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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 Final Thoughts

The Sensei is a beautiful peripheral and it works well for almost any purpose you can possibly think of. During long gaming sessions it was comfortable, although coming from a mouse that was designed for right handed individuals to an ambidextrous design required some getting used to. In the beginning I was constantly pushing the buttons on the left side. After I adjusted to the new grip I found that the Sensei fit almost perfectly in my hand and that I could frag the enemy with ease.

The one area I would change on the Sensei would be to cover the entire mouse in the rubber like coating used on the sides. I have found on my Razer Deathadder that the rubberized coating helps keep my hand feeling a tad bit cooler, and does not build up as much grime as the Sensei's exterior does. Also at $90 the Sensei is on the high end of peripherals and although with that price comes many features, many people would have a hard time justifying spending that kind of cash on a mouse. Overall, though, the Sensei was a wonderful mouse and the flaws described are only minor annoyances.

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SteelSeries Sensei Conclusion

Performance is about being able to accurately track on a multitude of surfaces. I found that during gameplay I could quickly target enemies on either my wooden desk or my Razer Goliathus Accuracy cloth pad. During long gaming sessions I found the Sensei to be very comfortable and that when finished with even the longest of gaming sessions I was not suffering from any type of wrist pain (something that I need to worry about with lesser mice). Still, compared to the rubberized surface and sculpted designs of many mice on the market I found the Sensei still was not the most comfortable mouse I had ever used (the Razer Deathadder takes the cake for that).

Appearance is a subjective area and although the Sensei is by no means a bad looking mouse, I am just not enamored by its appearance. I find it a bit too flashy with its metallic-esque exterior and prefer the more subtle blacks that can be seen on other peripherals on the market. If SteelSeries where to make this exact mouse but instead covered it entirely in the black rubber material used on the sides, that it would have appealed to me aesthetically to a greater extent.

Construction is superb; I felt no flexing in the exterior of the body of the Sensei even when I gripped it quite hard during times of frustration, which during sessions of BF3 happens frequently.

Functionality is off the charts with the Sensei. The included SteelSeries Engine software allows users to easily customize every function of the Sensei. SteelSeries gave users the ability to control a multitude of options ranging from liftoff, acceleration, and deceleration to controlling the color of the LED, and the image on the LCD screen, making for a very unique experience custom tailored to a user's needs.

At $89.99, it is hard to call any peripheral a value, still for the price you get a mouse designed keep up with competition that is priced up to $40 more. For that price though, users will have a top of the line mouse with a processor more powerful than many of our reader's first computers, which can accurately track on a host of surfaces, and be customized for almost any situation

The Sensei is close to perfect with only a few minor annoyances holding it back from a perfect score. Hopefully SteelSeries will make a version of the Sensei with a rubberized exterior, and a slightly more crafted design that will help it fit the hand even better. Even with these minor annoyances I am proud to present the SteelSeries Sensei Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer award for excellence.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Hyper customizable using the included SteelSeries Engine
+ Accurate on a multitude of surfaces
+ Wide 1-11,700 DPI sensitivity range
+ Comfortable feel
+ Powerful 32-bit ARM processor integrates many features

Cons:

- Plastic Top
- Expensive

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 8.50
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 10.00
  • Value: 8.50

Final Score: 9.2 out of 10.

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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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