SteelSeries Sensei Turns Ten: Sensei Mouse Relaunched For Its Tenth Anniversaryby Brett Howse on October 1, 2019 9:00 AM EST
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Today SteelSeries is bringing back one of their classic peripherals, outfitted with the latest tech. SteelSeries launched the Sensei Mouse back in 2009 and it quickly became one of their most popular mice, especially in e-sports, and the company has been fielding requests to re-release this model. So for its tenth anniversary, SteelSeries is bringing back the Sensei but with new features and improvements to the original design.
Left-handed gamers will appreciate that SteelSeries hasn’t changed the ambidextrous design, and the new mouse features the exact same dimensions as the original, which first launched as the SteelSeries Xai back in 2009, before being rebranded as the Sensei.
The new mouse builds on the original though, featuring an updated sensor dubbed the TrueMove Pro. This optical sensor is the latest design by SteelSeries and PixArt, and offers 18,000 Counts-Per-Inch (CPI), and can track at up to 450 inches-per-second. SteelSeries has also improved the new sensor’s ability to handle tilted mouse moves to avoid false tracking. SteelSeries claims this is the best performing sensor on any surface.
The company has chosen to stick with just a wired version of the Sensei Ten, in order to keep the weight in check, and the mouse comes in at just 92 grams. The mouse features eight buttons, and SteelSeries switches rated for 60 million clicks. There’s onboard memory on the mouse as well providing the ability to pre-store functions and have that saved right on the mouse, so it will be available on any PC it’s used on.
|SteelSeries Sensei Ten|
|Sensor||TrueMove Pro Optical Sensor|
|Counts-Per-Inch||50-18,000 in 50 CPI Steps|
|Polling Rate||1000 Hz|
|Illumination||2 Independent RGB Zones|
|Weight||92 g / 3.25 oz (without cable)|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||126 x 63-68 x 21-39 mm
4.96 x 2.48-2.67 x 0.83 -1.54 inches
|Cable||2 m / 6.75 foot|
|Compatibility||Windows / Mac / Xbox / Linux|
SteelSeries also took the opportunity to address the exterior, which features a different finish than the original’s metallic finish. The new mouse construction should be more durable as a result with a matte black finish. There’s also two independently controlled RGB zones, and the underside of the mouse is transparent plastic in a nod to classic technology such as the Gameboy Color.
Despite the advanced features, the Sensei Ten mouse is launching at a very affordable $69 USD, with global availability starting today.
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bigboxes - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - linkderp
Flunk - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - linkThe rubberized coating on Logitech mice is very easy to clean, I've had many of them. What does happen is that it starts to break down after 5-10 years and becomes really disgusting feeling. Then I buy a new one.
Samus - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - linkSo I agree, the rubber coating on my RAW isn't terrible, but it did deteriorate after just a year. I noticed it mostly in the summer when it was hot. It's also very sensitive to scratches. I accidently nicked it with my finger nail in the dark and it left a huge gouge. It isn't a durable coating.
But it's also a cheap mouse. In fact, it's the cheapest gaming mouse of its kind. So nit picking on a purely cosmetic problem is really unfair.
The Sensei Pro is hands down a superior mouse though. It's 2x the price but I've had one nearly 10 years and it still tracks and triggers perfectly.
Spunjji - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - linkYou're responding with anecdotal evidence, making a bunch of unsupported assumptions about the other poster and being deliberately obnoxious. There's really not any call for that.
Samus - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - linkThe rubber coating started pealing on my Sensei RAW about a year after using it, but my Sensei Pro with the "chrome" plating still hasn't flaked like most people complain about and its nearly 10 years old. They don't even have Windows 10 drivers for it (it doesn't work in any recent Engine distro) but since it's all internally programmable inside the mouse using the LCD on the bottom, the software isn't even necessary.
The Sensei Pro is undoubtedly the best mouse I've ever owned. So this news is exciting if they are bringing back the OG model with modern software support. The Sensei RAW was a great mouse for the price but it really didn't hold up.
The SteelSeries H headset I've had for 5 years has held up well too. I've replaced the cups once, I'm using Nokia 3120 batteries because the originals finally stopped holding more than 30 minutes last year, and the controller has the infamous OLED burnin but whatever...all still works fine.
zmatt - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - linkI still use my OG Sensei on my primary rig. I will probably pick this up when it reaches broad availability. The original finish on mine has worn in places so the improved matte finish is good news.
thunderbird32 - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - linkDid they ever fix the scroll wheel issue where after a while it would wear out and start randomly scrolling the opposite direction you were trying to scroll?
EdgeOfDetroit - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - linkI'm a big fan of the Rival 500 gaming mouse by these guys. Got it after my Logitech G502 Hero died within a few weeks of getting it and I needed something to tide me over for two weeks to get it RMA'd. I got a Rival 500 as that stopgap and basically never switched back. What does all this have to do with the mouse in this article? Not much other than they're made by the same company, and until a couple months ago I didn't even know Steelseries made anything other than chassis and maybe HS&Fs.
JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - linkThe soft touch finish doesn't feel great and is the primarily just a gimmick to encourage planned obsolescence. Think about it--Mice makers know their mice are good and would ordinarily last a decade if they didn't hamstring it in one way or another. The easiest way to do this is to implement a "soft touch finish" that when combined with naturally produced hand oils/grease makes the device look persistently filthy and gross after a year or two. Cleaning it doesn't make it look new either. Only solution is to toss it out and buy yet another mouse that will get the same gross appearance and end up in a landfill for no good reason.
PeachNCream - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - linkSoft touch is easy to fix on the backs of phones by using a case that covers it up. What about a mouse cover that does the same thing to keep a mouse safer? Given that some of them are approaching the price of phone, they ought to be protected as well. My daughter has a glitter and liquid filled case for her phone. Something like that would look pretty sweet over a mouse like this and solve the grime problem by putting a more easily cleaned surface in contact with your hand.