Wired mice have always had the edge when it comes to gaming on PC. Players with the cable attached just had that millisecond of connectivity to assure a faster response time and latency free experience, but thanks to the all-new SteelSeries Wireless Sensei a new wave of wi-fi wonders is set to turn the world of online C gaming upside down. Free your system and your mind with the sharpest Wi-Fi gaming mouse on the market. The Sensei is in and ready to teach wired disciples a lesson!
Leaping right in to the action we unwrap our sleek delight from its snazzy packaging and unfurl the accompanying leaflets and instructions in preparation for the expected convoluted experience that is the initial set up.
We need not have worried.
The Wireless Wonder that is the latest version of SteelSeries’ long time fan favourite the ‘Sensei’ is just about the most simple and painless of set ups that we have ever encountered…just plug and play, it really is that easy.
No messy connections. No lengthy installation of additional software and drivers, nothing. Just insert the mouse pad’s USB into the appropriate housing and you are good to go.
Of course, the mouse pad has a dual function in that it not only offers up a timely recharge docking station during marathon bouts of MOBA or dynamic Dark Souls 2 duels, but rather it also allows the user to take advantage of the mouse-house and its wireless interface capabilities thanks in no small part to its Wi-Fi receiver status.
Now, the big question regarding a wireless mouse version over its more traditional wired brethren is in the lag and latency. Following extensive testing in these area’s our findings show that due to the Human factor in recording results of this nature we can safely say that the difference between wired and wireless versions of the Sensei gaming ice is negligible.
These tests were completed using ONLY a Sensei in both of its wired and wireless guises. We stress this point as no doubt there will always be the inevitable speculation and discussion on Twitter and our Facebook page regarding the performance of such peripherals and, as we have noticed in the past when debating this very subject matter, gamers always through up comparisons and statics from a wildly variant array of gaming mice. So, again, with that in mind we emphasise that the negligible performance findings are there ONLY on the Sensei range. Your own brand of mouse may still vary significantly due to many factors, not least withstanding a lower performance output in the beginning.
Moving on, then, to technical specifications we come to the Wireless Sensei’s cutting edge innards in all their powerhouse performing glory:
– 50 to 8200 Adjustable CPI
– 1 ms Response Rate / 1000 Hz Polling Rate
– 150 Inches Per Second (IPS)
– 30 g Acceleration
– 16 hrs Battery Life, Max 20 hrs
– 8 Programmable Buttons
– 16.8 M Color Illumination w. 4 Zones
– Soft-Touch Coating
– Cable Texture: Braided
– > 30 Million Click Durability
SIZE & WEIGHT
– Weight: 120 g (0.264 lbs)
– Height: 41 mm (1.61 in)
– Width: 69 mm (2.72 in)
– Length: 129 mm (5.08 in)
– Cable Length: 2 m (6.5 ft)
– Base: 165x100x24 mm, 208 g
The list above demonstrates the SteelSeries commitment to perfection as they chase that elusive ‘like-for-like’ performance. Many manufacturers have claimed to have produced a wireless peripheral worthy of a gamers hard-earned shekels, but in truth? None has worked anywhere even remotely close to the outstanding functionality and flawless delivery of the SteelSeries Wireless Sensei.
Weighing in at a paltry 120 grams the Wi-Fi version of the award-winning Sensei is as light to the hand as it is to the touch as it outperforms even some of the more expensive wired gaming mice whom it aims to compete with.
Unfortunately there are a couple of omissions from the original wired Sensei, such as the underside LCD and the allowance for gamers to alter profiles as and when required, but if comfort and reliability in your wireless peripheral is what you are looking for then the Sensei’s sacrifice of these ‘minor’ features for the Wi-Fi receiver and the incredibly long battery are perfectly justifiable
Entering into the ‘brain’ of the Wireless Sensei is to stumble upon a utopian paradise of technology at its finest. The SteelSeries Engine 3 produces some of the most silky smooth performance we have witnessed in any gaming mouse, be it wired or other, and such are the functions and features of this technological marvel that macro’s and multi-tasking facets are a given.
A new addition to the software side of the Sensei see’s the new wireless version being granted access to a Cloud storage solution, as opposed to the more traditional ‘on-board’ system that many may be used too, this has it pluses and its minuses.
On the plus side of things the new Cloud Storage for profiles, macro’s and preferential settings is a cost-effective breath of fresh air that allows instant access on any computer following installation of the accompanying software.
On the minus side…? It has to be the set up of the installation software every single time you log into any other computer that is not already running your set up. But as far as inconveniences go this is a minor hiccup, and not one that should ever influence a decision against purchasing this champion of mice.
So, then, to summarise: What do we think of the first genuine attempt by a manufacturer to produce a wireless gaming mouse that has something even approaching a challenge to its wired counterparts? In a word?
SteelSeries have simply outdone themselves with this product, and should they continue tweaking and enhancing the performance of their wireless Sensei range then one thing is assured and that is that the days of the wired peripheral as the king of the hill in the competitive gaming arena are severely numbered.
Stunning performance is not to be outdone be flawless functionality and should you buy one mouse this year to satisfy all of your gaming needs then we cannot recommend the Sensei Wireless highly enough. Editors Choice and well deserved. 10 out of magnificent 10