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SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] Laser Gaming Mouse Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mice in Peripherals | Posted: Jul 31, 2012 5:08 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: SteelSeries

Specifications, Availability and Pricing






On the outside of the Sensei [RAW] you are given a fully plastic shell where the top component of it have been completely covered in a rubberized coating, while the bottom section of the mouse is clear. The mouse is curved on both sides equally to give this mouse true ambidextrous appeal to left handed users. On both sides there is a pair of buttons. By default the left two are page forward and back, while the pair on the right will scroll up and down. Across the top of the mouse you have a CPI adjustment button for one of two settings, a scroll wheel and an LED to denote which of the two CPI profiles are active. To keep the Sensei [RAW] moving as effortlessly as possible, 16 percent of the bottom surface is taken up with three large PTFE feet.


On the inside of the mouse you have a mixture of Omron switches for the right and left click buttons and the scroll wheel click. As for the side buttons on the mouse, they are backed with TTC switches on a separate PCB. To control the flow of clicks and movement to the PC, the Sensei [RAW] is equipped with a 16-bit MCU that offers full USB 2.0 bandwidth. To read where the mouse is at or moving to, this has the Avago ADNS-9500 laser sensor for tracking with up to 5670 CPI and with 30G lateral acceleration, you should be able to move faster than this mouse can read your movements. There is a bit of lighting to the Sensei [RAW] as well, but the unlimited choices have been limited to only white to illuminate the logo on the heel of the mouse, the center of the scroll wheel and with the clear bottom, it will lightly glow with the white LEDs as well.


News just as recently as five days ago is showing that this mouse is just releasing to retailers and via a bit of searching I could only find two listings on the right side of the pond for the Sensei [RAW] at this time. As I mentioned, compared to the original Sensei's pricing of very near $90, the Sensei [RAW] is more economically friendly with an MSRP of $59. For those of you on the other half of the globe, just like with Steam games, the pricing is set to the $1 equals 1€, so the deal is much sweeter for US buyers.


Either way you are getting essentially the same thing as the original without the ARM processor and color choice of LEDs for some $30 cheaper making this a much more inviting option to anyone looking into laser gaming mice.

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