It took me quite a while before I decided to get the SteelSeries Sensei as my new gaming mouse. I’ve been looking around for a couple of weeks for a replacement to my Corsair Vengeance M90. It’s a pretty good mouse and it seems to be made specifically for gaming but I just couldn’t get myself to like it enough despite having owned it for 3 months now. I got it as a gift for my birthday and I was initially excited after checking out its specifications. With 5700 DPI and up to 12 fully programmable buttons, that does sound like a dream come true, doesn’t it? Plus, it comes with laser sensors which have undeniable advantages over the previous optical technology, notably a higher precision level. It doesn’t weight too heavy as well, at approximately 4.6 ounces. Most gaming mice weigh an average of 3-4 ounces so perhaps it’s slightly toward the heavier end but I’m fine with that. After all, I’ve used really use mice before like the CM Storm Recon, which is a really huge mouse that weighs almost 5 full ounces. The Corsair Vengeance M90 has an older model, which is the M60. It’s basically a small upgrade from 5 additional buttons to the 12 that it has now. The DPI levels are exactly the same and both have laser sensors. It’s practically the same mouse with a different look and about twice the amount of buttons. Oh, and a slightly higher price of $10. Of course, if you look at the whole thing, it is a fairly reasonable bargain. Practically all gaming mice have a minimum of 2 programmable buttons but very few have more than 10. So, really if you take a step back and think about whether it’s worth getting the M90, it makes sense to do so. After all, the specifications are stellar and the reviews aren’t too bad either. Perhaps it’s just me but I would say that this is precisely the reason why it’s always best that you try out the gaming mouse yourself at the shop before you decide to purchase it online.
Anyway, back to the SteelSeries Sensei. At the moment, it does seem like the best gaming mouse for me. In fact, if you take a look at this list of gaming mice, the best gaming mouse that was selected had been the SteelSeries Sensei. I was mostly looking at the DPI level which essentially indicates the level of precision that the mouse would have. In the world of gaming, precision is everything and this is even more so if you’re into FPS games at all. The SteelSeries Sensei blasts all the other mice out of the arena with its 11,000 DPI. There are only 2 other gaming mice that have comparable DPI and those would be the Roccat Kone XTD and the Logitech G600 MMO, both of which have 8200 DPI. The best part is that they don’t even come close to what the Sensei gaming mouse is able to do.
The other thing I was concerned with was the amount of buttons that the mouse has. I’ve always had a thing for FPS and other single player RPG games. I’m not so much an MMO fan but I have recently dabbled in an MMORPG called Final Fantasy 14. It’s one of the better multiplayer games these days besides the obvious World of Warcraft and EverQuest. So, I thought I should treat myself to a good gaming mouse to handle the myriad of keybindings that would inevitably accompany any decent MMOs that are worth playing. The SteelSeries does fit the description of having both insanely high DPI (more than I could ever wish for) and the fact that its sensor is laser rather than optical. The programmable buttons are however rather lacking. That was the first thing that I noticed about the mouse. Sure, the buttons feel firm and my palm can be wrapped around it snuggly because it’s big enough for my hands, but there are only 4 of these buttons. I was actually looking for at least 6-7 which is almost necessary if you’re intending to play any MMOs.
I dug a little deeper and found that while the SteelSeries Sensei has a DPI switch that you can use to adjust the levels even while you’re in-game, the location of it seems a little out of place. Most other gaming mice have the exact same thing but I, for the life of me, do not understand how they could think of placing the DPI switch at such an inconvenient location. I practically have to lift the mouse before I can adjust the DPI so it’s not exactly convenient. What I did for my previous mouse was that I bound 2 different settings profile at 2 of the programmable buttons so that I can switch the sensitivity truly “on-the-fly” so you could do that too if you think it’s a good idea. For those of you who’re wondering, the Sensei mouse is a cable mouse and it doesn’t come with a wireless option. As for the SteelSeries brand itself, it is performing really well too and it’s reliable. I know this because I have a SteelSeries keyboard that I’ve used for over 3 years with zero issues. You need to ensure that you’ve upgraded the gaming mouse’s firmware before you make use of it though. You can get all the updates from the official SteelSeries website. A description on the website also mentions that you should use a USB 3.0 port when possible as it’ll grant you further benefits but I highly doubt that. It doesn’t require any driver installation since it’s virtually a plug and play mouse which is pretty convenient.
At $90, it’s not exactly cheap but for the build quality and comfort level that it has, I’d say it’s a really good buy. Most mice that are meant for gaming do have top-end specifications but when you actually proceed to use it for your games, you might feel slightly uncomfortable with it and that’s bad. The best gaming mouse should always feel right almost immediately after you place your hands on it. If it takes some getting used to, it probably isn’t a very good mouse. This is especially important for your gaming sessions because you’ll almost always be using it for hours at a time and if you don’t want to suffer from carpal tunnel or wrist cramps, you better be sure that you get a mouse that you’re perfectly comfortable with.
A lot of readers from my previous blog have also been asking what the best wireless gaming mouse is and whether a wireless mouse would be better suited for them if the majority of their usage is spent on gaming on the laptop and they have to move around constantly. Based on my experience with wireless mice, you do have to take into account a delay, however minimal it may be, that these will come with. That was a couple of years ago however and things might have changed now. Apparently, the transmission delay is nothing more than 1-2 ms and that shouldn’t affect your gaming performance but I’ve only read about it and haven’t personally experienced it for a long time so you might have to ask someone else about that. As far as my recommendation goes, I’d say that the Logitech G700 is a pretty good wireless gaming mouse. I’ve had a look at it before and tested it for a few minutes at the store. Plus, the reviews on the G700 have been really positive thus far. I can’t say anything more on this particular subject though since I don’t own one but if the majority of its users find it excellent, it probably is.