SteelSeries Sensei Pro Gaming Mouse Review

By on November 9, 2011

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As far as the rest of the hardware is concerned, the Sensei boasts two features that are class leading: the 32bit ARM processor, and the 11,400 CPI laser sensor. Now the ARM processor, which SteelSeries claims is as fast as the first Pentium 75MHz CPU, may seem a bit of an overkill for a mouse, but it’s this component that puts the Sensei head and shoulders above all other gaming mice. The 32bit ARM processor helps in all facets of the Sensei’s features, giving you a smooth experience as all features work in harmony. In fact, one of the reasons the Sensei is able to use the ridiculously huge 11,400 CPI is simply because of the ARM processor.

The other aspect of the ARM processor’s use is in the ExactTech which is a combination of a host of onboard features that makes the Sensei so legendary. So first off, you have ExactLift, which allows you to adjust sensor readings at different lifting distances. This comes in very handy when you have different surfaces to use. However, this is one feature that I suspect not many people will use because everybody has their preferred mouse pad they stick to.

Next up is one of the most impressive features of the Sensei, the ExactAim. This basically drops the sensitivity of the Sensei as your mouse movement slows down. So when you’re all zoomed into your rifle scope, you won’t be getting wild swings for the intensely slow movements you make to pull of that perfect headshot.

ExactAccel is the polar opposite of ExactAim, which is basically the Sensei accelerating your cursor over larger screen areas. So when you want to select a specific menu on a multi-monitor setup, going from one screen to a specific area of the other is achieved with one fluid motion.

ExactSens is basically the sensitivity control of the Sensei, which allows you to select between two separate sensitivity values using the CPI button (per profile). As with the XAI, I prefer this method of switching mouse sensitivity rather than the increase/decrease buttons on many gaming mice because I like to know precisely where I stand at any given moment, instead of guessing whether I have the right sensitivity or not. And thanks to the different colors that can be assigned to the two CPI settings, it’s even easier to know what CPI setting I currently have.

The final feature I want to touch upon is something that I know many people are irritated with, something SteelSeries calls FreeMove, or path correction as we all know it. Most people with a good mouse surface will probably disable this feature, but consider an intense firefight where you want to level out your machine gun in a straight horizontal line to lay down some effective cover fire, that’s where a little bit of path correction can come in real handy. Heck, even Photoshop and other editing software cane really benefit from FreeMove and ExactAim.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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