SteelSeries Sensei Pro Gaming Mouse Review

By on November 9, 2011
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This teacher will make you a master in your art.

Good: Complete customization of ExactTech and LED lights; Ambidextrous; 32bit ARM processor; All ExactTech settings can be done via rear LCD; 11,400 CPI laser sensor; Elegant finishing on the top
Bad: Left mouse button is slightly stiff and loud to click; LCD panel at the bottom of the mouse
Price: AED 459
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Now all of the above ExactTech settings can be done via the small LCD at the back of the mouse, just by holding down the CPI button and selecting and scrolling through the settings via the scroll wheel. Convenient as it is not to have a software on your PC, the SteelSeries Engine, which is the primary software for customizing the Sensei, is a must have nonetheless. Through this, you can customize everything in meticulous detail, including the buttons (so Southpaws can shift around the left & right commands) and the LED lights. Of course, all of the custom settings, including all the macros you have recorded via the software, can be assigned to one of the 8 available profiles. Saving the profile from the SteelSeries Engine to the Sensei (and vice versa) is a simple matter of drag and drop; the best profile management I’ve seen to date.

One last very cool feature, but ultimately useless to many, is the custom design or name you can have on the Sensei’s rear LCD panel. You can easily create a custom image on the SteelSeries website and upload it through the software, or just download some of the predesigned logos.

Honestly I can hardly find any flaws in the Sensei. The only thing I can think of is that the left-click feels a bit stiffer than the XAI; it’s a very pronounced “click” sound. Also, the LCD is in a very obscure place, but I guess many people will actually appreciate that as there’s no distraction, let alone real estate on the top for the LCD screen.

The SteelSeries Sensei is, quite easily, one of the best gaming mice I have used. The customization options within the software allow for an incredible amount of flexibility, which, when used properly, can really help you excel in your game of choice. It’s not just about precision with the Sensei; it’s about understanding your needs outside of pixel prefect rendition of hand movements, and translating that through ExactTech into an effective tool which gives you the edge in competitive gameplay.


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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.

  • Areek Nibras

    Where can I get this in Dubai?

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      Geekay Games and I think Sharaf DG.

  • Michael Aulia

    I’m using it at the moment :) Love the size and contour  - really comfortable to use

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