|SteelSeries Sensei Pro Laser Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Thursday, 03 November 2011|
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Closer Look: SteelSeries Sensei
Many peripherals are sold as much on aesthetics as usability. The SteelSeries Sensei gives users both looks and handling, having beautiful aesthetics while at the same time providing great usability that gives users an upper hand against their opponents.
SteelSeries went with a more traditional egg shaped design with the Sensei. The body of the Sensei is constructed from plastic, without a rubber coating on it. SteelSeries utilized a metallic paint for most of the Sensei giving it quite a bold appearance compared to the matte black exteriors of many mice on the market.
SteelSeries designed the Sensei to be held in any of the grip styles quite comfortably but I find it works particularly well with the claw grip that I typicaly use. Each side is covered in a rubberized plastic where SteelSeries designed the Sensei to be gripped helping to give users stability when aiming, and making for a very secure hold even during times of duress.
From the left, you can see that SteelSeries also designed the Sensei to be ambidextrous and as such, both sides of the Sensei have two customizable buttons perfect for users who prefer to bind their most used commands to their mouse. SteelSeries also included three customizable LED's in the Sensei with each being programmable to one of 16.7 million colors.
SteelSeries used three large Teflon pads that together cover 16% of the Sensei to help make sure that it easily slips across any surface that it is placed on.
SteelSeries included a unique 128 x 32 LCD screen on the bottom of the Sensei. Any 128 x 32 Bitmap photo can be upload and displayed on the bottom of the Sensei. This may be of particular usefulness at LAN parties where many people will be close together and if a peripheral is lost this can be used to identify the owner.