SteelSeries Sensei Gaming Mouse Review

Testing and Conclusion

SteelSeries Sensei Gaming Mouse Review

Testing and Conclusion

SteelSeries advertise the Sensei as "The Worlds most customisable mouse", and it's tough to argue with that claim.

There have been a raft of mice that enable the user to customise the buttons, or the colours. Record complex macros. Store multiple profiles. However we can't think of any that have done it so brilliantly as the Sensei. The SteelSeries Engine software has always been a user-friendly framework, and the Sensei elements are clear, concise, and laid out with such brutal simplicity that even somebody who didn't know their multifunction delayed macro from their elbow would be able to get things exactly as they want them in a very short time indeed.

The creation and application of specific profiles couldn't be simpler. Merely dragging and dropping gets your settings saved onto the firmware of the Sensei and ready for use. The speed in which it is capable of changing profiles and saving and loading settings is exceptional too. One thing we really loved, and there is much, is the quick change CPI button. It makes a huge difference to have two different sensitivities available rather than having to have two identical profiles but with different CPI settings.

Having such a level of customisation would be naught if the execution was lacking. The Sensei most definitely isn't lacking at all and the major thing it gets right, which has plagued even the finest mice around, is the colours. So often we either have a choice of maybe 8 colours, or a choice of them all, but only perhaps 10 or so are readily distinguishable. Such is the saturation and clarity of the Sensei solution that you really can tell the difference between light blue, ice blue, blue, navy blue, sea blue etc etc. Certainly if you require the very palest colours they can be difficult to notice, but we think everyone will be able to find an exact match for the one they seek.

Even if you have all the lighting off, and we know those who prefer it that way, the Sensei still looks amazing with that metallic-looking cover. Being able to be used with equal efficiency by both right and left-handed gamers is something that the market has long been lacking. There have been great ambidextrous mice, but we can't recall any other genuine top-of-the-line mice. The Razer Lachesis and Roccat Kova are both epic, yet have the Mamba and Kone respectively, above them in the product line. This is the best that SteelSeries does.

Often names are dreamt up for features that sound great in advertising blurb, but don't necessarily translate into anything meaningful in the Real-World™. That claim cannot be levelled at the ExactTech that exists within the SteelSeries Sensei. It's not only how useful they are, but the adjustability of them. You aren't stuck with anything as coarse as on/off, but rather a very fine level of adjustment, with a graphical representation of what exactly your changes are doing. Things like ExactLift might not be as brilliantly useful as the epic ExactAim, but any control that is given to the user to tailor their experience is only a good thing.

All this without even mentioning the main course, that lunatic sensor. 11400 CPI. Now we're good here at OC3D, but we're fairly certain that at full whack that is speedier than even the most hardened gamer will ever require. It's mind-blowing. Of course, like everything on the Sensei, it can be dialled back to something approaching sensible for our talent level, but it's nice to know it's there if you need it. If you're getting fragged to the dark side of the moon you certainly couldn't blame the Sensei.

Now the tricky bit. What don't we like about the Sensei? *insert very lengthy pause*. If you juggle grease for a living then perhaps the top coating might not be as grippy as some of the rubbery rodents out there. The LCD on the bottom is an odd placing to put your clan logo unless you plan on having the Sensei upside down all the time?

Those two hilariously minor points aside, this is a staggering piece gaming mouse. It looks the business, works flawlessly and has customisation options coming out of its ears. This is currently our favourite mouse on the planet and it will take something very special to knock it from the top spot. The SteelSeries Sensei deserves nothing less than a highly-polished Gold Award.

   

Thanks to SteelSeries for supplying the Sensei for review. Discuss in our forums.

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30-09-2011, 07:18:22

tinytomlogan
Today we take a look at very latest gaming mouse from SteelSeries, the Sensei. Defeat does not exist in this Dojo, does it?



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30-09-2011, 07:29:43

dugdiamond
omg - that is some serious polling - looks nice too

30-09-2011, 07:34:31

yassarikhan786
It looks and performs amazingly . 90 is OK considering the amount of features you get.

30-09-2011, 07:47:26

SieB
I was looking at this earlier and wondering if it would be a worthy replacement for my Steelseries Xai, looks like I have my answer

30-09-2011, 09:41:02

equk
Looks like a nice mouse

Don't see the reason for a LCD on the bottom of it but the features and the software look pretty nice.

Be nice if they did a cheaper version without the LCD screen.

Having the option to change the LED colours is a bit of a useless thing also but I guess some people buy hardware for what it looks like more than how it functions.

I was looking at the Xai a while ago as I used to use a Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 and the shape seems so much similar.

I ended up getting another Razer Deathadder tho.

30-09-2011, 09:42:43

dipzy
I have got the steelseries kinzu mouse that i bought from dabs gadget show even at wembley stadium a few years back, its a awesome mouse. The Sensei would be the ideal replacement for it

30-09-2011, 10:57:54

Zeals
I want one just to try out the 11,400DPI/CPI Setting, perhaps the first mouse that is too sensitive for me to control. At the cost of $115 AUD makes it one of the cheaper high end mice.

30-09-2011, 11:55:09

silenthill
[/size][size="3"]This is one of the best mice that I have seen for some time, really like the colours

01-10-2011, 15:00:39

Ravious
I want one

01-10-2011, 15:06:31

| raVen |
Not too bad looking mouse, but I don't like the design

01-10-2011, 15:09:14

V1Viper
Nice review, mite add this to my new build list for next year

01-10-2011, 17:00:56

Solidarity
I'm not really sure what I think of this

01-10-2011, 17:15:14

piotrekhc
90quid are they crazy ? lol dosent mater what this mouse can do and how many frykin settings u have, for 90 quid ull expect it to babysit and make tea lolz

02-10-2011, 06:12:15

Zeals
Does this mouse use the same Avago 9500 laser sensor as the Xai or is it an entirely new sensor?

04-10-2011, 03:15:09

CocaCola
Would this beat the Ikari laser in performance? The Sensei is definitely very ergonomic as it allows both left or right hand use. This looks like the ultimate upgrade of the Kinzu and the Xai.

05-10-2011, 21:28:42

SScout
Quote:
Originally Posted by CocaCola View Post

Would this beat the Ikari laser in performance? The Sensei is definitely very ergonomic as it allows both left or right hand use. This looks like the ultimate upgrade of the Kinzu and the Xai.
I've come directly from the Ikari to this, and i have to say it competes in every way. I was worried about not liking the shape as the Ikari fits your hard really snugly; but i have to say that i have had no issues so far! The only minor qualm i have is that whenever i startup my computer the profile reverts to the default.

05-10-2011, 22:29:36

CocaCola
Quote:
Originally Posted by SScout View Post

I've come directly from the Ikari to this, and i have to say it competes in every way. I was worried about not liking the shape as the Ikari fits your hard really snugly; but i have to say that i have had no issues so far! The only minor qualm i have is that whenever i startup my computer the profile reverts to the default.
Hey, that's cool. How do you like the 2 extra buttons on the ring and pinky finger side? They shouldn't be a problem if you don't program them for the specific game right?

Maybe you should make a copy of the default profile, save it to another safe storage and then overlap the existing default profile with your own profile? I haven't had a problem like that before. I have both the Kinzu and the Ikari. I really enjoy using the Ikari even for regular use and not gaming. My Ikari's scroll wheel is making high pitched squeeking sounds. Not sure why though. My Kinzu is having a problem of constantly double clicking when I single click. No idea why this is happening to my mice. I haven't had them for long either.

11-10-2011, 14:44:04

Philib
Im thinking of buying it. What's the warranty like. Looking around it seems like its only 1 year.
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