SteelSeries Sensei Ten Review 10

SteelSeries Sensei Ten Review


Value and Conclusion

  • The SteelSeries Sensei Ten is available for $69.99.
  • Great sensor performance
  • Low click latency
  • High button quality
  • Decent scroll wheel
  • Good choice of components
  • Grippy coating
  • Full software customizability
  • Well-done lighting
  • Pricey
  • Weight could be lower
  • Cable is rather stiff
Ten years is a long time. A lot has happened since 2009, especially on the gaming mice market. It's a testament to the ingenuity of the Sensei design that even after so many years, it's still one of the most versatile and comfortable ambidextrous (symmetrical) shapes available. For years, people were begging SteelSeries to release a Sensei with a top of the line optical sensor—now, 10 years later, this request finally has been fulfilled by SteelSeries with the Sensei Ten. In the meantime, however, quite a few Sensei clones have emerged, many of which have a top of the line optical sensor as well. Some of them—like the Dream Machines DM1 FPS—not only have similar performance specs, but weigh less than the Sensei Ten and come with a better cable, all while being significantly cheaper. In addition to that, Endgame Gear has released a successful variation of the Sensei shape with a lower weight (70 g) and innovative tech (analog switch).

That doesn't mean the Sensei Ten isn't a good mouse. In fact, it even manages to bring unique features to the table, as although the TrueMove Pro is essentially a PMW3389, the smoothing-free CPI range extension to 5000 CPI is an exclusive trait. There are other 3389-equipped mice, such as the XM1 or Xtrfy M4, with no smoothing across the entire CPI range, but the TrueMove Pro keeps the whole range usable by applying at least a moderate degree of smoothing all the way up to 18,000 CPI, keeping jitter manageable. Furthermore, the Sensei Ten has a nice premium feel that is absent on many Sensei clones thanks to its solid build, high quality components, and thick mouse feet. The nicely done RGB lighting along with a decent range of options in the software elevate the Sensei Ten over most Sensei clones as well.

The biggest problem with the Sensei Ten is the price. The slightly above average weight and rather stiff cable would be less of an issue if the Sensei Ten were $10 cheaper. At $69.99, I simply expect more, especially for the much anticipated re-release of such a cherished shape. For this reason, the Sensei Ten gets a Recommended from me, but not an Editor's Choice.
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