Thursday, August 11th 2011

SteelSeries Introduces Sensei, The Smartest, Most Customizeable Gaming Mouse

Leading the buzz at this year’s GamesCom, SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of premium-quality peripherals, today introduced the most customizable mouse to ever hit the competitive gaming industry – the SteelSeries Sensei. Its 32 bit ARM processor allows for the advanced SteelSeries ExactTech calculations to be done directly on the mouse and allows for easy configurations via its LCD screen. Perfected with the world’s most successful, professional gaming teams, the Sensei has an ambidextrous design with a metal, non-slip grip coating and three areas of illumination with 16.8 million color options. Debuting alongside the mouse is the new SteelSeries Engine software suite which allows for multiple layers of customization and extended programmability.

“We truly believe in building peripherals that sets the expected standards for competitive gamers. The intent is to make them faster, more accurate and allow them to play longer – essentially, peripherals that gives users the freedom to play how and where they want, and that will help them win,” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. “The Sensei is really the culmination of thousands of hours of research and testing with competitive players that combines a distinctive aesthetic design with the access to superior functionality for all levels of players. Users will have the luxury of choosing a quick configuration directly on the Sensei’s LCD screen or dive into the multiple layers of advanced macros and settings through the new SteelSeries Engine software.”

The Master of Customization
The Sensei features a state of the art 32 bit ARM processor which allows for both ninja-esque speed and precision; true hardware based sensitivity settings from 1 to 5,700 CPI, and an “overclocked” Double CPI feature that allows the user to go all the way up to 11,400 DCPI – a setting that is ideal for multiple monitor use. SteelSeries’ industry leading ExactTech settings, such as ExactSens, ExactAccel, and ExactAim, can be calculated directly on the hardware, which leaves the user with a mouse that is completely free of any interpolation or extrapolation, delay, filtering and without using up memory or resources on the user’s computer. The laser sensor boasts 10.8 megapixel image correlation at up to 12,000 frames per second and the ability to handle tracking movements of up to 150 inches per second.

As the first in SteelSeries competitive line of mice to include illumination options, the Sensei hosts three areas of illumination – at the wheel, CPI indicator and at the SteelSeries logo, in 16.8 million color options including an OFF setting. The illumination can help provide specific functions like different colors for specific profiles.

Optimized Design and Grip
A new, non-slip grip, metal coating encases the Sensei, while its ambidextrous shape makes all 8 ergonomically placed buttons comfortably reachable for all three grip styles – palm, claw and swipe. Connecting to the computer through a gold-plated USB, its double-braided nylon cord is meant to withstand serious punishment, from aggressive tournament pulls to tangles and even animal chews.

To ensure maximum performance in all gaming scenarios SteelSeries enlisted help from world-class StarCraft II, Counter-Strike, QUAKE Live, DotA, League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth, WarCraft III and Doom players who helped with the testing and refinement of the Sensei. They provided input on everything from grip styles to the needs for customizable technology; the Sensei evolved from hours of game-play.

The Power of SteelSeries Engine Software
While the Sensei is able to be configured without the need for software drivers it is also SteelSeries’ first mouse that can be powered by the new SteelSeries Engine software. It’s up to the user to decide how much customization they want or need; SteelSeries is purely supplying the possibilities. The SteelSeries Engine can allow users to:
  • Manage multiple devices. Beginning with the SteelSeries Sensei, users can configure all of their peripherals to work together in one managed location – for cohesive peripheral use.
  • Easily configure their settings. The effortless drag-and-drop, easy to navigate features and directions make the software well-suited for all levels.
  • Create profiles. Users can quickly activate multiple profiles for peripherals from different characters in one game to multiple profiles in all of the games and programs they’re using.
  • Improve set-up through statistics. Users will be able to record sessions and identify how to improve their button layout and macro settings through a visual heat map of the users peripheral.
  • Have the freedom to play. The SteelSeries Engine makes the Sensei as customizable as technologically possible. The software will even recognize what game a user is playing and will open the appropriate, saved profile. It allows the user to have complete control on how their mouse can function.
The SteelSeries Sensei will be available starting in September 2011 for $89.99 / €89.99 MSRP. Visit the product page for more information.
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37 Comments on SteelSeries Introduces Sensei, The Smartest, Most Customizeable Gaming Mouse

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Wow. A mouse with an ARM-based SoC inside. The last time I went wow over something like this was when Creative announced X-Fi with its 40 million transistor SoC on a sound-card.
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#2
aharvey
Is it just me, or is $90 a lot for a mouse?
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#3
theJesus
:twitch:

Must have . . .
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#4
Fourstaff
by: aharvey
Is it just me, or is $90 a lot for a mouse?
Lots of $90 mice out there. Its a bit pricey, but might be worth it for some FPS gamers out there.
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#5
erocker
by: btarunr
Wow. A mouse with an ARM-based SoC inside. The last time I went wow over something like this was when Creative announced X-Fi with its 40 million transistor SoC on a sound-card.
No kidding! Overkill almost... but the price is pretty darn good for what it's got.
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#6
SolidSnakeUS
So happy it's ambidextrous. Mainly because I use my mouse left handed.

And I've read on here for a while, but first time poster, good to be here.
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#7

Buttons. Why aren't there lots of buttons? You know what I look for in a mouse? Buttons.
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#10
micropage7
now its called revolution. interesting how mouse could have ARM. i guess now we can call it smart mouse
anyway 90$ looks nice and pretty fair for intelligent mouse :toast:
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#11
AsRock
TPU addict
by: SolidSnakeUS
So happy it's ambidextrous. Mainly because I use my mouse left handed.

And I've read on here for a while, but first time poster, good to be here.
I use the XAI but only had it like 5 months but it's been a great mouse ( once you have your profiles sorted out ). No sign of wear yet and i use it every day.

by: Fourstaff
There is 2 buttons on top and a wheel. That is all I look for in a mouse. If you want buttons, use this instead: http://store.razerzone.com/store/razerusa/en_US/pd/productID.220156700/parentCategoryID.35208800/categoryId.37466100
Hell no, razer totally fail me due to cheap plastic they use for the buttons ( courses double clicking ). I have had 4 Razer mice and everyone with the same issue and every time it's done it just after the one year warranty.
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#12
scaminatrix
I'm disappointed at the lack of side buttons too. People that have become accustomed to using them for grenade and melee will avoid this mouse.

Oh, it has got 2 side buttons :p ignore me!

Hmmm... 2 side buttons on each side, left and right click, mouse wheel button and another button below it.
8 buttons. Ok, that doesn't look too bad now :laugh: The mouse is so sleek I didn't notice them all before.
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#13
SolidSnakeUS
by: AsRock
I use the XAI but only had it like 5 months but it's been a great mouse ( once you have your profiles sorted out ). No sign of wear yet and i use it every day.



Hell no, razer totally fail me due to cheap plastic they use for the buttons ( courses double clicking ). I have had 4 Razer mice and everyone with the same issue and every time it's done it just after the one year warranty.
Man, the Xai is as much if not more in some places (mainly eBay) :laugh:. Would love either of these. But damn the price... and man it's fucking ambidextrous... my current mouse is one... it's a Logitech MX310 :laugh:. Something that is not sold anywhere other than eBay really.
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#14
Fourstaff
by: SolidSnakeUS
Personally, I look for at least 5 buttons (including the wheel) because I'm so used to using side buttons for both games and on the internet.
Well, as a RTS gamer I don't really need a good mouse with 9000+ buttons. A good keyboard is much more preferable.
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#15
johnnyfiive
It looks and seems to have the same features the Xai has, also the same price as the Xai. I have a Xai and its great, but I now use a Zowie EC2 and never plan to go back to the Xai. The laser on the Xai and this Sensei is pretty crummy.
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#16
Damn_Smooth
Is the customize-able LCD screen the circle on the back of the mouse?

If so, wouldn't that be easy to disrupt with the back of your hand?
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by: Damn_Smooth
Is the customize-able LCD screen the circle on the back of the mouse?

If so, wouldn't that be easy to disrupt with the back of your hand?
Excellent question. It turns out that the lcd screed is on the bottom. :eek:

Check it out - http://faq.steelseries.com/questions/301/The+Sensei+has+an+LCD+screen+on+the+bottom%2C+what+can+this+be+used+for%3F



Source page - http://steelseries.com/products/mice/steelseries-sensei edit: includes option to be notified about product by email.
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#18
Damn_Smooth
by: twilyth
Excellent question. It turns out that the lcd screed is on the bottom. :eek:

Check it out - http://faq.steelseries.com/questions/301/The+Sensei+has+an+LCD+screen+on+the+bottom%2C+what+can+this+be+used+for%3F

http://cdn-web.steelseries.com/wp-content/uploads/sensei_display.png

Source page - http://steelseries.com/products/mice/steelseries-sensei
Thank you. That was confusing the hell out of me. I can't really tell in the pictures. It looks like a sticker.
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#19
Shihabyooo
A 32bit processor in a mouse :eek: ? Innovation ! at this rate, 5 more years and we might get mice that can run Crysis !

DCPI. The D is for double, no ? What's the difference between it and CPI ?
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#20
erocker
by: twilyth
Excellent question. It turns out that the lcd screed is on the bottom. :eek:

Check it out - http://faq.steelseries.com/questions/301/The+Sensei+has+an+LCD+screen+on+the+bottom%2C+what+can+this+be+used+for%3F

http://cdn-web.steelseries.com/wp-content/uploads/sensei_display.png

Source page - http://steelseries.com/products/mice/steelseries-sensei edit: includes option to be notified about product by email.
Yup, same as the Xai which I use. It's not so bad. If you have your settings set, just pick the mouse up turn it over and pick what you want. Though truth be told I almost never look at the LCD, I just tick the button on the topside and find what setting I want.
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#21
imitation
So that's a perfetly boring mouse that just happens to be pimped-out? Meh.
I'd much rather have the R.A.T. one post below.:cool:

And then i start to wonder, how much mouse does one really need? Ist 11400 dpi really another improvement over 6400dpi? 3200dpi? Even 1600dpi? I'm running a wireless Logitech MX620 from three years ago, which is not even a gaming mouse, and it's still holding up for everyday use and gaming! I know i have 2.4G wireless, a cuple of buttons and, ahem, around 1600dpi, but what really counts for me: it fits my hand nicely and it just works.
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#22
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
Not seeing the point in the ARM-based SoC. Neat feature but the RAT is still far more customizable.
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#23

Since it has its own CPU anyway, modify it so that it can run BOINC or F@H and every folder and cruncher will want one. Those crazy bastards will sell their soul for a couple extra ppd. :wtf:
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#24
AsRock
TPU addict
by: scaminatrix
I'm disappointed at the lack of side buttons too. People that have become accustomed to using them for grenade and melee will avoid this mouse.

Oh, it has got 2 side buttons :p ignore me!

Hmmm... 2 side buttons on each side, left and right click, mouse wheel button and another button below it.
8 buttons. Ok, that doesn't look too bad now :laugh: The mouse is so sleek I didn't notice them all before.
Top button is only for set speed control.

by: SolidSnakeUS
Man, the Xai is as much if not more in some places (mainly eBay) :laugh:. Would love either of these. But damn the price... and man it's fucking ambidextrous... my current mouse is one... it's a Logitech MX310 :laugh:. Something that is not sold anywhere other than eBay really.
Mine se me back $100 but i have seen them on SS $30-$40 cheaper recently.

If ya a MOH fan maybe this one $51.99
http://shop.steelseries.com/us/steelseries-xai-medal-of-honor-edition-promo.html
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#25
KieranD
Looks comfy to use from those pictures.
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