Steelseries Sensei

Mice, Peripherals

Straight Line Accuracy

With so many little features that are supposed to help make the Sensei more accurate, I did a few short tests to see how they impact things. This involved taking a straight table edge and an open window of paint. From there I would drag the mouse up and down in a straight line (confirmed by pressing against the straight table edge) with the left button depressed, recording the line in the paint window.

During this experiment I did three tests. The first had none of the acceleration, decelleration or movement correction options on. The second had them all at 50% and the third had them at 100%. Due to the up, down movement being completed several times, it not only involved straight lines, but mouse acceleration and decelleration, so all technologies should have come in to play.

The left hand lines are performed at the default low DPI, 1600, the second ones were at the default high DPI, 3200.

0% Features on

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So yea, you need a little bit of it turned on, that’s clear.

50% Features on

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Here you go, 20 up and downs and it’s much improved.

100% Features on

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Interestingly, this is a little worse for the higher DPI, better for the lower one. I’d recommend 50% as that’s what felt right for me, but it’s going to be a personal preference. Fortunately Steelseries lets you customise things to a fine level of detail so fine tuning is always an option.


My first look at the Sensei made me feel like it wasn’t going to be particularly comfortable. I was sure it’d be fine, but nothing on some of the soft, rubberised ones that Razer or Roccat produce. Amazingly, this could be the most comfortable mouse I’ve ever used. It doesn’t cushion your palm that much, but it’s plastic back is soft and smooth, so much so that you don’t need padding. It’s hard to describe, but trust me, you could game with (and I have) this mouse for hours, without any problems.

Impressively aswell, since the top is solid plastic, there isn’t even much perspiration build up over time.

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Last modified: May 11, 2014

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4 Responses to :
Steelseries Sensei

  1. Froted says:

    How do you configure the graphics below? Is there any difference of the steelseries engine to that of previous steelseries drivers? would there be in app sensing to find which app is running? smth like the Kone?

    1. Whoopty says:

      As far as I’m aware, you need to manually switch which profile you have setup, but it only takes a couple seconds.

  2. genoy says:

    Great review. Thanks for taking the time to write this up. Finding the perfect mouse for yourself is hard. But having multiple reviews on items helps out. Trying to find something to replace my Diamondback still :) this mouse seems like a good option to put on my list.

    1. Whoopty says:

      I would heartily recommend it. The only caveat to this review that I should add, is due to the smooth surface, the top does collect a lot of dirt. It needs cleaning once every couple weeks unless you don’t mind finger marks.

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