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SteelSeries Sensei Pro Grade Laser Mouse Review (Electronics)

Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), Sep 20, 2011 21:29

SteelSeries Sensei Look and Feel

Alright now that you’ve got all the dry, boring technical data, let’s talk about the cool, fun stuff that the SteelSeries Sensei brings to the table.

First off, the thing I noticed immediately when I was unpacking the Sensei was the finish on the body of the mouse. It’s a sort of matte, plastic that’s somewhere between silver and gray. It’s almost like a matte mirror finish. Now at first I thought this was going to make it slick to the touch but that wasn’t the case. The sides, near the left and right button sets, is rubberized for a better grip so whether you grip the mouse in a claw-like fashion or are more of a palm-grip type, you’ve got plenty of substance to grab onto and it’s pretty much no slip.

steelseries Sensei - joker colors

On top of that, the size of the mouse is brilliant.In some past reviews I have come across mice that were so tall that my wrist felt cramped and at an odd angle. That is not the case with the SteelSeries Sensei, in fact, if I just rest my hand on the desk normally it is nearly the exact same position as if the mouse is under it. The only real difference is where the main mouse buttons are. This makes for an extremely natural and comfortable feel. That means using the mouse for hours on end is almost effortless.

All of the buttons have a similar spring click but somehow, they made each button sound different. I suppose that if you were a heavy mouse user you might find that useful feedback in some capacity. Personally, I just thought it was cool.

Now, just about the coolest cosmetic feature of the SteelSeries Sensei, is the ability to set your own LED colors. I said just about the coolest because, on the bottom of the mouse, is a customizable LCD display. When you’ve got the SteelSeries Engine installed you can apply numerous profiles (for games etc. I created one just called daily use) all of which can have different settings for:

  • ExactSens (allows you to control how fast your pointer should move by adjusting your CPI in increments of 1 between 1 to 5,700 CPI.) Two settings per profile.
  • FreeMove (eliminates path correction, which makes the mouse predict, correct and make your movement straight)
  • ExactAccel (As you increase the speed of your mouse movement, ExactAccel will accelerate your movements even faster in order for you to move across your game or page faster.)
  • ExactAim (allow you to be more precise. Headshots anyone? As you slow down your cursor the mouse will decelerate even more allowing you to focus on your target.). 
  • ExactLift ( the ability to customize the lift distance.)
  • Polling Rate: 1-1000Hz

Aside from that you can change the LED colors on the Wheel, Logo, CPI 1 and 2 (when you change between the two DPI speeds). Now, I went for a Joker purple and green color setup.

SteelSeries Sensei with LED customization

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Our Rating for SteelSeries Sensei Pro Grade Laser Mouse Review (Electronics)
9.0 Overall
The SteelSeries Sensei is crazy cool, amazingly comfortable and just downright fun to use and play with. I think I spent an hour changing the colors on the LEDs until I settled on a configuration. Plus, I’ll probably make a couple profiles and switch between them just to have different color profiles with the exact same settings.

Rating: 4.0, votes: 4


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