Mice are great for gaming when they possess the capability to have high sensitivity with quick response, but this normally requires a tethered approach. SteelSeries disagrees and has created the Sensei Wireless (based on the tethered Sensei Laser Mouse). How does it stack up and has SteelSeries hit a home run? Find out in the full review after the break!
The SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Laser Mouse is a kind of oxymoron, a wireless gaming mouse that has the capability to provide high CPI and quick response (1 MS). No wired connection required in order to get gaming level performance from a wireless mouse (although you can tether the Sensei Wireless if needed). The package contained a very simple instruction set, braided micro-USB cable, charging base and the mouse itself. It was a very clean setup, as we have come to expect from SteelSeries.
The design of the Sensei Wireless Laser Mouse is relatively simple. An ambidextrous design allowing for the use of the mouse whether your’e a righty or a lefty. A total of 8 customizable buttons can be assigned via the SteelSeries Engine 3. One of the coolest design features of the Sensei Wireless is the fully programmable color illumination points on the mouse itself and the charging base. You cannot only set a few colors, but the SteelSeries Engine 3 allows for entire color spectrum settings down to the RGB value (16.8 million colors to be more exact). If you’re not much into setting various color settings, you can always choose that the illuminations areas reflect the charge remaining on the Sensei Wireless.
One of the small downsides we did notice in the Sensei Wireless was the fact that the mouse is relatively light. There is no way to adjust the weight of the mouse which we have seen in other gaming mice out on the market. What would have been awesome is the capability to place weights into the mouse so the user can adjust based on preference.
The charging base has some weight to it so it won’t be moving at all on your desk. There is also an illumination outline on the charging base in the shape of the Sensei Wireless which matches perfectly to the mouse. No difficult ports to line up for charging or cables to connect, just simply place the Sensei Wireless right onto charging base.
One of the key features of a gaming mouse is the CPI performance or Counts Per Inch. With the Sensei Wireless Laser Mouse, the CPI can be setup up to 8200 (16400 DCPI) which I can tell you is very sensitive. With this wide a range for sensitivity settings, the Sensei Wireless can be matched to almost any gaming personality.
Battery performance can range depending how the settings are tuned on the Sensei Wireless (high performance, balanced, custom etc.) Battery life was not an issue at all as through our many gaming sessions from Reaper of Souls to Borderlands, we never once had to tether or charge the mouse, assuming you do not play for 20 hours straight (which is what SteelSeries boasts as the max battery life). The capability to set saved button profiles and settings is a great plus.
Wireless performance was awesome, not once did we experience any clipping, skipping or interference of any kind with the Sensei Wireless.
Overall, the Sensei Wireless Laser Mouse from SteelSeries is a winner in our book. It would almost be perfect if it were not for the lack of weight adjustments for a gaming mouse. The ambidextrous design may also be a downer for some as there are consumers who prefer a more molded to the hand feel. If you’re looking for a wireless gaming mouse that doesn’t sacrifice performance for wireless performance, the SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Laser Mouse should definitely be considered.