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Steelseries Sensei Raw

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After people asked for a more stripped down version of the Sensei, steelseries has recently released 2 new gaming mice, the Sensei raw Rubberized and the Sensei Raw Glossy.

Atter trying different type of glossy and rubberized mice I find that

Rubberized will fit people that tend to get sweaty hands.
Glossy will fit people that tend to have more dry hands.
The normal Sensei have a "metallic" coating that is similar to the glossy version though it gives more grip.


Sensei vs Sensei Raw?
Basicly the Sensei raw is the same as Sensei without ALL the useless stuff, at a cheaper price and even have some benefits like a lower weight!

So why would anyone get the normal Sensei?
5 onboard profiles instead of 1
You absolutely need to be able to change the color
The coating
Wanting to add prediction or change the lift off distance
Wanting to change settings and save them unto the mouse without using software

nothing that justifies paying 30$ more imo, especially since most people usually perform better with a mouse lower than 100g.

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Sensor: The sensai is using the Avago 9500 which is a great sensor but still with flaws


It have the HIGHEST perfect control and malfunction speed in any sensor I have tested and it perform consistent high throughout the dpi range of 90-5670, which no optical sensor has managed to match so far. This is one of the benefits of using a laser sensor like the avago 9500, if you for some reason need to use a higher dpi rating.

Results for 450-810dpi and with 500-1000hz. Added results for 5670dpi also

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Enotus mouse test is ofcourse not that accurate on giving the exact perfect control speed, but it will show if the mouse have a high, or low perfect control speed.

Theres no Jitter whatsoever

Theres no prediction and unlike the normal Sensei you can't add that

Although you can't adjust the Lift off distance like in the normal Sensei, the lift off distance is just perfect at around 2mm it should be neither too high or too low for most people.





Weight and dimensions: The dimensions are EXACTLY the same as the Sensei or Xai, but it weighs less. The weight is in my oppinion, a huge benefit of the RAW versions, since I find that the perfect weight of a gaming mouse should be between 80-90g

Weight: 90 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)

If I had to chose one shape that works well with most grip styles, this would be it! It works quite well with all grip styles like palm, claw or fingertip but its not guaranteed to fit everyone.



Build quality, coating and the cord:

The cord is very thick and quite stiff, but its of high quality. Most people will probally find it too stiff, but if you are using a mouse bungee it will actually be better than a more flexible and thin cord, since you can have a longer cord without it touching the table.

The coating is the same as in most mice with rubber coating.

Overall it seems to be just as high quality as the normal Sensei, which means its of a very high quality. No design flaws, rattling scrollwheel or being able to actuate the side buttons by pressing the sides.



The buttons and scrollwheel:

The two main buttons have a good feedback and I would say they neither require too much pressure or too little. The cm storm spawn for example is very easy to press while zowie mico is very hard to press. This sits somewhere in between

Side buttons are mushy and have a long travel distance, which is to be expected as all mice have that.

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 2 options


You can install the software, put all the settings you want and then save 1 profile 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

The software is very basic so you can only change the most basic things.

Macro's and bind the different buttons to whatever you like
Polling rate from 125-250-500-1000
Dpi levels from 90-5670 in increments of 90
LED fromlow. medium to high and ON, Pulsating slow, medium or fast


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Edited by HaiiYaa - 8/19/12 at 4:48pm
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Thx for the test.
It is good, I only don't like imageshack, it is slow as hell.

  • Which mousepad did you use?
  • And I think you have a mistake there:
    "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"
    I think it is only one profile.
  • Is the Raw glossy hard to get, too in other countries than Germany?
    Here we have 25 retailer webshops listed for the Raw rubber: http://geizhals.at/de/756296
    and only 4 webshops for glossy: http://geizhals.at/de/756290

Edited by karod - 8/19/12 at 4:47pm
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Thx for the test.
It is good, I only don't like imageshack, it is slow as hell.
  • Which mousepad did you use?
  • And I think you have a mistake there:
    "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"
    I think it is only one profile.
  • Is the Raw glossy hard to get, too in other countries than Germany?
    Here we have 25 retailer webshops listed for the Raw rubber: http://geizhals.at/de/756296
    and only 4 webshops for glossy: http://geizhals.at/de/756290
I used the artisan hayate and steelseries qck. I corrected the mistake

and in my country the glossy version is just as easy to get as the rubberized version
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Hayiaa did it perform good on the qck I use 9hd but i want know how it performed on a cloth pad great review
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Hayiaa did it perform good on the qck I use 9hd but i want know how it performed on a cloth pad great review

It does perform good on clothpads. For some reason the older mice using the avago 9500 sensor would get a huge amount of acceleration on clothpads but with newer mice like the sensei raw the acceleration is quite minimal and not something most people will notice. There will be up to 4-5% acceleration on clothpads
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How do the profiles work? I noticed it's listed as supporting only 1 profile on board, so do you have to have the application loaded in order to adjust via the profile button under the scroll wheel? I'm guessing a benefit to the original Sensei would be the ability to store profiles with different DPI on board and use no software.

Also, compared to the original, does it track and perform pretty much the same minus the weight?
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Does it have the dust in sensor issue like the xai? I know I ask this a lot, but people don't seem to know for sure. Some say it doesn't then I read other forums where poeple seem to be describing an issue like it.
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Originally Posted by tahayassen View Post

According to the below thread, this mouse has prediction.
http://www.overclock.net/t/854100/mouse-sensor-technology-guide-v2-0-being-updated-28-july-2012
Not sure where you grabbed that from..
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Originally Posted by tahayassen View Post

According to the below thread, this mouse has prediction.
http://www.overclock.net/t/854100/mouse-sensor-technology-guide-v2-0-being-updated-28-july-2012

This mouse has no prediction. You can enable prediction with different version of same mouse.
Apparently sensor issues are way complicated for you and you are looking to 1st gaming mouse as Deathadder.

P.S. Good review as always. thumb.gif
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