- Programmable macro buttons
- Ambidextrous shape
- Driverless plug-and-play
- User defined bitmaps for the onmouse LCD
- SteelSeries ExactSens
- SteelSeries FreeMove
- Menu system on the mouse
- SteelSeries ExactAim
- 7programmable buttons
- SteelSeries ExactLift
- Gold-plated USB connector
- 16 million colors of illumination
- Three zone lighting – Scroll Wheel, CPI Indicator, and Logo
The first thing you notice about the Sensei is the design of the mouse itself. Not only does it offer some powerful features but it's extremely comfortable to use and fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, whether you're a leftie or a righty! Unlike some other gaming mice, the Sensei has some good grip features ensuring that it won't slide around at the most inappropriate times thanks to the Teflon feet. The mouse is also a good weight (122 grams) as well and no one wants to be killed by a newbie when your mouse is slipping around.
In all seriousness, the mouse is a well designed gaming input device with the buttons and wheel carefully placed on the product that makes navigation a breeze, whether using Windows 7 or Battlefield 3, everything seemed well thought out in terms of its design and ergonomics. The cable itself measures at 2 metres and the USB end is gold plated for improved connectivity. As mentioned the mouse supports interpolation of up to 11400 DPI, however we found that the native 5700 DPI is more than ample. Even so, there is a noticeable difference when you do up the DPI.
When the mouse is connected to your PC, the illumination features of the mouse is quite impressive, I especially liked the ability to change colours. It does support up to 16.8 million colours but we trialled around ten and for us, red was the colour of choice, although blue was pretty darn nifty as well.
Installation of the mouse is a breeze and Windows 7 automatically detected the product and installed the appropriate driver. However if you install the software that comes with the mouse, it allows you to fine the mouse and tweak the profiles. For us, it was like a car garage for a Formula One vehicle because this is where you create that ultra smooth precision of the mouse.
It's also where you can adjust how fast your want your mouse to be. Even though you can use the in-built LCD menu which boasts 5 gaming profiles, the PC software is far superior in terms of getting the best out of your macros and button configurations. For games, whether it was World of Warcraft, Neverwinter, Battlefield 3 or Diablo II, the mouse definitely fine-tuned our gaming performance, especially due to its accuracy.
If you're looking for a powerful yet affordable gaming mouse than I strongly suggest you check out the Steelseries Sensei Pro Grade Laser Mouse. Apart from the comfortable ergonomic design, the Sensei boasts some impressive technologies under the hood which creates some amazing precision when using this input device. Best of all, the mouse works on a variety of surfaces and comes with a great a powerful onboard customisation software and an LCD screen. Impressive to say the least!