SteelSeries Sensei Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

SteelSeries Sensei Gaming Mouse Review


Gaming mice have certainly come a long way from the early days.

Back when mice were mainly used for pointing and the thought of having a dedicated one for gaming was merely a dream of Thresh, the way that manufacturers differentiated their gaming mice from the regular sort was to make them optical, black and add a click-able scroll wheel. Time rapidly moved on and optical mice were overtaken by laser mice, but still the "all black with loads of buttons" ethos continued. Indeed some mice are so bloated with buttons that it's become tough to find a way to hold them that doesn't lead to pressing 6 different ones at once.

Thankfully companies have realised that what we really care about is having an epic sensor, perhaps a couple of extra buttons and comfort. Ergonomics often lead to mice being the curved shape that best suits right-handed people, which has meant that southpaws, and those of us who don't want a banana on a cord, have had a very short list to choose from for our new mouse.

Enter the SteelSeries Sensei. An ambidextrous sleek affair that concentrates mainly on customisation and comfort, whilst following the modern minimalist design school that is so popular.

Technical Specifications

A large proportion of the technical stuff will be covered in the next few pages, but here are the facts :

  • Weight: 102 grams (0.22 lbs)
  • Height: 38.7 mm (1.5 in)
  • Width: 68.3 mm (2.7 in)
  • Length: 125.5 mm (4.9 in)
  • Buttons : 8 (7 customisable)
  • Sensor : 1-11,400 CPI, 12000 FPS max, 150 inches per second
    Processor : 32 bit ARM. 75 MHz P1 equivalent

That's not everything as it has a swathe of technologies and lighting possibilities too, but that's getting ahead of ourselves. Let's take a look at it all shall we.

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Most Recent Comments

30-09-2011, 11:29:43

omg - that is some serious polling - looks nice tooQuote

30-09-2011, 11:34:31

It looks and performs amazingly . £90 is OK considering the amount of features you get.Quote

30-09-2011, 11:47:26

I was looking at this earlier and wondering if it would be a worthy replacement for my Steelseries Xai, looks like I have my answer Quote

30-09-2011, 13:41:02

Looks like a nice mouse

Don't see the reason for a LCD on the bottom of it but the features and the software look pretty nice.

Be nice if they did a cheaper version without the LCD screen.

Having the option to change the LED colours is a bit of a useless thing also but I guess some people buy hardware for what it looks like more than how it functions.

I was looking at the Xai a while ago as I used to use a Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 and the shape seems so much similar.

I ended up getting another Razer Deathadder tho.Quote

30-09-2011, 13:42:43

I have got the steelseries kinzu mouse that i bought from dabs gadget show even at wembley stadium a few years back, its a awesome mouse. The Sensei would be the ideal replacement for it Quote

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