Review: The Steelseries Sensei Wireless – No chords, no limits

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A wireless gaming mouse is one of those few PC gaming taboos which I’ve always chosen to steer clear past for the longest time. Always recommending to stay wired due to battery restraints, input lag, and the fact that you don’t really need it. So why am I reviewing a $159.99 wireless mouse? Well, I’ve always been a fan the Sensei line, with Nerd Reactor awarding the original Mouse of the Year a while back, I came into this with high hopes. O how happy I am. With all the amazing customization features of the original Sensei minus the LCD screen at the bottom, the wireless version kicks its way into my top list for 2014.

Design

First and foremost this is a palm-style grip mouse. Comfortable and quite ergonomic, it’s fabricated from lightly textured plastic, with a bit of metal around the scroll-wheel. Although this mouse brandishes the title of Sensei, I can’t say it looks too much like it. Sporting a sleek, black rubbarized coating accented with silver and black, it’s quite the looker. Compliments galore as every person I’ve asked thus far has admitted it to being one of the best looking mice they’ve ever seen. The docking station is perhaps the true hero here. It looks absolutely gorgeous sitting atop any desk with its faint glowing bezel surrounding the dock.

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We also see some of the great features expected of a mouse at this price point such as gold plated USBs and a braided chord used to connect to both the mouse and the charging dock. Unlike other wireless mice, the Sensei Wireless doesn’t have any hinges for a removable battery like other mice of similar configuration. Non removable batteries do worry me slightly, as absolute life expectancy is still up in the clouds, but I’ve been assured that it’s quite the keeper.

Two LED lights accent the scroll wheel and the back end of the Sensei, fully modifiable through the Steelseries Engine. The charging station’s LED can also be customized just as much.


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Functionality

Most importantly to note is the fact that this mouse functions as both a wired and wireless mouse. This is a wonderful feature which I believe no wireless mouse should ever be manufactured without. It’s an absolute lifesaver for longer gaming sessions where batteries just don’t last, no matter the quality. The specs and features include:

ASER SENSORSensei 17

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

PROPERTIES

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

STEELSERIES SWITCHES

– > 30 Million Click Durability

SIZE & WEIGHT

– Weight: 120 g (0.264 lbs)
– Height: 41 mm (1.61 in)
– Width: 69 mm (2.72 in)
– Length: 129 mm (5.08 in)Sensei 14
– Cable Length: 2 m (6.5 ft)
– Base: 165x100x24 mm, 208 g

Not only is the Sensei Wireless a looker,
but quite the powerhouse on paper. 8200 CPI,
a delivered 20+ hours of life, and quite the
impressive total life with 30M + clicks.

Two extra buttons adorn both sides of the mouse, each with macro and keybinding options available.  The mouse wheel is also click-able, with the final button being the DPI switch for on-the-go modification. The laser on the mouse is a Pixart ADNS 9800, top of the line.

With all the tech and goodies that Steelseries has jammed this mouse full of, it’s absolutely worthy of being in the top tier of my list.

Gaming

I took this bad boy out for a drive with a few titles including League of Legends, Starcraft, Call of Duty, and Dragon Age 2, to cover all ground. Not only did I see increased response time with myself, but just about anyone who tried it, loved the quick response time, convinced that it was indeed a top tier wired peripheral.

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The ability to setup macros easily has been one of my favorite features when it comes to Steelseries products, and will always be a major factor when deciding on any gaming peripheral purchase.

Final Reaction

The only real cadence I have with this mouse is also one of its benefits. Ambidextrous design basically makes it impossible to use two side buttons, no matter how nimble you may be. Aside from this, it’s an absolute powerhouse. It’s no wonder that it’s been the flagship model for Steelseries. I’ve been impressed, baffled, and changed. Wireless is back, with a kick.

5/5 Atoms. Flawless victory.
Writer’s Choice Mouse of The Year.

NR 5 Atoms - A

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Adam "kharakov" Kharat is part nerd, part geek, and full awesome. With deadly writing skills and the sleeping habits of a jackrabbit, late night gaming sessions are all but mandatory.