|Item model number||62150|
|Item Weight||14.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||7.9 x 6.8 x 2.3 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||7.9 x 6.8 x 2.3 inches|
|Batteries||1 AA batteries required.|
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SteelSeries Sensei Laser Gaming Mouse - Grey
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- SteelSeries ExactSens, FreeMove, ExactAim, and ExactLift
- User defined bitmaps for the onmouseLCD
- Ambidextrous shape
- Programmable macro buttons
- Driverless plug-and-play, and Gold-plated USB connector
- Programmable macro buttons
- Ambidextrous shape
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Based off the critically acclaimed Xai gaming mouse, the SteelSeries Sensei is a top of the line laser gaming mousededicated to suiting tournament level players. It features a highly sophisticated firmware that allows for multipleadjustments of the sensor functionality, as well as complex macros to customize the mouse to the user’s specificdesires. With the SteelSeries Engine and illumination present on the design, the Sensei has a new look, both on theoutside and on the inside. At the same time though, the Sensei still retains all the features that the original Xai is knownfor such as its ambidextrous design, the ability to save different profiles on board, and the LED panel to customize themouse on the fly.
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I had a SteelSeries Sensei RAW for years, and it was great for everything I used it for. When it finally came time to replace it, ended up buying another. But in less than 3 months, this mouse is already looking like it's headed for the trash can. In general, it functions just as well as the last one I had, but this mouse puts out a horrible, high-pitch noise when it's idle. For more than 30 seconds after you stop moving the mouse, or if you bump it, or the table shakes a bit, there is a sustained high-pitch tone that I cannot drown out. And while it's less obvious when competing with other noises, for me it is still quite noticeable, and it's driving me insane.
Typically, this mouse is excellent. Mine seems to have been improperly handled or has faulty software, and unfortunately I am just out the money I paid. I would recommend buying from SteelSeries directly. Either this seller has inferior products or the RAW is not being manufactured as well these days. Unfortunate, but I will be looking into other brands and most definitely will be using direct sellers.
However, as you can see the cosmetic silver coating or finish or whatever you want to call it wears off quite quickly, particularly in the bottom right corner (I am right-handed). This is from casual gaming use. Although I like the simple design of this mouse and the low profile side buttons, the cheap material quality is quite evident. I don't have particularly sweaty palms, but this happened nonetheless. I'll still give Steelseries another chance. It seems like the material quality is much better on their higher end products. So keep that in mind that it's not all about the additional features. Their headsets are a prime example. The lower end headsets not only have less features but are made from cheaper materials.
At first the mouse felt great no problems, now I'm getting tracking issues where I cant draw straight lines anymore and overall xy axis slow down and it feels sluggish. The mouse wheel is also starting a to have a mind of it's own as well going back up pages or down with no input. (I've tried cleaning it and cleaning the mouse pad, so I don't think its dirt, I've also rolled back drives as well and reinstalled windows... so I think its hardware.)
Overall I'm giving it three stars since yes it did work at the start but did not last as long as my various old mouse did.
I've had this mouse for less than a year. I loved the overall size and comfort of the mouse and was very happy with it until I began to have scrolling issues. At first I thought that the problem was software (driver) related but after uninstalling and reinstalling the driver(s) several times I began to search google for help. Come to find out that many others have had issues with this mouse and other model from the same company. There is a "fix" but requires taking apart, cleaning and or adjusting the hardware. I have had other gaming mice within the same price range that still work after years of abuse, albeit with rubber and paint missing, but still working. I will not be recommending this product or other products from this company unless they worked really hard to make this right to me and all of the other customers that have experienced this problem. I don't believe that they "owe" me, but I do believe that I will be replacing my mouse with another brand.
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Before buying this I already owned a Sensei RAW Glossy edition (with the glossy coating) - that was my favourite mouse but this one is just even better! not only does the coating feel more comfortable and smoother, the mouse buttons also have a more satisfying feel to them - the glossy version feels more clicky/flimsy, but these have a more solid and very consistent press to them.
I am a hardcore Moba/RTS gamer as well as occasional FPS gamer so the performance is the 2nd most important thing to me, and as I already said the feel of the mouse clicks is near perfect on this mouse, the middle-mouse button is the best middle mouse button I've ever tried (perfect for scrolling the screen and clicking down fast).
Finally as for the sensor - I find it to be perfectly good. No noticeable acceleration or jumping tbh.
This is the mouse I've been searching for for ages, and I don't imagine anything will beat it (for my personal taste of course) for quite a while.
Simple design - distinct lack of gamer frills.
Software that allows for a good degree of customisability and a useful interface for adding custom macros.
I've found the tracking excellent in games as well as software like Illustrator and AutoCAD.
One of the reasons I bought this mouse was because it has extra buttons on both sides - I like to use my ring finger to hit the buttons on right side of the mouse, but the tactility of the buttons is pretty poor. They're mushy and it can be difficult to tell the difference between them just by touch. I'm slowly getting used to them, but I miss how clicky the buttons on the cheaper Perixx model the Sensei has replaced.
I found the mouse to be overly large therefore slightly uncomfortable but I liked the software with the mouse which allowed me to change it to left handed mode and slow it down a little, You should of seen the confusion on my friends face as he tried to use the mouse after all he is a stereotypical right hander :) Welcome to my world.
In my opinion it is a good price for what it iscunlike some of the other brands out their that are totally extortionate and you pay mainly for the brand name.
So I guess the question is would I recommend this and the answer is if you are a lefty yes it is the best out their at the present time for this price point, Hopefully better will come along sometime soon, But if you are right handed I would have to say no there are better out their.
I've been through a lot of mice but I feel that this one is by far the best mouse I've purchased, and some have cost quite a bit more. I even use a corsair m90 in work which costs considerably more and has an incredible amount of functionality... but I still prefer to use this modest sensei raw.
If you compare this mouse to most Razer mice, it looks and feels better but doesn't hurt your wallet so much.
If you're wondering what the differences are between this and the original Sensei, unless you are a pro gamer who truly needs the best possible mouse for minimal disadvantage, then I'm pretty sure the RAW will do you just fine. The compromises are small and the price drop is great.
Pros: Looks great, feels great and probably has enough functionality to do everything you want from a mouse. It works just as well as the more expensive version of the mouse and you don't get too many compromises with the considerable price drop.
LED's are a plus, the white light looks clean and goes great with a matching LED keyboard.
Cons: If you have greasy hands, you will probably have to clean off your grubby prints quite a bit as it ruins the matte finish on the mouse.
Side note: get the rubberised version, the finish and feel is much better.
EDIT: Price has gone up, dropping a star - it's not as tasty any more.
One thing I noticed was that I had my Kana plugged into a usb 2.0 port via a 2 foot usb extension cable and it was fine but this one seems to need just enough extra power for that not to work and I had to plug it into a usb 3.0 port instead. I'm sure plugged directly into a usb 2.0 port it would be fine but it is something to bear in mind if your tower is too far away and you need an extension cable.
Overall though it does feel like a step up from the Kana and is very comfortable to use on any surface. I do like the simplicity of the SteelSeries Engine software too.
Anyway it's a nice feeling mouse, good size and weight, nice braided lead, good button actions.
It has a great rubberised texture on the top of the mouse which helps create a good amount of purchase within the hand. It feels smooth and at the same time has a non-slip quality perfect if you suffer with sweaty hands on long gaming sessions.
The six buttons and click-able scroll wheel all respond well to finger pressure and the wheel itself has a satisfying roll click. Button positions are generally well placed. The addition of a DPI selector button under the scroll wheel enables two different speeds to be selected with a click of the button and can be handy when gaming.
The size of mouse is good for medium-small fingered hands and I can't imagine a large hand swamping the buttons either. The mouse has white lighting and has options for glowing and consistent light. You'll never lose this in the dark and it isn't distracting in most environments.
The USB 2 cable is braided and is obviously a quality addition to the package, it is plenty long enough to reach into the back of your machine and doesn't snag easily on objects sitting on your desk.
The software available for use with the mouse and all SteelSeries products is surprisingly good (I have used rather unintuitive Logitech products before). You can easily modify the button functions, brightness of the lights and configure the DPI settings.
The scroll wheel can be quite loud when in use.
There are two buttons positioned on either side of the mouse which can be pressed inadvertently and take a bit of time to get used to, but can be turned off to prevent accidental mashing.
This mouse is recommended to all that want to own a quality product capable of being wielded proficiently in games and normal desktop applications. I have found it to be great when using products like Photoshop as you can assign each of the buttons a function and save loads of time. As I have said before it is great at gaming too, responsive at 2000 DPI it is more that you could possibly need and with a button exclusively for that use you can tailor it to all your needs. This mouse feels good in the hand and is possibly the best I have ever used.
Physically, everything from its weight to the way in which it fits your hand is superb, which is surprising considering that you cannot adjust its dimensions like other devices on the market. The way the LED's can change colour based on what you're doing is also a pretty cool, if pointless, feature.
It's performance, though, is where this mouse truly stands above the others. The device can be tweaked in several different ways; including sensitivity, acceleration, deceleration, list tracking, and more. But if you're lazy, you can use the pre-set profiles.
The only negative is that the chrome finish can be a fingerprint magnet and can become visibly dirtier very quickly, although these are minor points as you won't be looking at the mouse all that often and it is easily cleaned with a wipe.
Overall, if you are looking for a mouse to play games competitively then you've found it. However, if you aren't looking to play games competitively or even at all, you'd be better off buying a cheaper device for between the £10 - £30 mark.
Unfortunately the mouse stopped working 3 months in. A blinking flashing light appeared and the mouse wouldn't do anything on screen - it just sat there. A firmware-update wouldn't fix (it couldn't open the bootloader). I was prepared for this after reading some reviews on the unreliability and still bought the mouse figuring that having a mouse that was right might be worth the odd RMA to send it for repair (under it's 2 year warranty)...
What I wasn't prepared for was that the place to RMA the mouse to was in Denmark, which was going to cost around £12 in postage from the UK. Considering the price of the mouse this was over 1/3rd of it's value and if it was to break every 3 months (I'm not saying it would) then I could potentially have to send the mouse off 8 times in the 2 year warranty which made the mouse look a lot less favourable.
To the best of my knowledge I could have gone back to the retailer under the sales of goods act (I'm of the belief that is through the retailer and the warranty is through the manufacturer?) and let them resolve it. Reading Amazons returns small print though, says that they'll only deal with items upto 30 days from purchase, after which they direct you to the manufacturer. Even if I wanted to try and push through with the SoG act then I'd only be OK for upto 6 months where the onus is on the retailer to prove it wasn't faulty at the time of purchase, or after 6 months the onus is on me - which unless you're a technician is difficult!
All in all it's an excellent mouse that appears to be plagued by reliability issues. Unfortunately it's no good having an amazing mouse if it's going to break a lot and cost about three times it's sale-value in RMA delivery costs. In the end I returned the mouse to Amazon for a refund after contacting customer support and will manage with a Microsoft Comfort 3000 (a bit too small) or the old old Optical Wheel Mouse 1.1A (only 400 DPI resolution?) for now.
I bought the Sensei about a year ago now, and I've loved it more and more every day that I use it. The 'aluminium' top is actually plastic coated in paint which many people say wears off, though the only wearing I've noticed is right at the bottom at the back of the mouse, and even that is barely anything (and for the first few months I had a low desk so I was constantly banging the mouse).
The sensor on the Sensei is amazing, though if you're going to get it, have a little cotton bud or tiny (and very soft) paint brush handy as anything on the laser will throw the mouse off. I had a cat hair stuck in it once, and though the mouse didn't play up like crazy, it was a tiny bit jerky which made sensitive games like Skyrim horrible, so just be aware of that.
The colour options on the mouse is crazy. You can have the 3 lights all different colours (the dpi light has two settings) which though it may sound silly, is quite nice. When I had my cheap pc, I bought a case with red LEDs. No problem, set the mouse to red. Bought my new Antec 900 with blue LEDs, still no problem, changed them to blue. I'd like to note that WHITE does NOT work on the Sensei. As the LEDs are multi-colour, there's a pink that bleeds through causing white to ACTUALLY show a very bright pink.
The side buttons are perfect for me. There were people saying they kept hitting them with their pinky etc. I've had no problems, so I'm guessing it really depends on your hand size/shape and grip style. For reference, I have medium sized hands and play with a palm/claw mix. The ambidextrous shape of the mouse is actually surprisingly comfy and I absolutely love it.
The wheel has a nice click to it when you use it, and it doesn't seem to wear out too fast either (touch wood!). I used to play Counter-Strike and used the mouse wheel to bhop (CS players will understand!) which uses a LOT of wheel usage and it still sounds, feels and works just like new.
The cord is braided which I don't personally like, but I've grown to get used to it. My old desk was wood with the back of the keyboard tray NOT painted so there were splinters of wood all over the place which has ruined a certain area of the cord braids, so make sure you have a smooth surface all round with the cable!!
As for the extra on-board features, I don't use any of them, but it's still nice to have that option. The ExactLift function is great, as I can set it to the lowest possible setting and it still works flawlessly, meaning if the mouse is even 1mm away from my mouse pad (SteelSeries QCK) it cuts off, making low sensitivity games such as Counter-Strike great.
This turned into quite a long review didn't it... Well, you get the jist of things. This mouse is simply amazing, my best best of all my PC gear.
Someone in another review stated it feels "cheap", but I think this is more a product of it being less weighty than some. It still has a touch of heft to it (it doesn't feel like it's made of cardboard), it's just not VERY weighty. The actual feel of the mouse itself is solid, not "cheap" at all in the same way £10 off-brand budget mice might feel.
The Steel Series Engine software that serves to customize your keybindings and hardware settings is also easy to use and works without a hitch (I often had trouble with Logitech mice jumping between settings or resetting themselves).
So if you're looking for something that uses up to date optical tech and a nice feel in a simple, sleek package, this is a pretty good bet unless you have very, very large hands (since it has a relatively slim profile compared to some of the chunkier mice for high end gamers).
I bought the mouse to replace an old Microsoft mouse and as I already had a gaming PC I thought it was time to get peripherals to match, this mouse was a brilliant mouse, I play very 'aim' intensive game and this mouse is perfect for those, it's all you would expect from a gaming standard mouse, light, responsive, comfortable, 4 extra buttons that are individually programmable, 5 extra buttons if you count the DPI modifier next to the wheel. The comfort of this mouse is a key point for me as I often play for hours, the design allows for a 'clawed' grip or a 'palm' grip which are to my knowledge the most common ways of holding a mouse, also the mouse is designed for left handed or right handed use and includes a left hand mode in the software.
The steelseries engine the mouse runs off is also very nice for optimising the mouse to suit how you are comfortable with playing, I said earlier about there being a left hand mode but it goes further than that, allowing you to set 2 sensitivities for your mouse for when the LED next to the mouse wheel is on or off. You can set the brightness of the lights on the mouse and even the rate the lights pulsate from dim to bright.
All in all the best mouse I have ever used, and I can say through experience that it is very good for FPS, rhythm games (osu!), real time strategy and MOBA.
The rubberised material feels great, its does smudge but not easily. The overall shape of the mouse contours very well to your hand. It is very light, smooth and responsive. It has a gliding feeling when moved over the mouse mat. I also like the braided cable, it has yet to tangle on me. I haven't used the software that comes with it, nor do I use the side buttons.
Overall I would highly recommend this mouse.