanced macro editing needs some attention, too.
(Screenshot by Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)