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SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] Gaming Mouse Review

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The original SteelSeries Sensei combined some desirable components with a wonderful ambidextrous design and simple-to-use software in one rather expensive package. A big reason behind the Sensei's $89.99 price tag was its 32-bit ARM processor, which allowed gamers to carry this choice pointer between computers without losing all of their finely-tuned settings. Most enthusiasts don't require a mouse with a mind of its own, so SteelSeries decided to offer the Sensei in a pure, unadulterated form. The result is the $59.99 Sensei [RAW]. No frills, just black and white functionality.

 

Overview

Based off the most award-winning, critically acclaimed gaming mouse in history, the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] is a tournament grade laser mouse that delivers only what you need to win. Powered by the SteelSeries Engine software suite, the mouse can be configured to meet your exact specifications including CPI, DCPI, lift distance, and button layout with intuitive drag and drop functionality. Featuring an ambidextrous, all-grip design, a premium-quality sensor, tournament-grade switches, 7 programmable buttons, brilliant white 3-zone illumination, high performance Teflon feet and SteelSeries Engine support, the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] delivers on the essentials required to dominate the competition. Our “Winning is Everything” philosophy can be seen in every detail to simply deliver the best core technology - flip it over and see its guts. You know you want to.

 

The Sensei [RAW]

Since the release of our first mouse, we have been using Japanese-inspiration in our naming of them. Our mice are built for performance and tournament-style play; Ikari means anger, Xai means talent, and the list of product names goes on. The Sensei is our version of the grand-master in our Do Jo. It is the teacher. The Sensei [RAW] is that master in his pure and focused form. With tournament grade components and focused intent, the Sensei [RAW] is the essence of performance delivering only what you need to eliminate your challengers.

 

WInning, It's The Way of The Sensei

The SteelSeries [RAW] is the purified form of the original SteelSeries Sensei. It is is the essence of performance and embodies everything we ever learned about mice, everything we ever researched, everything we ever discovered, everything that makes a mouse great, is exactly what we built the SteelSeries Sensei mice around. The DNA of Sensei is programmed to win. These are those rare hardware products forged by love and science, trial and error, passion from professional gamers and a desire to push the envelope. SteelSeries Sensei mice were born for tournament victory; they are built to help you win.

 

Rubberized Vs. Glossy

The SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] Rubberized features a rubberized, soft-touch coating that is hand-sweat resistant, which allows for exceptional grip and comfort even during the most frantic gaming sessions.

SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] Glossy features a sleek, glossy black coating that delivers a unique feeling, allowing the user to compete and win in style.

 

Plug, Play, Win

There’s no need to install software of any kind in order to use the Sensei [RAW]. It is completely capable of operating flawlessly with default settings. SteelSeries Engine enhances the Sensei [RAW] with advanced customization options like CPI settings, programmable buttons, LED intensity, and lighting modes.

The Sensei [RAW] is supported by SteelSeries Engine technology.

 

Light 'Em Up

The brilliant white illumination is capable of several modes of operation including: solid, slow, medium, and fast pulse. You can also vary the intensity of the illumination between low, medium, and high. For those of you who don’t like glowing shiny stuff on your desktop, you can completely switch off all illumination.

It also brings a very real benefit to users who utilize multiple profiles: by giving them brightnesses, you can quickly switch between profiles and also ways know which profile is active.

 

Glide Like The Wind

Material: High performance UPE material covers 16% of the mouse's bottom to ensure maximum glide. We recommend changing glides regularly as they will eventually be worn down.

 

Advanced Macros

Thanks to the support of the SteelSeries Engine software, you can record even extremely long and advanced macros to the Sensei [RAW]. The macros can not only be layered and can include keystrokes and precise timing, but they can span across your peripherals allowing you to have a mouse button assigned to perform keyboard strokes and mouse clicks in the same macro. How you will decide to use this advanced feature is up to you (choose your configurations wisely and adhere to any rules that you may need to abide by during gameplay); we are only presenting you with the capabilities for endless possibilities.

 

Best-In-Class Technology

Featuring a state of the art laser sensor that offers a consistent and reliable performance, the SteelSeries Sensei boasts 10.8 megapixel HD image correlation at up to 12,000 frames per second and the ability to handle tracking movements of up to 150 inches per second.

 

Developed With The Best

We are proud to be associated with some of the best players in the world of eSports. We maintain strong relationships and have continuous dialogue with teams like SK Gaming, Fnatic, Evil Geniuses, Natus Vincere and others who help in the development and improvement of our products.To ensure maximum performance in all gaming scenarios we enlisted help from world-class StarCraft® II, Counter-Strike®, DotA, League of Legends®, Heroes of Newerth® WarCraft® III and Doom® players. Click on the picture below for a list of the players who helped us with testing and refinement of the Sensei. We owe them a lot of thanks, Sensei [RAW] has the same performance as the original Master – so if you like the Sensei these are the players who helped make it happen.

 

 

Specifications

Length 125.5 mm (4.9 in)
Width 68.3 mm (2.7 in)
Height 38.7 mm (1.5 in)
Weight 90 grams (0.2 lbs)
Frames per second 12000
Inches per second 150
Megapixels per second 10.8
Counts per inch 90 - 5670
Maximum acceleration 30G
Sensor data path True 16 bit
Lift distance ~2 mm
Maximum polling 1000 Hz
Buttons

1. Left side button 1

2. Left side button 2

3. Left click

4. Right click

5. Scroll wheel & middle click

6. CPI high / low switch

7. Right side button 1

8. Right side button 2

Compatibility
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Mac OS X

 

*Product information and specification courtesy of SteelSeries.

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