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Alright, we all know that the extra DPI on the Sensei is nothing more than marketing. What I am interested in is how easy each one is to grip. I have had my Xai for about 6 months now and it is working fine, but I am worried that when it breaks there will not be a fitting mouse on the market to replace it. I know the Sensei is basically a copy of the Xai, just with some lights and (if this really matters at all) double the DPI. However, the top of each mouse is one more difference that not too many people seem to be wondering about so I am asking now.

Is the plastic top of the Sensei harder to grip than the rubber coating on the Xai? Does it get slick after your hands get a little sweaty? If you have owned both of the mice then I would really like to hear from you!
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I would get the XAI, especially since it is only $45 on newegg refurbished.

Best mouse I've ever owned. Its worked great for FPS and MMO's for the last 8 months
post #3 of 10
I own both of them and i prefer the sensi over the xai, While the sensor is pretty much the same The sensi performs better than the xai for me even on cloth pads it works alot better than the xai,

But i do use a hard pad now so doesn't really matter but the sensi just feels alot better performance wise, Pretty much feels like a optical mouse which im a big fan of and i have a good bit of opticals. And also lasers lol.

For the coating i prefer rubber coating on my mice, But the sensi plastic coating doesint feel that bad at all as i thought it would,

Now im not sure how it would be in the hot weather yet with sweat but so far its not bothering me and its not hard too grip at all. The lights i could care less about because that's not why i bought it, I just wanted too see how it is and i like the performance of it and its my main mouse now. which the cm spawn was my last main mouse and before that was the deathvadder black ed.

I also don't care about high dpi either because i mostly use between 1000 too 1500dpi which works perfect on this mouse for me.


If you want you can always buy it from amazon and if you dont like it send it back sense they are good with returns, Thats what i was going too do if i didint like it.
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Thanks, I will take a look at their return policy. smile.gif
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post #5 of 10
I would get the Sensei Fnatic edition over the standard, it has a rubberized top and glossy sides. It just feels better imo.
post #6 of 10
Sensai is pretty expensive just for higher DPI and a better laser. I loved the grip when I first used my Xai but that's gone now due to heavy usage.

Although if I had the budget when my Xai breaks I'll probably fork out for the sensai or by then a new model. I'd wait til yours breaks, Steel series have found the perfect shape for a mouse in my opinion.
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I prefer the Xai.
The Sensei looks nice, and the shell looked awesome.
When I received my Sensei it was broken, on top of that the shell was made out of some really cheap looking / feeling plastic.
For $90.. come on now.

The Fnatic however looks a bit more appealing over the standard Sensei.
post #8 of 10
I replaced my XAI with a Sensei and after turning off the LEDs it feels the same. The top is a little slicker but hasn't caused me any problems.

Loved the XAI but the ridge that contacted the mouse button 1 switch wore through so I had to press hard to register.
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Is the plastic top of the Sensei harder to grip than the rubber coating on the Xai? Does it get slick after your hands get a little sweaty? If you have owned both of the mice then I would really like to hear from you!
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there is no picture there. BTW. I decided to get the Zowie AM. I love this mouse too! It feels a lot smaller than the Xai for sure but it is much lighter and I really like the shape. Some people might not like the sides, but I find them quite nice. Makes me grasp the mouse a little harder and that seems to make me forget I am holding a mouse tongue.gif Plus the mouse buttons are SO much nicer to press! M1 and M2 are a little harder to press (just a little) but they click more audibly and feel so much better! The side buttons are very similar in how they are different as well. They are not nearly as "squishy" as the side buttons on the Xai and they have a much nicer click to them as well. Overall I really like this mouse a lot more than the Xai, the only thing I want to be different is that I want the middle click to be a little easier to press. That is it though! Even the colors of the mouse just look so cool! I am a HUGE fan of black and red (used red LED fans on my HAF-X for an accented color) and this mouse even matches the computer. Really, it is the best mouse for me right now. smile.gif
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Is the plastic top of the Sensei harder to grip than the rubber coating on the Xai? Does it get slick after your hands get a little sweaty?

The top coating feels more slick when I run my fingers over it. I have noticed no difference while gaming with the Sensai, it feels like a XAI to me. It hasn't gotten slick or sweaty. I use fingertip grip, if that makes any difference to you, so the only part of the top that I touch is the mouse buttons. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase, just wish they would sell these things cheaper. Around the $60 mark like the G500 would be nice.
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