I’ll admit, I have been a long time skeptic of wireless peripherals (and still am, with a few exceptions). However, I was a huge fan of the original Sensei and was very curious to see how the wireless version stood up. Before we get into it, I’ll say this. The Sensei Wireless tops its predecessor in every way, and that is really saying something. Since I received it (just before the holidays) I haven’t put it down, figuratively of course.
The Sensei Wireless ships with a USB powered charging cradle / wireless receiver. Rather than constantly replace batteries, the SS Sensei just needs to be set on the charging cradle when not in use, and you never have to think about batteries again – at least not for an impressive 16 hours when the battery needs to be charged again. Combined with the RGB lighting and the SteelSeries driver we are given the option for visual cues for battery level, giving warning before the battery just dies – which brings me to one of my favorite features of the Sensei Wireless.
While it is primarily a wireless mouse, the Sensei Wireless could have been called the Sensei Hybrid. If you are in a seriously long gaming session, or forget to dock your mouse and the battery somehow dies before you remember to dock it, the Sensei Wireless has a wired mode. Yeah, I know, I geeked out about it too. The USB cable that attaches to the charging station is actually removable, and can plug directly into the mouse, allowing for simultaneous use and charging. One thing that was a little bit of a hassle was the release mechanism for disconnecting the USB cable from the mouse itself. It takes a little finesse to get it right, and could probably have been designed a little better – but I have only needed to use wired mode for testing purposes anyways.
I did say the Sensei Wireless topped its predecessor in every way, so lets get to specs. Like its predecessor, the Sensei Wireless is ambidextrous. The build quality on this thing is fantastic. Now, I wouldn’t suggest throwing it at a wall or anything, but it is actually a pretty solid little mouse. Weighing in just over 4 ounces, it feels like a premium product. It has an adjustable 8200 dpi sensor, 1ms response rate, and 1000Hz polling rate. Yes, it really is a wireless mouse with better responsiveness than your wired one.
Over a few months of use I haven’t had a single issue with input lag in wired or wireless modes, and couldn’t be happier with the Sensei Wireless. Considering the rather steep $140 price tag, I will be very sad when this one finally gives up on me, only because that means I will be spending another $140. This is hands down my favorite mouse to date, and I really don’t anticipate any competition for that title any time soon.
Model: Sensei Wireless
Price at time of review: $140
Review sample provided by the manufacturer.
Build Quality - 10
This is hands down my favorite mouse to date, and I really don't anticipate any competition for that title any time soon.
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