SteelSeries Sensei Review

Some of you might be surprised that I’ve picked this mouse ($90) by SteelSeries as one of the top 5 gaming mice despite it having a relatively low rating (4.1). I’ve went over to check the unfavorable reviews on Amazon and it seems that most of these reviews have been caused by problems getting the driver and updates to work properly, but come on, really? That doesn’t warrant down voting the mouse just because you can’t get a simple software installation to work. We’re more interested in ...
8 Total Score
SteelSeries Sensei

A great mouse in terms of the comfort and precision it provides. Has a rather simple design however.

Amazon Rating
8.2
Editor's Rating
8
Build Quality
8.5
Features & Functions
7.5
Value For Money
8

steelseries-senseiSome of you might be surprised that I’ve picked this mouse ($90) by SteelSeries as one of the top 5 gaming mice despite it having a relatively low rating (4.1). I’ve went over to check the unfavorable reviews on Amazon and it seems that most of these reviews have been caused by problems getting the driver and updates to work properly, but come on, really? That doesn’t warrant down voting the mouse just because you can’t get a simple software installation to work. We’re more interested in how well the mouse actually works!

Performance Specifications

Now, let’s move on to the juicy part of the SteelSeries Sensei review. This baby has a maximum DPI of 11400, which is the highest of any mice we’ve ever seen, if that’s your thing. I’m convinced that you really don’t need more than 3000 DPI for any mouse at all but some opinions of others have differed. Regardless, the DPI is adjustable on-the-fly via a button which is located right below the middle scroll wheel which allows for easy access. This is great if you’d like to switch between the DPI settings for when you’re sniping.

Lighting and Buttons

Another truly great feature that this mouse comes with is its extensive LED customization options. Illumination is provided for its logo at the lower back area of the mouse, its scroll wheel as well as the DPI settings button and their color palette is virtually limitless. It has 4 side buttons (2 at the left and 2 at the right) which should be fairly sufficient for most gamers. I myself tend to only use the 2 additional left ones at the side. Beneath the mouse, they’ve also put in a little LCD display that will show the current profile that’s being used. I’m skeptical as to the usefulness of this little additional feature beneath the mouse but it does seem thoughtful on the part of the manufacturers.

Comfort

What I love most about it though is its comfort level. It fits the palm of my hands just perfectly and it has a very smooth feel as it glides over my mousepad. The mouse doesn’t come with an adjustable weight option but at 3.5 ounces, it’s basically a well-balanced average so it isn’t too light nor too heavy. If you have a Razer DeathAdder, they basically weigh the same. Indeed, the overall simplistic design and curves do resemble those of the DeathAdder, which is a great thing. The dimensions of it make it suitable for both palm and claw grip users. I’m a hybrid myself so this is a bonus for me.

The only complaint I have is the 2 oddly placed buttons at its right side. There’s a reason why the majority of the mice (which are designed mostly for right-handers) omit the placement of buttons at the right side as accidental clicks would tend to be common. Of course, you could argue that you could just unbind those buttons’ functions but that would really just defeat the purpose of having them there in the first place. Plus, despite being harmless after having removed of their functions, the buttons would just get in the way. To be fair, it is an ambidextrous gaming mouse, but I’d rather they make another version specifically suited to right-handers instead.

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Verdict

On the whole, the design of SteelSeries Sensei looks pretty simplistic and the grey version does look a tad bland. You should really check out the black and white (Fnatic) version in the first picture above as it looks a lot more funky, or you could also opt for the RAW version, as shown in the picture here. The primary difference, besides the color, would be the surface texture. With a price at $90 and with its quality leaning towards the higher end of the spectrum, I’d say it’s a great buy, just not the very best. Oh and a final interesting fact. IdrA (in case you’re unfamiliar with him, he was a professional and highly controversial Starcraft 2 player) had personally endorsed it in his Amazon review of the mouse.

PROS:

  • Extremely high DPI
  • Feels very smooth and comfortable to use
  • Excellent LED illumination options
  • Claimed by IdrA as the best mouse ever (not sure whether to place this in the pros or cons, but what the heck)

CONS:

  • Simplistic design
  • 2 additional buttons at its right side tend to get in the way