Aloha! Recently, Steelseries launched their latest product which is a gaming mouse, called the Sensei which means Master in Japanese. The Sensei was released to replace the legendary Xai mouse which was highly acclaimed towards the gaming community, received almost perfect reviews. So will the Sensei live up to it’s expectations of being the successor of the Xai?
My answer would be Yes. I am not bias because I own both Xai and Sensei respectively. I collected my Sensei from Moderno.PC one day before the official launch date, I was lucky. The Sensei is powered by a 32-bit ARM processor which allows you to double your Count-Per Inch (CPI) sensitivity from 5701 to 11,400 CPI. Moreover, it was fitted with technologies such as the Steelseries FreeMove, ExactAim, ExactTech, ExactLift, ExactAccel, and ExactSens. In conjunction with the launch of the Steelseries Sensei, Play Interactive (PI) , the official distro for Steelseries gave away a Limited Edition QCK mousepad and a Lanyard. I received the Starcaft Marine Edition from them. The first thing that came to my mind was the size of the box, there is a flap which you can open,which looks abit like this:
The standard contents includes :
1) Steelseries Sensei
3) Product Catalog
4) Steelseries Sticker
5) Proof of Purchase
Upon testing, I realized the mouse was heavier than the Xai, the switches are harder to click which makes it firmer, the scroll wheel is also very firm. But what I noticed the most was the edges around the click buttons, the Xai edges are sharp because it was made of thin plastic with rubber coating whereas the Sensei, they made it thicker in which it’s glossy finish made it safer and no more pointy sharp edges. Next, the metal surface is much smoother, not so easily scratched like the Xai. The Xai was covered with rubber coating which made it scratch-me material, the Sensei however changed the whole statement.
In game testing :
I tested the Steelseries Sensei with both Counter Strike: 1.6 and Sudden Attack, both FPS games. I was really impressed with the performance of the Sensei, providing accurate judgments, especially when it comes to Sniping as I am a sniper, the Drag movement of the mouse was stunning. The lift distance however, needed time to be used to. There is a function called ExactLift which allows gamer to determine their lift distance for turning etc, also depending on the mousepad surface.
Overall bings :
The Sensei was build to destroy all other competitors in the gaming mouse market. Added Bing effects such as the customized LED light effects, Create your own BitMap image for the LCD screen under the mouse, setting Macro keys for your game, it has everything a gamer wants in a mouse, purely brilliant.
However, the only thing that I am not really satisfied, the Steelseries Engine driver. It is rather complicated compared to the Xai’s driver. Other than that, it’s still a great mouse.
My verdict : 9/10
Value for money : 8/10
Built Quality : 10/10