Steelseries Sensei: MLG Style

In November of last year Steelseries announced their partnership with the premiere name in competitive gaming, MLG. With this came the promise of some awesome MLG-inspired peripherals that would uphold the high standards that pro-gaming would require. Steelseries is already the top sponsor of pro gamers around the world and the release of the Sensei (Nerdreactor’s mouse of the year 2011) showed us just how seriously they take this commitment.

With the Spring MLG Championships in Anaheim, California, just around the corner (June 8-10), we have the pleasure of drooling over a sexy rehash of the original Sensei.

With the already perfected (in my opinion) design going through a few changes that include a darker shell, improved DCPI options to 16,400, ideal for use with multiple monitors, on-board software drivers that allow for plug and play and quick customization for the pro-gamer on the go, a 32 -bit ARM processor, and an improved sensor that boasts 10.8-megapixel image correlations at up to 12,000 frames per second and the ability to handle tracking movements of up to 150 inches per second.

So how does this compare to the original? Well we won’t know for sure until its release in August, but attendees of the Spring MLG Championships will be first to pre-order this beautiful creation for only $99.99. So lets see the key details again.

Customization for Competitive Gaming
The SteelSeries Sensei MLG Edition Gaming Mouse features a state of the art 32-bit ARM processor that provides both speed and precision. The best, premium-quality laser sensor makes this mouse the fastest on the market, with true hardware-based sensitivity settings from 1 to 8,200 CPI, and an “overclocked” Double CPI feature that allows the user to go all the way up to 16,400 DCPI – a setting that is ideal for multiple monitor use. The sensor boasts 10.8-megapixel image correlations at up to 12,000 frames per second and the ability to handle tracking movements of up to 150 inches per second.

The SteelSeries Sensei MLG Edition Gaming Mouse features a unique on-mouse LCD display and menu that allows users to quickly and easily set, store and configure profiles and settings directly on the mouse. SteelSeries’ industry leading ExactTech settings, such as ExactSens, ExactAccel, and ExactAim, can be calculated directly on the hardware via the LCD menu screen, which leaves the user with a mouse that is completely free of any interpolation or extrapolation, delay, filtering and without using up memory or resources on the user’s computer. All of these features make set-up during tournaments fast and easy. The LCD also allows users to create bitmap illustrations to depict team names and logos, some of which will be downloadable on the SteelSeries Website.



Optimized Design, Grip and Illumination
The community chosen non-slip grip, dark metal coating encases the Sensei MLG Edition, while the ambidextrous shape makes all 8 ergonomically placed buttons comfortably reachable for the 3 grip styles – palm, claw and swipe. The mouse hosts three areas of illumination – at the wheel, at the CPI indicator and at the MLG logo, in 16.8 million color options including an OFF setting. The default colors are MLG-inspired with a blue illuminated wheel, red illuminated logo and white illuminated CPI indicator. The illumination also identifies specific functions like different colors for profiles or to represent team or player colors. Connecting to the computer through a gold-plated USB, its double-braided black nylon cord – with specks of red, white and blue – is meant to withstand serious punishment, from even the most aggressive tournament pulls.



The Power of SteelSeries’ Engine
While the SteelSeries Sensei MLG Edition Gaming Mouse can be configured without the need for software drivers, it also can be modified through the SteelSeries Engine software. It’s up to the user to decide how much customization they want or need; SteelSeries is purely supplying the possibilities. The SteelSeries Engine can allow users to:

· Easily configure settings. The effortless drag-and-drop, easy to navigate features and directions make the software well suited for all levels.
· Create profiles. Users can quickly activate multiple profiles for peripherals from different characters in one game to multiple profiles in all of the games and programs they’re using.
· Improve set-up through statistics. Users will be able to record sessions and identify how to improve their button layout and macro settings through a visual heat map of the users peripheral.
· Have the freedom to play. The SteelSeries Engine makes the Sensei MLG Edition as customizable as technologically possible. The software will even recognize what game a user is playing and will open the appropriate, saved profile. It allows the user to have complete control on how their mouse can function.

To ensure maximum performance in all gaming scenarios SteelSeries enlisted help from world-class StarCraft® II, Counter-Strike®, QUAKE® Live, DotA™, League of Legends™, Heroes of Newerth™, WarCraft® III and Doom® players who helped with the testing and refinement of the Sensei. They provided input on everything from grip styles to the needs for customizable technology; the Sensei MLG Edition evolved from hours of gameplay.

If this is an improvement on the Sensei then i am all for it. Although it doesn’t boast 64+ buttons like the RAT MMO or an odd design like the Razer MOBA, the Sensei is primarily the gentlemen of pro gaming mice, getting the job done right.



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