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My first impressions of the SteelSeries Sensei 310

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Sensei arrived today; just plugged it in. Love this thing already. I think I got a flawless one. biggrin.gif

It's actually almost too small for my liking, cuz my middle finger hangs off the end about 1cm, but the shape is comfortable. Almost as good as the ZA11 imo, but you know, the mouse is actually usable. My hand dimensions are 19.5 x 10.5 btw, and a full palm grip. My only nitpick about the shape is that, because I wear a ring on my right pinky, I'll accidentally push the right-back button if I'm lifting the mouse in a hurry.

The buttons overall are wonderful. The switches are great, and the main buttons take ever so slightly less force to click than any Logitech mouse I've used, excluding the early batches of the G Pro, which had even lighter clicks (man, I wish I had those back..) Love that; for me, it's lighter = better. If I had my way, I'd have a mouse with buttons that click with the weight of a finger, but these don't do that, which is good for everyone else. There's less than 1mm of travel on the main buttons; also good. The middle click is light as well, a great relief from Logitech's firm scroll wheel buttons. I might actually be able to use it for games. ;0 The side buttons, however, are nearly flush with the shell. Not that it makes them more difficult to push, but it just doesn't feel as good imo, when your thumb touches the side of the mouse while you push them. For me, the Mouse5 (Forward by default) is a bit of a stretch for my thumb to push. The back of the mouse flares out a bit, making it feel even further away than it already is. This wouldn't be a problem if the side buttons stuck out a little more.

Not much to say about the silicone side grips. They're not really bad, but I'd just rather the same plastic that makes up the shell of the mouse be there instead. The plastic feels less slippery on my very mildly moist hands from 10 minutes of holding the mouse than the grips do, so that kinda defeats the purpose of them imo. SS said they kept them because the testers found them comfortable, so I was expecting them to be sorta cushion-y, but no. They're pretty firm and they don't give any. If the side grips on the G403 are a 10 (which I think they are), and the G502 a 7, these are a 5 or less. I wanted to note that the plastic that makes up the shell feels rougher than what Logitech uses, but in no way worse. Perhaps it's actually better for people who find it difficult to grip Logitech's mice with dry hands.

Haven't played around with the software a lot just yet, but I noticed a few things.

The Macro Editor records mouse clicks, even with delays, which is cool. Razer's software has this too; idk why Logitech doesn't. It's a useful feature. Scroll Up and Scroll Down can be bound to functions; also something Logitech doesn't have. I would actually use this. ;0 The gradients for the lights are flippin cool, and the angle snapping and acceleration can be adjusted to certain degrees as well, and not just be turned On or Off. Not something I think I'd ever use, but it's another feature nonetheless.

Could just be placebo, but the sensor feels better. At least, the TrueMove3's 800 DPI feels more precise than the 3366 in my G900 or G403 (the only mice and DPI I've compared it to thus far). I'd be more fair to Logitech and wait for some real testing before saying that one is better than the other, though. Maybe it's the position of the sensor on the mouse that I've never used? Does Logitech do all of their 3366 mice the same? I mean relative to the mouse that it's in, so that it feels the same across all their mice, cuz idk.

Spent a lot of time writing this now. Just gonna give the mouse a quick rating before I go.

Build Quality: 10
Sensor: 10
Buttons: 9 (-1 for sub-optimal side buttons imo)
Software: Cool (haven't messed around with it yet)
Mouse Feet: Don't feel bad on my ShidenKai MID

Overall: 9.7 out of 10? lol
Edited by Avalar - 9/14/17 at 10:21pm
post #2 of 24
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Thought I would post this in another thread so that others could benefit from my experience. biggrin.gif
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Could just be placebo,

It is just placebo.
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It is just placebo.

A happy one at least ^-^
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Yeah, placebo but who cares. drunken.gif Glad you found a mouse you like enough hang onto for a while and thanks for sharing. thumb.gif
     
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post #6 of 24
You're a lucky one with the clicks then I guess. The Sensei and Rival 310's I had both had ridiculous pre and post travel and the clicks were harder than on my G403.
post #7 of 24
My clicks are light but my lmb has a rattle if shaken in the air
Also my scroll wheel is worse on my sensei, it doesn't have a tactile feel for each step just kinda scrolls

I won't bother for rma since a new one would be from same batch. Despite this i love it and will be sticking with it. Also be warned once the skates break in.. it will glide faster so your aim will be thrown off for a few days lol.
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Could just be placebo, but the sensor feels better.

but does it feel RAW?
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but does it feel RAW?

The raw chicken salmonella kinda RAW?
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but does it feel RAW?

Yes, the sensor is extremely under-cooked, I would say.
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