Posted on September 18, 2012 AT 09:46am
Being primarily a PC gamer, I know that having the right peripherals is essential to serious gaming. I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the Sensei mouse from SteelSeries. The setup for the Sensei is practically nonexistent. You can plug and play, but then you would be missing out on the SteelSeries Engine, which is where all the fun features and settings comes into play. The software allows the user to customize LED colors, adjust sensitivity, create profiles and macros, look at statistics, and a ton more cool things.
For example, you can switch between mouse profiles without ever opening a settings page; just hold the center button below the mouse wheel, and flip the mouse over. There is a small screen on the bottom that will pop up with the profile list when you use the mouse wheel. Just find the profile you want, hit the center button again, and you’re good to go! Are you a MOBA or RTS player? You can record your clicks and see the stats for a game.
The mouse itself has a braided cord, which won’t get tangled or kink. The design of the Sensei is simple, but effective. In addition to the regular Left/Right buttons, and the scroll wheel, there are two extra buttons on each side of the mouse that can be set to a specific key or used as a full, complex macro. It has just the right amount of weight to it for me, and is large enough for a user with bigger hands to play comfortably. Even with my small hands, I don’t feel like it’s too big. Left handed? No problem. The Sensei can be used comfortably with either hand.
SteelSeries worked with professional gaming teams SK Gaming, Team Fnatic, EG, and Navi to perfect the Sensei mouse and offer all the things a gamer needs without overcomplicating it with extra bells and whistles. It is highly customizable, but still looks sleek. I’d recommend this to anyone who just wants a mouse with great performance. If you’re someone who prefers being able to change the weight, size, or switch parts, this might not be for you.
As far as the price point, it’s on the less expensive end of the spectrum, but don’t let that fool you. I’ve used $200 mice that weren’t as good as this little $89.99 one.
- THE GOOD: What’s not to love? Everything from the price point to the customization of this is great.
- THE BAD: No physical customization for the gamer who likes to change the way their actual mouse looks.
- THE UGLY: Nothing!
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