titleOne of, if not the best mouse to come through our doors was the SteelSeries Xai. Steel Series isn’t a company that normally just pumps out new products unless there is a need. But how do you follow up with a perfectly balanced, no frills gaming mouse with such a good reputation? For starters you try to keep it as close to the original while still improving it. When Steel Series sent out the PR for the Sensei last month I was a little skeptical but still excited to see how they could improve on the Xai. With it finally in my hands I can’t wait to dive into the details!

Product Name: SteelSeries Sensei

Review Sample Provided by: SteelSeries

Review by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes


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Posted: 23 Oct 2011 23:29 by Wingless92 #20512
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Picked mine up on Amazon. So far i'm liking it but I am still getting used to it. Much better than the Razer mouse that I had awhile back. Liking that I can change the colors to match my keyboard.
Posted: 11 Oct 2011 01:36 by Wingless92 #20353
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They are sold out right now on Amazon. I am holding off until they are back in stock. I really don't want to mess around with returning it if I don't like it with another website.
Posted: 20 Sep 2011 21:24 by Wingless92 #19919
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Shipping the first week of October. Gonna wait till it hits Amazon then i'll pick one up.
Posted: 14 Sep 2011 19:58 by garfi3ld #19803
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They haven't announced a date but they keep saying SOON. I suspect it will be over the next few days.
Posted: 14 Sep 2011 19:46 by Wingless92 #19802
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I wish we had a release date on this. I want one!
Posted: 14 Sep 2011 14:46 by garfi3ld #19800
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I did try out the Exactaim and Exactaccel. Having come from the Xai I already knew what I preferred. I crank up the Exactaim to cut out the "jitter" or shakyness that a laser mouse sometimes gets on a poor quality surface. It also does a good job of keeping your aim steady in game if you get slightly shaky.

Exactaccel is a 1 - 10 setting for in mouse acceleration. I am like most other gamers who prefer no acceleration on my mouse. With it turned up to its highest setting of 10, responsiveness is considerably higher. Depending on how quickly you move your mouse moving a few inches can move the curser all the way across the screen or only a few inches. If you can get used to it, accel can be great for a sniper who needs detailed movement when aiming but the ability to turn around quickly if needed.
Posted: 14 Sep 2011 12:30 by khanov #19799
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Thanks for the review, good read.
I'm curious about one thing that you left out, did you try the "Exactaim" and "ExactAccel" ?
These seem to be Steelseries name for on-the-fly adjustment of acceleration. I know most gamers would just turn that **** off, but I was wondering if you played with it at all (and if so what are your impressions) ?
Posted: 11 Sep 2011 10:18 by garfi3ld #19739
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no our lighting is typically rudimentary at best. I am hoping to get better lighting after the new year. The cost of CES puts a major damper on things and picking up the new camera was a big hit also.

So what do you guys think of the Sensei? This is one of only I think two reviews published on the mouse right now worldwide (atleast that we can find).
Posted: 11 Sep 2011 10:04 by Arxon #19737
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Yeah understandable. Do you guys have the light stuff with the reflective umbrellas?(don't know what they are called)
Posted: 11 Sep 2011 07:00 by garfi3ld #19735
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I know, we wanted to try out the use of the video camera. We are planning on using it in the future for things that Fraps can't do.
Posted: 11 Sep 2011 06:42 by Arxon #19733
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You could have used fraps on the options video for a clearer picture.

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