The history of the SteelSeries Sensei actually starts back with the SteelSeries Xai which launched back in 2009. The Xai was a huge departure from their previous mouse the Ikari and its new shape was ambidextrous and smaller using some of the popular mice in CS 1.6 like the Intellimouse and feedback from gamers to create the Xai shape. I covered the Xai back then and loved it but it did have some problems. SteelSeries later took that same shape but with an upgraded sensor and an onboard processor and introduced it under a new name, the Sensei. We actually had the first English review of the Sensei all the way back in 2011. I started using the Xai as my main mouse and quickly switched over to the Sensei after its launch and for a solid 8 years used the Sensei or one of the many other variations like the RAW or game or team branded models as my main mouse and in my LAN bag as well.
Two years ago that changed when the Sensei 310 launched, I swapped out for it but that didn’t last long as my oily hands and the silicon side grips ended up being a little to slick for me. Even at the Sensei 310 launch, I spent time talking to SteelSeries about how all I wanted and what a lot of people want is the classic shape but with an updated flawless sensor. Fans of the shape moved on to some of the many knockoffs because they were able to offer exactly that. Well 10 full years after the original Xai launch they finally have the Sensei Ten and SteelSeries is promising it is exactly that, the classic Sensei shape with an amazing sensor. I’ve finally got one in hand and I’m excited to see if it lives up to the hype.
Product Name: SteelSeries Sensei Ten
Review Sample Provided by: SteelSeries
Written by: Wes Compton
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