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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

SteelSeries Sensei Detailed Features

Just as important, as the hardware used to create peripherals, the software used to control them can easily help separate a particular company from its competition.

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The first page of the SteelSeries Engine was designed to allow users to program each button with a macro of their choosing along with whether the Sensei is a left handed device or a right handed device.

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The second page is dedicated to creating and uploading the profiles that are stored on the Sensei. Although an infinite number of profiles can be created only five profiles are able to be saved directly to the Sensei and can easily be switched without the software once they have initially been prepared.

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The settings page provides the meat of the SteelSeries Engine and gives users the ability to customize the sensitivity of the Sensei between 1-11,700DPI. This high resolution is reached using the 32-bit ARM processor to double the usable resolution above 5700 to give the extremely high DPI ranges the Sensei has. Users can set two separate DPI settings and easily switch between them using the switch above the scroll wheel. SteelSeries also gave users the ability to change any of the three LED zones to one of 16.7 million colors. Along the LEDs, SteelSeries allows users to use the integrated tool to upload 128 x 32 bitmaps to be viewed on the Sensei's integrated LCD panel.

On the right, users have a whole host of options to change. Starting from the top SteelSeries has a slider to control what they call FreeMove, which controls the amount of movement prediction used. Next SteelSeries provides a slider to allow controlling the amount of acceleration that the Sensei has using the ExactAccel slider. The SteelSeries ExactAim option is an interesting feature that works like reverse acceleration allowing user's movement speed to decrease even more quickly as they slow down their movement. Lastly, SteelSeries provides what they call ExactLift, which allows users to configure the cutoff point for liftoff of the Sensei. This allows for configuration based on the surface being used, and how far users lift their mice when moving.



 

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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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