|SteelSeries Sensei Pro Laser Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Friday, 04 November 2011|
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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.
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.
+ Hyper customizable using the included SteelSeries Engine
- Plastic Top
Final Score: 9.2 out of 10.
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