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#1 Posted : Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:17:41 PM(UTC)
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Not too long after SteelSeries released its original Sensei in 2011, I realized that it was a mouse I could spend the rest of my life with. A bit later, I adopted a [RAW] variant for my second PC. Overall, I consider both of them to be stellar mice - some of the best ever made. Of course though, no product is perfect, and one big complaint I've always had is that the software could be better (mostly regarding macros), and I really wanted to see a wireless version. I am not so sure about the former, but the latter is happening, and it's happening soon.

SteelSeries is promising some big things with its Sensei Wireless, touting up front, "Ditch the wires, keep the performance". That tackles one of the biggest complaints about wireless mice - most people just don't want to bother with them because they're often unreliable, and don't perform quite as well. Of course, there's also the problem of battery-life.

The Sensei Wireless seems to match the original Sensei in the specs department, with a 1000Hz/1ms polling rate topping the list, support for up to 8200 "max counts per inch", switches that last 30 million clicks, and LEDs that can be configured with up to 16.8 million colors.

New to the Sensei Wireless (and hopefully added to some of SteelSeries' other products in the future) is cloud-based profile storage. This kind of feature is often targeted at those who move their mouse to other computers a lot, but realistically, the number of people that do that is crazy small. For everyone else, though, it'll be nice to know that your profiles are safe-and-sound after an OS reinstall, because often, people will overlook backing up this kind of software before doing that (me included).

Included with the mouse is an illuminated dock that the mouse can be placed on when you're done with it for the night. It's not mentioned how long the mouse will take to charge, but with its balanced profile, it will last 16 hours on a single charge. If that's not long enough, a battery-save mode can be used with boosts the total time to 20.

Admittedly, that battery-life rating isn't that impressive, but given the fact that this mouse is all about performance, it seems like a fair enough compromise, and it sure doesn't stop me from wanting one.

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#2 Posted : Wednesday, March 19, 2014 10:05:00 AM(UTC)
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This is great I love the sensei mice! My biggest complaint is that they are too big for me and I've wished they would make an identical mouse that is 10% smaller overall.

The battery life is short but perfectly understandable. They should allow the connection of a USB cord as an alternative just in case you know of those late nice gaming marathons.

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#3 Posted : Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:00:59 PM(UTC)
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i am a huge fan of the sensei, but i really cant see people buying a wireless gaming mouse. maybe if there was some sort of hard evidence that this thing can really keep up the pace under a heavy load but i think all hardcore gamers will go for the wired version

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#4 Posted : Wednesday, March 19, 2014 2:45:47 PM(UTC)
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I love the sensei mice personally it has very nice texture as revealed in the photos. as for the wireless I a huge fan and I can understand their can be maybe latency issues depending how your set up is but either or wireless and wired feel the same for me

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#5 Posted : Friday, March 21, 2014 9:31:36 PM(UTC)
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sevags wrote:

The battery life is short but perfectly understandable. They should allow the connection of a USB cord as an alternative just in case you know of those late nice gaming marathons.

There is a usb chord with the sensei.

 

I've been using a Logitech G700 for over a year and I can tell you that I won't go back to a 24/7 wired mouse.  Latency issues are non existent on gaming grade mice these days.  Keep in mind most wireless mice are targeted to the everyday user and not specifically built with performance gaming in mind.  I think the true negative of the sensei is that it's ambidextrous.  Beyond that, I'm sure it's a great mouse.

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