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Steelseries Sensei

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http://steelseries.com/products/mice/steelseries-sensei


As Steelseries claimed the Sensei to be the most customizable mouse It got me very interested in it.

Theres no mouse out there that will fit everyones needs, but the Sensei is probally the closest to achieving that, because of the shape and the customization available. That is, if you can live with the sensor having some slight acceleration.





Sensor: The sensai is using the Avago 9500 sensor which, in my opinion is the best laser sensor available today


It have the HIGHEST perfect control and malfunction speed in any sensor today(If you have the right mousepad), but its not without flaws. On most softpads like the steelseries qck, puretrak talent it have up to 4-5% inconsistent positive acceleration depending on how fast you move so you need to make sure you can live with that. There is however exceptions like the Artisan Hayate or the Artisan Shiden-Kai where the acceleration is very minimal, the most I got out of it was 1-3%acceleration on those pads. Otherwise I would suggest getting a hardpad

Theres no Jitter whatsoever

Theres no prediction as default, however you theres you can choose between 10 different amount of prediction in the software

Lift off distance is PERFECT and theres even 28 different options to either lower or increase it.





Weight and dimensions: The dimensions are EXACTLY the same as the Xai, but with 4g added(Probally because of the new ARM processor and LEDs)

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)

This shape works very well for both palm and clawgrip






Build quality, coating and the cord:

The cord is thick and braided so its not THAT flexible, however its of very high build quality.

The same can be said about the rest of the mouse. Its very very high build quality. Infact after being through almost 30 gaming mice I can't remember any other mouse made this well thumbsupsmiley.png

The coating is PERFECT with the top being "metal" coating and the sides of some kind of grippy rubber coating. It feels good and theres no problems with neither grip or sweating.

Overall I'm very impressed with the build quality and coating




The buttons and scrollwheel:

All the have a great feedback both in terms and feel and sound. They neither require too much or too little to actuate and the travel distance is low

The scrollwheel is extremely smooth and silent and I would say its almost too smooth but thats a prefence. As far as scrollwheels go its easy to click





Software:

Theres 3 options

You can choose not to install the software and instead use with the LCD display on the backside of the SteelSeries Sensei, you can customize all settings.

You can install the software, put all the settings you want and then save up to 5 different profiles on to the mouse. And then uninstall the software

Or you can install the software and make an (unlimited?) amount of profiles. It leaves you with the option to make a profile for each game

I will now go through the different settings you can make with the software

icon_macro.pngAdvanced Macros
Not usually something I use, but definately useful for some people. In most gaming mice I find that you could only record either short macros but in the sensei you can record VERY long macros, including keystrokings and you can even time them.

icon_pathcorrection.pngPrediction
Theres 10 different options for prediction. On the lowest settings its very weak and hard to feel and on the highest setting you are basicly drawing squares when you try to draw circles biggrin.gif

icon_lift_distance.pngEXACTLIFT(Lift off distance)
Theres 28 options for the lift off distance which is great, as different surfaces will give different lift off distances.

Technology-Icon1.pngEXACTAIM
Basicly the opposite of acceleration. You can use it to deaccelerate the mouse as you move the mouse slower. Theres 10 different options

Technology-Icon1.pngEXACTACCEL
Acceleration, where you have 10 different options. Luckily its consistent and exponential so it can be quite useful for games like quake

Technology-Icon1.pngYou can choose from 30-5700dpi( Or 5700-11400 doubled by ARM processor) by increments of 1. The avago 9500 sensor normally only do it by increments of 100 so I had my doubts on how how it would perform on the hardware interpolated settings but I'm glad to say it doesn't perform any worse on those setttings between the hundreds.

LIGHT-EM-UP.pngYou can choose the colours for the mousewheel, dpi meter and on the back of the mouse in 16.8 million different colours.

icon_lcd.pngYou can upload your own bitmap picture for the lcd at the bottom. And you can even change the brightness and contrast of the lcd menu.

You can change the polling rate to either 1000-500-250-125hz.

You can record the amount of button presses.


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Edited by HaiiYaa - 9/20/11 at 3:41am
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Another amazing review as always
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great review. thank you!
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Haiiyaa, I was extremely skeptical about reading your reviews since you're pretty biased by steelseries products.

But buddy, you did a great job highlighting the sensor's downfalls as well as the mouse's strengths. Great job dude.
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How does metal'ish the coating feel? Is it very smooth? Does it get either sticky or slippery after a while like some plastic finishes on other mice when your hands sweat(the MX518 for example)?
Also, did you test it on any other pads besides the ones that you allready mentioned? Where there any tracking issues with certain surfaces? And how did it track with different pooling rates?
Edited by Lamaboi - 9/15/11 at 4:43pm
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Originally Posted by Lamaboi;14950488 
How does metal'ish the coating feel? Is it very smooth? Does it get either sticky or slippery after a while like some plastic finishes on other mice when your hands sweat(the MX518 for example)?
Also, did you test it on any other pads besides the ones that you allready mentioned? Where there any tracking issues with certain surfaces? And how did it track with different pooling rates?


The coating feels very smooth and doesn't get sticky or slippery although I can imagine you need to clean it from time to time more often than you normally would.

I tested with steelseries qck, puretrak talent, artisan hayate, artisan shiden-kai, steelseries 9hd and steelseries 5L. There was no loss of tracking on any of the surfaces although the qck and puretrak talent increase the acceleration
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Great, thanks for the answers!
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Nice review, thanks - I was really keen on the Sensei until I learned the sensor had acceleration issues (though apparently minimal on the right surface). What's your 360?
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Oh gosh this is a gorgeous mouse! I really wish they would move away from that silly sensor though. They know most professionals use cloth pads. -_-
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Originally Posted by cliffstah;14951198 
Nice review, thanks - I was really keen on the Sensei until I learned the sensor had acceleration issues (though apparently minimal on the right surface). What's your 360?

45cm/360


Btw EXACTAIM actually works quite well for fps games. Its PERFECT for quakelive as it slows down when using the railgun so you can be more accurate with it

Its perfect for games where you need to switch between faster shooting weapons to sniping weapons
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