SteelSeries Sensei Wireless$159.99
Design and Ergonomics9.0/10
Sensor and Tracking Quality8.5/10
- The good old Sensei abidextrous ergonomics that gamers ADORE.
- Ability to switch between wired and wireless modes
- Good tracking and decent uncut gaming experience
- GREAT ALUMINUM CHARGING DOCK!!
- Software is AWESOME.
- Too expensive.
- Ambidextrous may not be the most comfortable ergonomic design foor right-handed gamers.
- Sensor is good, but it's a laser sensor.
Who Is It For??
- Are you looking for an ambidextrous mouse?
- Arre you a left-handed gamer and you want a mouse that can provide you the same experience that a conventional right-handed gaming mouse can provide??
- Are you a fan of SteelSeries and its Sensei series gaming mice??
- Does a gaming mouse which is BOTH wired and wireless sound great to you??
- Do you seek the comfort of a wireless mouse, but still don't want to give up on the benefits that a wired mouse can provide??
- Are fingertip/claw grip styles your personal favorite?
- Is transmitting distance important for you??
- Would you like a cool looking charging dock to light up your gaming desk and give a modern look with a quality metal finish??
- Do you want an extended battery life??
If your answer to most of these questions is "YES", then you should GO AND GET A STEELSERIES SENSEI WIRELESS!!
It's the masterpiece of SteelSeries Sensei mouse lineup with probably most of the imaginable gaming mouse features added into it. It's not my personal favorite when it comes to gaming mice, but I can't deny that this is one he of a gaming mouse and it definitely has its own crowd that it talks to.
Now we'll explore what Sensei Wireless can provide you in detail and eventually, you'll be able to decide yourself whether it's the right choice for you or not. Are you ready?? LET'S GO!!
Before diving deep into our SteelSeries Sensei Wireless review, let's talk a bit about the Sensei lineup. Sensei Wireless is, obviously, not the first Sensei gaming mouse that has been met with gamers. The bloodline of Sensei is reaching way back to the past, to horizons that today's gamers will probably not know about. The technology wasn't developed as much as today and the design of a gaming mouse was still in an experimental stage.
SteelSeries has a history with the ambidextrous Sensei and Kana mouse lineup, but they've kept improving their design and technology over the years while not forgetting to reflect the advancements to their gaming mouse lineup.
Sensei Wireless is the updated and probably one the most refined gaming mice of SteelSeries. SteelSeries has updated the Sensei lineup and by pouring all their design and technology background into two specific Sensei mice: Sensei Wireless and Sensei 310!!
I HIGHLY ADVISE you to CHECK OUT our Sensei 310 review, because it is one of my favorite ambidextrous gaming mice and it has all the rights to earn the reputation it holds today. It's the custom designed ESports and competitive gaming oriented bigger brother of Sensei Wireless. It has one of the MOST ADVANCED optical gaming sensors ever created - the epic TrueMove3 sensor- and while protecting the ambidextrous ergonomic design of the Sensei mouse lineup, Sensei 310 has been fine-tuned for performance gaming with the well-known Rival design patterns. I'm repeating, no matter what, CHECK OUT THE SENSEI 310 REVIEW!! You won't regret it 😉
Let's talk about the general changes in the design of Sensei. The Sensei series mice used to have a glossy mouse surface at past, which was not a desirable material for me, but with the latest lineup, SteelSeries has switched to a smooth matte black surface which feels WAY better when compared to the previous glossy surface. The design is also improved with the metallic details in the middle of the mouse and the metal base of the scroll wheel which actually gives a durable and robust feel. I liked what SteelSeries has done with the Sensei Wireless and it definitely feels GREAT!!!!
Now, let's talk a bit about ergonomics
Good Old Ambidextrous Sensei Ergonomics
If there's one thing that all Sensei users can verify, it's probably the comfort of Sensei gaming mouse. The good-old ambidextrous ergonomics of Sensei have protected themselves during the refining process of Sensei Wireless. It may not be the MOST ergonomic gaming mouse that has ever been manufactured, but I assure you that it's SO COMFORTABLE. Sensei Mouse even has its own fan base thanks to these comfortable ergonomics that it provides.
It's suitable for fingertip/claw grip, depending on the size of your hand. The low profile and elongated design of Sensei Wireless give you the ability to grasp the mouse better and establish a good handling. When compared to other gaming mice of SteelSeries, it's not little but it's not as bumpy as other mice. SteelSeries Wireless is wide enough to support my hand and the low profile design feels great if you're after a performance during fast-paced gaming and a good handling of your gaming mouse.
But if you have extra large hands, then you might feel like a giant when using the Sensei Wireless. That's why I advise you to check out our SteelSeries Rival 700 Review if that's the case. It's a TANK and is definitely suitable for people with extended hand size. Or you can always CHECK OUT Our SteelSeries Rival 500 Review if you think that a touch from the MMO is what you like.
As I said before, it's an ambidextrous gaming mouse, which means that it's suitable for BOTH right-handed and left-handed gamers. The decade-old problem with left-handed gamers was that they were having a really hard time finding a suitable gaming mouse for themselves because, by convention, almost all gaming mice were being manufactured with a right hand oriented ergonomic design. Some manufacturers were producing left-handed exclusives of course, but that was an exception. The ambidextrous and double-sided design of Sensei Wireless gives both parties the same opportunity to benefit from this gaming mouse.
This is the feature that makes Sensei Wireless suitable candidate for both right-handed and left-handed gamers. Sensei Wireless has programmable side button on both sides which enables you to switch sides. Are you a left-handed gamer and want to use the Sense Wireless with your left hand?? NO PROBLEM!! Just switch the mouse to your left hand and you're good to go!! The ambidextrous ergonomic design allows you to game with any hand you like and gives you quite a freedom.
I advise you to disable the outer side buttons via SteelSeries Engine Software because when you're using the Sensei Wireless you probably won't use the outer side buttons (they're not so comfortable to use anyway). In order to prevent accidental clicks and get a better handling of the mouse, you can disable the outer side buttons. That's what I do and it's the better way of gaming with Sensei Wireless. But, of course, this choice is up to you...
8 Programmable Buttons
The button layout is great and SteelSeries has never let me down when it comes to button design. There are 8 programmable buttons at your service which are:
- Right / Left Clicks
- Right Double Side Buttons
- Left Double Side Buttons
- Scroll Wheel
- DPI Switch Button
SteelSeries Sensei Wireless switches are rated to 30 million clicks of lifespan, they function well and I didn't have any issues with them. Right/Left mechanical clicks are pretty rigid but in an optimal way. They feel exactly how they should be. Sensei Wireless may not be hosting the Rival Series' split trigger button design, but it still feels wonderful!! The side buttons are well placed and they fit nice right under your thumb.
A subject that I want to dwell on is the scroll wheel. It's AMAZING!! It's one of the most sturdy and well-built scroll wheels that I've ever used. Its metal base plate right under the plastic coating gives you the stiff feel and the scroll wheel steps are arranged pretty well. It doesn't fly away and scrolls exactly as it should. Scroll wheel design has stolen my heart and I give it 5 STARS.
All buttons are pretty easy to press, but the DPI switch is right at the back of the scroll wheel and that's why you may have to change your hand posture just a little bit in order to press it. It's not a problem for me, but I wouldn't assign any frequently used comments to it. Ese that, it works pretty fine.
Metal Plate Charging Dock
This is one of the strongest features that makes Sensei Wireless a charming buy. Sensei Wireless comes with its exclusive metal charging dock which looks pretty cool with all the real metal finish it holds. Else of the obvious cool looks, it's also a pretty functional gizmo which can also act as a wireless transmitter in the wireless mode. So, you can increase your monitor distance by using the charging dock as a transmitter.
These features are actually pretty similar to Razer Mamba's. If you don't know about Razer Mamba, I advise you to check out our Razer Mamba Review immediately because it's DEFINITELY ONE OF THE PRETTIEST gaming mice that you can find on the market!!
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The metal charging dock plate is connected to electricity via the USB cable which can also be connected to the mouse. If you want to leave your Sensei Wireless to rest on your charging dock and make it look like a trophy, then you can leave the mouse on the charging dock to refresh itself up. If you don't want to sacrifice your gaming session while still need to charge the Sensei Wireless, then you can pull out the cable behind the Charging Dock and stick it to the mouse from the USB socket right in front of the Sensei Wireless. This way your gaming won't be interrupted while Sensei Wireless will be charging simultaneously. It's a WIN WIN situation!!
The last best thing about the charging dock is that you can customize its exteriors by programming it via SteelSeries Engine Software. You can adjust the RGB lights right around the mouse insert area to illuminate with several types of animations or indicate mouse-related parameters such as battery capacity. The charging dock also becomes a great decoration for you to use on your gaming desk!!
Sensei Wireless is rated with 20 hours of battery life, but that also depends on your technical, wireless and lighting settings. My personal observation revealed to me that you will get around 15-16 hours of battery life with a fully charged battery if you're gaming with reasonable mouse settings. It's a pretty good battery lifespan and that's usually what you will get out of most mid-to-high-end wireless gaming mice.
There are some good customization options for the battery life. You can fine-tune your battery life by choosing from several battery life modes presented in the SteelSeries Engine Software, which are:
- High-Performance Mode
- Balanced Mode
- Power-Saver Mode
- Custom Mode
You can also adjust the battery life by yourself. The only thing you have to do is to tweak the battery icon in the software depending on your specific desires and balance the battery life by simultaneously playing with other options. There's also a "Sleep Timer" at your service to set your mouse into sleep mode automatically when you're not using it. Battery life can also be adjusted by enabling or disabling the Sensor Smart Mode and Illumination Smart Mode. These options depend totally on your in-game choices. My main advice is not to turn off parameters which will affect your in-game performance and most of all the sensor parameters.
Yes, that's right. Sensei Wireless is a switchable wireless mouse, which means that you can instantly switch into the wired mode by plugging in the USB cable to the front of Sensei Wireless. It's pretty advantageous for the ones who want the comfort of a wireless mouse, but still, don't want to give up on technical advantages of a wired mouse. The technology is now developed enough to supply the same performance parameters both with wired and wireless mice, but there are some physical advantages and disadvantages for both teams. Sensei Wireless gives you the taste of both experiences. If you want to get more details about the pros and cons of wireless gaming, CHECK OUT Our "Benefits Of A Wireless Mouse" Article!!
Wireless mode performs just as great as the wired mode, but I will talk about the details of wireless performance on the "Technical Side Of Things" section. The only thing you need to know for know is that wireless mode was a charm to me and I haven't encountered any lag, delay, or data transmission problem. If you're in a reasonable range to your transmitter, then you're good to go. I don't need to tell you that you can use your charging dock as a wireless transmitter!! By using your charging dock, you can increase the distance from your monitor without losing any wireless gaming performance quality.
The wired mode is kickass as usual. I think there isn't a single gamer who hasn't experienced a wired gaming mouse 🙂 I will talk about the technical performance of both wired and wireless modes later. You can switch into the wired ode by plugging in the USB stick up to the front of Sensei Wireless. Pretty easy and it provides you an UNCUT gaming experience!!
The most significant advantage of dual switch mode is that it serves you the uncut gaming experience even when your battery starts to drain. Is your battery about to die?? No problem... You can still operate with Sensei Wireless by plugging the cable in. While your Sensei Wireless gets charged, you also will continue your gaming session without interruption.
RGB Illumination Zones
Sensei Wireless has two RGB lighting zones that you can customize as you wish. The SteelSeries rear logo right under your palm and the scroll wheel lighting zones can add some eye-candy to your mouse with your custom RGB settings activated. The third lighting zone is on the metal charging dock and it can be spotted as thin LED lighting traces right around the charging footstep of Sensei Wireless. One of the details that I like the most about the charging plate is that you can set the RGB lights on the charging dock to indicate current battery state of Sensei Wireless. Assigning specific color gradients to your charging dock battery indicating settings, you will get to know the current status of your battery while Sensei Wireless is being charged.
You can assign two animations to all the RGB lighting zones: either a static color or a breathing lighting effect. Other high-end gamer mice usually come with 4-5 lighting animations, but the lack of lighting abundance is not an important issue for me. If you're an RGB addicted gamer, then I advise you to check out other SteelSeries mice such as Rival 600!!
RGB is not so strong with this one when you compare it with other ambidextrous RGB stacked cool kids of gaming mouse industry such as Razer Lancehead, but it still has something to show and it still looks great!!
Technical Side Of Things
SteelSeries Sensei Wireless uses a PixArt ADNS 9800 laser sensor and it's great. To be honest, laser sensors are not my favorite type of sensors due to acceleration issues and some minor defects that they usually come with and an optical sensor is, by convention, always the best bet in performance and competitive gaming, but ADNS 9800 performs awesome!! I haven't witnessed any acceleration, jittering, smoothing or any kind of other issues.
This also depends on your DPI settings too. Most high-end laser sensors tend to perform well until a certain DPI level. If you stay inside the 0 - 4,500 DPI range you probably won't face any sensor issues. I was pretty satisfied with the laser sensor of Sensei Wireless and it supported me greatly during my gaming sessions, but as it's always a convention with any type of gaming sensor, especially on a laser sensor, as you start enforcing your DPI levels and technical parameters you may start getting some undesirable little deviations. I'm not promising it, but it's a fact with laser sensors.
Sensei Wireless comes with 8,200 hardware DPI and you can increase it up to 16,400 CPI, but probably no one uses that much DPI and it's a ridiculous number to game with. The MAX DPI that I game with is probably 4,500 and even that is considered pretty high by myself. But if you feel like maxing out your DPI, the 16,000 is there at your service.
The only thing that I don't like about the DPI is that you can set only 2 DPI values to switch between. Actually, that's fine, because I use around 2 or maximum 3 DPI levels (and that's not often), but they could build more DPI levels to switch between. When I look at some gaming mice such as Corsair Glaive RGB, I see 5 levels of shiftable DPI and that just makes me go "wow". 2 levels of DPI is right about enough for all your gaming purposes, but there could be more. Most Razer mice come with 5 shiftable DPI levels.
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You can adjust a hell lot of technical features so easily through the SteelSeries Engine Software:
- DPI Levels
- Lift-off Distance
- Moue Acceleration / Deceleration
- Angle Snapping
- Polling Rate
- Battery Options
Wireless mice used to be the black goat of gaming mice at past due to connection and performance issues. If this was the beginning of 00's, then I would agree, but with the latest advances in technology today, wireless mice are just as good as wired mice and they are competing head-to-head when it comes to performance. So, if I were you, I would overcome my prejudices against wireless mice and take an alternative look to the comfortable cableless world that they offer!!
Wireless mode is just as satisfying as the wired mode and I haven't witnessed any lag or delay problem even once!! Sensei Wireless uses a 2.4 GHz wireless connection. Performance in wireless mode is pretty decent and it doesn't differ from the performance of wired mode. But this statement is valid in a close range. If you're near to your transmitter, 1-3 meters as an example, then likely you won't encounter any performance issues, but as you get further, especially further than 4 m, you may start experiencing lag, delay, and some data transmission issues. This is a physical phenomenon and it's completely normal. You shouldn't be expecting to obtain the highest performance of Sensei Wireless while you're at a distance of 10 m.
Else of that, I don't have much to say about the wireless performance. Independent from the sensor and your technical prefereces, Sensei Wireless performs pretty well in wireless mode.
Base Of The Mouse
The base of Sensei Wireless consists of several buttons, some electronic parts and of course the anti-friction pads which makes Sensei Wireless glide like a ninja. There is an on/off switch which, obviously, turns your mouse on and off. And there is also a "CONNECT" button which connects with your transmitter when pressed. There are 3 little yellow dots under your Sensei Wireless and they're for charging purposes. These are placed right on the yellow protrusions on the charging dock to let electricity flow inside the battery of your Sensei Wireless.
You can create your own profiles for specific games and other software. This is, of course, a conventional feature in all high-end gaming mice, but you can also set auto-launch for your profiles which will save you from the need of manually switching between profiles. When you launch Overwatch, all your mouse settings are automatically switched to your Overwatch profile. Have you launched CS: GO?? Guess what?? Yes, your CS: GO mouse setup is automatically brought to you. This is a great feature which saves your time and willpower. It actually makes you not to think 🙂 All the button configs and technical setups will be ready to use with your auto-launch enabled profiles.
Sadly, there are no on-board profiles available for Sensei Wireless and you would have to hold an internet connection and a SteelSeries Engine Software in order to access your profiles. This makes Sensei Wireless not suitable for travel. It's not so important for me, but if you're competing in certain events, attending to LAN parties or travel with your mouse, then this can be a downer for you as a gamer who goes around.
Sensei Wireless uses SteelSeries Engine Software to program its features. It's one of my personal favorite gaming peripheral software because of the user-friendly design it has. It's INCREDIBLY EASY to use the SteelSeries Engine Software and there is not even a single chance for you to get confused while using it. Everything is right in front of you and you can directly customize your SteelSeries peripherals right away.
You can customize all your buttons with specific commands or macros of your own. You can assign specific software launches to your profiles and software commands. Also, there is a pretty rich amount of technical features you can customize.
You can adjust the RGB lights with 2 types of lighting animations. The charging dock is tunable with animations that indicate the battery life, which adds up some great visuality to the overall Sensei Wireless experience.
Where To Buy It From??
The best place where you can easily buy a SteelSeries Sensei Wireless gaming mouse is Amazon. Due to the best price options, great retail service, and amazing customer care, Amazon is my number one choice. I've bought almost all of my gaming peripherals from Amazon and I've never been disappointed.
To be honest, Sensei Wireless is not cheap. It goes with a price tag of $159.99 and it's definitely not a price that every gamer would agree to pay for a gaming mouse. To be honest, I can offer you WAY better mice with better technical parameters and more features. It's all up to you. You can choose to get the Sensei Wireless if you really like the form factors and features, but there are cheaper alternatives which can offer you more.
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SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Review - Conclusion
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