SteelSeries Sensei

SteelSeries has a reputation for making high quality gaming peripherals, and they certainly continue to live up to that reputation with the Sensei. The SteelSeries Sensei is an ambidextrous, wired, 8 button gaming mouse that, despite its initially plain look, is about the furthest from plain you can get without being a R.A.T.

Considering its ambidextrous build, the Sensei is surprisingly comfortable. It is perfect for both claw and palm grips, and the action on the left and right buttons makes it easy to press even back by the DPI switch. A slight drawback to the ambidextrous build is that the side buttons are a little too easy to hit on accident, and they are very sensitive, so if your grip slips, it is pretty unforgiving. After gaming with the Sensei for a few days, I became aware enough of the buttons that I rarely press them unintentionally – but the fact that you may potentially have to adjust your grip to avoid that is noteworthy. The Sensei also offers no options for customizing grip or weight, which is not all that surprising for an ambidextrous mouse.

Once we get past the body and get to the guts, the Sensei really starts to shine. First of all, the mouse stores all of your custom settings, so you can move it from device to device and maintain everything. Up to 5 separate profiles can be stored via the on-board memory, and unlimited profiles can be stored on your computer. If you do end up storing profiles on the mouse itself, there is an LCD display on the bottom that shows you which profile you currently have selected, so you don’t have to have the driver software installed to switch profiles. As far as sensitivity, the Sensei offers an insane amount of control, from 1 to 11,400 CPI(DPI), adjustable in increments of 1, and that’s just the beginning. You can also adjust the lift distance, acceleration, led colors, and even the bitmap that is displayed on the bottom of the mouse.

For those that are interested, here’s a list of the specs from the manufacture’s site:

– 1 to 5700 Adjustable CPI / 11400 DPCI
– 1 ms Response Rate / 1000 Hz Polling Rate
– 150 Inches Per Second (IPS)
– 30 g Acceleration

– Weight: 102 g (0.22 lbs)
– Height: 38.7 mm (1.52 in)
– Width: 68.3 mm (2.69 in)
– Length: 125.5 mm (4.94 in)
– Cable Length: 2 m (6.5 ft)

Weighing in at $80, the Sensei boasts more customization than most other mice for the money, and way more than any other southpaw friendly mouse in its price range.

Manufacturer: SteelSeries
Model: Sensei
Price at time of review:
$80

Review sample provided by the manufacturer.

SteelSeries has a reputation for making high quality gaming peripherals, and they certainly continue to live up to that reputation with the Sensei. The SteelSeries Sensei is an ambidextrous, wired, 8 button gaming mouse that, despite its initially plain look, is about the furthest from plain you can get without being a R.A.T. Considering its ambidextrous build, the Sensei is surprisingly comfortable. It is perfect for both claw and palm grips, and the action on the left and right buttons makes it easy to press even back by the DPI switch. A slight drawback to the ambidextrous build is that the side buttons are a little too easy to hit on accident, and they are very sensitive, so if your grip slips, it is pretty unforgiving. After gaming with the Sensei for a few days, I became aware enough of the buttons that I rarely press them unintentionally - but the fact that you may potentially have to adjust your grip to avoid that is noteworthy. The Sensei also offers no options for customizing grip or weight, which is not all that surprising for an ambidextrous mouse. Once we get past the body and get to the guts, the Sensei really starts to shine. First of all, the mouse stores all of your custom settings, so you can move it from device to device and maintain everything. Up to 5 separate profiles can be stored via the on-board memory, and unlimited profiles can be stored on your computer. If you do end up storing profiles on the mouse itself, there is an LCD display on the bottom that shows you which profile you currently have selected, so you don't have to have the driver software installed to switch profiles. As far as sensitivity, the Sensei offers an insane amount of control, from 1 to 11,400 CPI(DPI), adjustable in increments of 1, and that's just the beginning. You can also adjust the lift distance, acceleration, led colors, and even the bitmap that is displayed on the bottom of the mouse. For those that are interested, here's a list of the specs from the manufacture's site: - 1 to 5700 Adjustable CPI / 11400 DPCI - 1 ms Response Rate / 1000 Hz Polling Rate - 150 Inches Per Second (IPS) - 30 g Acceleration - Weight: 102 g (0.22 lbs) - Height: 38.7 mm (1.52 in) - Width: 68.3 mm (2.69 in) - Length: 125.5 mm (4.94 in) - Cable Length: 2 m (6.5 ft) Weighing in at $80, the Sensei boasts more customization than most other mice for the money, and way more than any other southpaw friendly mouse in its price range. Manufacturer: SteelSeries Model: Sensei Price at time of review: $80 Review sample provided by the manufacturer. [taq_review]

Steel Series Sensei

Build Quality - 8
Features - 10

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Weighing in at $80, the Sensei boasts more customization than most other mice for the money, and way more than any other southpaw friendly mouse in its price range.

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