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Steelseries Sensei Mouse Review

Over the last year I have tested many of the major gaming mice available on the market. Some of them have been big and bulky, and others have been thin and light – most prove uncomfortable to use for many hours.

The Steelseries Sensei treads a sensible middle ground, fitting well in the hand of many gamers. I took it to a recent FPS clan match in the UK and everyone fell in love with the product. Only one guy with massively oversized hands felt it was a little small for him. I didn’t get the chance to see what mouse he was using, but I can only assume it was a customised skateboard with laser engine.

The metal coating applied to the surface was actually the most talked about aspect of the product in our clan game and everyone commented on how it seemed to deal exceptionally well with perspiration, while maintaining a high level of grip.

The software really is class leading and gives an inordinate amount of fine control over every aspect of the product. I consider myself a hard core gamer and didn’t fully utilise all of the settings. If you are anal and don’t like to install software for peripherals then it is possible to use the mouse ‘out of the box’, although you will be losing much of the functionality.

The price in the UK is £79.99 from Amazon and we honestly feel it offers tremendous value, even at this price. The software package alone is worth its weight in gold and for people who demand a wide variety of tuning then this should surely be right at the top of your shortlist.

This is quite possibly the finest mouse currently available today.


  • looks fantastic.
  • software package is unrivaled.
  • sensitivity settings to cover all demands.
  • surface coating has broken new ground.


  • £80 will be out of reach for many people, regardless of the quality.
  • Underside LED readout seems a little ‘gimmicky’.

Kitguru says: an exceptional product which really is worth every penny.

Rating: 9.0.

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  • Rupert

    Bought one of these already, love it to death. Its really great software, even better than Razers

  • Ned

    They are battling hard with Razer right now for market share. This should give Steelseries the edge in the gaming sector. I do think Razer make better keyboards however.

  • Thomas {DF}

    Good review Colin, I enjoyed playing with the mouse when you were over with us at clan match. The only thing I dont like is that Steelseries are delving a little too much into unnesscary software gimmicks and they could put the money into other things. I do like the lighting, but the underside LCD is pretty much just a talking point. no clan gamer I know uses or wants it.

  • Harrison

    Looks like a custom car paint finish, in different lighting for some of the shots, it looks bronze! how f*cking cool is that.

  • Luay

    No one but DAS makes great keyboards.
    But I agree that this the finest mouse ever made.

  • jimbob

    I’ve just bought one of these, but I’m not sure if it is defective or not. If I press the middle mouse button to the right It generates a mouse click (like logitech’s mice) but pressing the middle mouse to the left doesn’t. Can someone check theirs to see the behaviour.

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