SteelSeries Sensei Gaming Mouse Review

Author: AkG
Date: December 10, 2011
Product Name: Sensi
Warranty: 1 Year (NA), 2 Years (EU)
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The current peripheral landscape is cluttered with so called “gaming mice” that feature enough marketing lingo to make them all sound like the Second Coming. Unfortunately this situation makes choosing the proper mouse for your needs next to impossible. Nonetheless, there are some key variables that experienced gamers tend to focus upon: ergonomics, features, software and price. On paper the new SteelSeries Sensei hits all of these crucial areas and appears to be a gaming enhancement peripheral worthy of accolades.

SteelSeries has built their reputation upon a solid foundation by giving hardcore gamers what they want, need and desire without any extraneous baubles or gimmicks. Their mice are always cutting edge, hard core gaming peripherals the reflect SteelSeries’ extremely conservative nature. When you buy one you don’t expect it to have gimmicky OLED screens, flashing lights, slip-on over-molded grips, or anything which could possibly take away from your gaming enjoyment. It is simply made to work well in a variety of situations without adding a bunch of unnecessary fluff.

To create the Sensei, the ambidextrous “Xai” design was used but a few additional twists were added. SteelSeries crammed in processing power equivalent to the original Pentium CPU and then added a touch of flash in the form of three distinct illumination zones. This oddball light show makes the Sensei unique amongst SteelSeries mice but it does come with three individually adjustable zones; each capable of producing any one of 16.8 million colors. Some may decry such a “mainstream” feature from a company known for their understated designs but hey, its there if you want it and can be turned off with the flick of a switch.

With a MSRP of $89.99, the Sensei is just as expensive as their Xai Laser, which may seem expensive at first glance but the competition’s offerings are usually priced higher and sport fewer features. Nonetheless, in a market that’s veritably littered with comparable products, the Sensei will need to find a way to stand out


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