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Customizing Sensei to be usable

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I've owned a Xai and a Sensei. The Xai felt good for weight balance, the Sensei not only felt too heavy, but the weight balance felt off like it wasn't distributed well either. I just opened mine up to see what could be done about it and removed all the LED's and wires, the LCD screen, wires and screws, then discovered the main weight problem was a second circuit board mounted in the upper housing of the mouse.

The top circuit board has the micro switches for the side buttons and the DPI changer. It has a ton of metal on it, which looked like steel to me. With this and all the other non-essential things removed, I got the mouse to be even lighter than a Xai now. It's only a 3 button mouse now, but oh well, it's so light and tracks really nice for an Avago9500 mouse that it more than makes up for it. It has that kind of hollow/light feel, like a microsoft wheelmouse/intellimouse.

To change mouse settings now, I just load up the driver, put settings into memory, then uninstall the program and it's done.

The only problem left is that I don't like the metallic shell of the Sensei. It doesn't really have enough grip, not to mention it's pretty ugly. I plan on sand papering the metallic shell off. Anybody got any ideas on what I could use to repaint it that would be decent for a mouse? I was thinking of something glossy black, but maybe there's a better kind of coating I could use.
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keep the sensei and buy steelseries raw? lighter and uses rubber/glossy shell
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Would it be possible to easily remove the front right side button if i opened up the mouse? I don't want to hurt the mouse or anything but I'd love to get rid of that thing. It's right where i put my finger and it would be nice to have it just gone instead of taped over like i have now.
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Opening the mouse isn't dangerous at all, it's very easy to take apart and put back together. You just lose your mouse feet doing it. You could either attempt to rip out the microswitches on the top PCB (the one that only controls thumb buttons + DPI button and nothing else) which would be the harder route, or you could disable the buttons by filing down the contact points on the switch/inside of button housing, or just knock the buttons out.

I would probably recommend just filing off the contact points so the buttons remain there but don't do anything if you press it in.

edit: I forgot to mention, my Sensei shipped to me with a much harder to press left button than right button. After taking it apart and putting it back together again, the buttons now seem to have similar pressure for activating them and the left one seems easier to press.
Edited by r0ach - 3/28/12 at 3:12am
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