The Sensei Wireless uses SteelSeries’s latest software, the SteelSeries Engine 3. I have had the chance to use the new software a few times now with the Elite and the Rival mouse. They have also been converting over their older mice to the Engine 3 as well to get all of their products back onto one piece of software. The SteelSeries Engine 3 opens up on the my gear page, listing all of your installed SteelSeries devices. In this case, it is only showing the Sensei Wireless, the H Wireless that I am also using doesn’t use the software at all.
One you click on your device you open up the main page. Most other companies use tabs to flip through the different options but SteelSeries uses just one page, letting you scroll down through them. You can however click between different views of the mouse itself. Each view shows the programmable buttons along with a line and box that you can click on to change the setting for that button.
The programmable button tab pops up when you click on a button. Here you can select from a dropdown menu lists from mouse buttons, keyboard buttons, macro’s, media buttons, and even the option to turn a button off completely. Each of those tabs then opens up a full list of options available, the keyboard buttons tab pictured below for example lets me pick from any key on the keyboard, or if you want you can even record a quick macro right there.
Over on the right side of the software is the scroll area with all of our other options. Right up top are the two mouse sensitivity settings as well as a drop down menu that lets you select a battery saver setting. When you select an option, it changes the bright green battery picture to reflect your settings.
As you scroll down you can actually configure your battery settings yourself as well. This includes how long before the Sensei Wireless does to sleep and two options that turn on or off illumination smart mode and sensor smart mode. Illumination smart mode turns the light under your palm off when you are moving the mouse to save battery power and the sensor smart mode turns the sensor off when you aren’t using the mouse.
Scrolling even farther down we get into more advanced options. Here you can turn on acceleration and/or deceleration they are defaulted to off though. Acceleration speeds up your mouse movement as you move the mouse over a long distance; this speeds up turnaround times in an FPS for example and makes it easier to get across a multiple monitor setup, but can be inconsistent for some gamers. Deceleration slows down the CPI of the mouse when you are moving the mouse slowly, a good example of this is if you are trying to click on something really small or aim carefully, with this you can run a higher CPI normally but still have the detail movement when you need it. Again, the fact that the mouse changes CPI/DPI at all can cause some inconsistency with some people, especially gamers.
Lastly down under the photo of the Sensei Wireless are two lighting options, for the logo and for the changing base. We get all of the standard options like other Sensei’s, meaning you have full color control on both. You can set any color to be on all of the time or to pulse, but new to the Sensei Wireless is the option to set the lighting to show the battery status. Here you can have the lighting change as the battery gets low. You can set this on the mouse or the charging base, depending on what is more visible on your desk while gaming. Personally, I went with the changing base so I can see it even with my hand on the mouse.