CES 2014: Steelseries – Stratus and Sensei Wireless

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Yet again, we’re here at CES, in the bright and beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada. Our adventure this year begins with our favorite PC peripherals provider, Steelseries. If you remember last year, we were shown the APEX, as well as the Flux In Ear headphones. Well, yet again, we are impressed and gawking at the goodies for the upcoming Q1.

Stratus Controller

Stratus 1

Essentially, this is an improvement of the original Free controller from two years ago. What you may not be aware of is that this is the the world’s first Bluetooth controller specifically created with the Apple iPad in mind. Not only is it certified by Apple, it’s also completely optimized for use with most games currently available in iTunes.

The device is equipped with four shoulder buttons as well as a Dpad, two joysticks, and the standard 4 button controller setup. It’s somewhat reminiscent of both a Sony and Microsoft controller in unison. While the stick setup may be the same as PlayStation’s, the buttons definitely feel closer to Xbox.

This awesome gadget comes with roughly 12 hours of battery life, and will be available in both black and white. While Steelseries usually prices all items fairly, this is indeed optimized for use with Apple products, so expect a price tag of about $99.99.

Sensei Wireless

Here’s what I’m extremely excited about. If you recall, we gave Sensei mouse of the year back in 2012 for its flawless performance, optimization, design, and ergonomics. The Sensei wireless takes the DNA of it’s wired predecessor and puts it into a new, sleek, rubberized design similar to that of the Rival.

Sensei Wireless 2

LASER SENSOR

– 50 to 8200 Adjustable CPI
– 1ms Response Rate / 1000Hz Polling Rate
– 150 Inches Per Second (IPS)
– 30Gs of Acceleration

PROPERTIES

– 16hrs Battery Life, Max 20hrs
– 8 Programmable Buttons
– 16.8M Color Illumination w. 4 Zones
– Soft-Touch Coating
– Cable Texture: Braided

STEELSERIES SWITCHES

– > 30 Million Click Durability

SIZE & WEIGHT

– Weight: 120 grams (0.264 lbs)
– Height: 41 mm (1.61 in)
– Width: 69 mm (2.72 in)
– Length: 129 mm (5.08 in)
– Cable Length: 2m (6.5 ft.)
– Base: 165x100x24 mm, 208 g

Like the original Sensei, it’ll come equipped with full RGB lighting in its usual zones as well as the charging base.

The Sensei wireless comes with about 10-12 hours of playtime battery life and the option to charge through micro USB as you play. Steelseries also claims that it can fully re-charge within about an hour using the charging dock.

Why is this such a big deal? Well, it’s the first mouse where I saw absolutely no lag in the wireless space! That’s right folks, we finally have a tournament grade wireless mouse. Bust our your wallets folks, because this is a pricey one with a price tag of $159.99. Although, considering the alternatives such as the Razer Ourboros, the Sensei wireless can easily pull ahead as the new wireless dominator of Esports.

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