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Written by Austin Downing   
Thursday, 03 November 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
SteelSeries Sensei Pro Laser Gaming Mouse
Closer Look: SteelSeries Sensei
SteelSeries Sensei Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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# RE: SteelSeries Sensei Pro Laser Gaming MouseThe Techno Alien 2011-11-21 07:32
Is this mouse suitable for 3ĚD modeling?
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# RE: RE: SteelSeries Sensei Pro Laser Gaming MouseOlin Coles 2011-11-21 07:59
I'm not aware of any special requirements needed for 3D modeling, and would think that any precision mouse would work well for that purpose.
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# Pay extrs for LCD gimmickMergatroid 2011-11-21 17:33
It actually looks like a good mouse, and I was interested up until you mentioned the LCD. It seems too bad that they added the LCD which would have increased cost substantially. Without it this mouse may have been a contender at a lower price. Good review.
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# really??Verne 2012-01-16 14:19
the LCD isnt a gimmick, you can program and store 5 profiles within the mouse. it does not require desktop hardware and the settings are stored IN the mouse. the LCD isnt a gimmick it's an AWESOME feature. actually it's essential because the Engine software is compelte #. I cannot even get it to run.. without the processor and LCD screen I wouldnt be able to change my DPI at all.
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# LolMergatroid 2012-01-16 17:40
So, you're defending a mouse that you cannot get the software to work for?

If the software was working the way it should be, then the LCD would be a Gimmick. An added unnecessary expense because, IF THE SOFTWARE WAS WORKING, you wouldn't need it. Besides, plenty of other mice and keyboards use profiles and do not require an LCD. It's just a major expense added onto the price of the mouse for a function that other manufacturers can do without an LCD screen.

IMO, that makes it a gimmick.
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# Flawless mouse.Smart Computer buyer 2011-11-22 09:59
The reviewer that wrote this article is no veteran of gaming. $90 is expensive for a mouse. A mouse like that you would expect to last a very long time.

A mouse that's expected to last a long time would suffer considerable wear. Steelseries anticipated this, which is why it's not rubberized. I'm glad they did not rubberize this mouse, no matter how appealing it may seem in the present. That lousy black rubberized finish, no matter how appealing, wears off rather easily. However, it would be nice to see this mouse offered in different colors, other than silver. I just find int comedic for the writer to focus on the rubberized issue, when true veteran gamers hardly have such feeling on their computer mice.
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# You're not more qualified then he is...Olin Coles 2011-11-22 11:13
Let's face it, you're no more qualified then the author. If I run circles around you in every game made (and I probably could), that doesn't make me veteran or qualified to be an absolute authority. I like my Logitech G9x, now two years old, with it's rubberized feel. Without the coating, the mouse feels too slippery to me.
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# AgreedMergatroid 2011-11-22 18:42
I find that a lot of mice without any rubberized coating tend to lose their finish. More so with mice that are not the standard black. Silver paint is especially problematic, but I've seen problems with other colours as well. A good thick helping of rubberized coatings can make a mouse really last a long time, and offers a far superior grip as well. I have an MX revolution with the rubberized side grips that's at least 4 years old, and the rubber is in as good a condition as when I purchased it. I'm still using that mouse at work.
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# CoolThe Techno Alien 2011-11-22 19:02
That 32bit ARM chip makes it cool.
But, for the name (and price), I really thought that mouse had a steel shell.
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