SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] Frost Blue Edition Gaming Mouse
11 June 2013
Summary: SteelSeries nailed it with the Sensei [RAW] Frost Blue Edition. The [RAW] models are definitely for the hardcore gamer, doing away with the features you hardly ever use. SteelSeries even made the mouse better where it matters performance-wise, as it now features a soft cable rather than a stiffly braided one and weighs approximately 10% less. That and the great ergonomics of the original Sensei make the mouse incredible to game with.
Pros: Great ergonomics, Low lift-off distance, Ambidextrous, Great driver suite (albeit memory intensive), Nice buttons and plenty of them, Soft, non-sleeved cable!, White, Light weight (10% less than the original Sensei)
Summary: SteelSeries have produced another cool themed product and now we are talking about the Guild Wars 2 gaming mouse. The maximum 5670 CPI value is not stellar, but the tracking is really good on many surfaces we have tried the mouse on. GW2 mouse is also equipped with red LEDs which can be customized from the Engine unified software interface.
Conclusion: Using the headset to play games we found that the quality of the audio was excellent. The soundscape created by the headset is very good and it is very easy to clearly identify audio, even when the action is fast and frantic on screen. The headset also does an excellent job of filtering out any background noise with the SNDBlock ear cushions both very comfortable also... even up to 8-10 hour gaming sessions.
Excerpt: With everything I have been delivered from SteelSeries since our meeting up in Las Vegas for CES 2012, I was one mouse shy of seeing the entire lineup in some form or another. The one mouse from them that I always get asked about is the Sensei and that just happened to be the one mouse I had not seen. Well, that time is over, sort of. As the title alluded to, I am in fact using the Sensei, but in a new form.
Conclusion: Performance is about being able to accurately track on a multitude of surfaces. I found that during gameplay I could quickly target enemies on either my wooden desk or my Razer Goliathus Accuracy cloth pad. During long gaming sessions I found the Sensei to be very comfortable and that when finished with even the longest of gaming sessions I was not suffering from any type of wrist pain (something that I need to worry about with lesser mice).
Pros: Hyper customizable using the included SteelSeries Engine, Accurate on a multitude of surfaces, Wide 1-11,700 DPI sensitivity range, Comfortable feel, Powerful 32-bit ARM processor integrates many features
Conclusion: We have tested this mouse for two weeks now in our daily usage that includes working in windows and also some gaming. The testing was ran on three screens so there are big areas for the mouse to cover between the screens.
Summary: The SteelSeries Sensei mouse is a good albeit expensive mouse. It is definitely one of the best performing solutions out there, and is right up there with the Mionix 5000. Sensor wise the Avago 9500 based mice are still in the lead, despite having issues on some mats. The Sensei definitely works best on hard mats.
Overall the Sensei is a very well rounded mouse. The shape of the mouse allows for perfect control with a palm type grip, and it feels good to hold and use.
Pros: Very good performance across the board, Near perfect ergonomics, Seven fully programmable buttons, Quality cable, Lights, LCD Display, Neat driver suite (when it works), Compatible with most mats, Low lift-off distance, Ambidextrous
Cons: High price!, Somewhat buggy driver suite, Not compatible with all mats
Summary: Sensei is one of the latest high performance mice from SteelSeries, coming with some features from its predecessor like the shape and the LCD underneath and its power is now doubled with the included 32bit ARM processor. The SteelSeries Engine application helps us customize easier features like ExactSens, ExactAim, ExactAccel or FreeMove and for the top LEDs we can choose one of the 16.8 million possible colors.