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Written by Austin Downing   
Friday, 04 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 Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Manufacturer: SteelSeries
Product Name: Sensei
Model Number: 62150
Price As Tested: $89.99

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SteelSeries.

Danish company SteelSeries has designed products to compete against the likes of Razer, Logitech, and Microsoft in the competitive gaming peripherals market. Their newest product the Sensei aims to decimate the competition with its 32-bit ARM processor, 5700 DPI sensor, on-board memory, and advanced software that allows users to control almost every function imaginable. Benchmark Reviews will evaluate if the Sensei is the master by which every mouse should be compared, or if it is the student still learning from those that came before it.

Some users want a more basic mouse with a high quality sensor that simply works; others want a mouse that much like their computer is composed of the best components that users can buy. Sadly, this comes at a price, and at $90 the Sensei is at the expensive end of the spectrum for mice. Yet for this $90 you get a mouse with a processor more powerful than an original Pentium 75MHz, eight customizable buttons, three fully customizable LED's, and a customizable 128 x 32 LCD.


When it comes to testing mice, it is best to not look only at one area or you may overlook flaws that a peripheral has. This is why when testing a gaming mouse it is best to look at many aspects of your daily experience on a computer. This means that you should not only test one type of game but multiple styles such as RTS, FPS, and MMO's along with making sure that the mouse is usable in non-gaming situations such as web browsing or photo editing.



# 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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