SteelSeries Sensei Gaming Mouse Review

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Many gaming mice these days have a rather generic feature-set, with higher-end mice generally sporting aesthetic upgrades or a few extra buttons. The latter is most commonly found in mice intended for MMORPG games.  SteelSeries first differentiated its offerings with their highly-regarded Xai mouse, and are following-up on its successes with the Sensei.  A mouse with an onboard processor and 5 onboard profile settings certainly stands out, but SteelSeries' straight-faced aesthetics subtly cover the high-performance internals of the Sensei.



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.



LCD Display

With the LCD display on the backside of the SteelSeries Sensei, you can customize all settings to fit your specific needs. The LCD menu offers setup of even the most advanced ExactTech settings described on this page.

Make It Your Own

SteelSeries Sensei allows you to upload your own bitmap picture, offering a great way to personalize your mouse--and help prevent theft at LAN events, gaming cafes, and other public places.

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.

Double Your Speed

SteelSeries Sensei can be fast, like really light-speed fast, if you need that kind of speed. Because SteelSeries use a 32 bit ARM processor in the mouse, it can double (x2) your mouse sensitivity. Go from a default CPI range of 1 to 5,700 CPI, to a doubled CPI range: 5701 to 11,400 CPI. This feature is particularly useful for people using multiple monitor and similar environments.

Programmable Macros

Thanks to the support of the SteelSeries Engine software, you can record extremely long and advanced macros to the Sensei. The macros can be layered and can include keystrokes and precise timing. 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--but the Sensei presents you with endless possibilities.

SteelSeries FreeMove

FreeMove implements path correction, which makes the mouse predict, correct, and make your movement straight. With the SteelSeries Sensei, you can adjust the amount of path correction or completely disable it for 100% control of your movement.

SteelSeries ExactSens

SteelSeries ExactSens allows you to control how fast your pointer should move by adjusting your CPI in increments of 1 between 1 to 5,700 CPI. This means the SteelSeries Sensei offers you true hardware-based sensitivity settings, freeing you of interpolation from game software. To really get the full benefit from ExactSens, you should deactivate any cursor acceleration and set your sensitivity settings in-game (sensitivity 1 or adjust your sensitivity slider to lowest possible setting) and on your operating system to default.

Light 'Em Up

Three different zones on the Sensei (the wheel, the CPI indicator, and the back) can be programmed individually using 16.8 million different colors. It's another way for you to personalize your mouse. It also brings a very real benefit to users who utilize multiple profiles: by giving them different colors, you can quickly switch between profiles and also ways know which profile is active. For those of you who don't like glowing shiny stuff on your desktop, you can completely switch off all illumination.

Plug-and-Play Operation

There's no need to install software of any kind in order to use the Sensei. The built-in driver can be adjusted through an LCD menu on the backside of the mouse. Simply plug in the Sensei and play. For the PC gamers who want really advanced customization options, the Sensei is supported by SteelSeries Engine technology (included).

Braided Cord for Durability

The 6.5-foot (2-meter) mouse cable is an anti-tangle braided cord for enhanced durability. The gold-plated L plug resists corrosion and ensures no loss in signal transfer, so every movement remains precise.

What's in the Box

SteelSeries Sensei Pro Grade Laser Gaming Mouse and SteelSeries Engine software.



  • Programmable macro buttons
  • Ambidextrous shape
  • Driverless plug-and-play, and Gold-plated USB connector
  • User defined bitmaps for the onmouseLCD
  • SteelSeries ExactSens, FreeMove, ExactAim, and ExactLift
  • 7 programmable buttons
  • Menu system on the mouse
  • Three-zone lighting: Scroll Wheel, CPI Indicator, and Logo



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The Sensei comes in a box adorned in SteelSeries' signature dark tones with white and orange text. The box highlights some of the main features offered by the Sensei, and a flap pulls open to give you a first look at its reflective metallic finish.  The mouse is well protected in the box and is clean and organized on the inside.


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