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Why Optical Magnetic Switches Make Prime the World’s Most Reliable Gaming Mouse

Prime mice feature revolutionary Prestige optical magnetic switches--a first in esports--to deliver the most consistent mouse clicks rated for an industry-best 100M clicks. Here's why that matters.


When playing FPS and other competitive games, the difference between victory and defeat can be a matter of milliseconds. Each mouse in the new SteelSeries Prime lineup is equipped with new optical magnetic switches that are engineered to last 5x longer than the competition, with clicks that are 4X more consistent and twice as accurate. This is a first in esports. And a huge leap for gaming mice.

We asked our Chief Technology Officer, Tino Soelberg, to explain further:


The Prestige optical magnetic switch is yet another new esports development from SteelSeries. Switches are a very important component in mice—they let the computer know that you've pressed something, triggering your in-game action and killer moves. In other gaming mice, the switches are made from a very thin piece of metal.

Think of how many times you click your mouse per gaming session. If you are pressing on that thin piece of metal thousands of times a day, it’s going to wear out. The clicks will start to feel mushy and react more slowly. This can start to happen even after just a month of use.

Prime mouse switches With Prime's optical magnetic switches, we use a much bigger and thicker piece of metal in our switches and hold it tight in place with a magnet. The optical magetic switches actuate at quantum speeds so that players can beat the competition to the trigger every time. Additionally, not all clicks are made the same. The Prestige OM™ switch was designed to deliver the most satisfying crispy clicks possible. The 100 millionth left or right click feels just as crispy as the very first.

How Prestige OM™ switches work

How Prestige OM switches work

  1. The Prestige OM™ switch utilizes a steel torsion spring, held in place by a specially milled neodymium magnet.

  2. Leveraging its magnetic force, we ensure every click actuates with the same amount of release force. Unlike mechanical parts in a traditional microswitch, the magnetic force will not degrade with use.

  3. Utilizing an input beam of infrared light, each click registers when the torsion spring breaks the beam of light, delivering unrivaled response times.

All of this works together to create a new standard for esports performance, built to last for the most intense games and deliver the most consistent mouse clicks and aim.


Shop Prime mice now and never experience double clicks again.


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