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SteelSeries Sensei RAW (Rubberized Black) review

SteelSeries has made multiple versions of their Sensei, but for the purpose of playing CS:GO with it, we chose the SteelSeries Sensei RAW (Rubberized) version as the most optimal one. It is nice, comfortable ambidextrous mouse with customization options, and also it comes with affordable price. If you are looking for affordable mouse with great performance and quality, SteelSeries Sensei RAW is a good mouse for CS:GO to consider.



SteelSeries Sensei series, together with Zowie FK1, are one of the best ambidextrous mice’s that i’ve ever tested. The design is too damn perfect and it feels natural on the grip, no matter what kind of  grip you are using. I am a claw-gripper and the comfort of the Sensei RAW was acceptable at least.

We picked the Sensei RAW Rubberized version because, well, the mouse surface is rubberized, which i prefer by quite a large margin. Glossy surfaces makes your hand to sweat a lot if you play long-gaming-sessions, while rubberized surfaces prevent that.

Other thing that is impressive for this mouse, is the perfectly placed side-buttons. Unlike the Razer Taipan, which has quite poorly placed side-buttons that are hardly accessible, SteelSeries has done quite good job and placed them perfectly, which means that it’s not likely that you accidentally press them during intensive mouse-movements, which is the case with most of the ambidextrous mice’s. Even if you find yourself pressing them unintentionally, you can easily disable their function in the SS3 Engine.

On the SteelSeries Sensei RAW you’ll find 8 buttons of which 7 are fully programmable. SteelSeries Sensei RAW uses the same switches as the SteelSeries Sensei, which are perfect and provide good tactile feedback when rifling. Also, the side buttons have nice travel distance and feedback.Speaking of illumination, on SteelSeries Sensei RAW you wont find a bunch of lighting options like you would have on SteelSeries Sensei (which have 16.8m color options), but you can tweak the intensity and pulsation of the illumination, which is in elegant white color.

Sensei RAW Rubberized comes with SS3 Engine support, which means that you can customize your mouse. However, unlike the SteelSeries Sensei, which offers unlimited customization, on SteelSeries Sensei RAW you wont find the same customization options. But, that’s the reason why we picked the Sensei RAW as the better version for playing CS:GO.

The RAW version is almost as twice cheaper than the SteelSeries Sensei, it has the same sensor and uses the same SteelSeries switches as the Sensei, and all of that bonus customization options – you don’t need them in CS:GO.



SPECS - Sensor: ADNS9500 Laser - Counts per inch: 90 - 5670 - Inches Per Second: 150 - Polling rate: 1 ms (1000 Hz) - Tracking accuracy: 1:1 - Lift off distance:  ~2 mm - Buttons: 8 - programmable - Rubberized soft-touch material - Ambidextrous design - Cable length: 2 m / 6.6 ft - Onboard profile storage

Testing the performance in-game, i can say that i’m truly surprised. I personally don’t prefer laser sensors on the mice for playing CS:GO, but this one proved to be at least playable. Usually laser sensors have some kind of acceleration, which results in inconsistency in aiming in high-precision FPS games like CS:GO is, but with SteelSeries Sensei RAW that is not a big issue, and its barely noticeable.

It’s extremely precise, and the tracking speed is even better than some of the high-profile mice with optical sensors. I’ve made some advanced testings and it picked up literally every minimal movement, from highest sensitivity to the lowest.

It has some kind of negative acceleration, but it’s not that noticeable as some other laser mice, and it’s totally playable. It’s not surprise that SteelSeries Sensei is used by high-profile CS:GO professionals.

The switches, as we briefly noted, provide nice tactile feedback and are responding well. More-or-less, the performance of the SteelSeries Sensei RAW is the same as SteelSeries Sensei. Even the scroll wheel, which i honestly expected to be quite bad because it is cheaper version of the Sensei, proved to be a decent one instead.



All-in-all, SteelSeries Sensei RAW (Rubberized) is a decent mouse for CS:GO. His impeccable in-game performance and the impressive grip-comfort are the crucial factors that this mouse is often found among CS:GO players. Also I’m surprised by the decent lift-off-distance, I’ve expected that to be a huge issue for a laser mouse.

As i said, we prefer “Sensei RAW Rubberized” over the “Sensei”, because it offers the same performance, is about twice cheaper than the Sensei, and on top of that it’s rubberized, which is why the Sensei RAW is rated among the very best mice’s for CS:GO, although it has some acceleration.

If you are looking for affordable mouse which offers high performance and comfort, probably the SteelSeries Sensei RAW would be your best pick.

Surely it lacks in lighting options and some customization options, but that is not crucial for a high-precision FPS games. Probably the title for “the best CS:GO mouse” cannot be attached to the SteelSeries Sensei RAW, there are many candidates for it, such as : SteelSeries Rival 300, Zowie EC1-A, Razer Deathadder Chroma, but it is surely decent mouse for CS:GO to consider


CS:GO Pro-players using SteelSeries Sensei: Zeus, hazed, Bubble, AZR, desi…


SteelSeries Sensei RAW (Rubberized)

design & comfortability


scroll wheel feedback



  • Top performance
  • Great comfortability for ambidextrous mouse
  • Great coating-material
  • Nicely placed side-buttons unlike other ambidextrous mice's
  • Extremely cheap while on discount


  • Lacks some lighting and customization options

SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] Review & Rating

With so many game-accessory manufacturers going above and beyond the bounds of common sense when adding features to gaming mice, it's refreshing at times to see a gaming mouse that was designed with the opposite approach. The SteelSeries Sensei [RAW], for example, strips down a complex gaming mouse to its essence, with a simple ambidextrous design, and a feature set that offers straightforward function with just enough customization to let a gamer tweak it to their preferences.

Design and FeaturesThe Sensei [RAW] is the stripped down version of SteelSeries' top-of-the-line Sensei mouse, offering a similar look and feel, but without quite so many bells and whistles. The result is a fairly basic mouse, in the same vein as the Razer Taipan, but not quite as stripped down as the Roccat Lua Tri-Button Gaming Mouse with its three-button design. We looked at two models of the Sensei [RAW] during this review, the basic black model, and the "Frost Blue" edition, which is actually white with blue accent lights.

The basic model, the Sensei [RAW], comes in black, and is available with either a rubberized shell on the palmrest and buttons, or a glossy plastic shell with rubberized panels on either side. The "Frost Blue" edition is also available with a glossy top and rubberized sides, but that version comes in white with grey side panels. In either color scheme, the Sensei [RAW] has an ambidextrous design, fitting comfortably in either hand. The Sensei [RAW], in all of its incarnations, measures 1.5 by 2.7 by 4.9 inches (HWD) and weighs 3.2 ounces.

Though we weren't provided with a model utilizing the rubberized finish, I imagine that the improved grip and reduced slickness will be an improvement similar to that seen on the Razer Naga Hex and the Razer Naga Hex League of Legends Collector's Edition, which was greatly improved by the change from glossy to a rubberized matte finish.

The Sensei [RAW] has the usual right and left mouse buttons, along with a clickable ratcheting scroll wheel, and two buttons on either side, which are programed by default to be Forward and Back browser buttons on the left and Page Up and Page Down on the right. One more button, set just behind the scroll wheel, lets you switch between high and low sensitivity presets.

The mouse connects with a standard USB 2.0 connection, with a 6-foot cable, giving you enough length to plug into the back of a PC tower or snake the cord around a monitor or other components. The basic black model comes with a braided cable, while the Frost Blue edition uses a white plastic-coated cable that matches the white color scheme.

The Sensei [RAW] is outfitted with a laser sensor that allows tracking up to 5670 dpi (SteelSeries prefers to call it CPI for Counts Per Inch), with 1,000 MHz polling and tracking up to 12,000fps. A button just behind the scroll wheel lets you switch from one sensitivity setting to another, and the customization software will manage this further, letting you preset the two settings to your preference. The optical sensor offers a higher DPI than that found in the Roccat Lua, but pales in comparison to the Corsair Vengeance M65 with a maximum DPI of 8,200.

The Sensei [RAW] functions as a plug-and-play device, but SteelSeries also offers SteelSeries Engine, a customization dashboard that lets you adjust the sensitivity, the accent illumination, and reprogram the buttons with customized macro commands. Both the mouse and the SteelSeries Engine software support both Windows (Windows XP/Vista/7/8) and Mac (Mac OS X) operating systems. SteelSeries covers the Sensei [RAW] with a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

PerformanceAfter two weeks of using it for both gaming and my day-to-day work, the Sensei [RAW] proved to be a capable gaming mouse. Whether I was fragging and sniping opponents in Battlefield 4 or editing pictures in Photoshop, the Sensei [RAW] was a competent mouse, with no lag or tracking issues. The mouse glides smoothly on a variety of surfaces, and the buttons have a light enough action that you can click about as fast as your fingers will go.

But what I didn't care for was the glossy exterior. Found on both the basic black and Frost Blue editions, the glossy plastic offers minimal grip to start and gets slick at the slightest hint of moisture. These issues may be alleviated on the version that has the rubberized finish, but on the two units tested for this review, it was a real problem.

The SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] offers simplicity without being simplistic with a stripped down design that still allows customization and a quality sensor that offers solid performance during heated battle. Though I have some gripes about the glossy finish, those sorts of comfort issues can be pretty subjective, so try before you buy. That said, the Editors' Choice Corsair Vengeance M65 offers a better overall experience, even if it's not ambidextrous.

SteelSeries Sensei Raw (Frost Blue)

Bilgisayar dünyasına masaüstü bir bilgisayarla giriş yapmış olan ben laptop ile ilk tanıştığımda touchpadten ürkmüştüm.Elimin yaptığı işi parmaklarımla yapmaya başladığımda bu durum garip gelmişti.Ardından alışınca da “Off mouse mu taşıyacağım?” diye sızlanmıştım.Oyunlarla da pek haşır neşir olamadığımdan laptop ile verilen mouseu senelerce kullandım.Ancak iş çizim yapmaya gelince,saatlerce o mousela vakit geçirince bedava mouse ile iş yapılamayacağını anlamış oldum.Bu yüzden rahat,üzerinde fonksiyon tuşu olan ara sıra oyun oynarken de beni rahatlatacak bir mouse arama işine giriştim.

Düzgün bir mouse aradığınızda karşınıza Logitech,Microsoft gibi markalar çıkıyor.Oyuncu mouselarının garip tasarımları ve şekilli desenleri de benim gibi sadelikten hoşlananları bu iki markaya itiyor.Fakat SteelSeries benim gibi düşünenleri kendi safına çekmek istemiş olacak ki oldukça sade bir oyuncu mouseu geliştirmiş.SteelSeries aldığı ödüllerle,tasarımıyla,ergonomisiyle kendinden sıkça söz ettiren bir firma.MSI ile oyuncu laptoplarına ürün geliştirmişliği de olan bir şirket ayrıca SteelSeries.SteelSeries Sensei Raw Frost Blue’ya bir göz atalım.

İlk Bakış

SteelSeries Sensei Raw Frost Blue 4 fonksiyon,2 (sağ ve sol click),bir tekerlek ve ayrıca bir de dpi(dots per inch) tuşuna sahip.Alttaki logo ve tekerlek tuşu da mavi ışıklandırma ile detaylandırılmış.Dpi tuşuna da bir ışık konularak dpi’ın yüksek ya da düşük olduğunun kullanıcıya aktarılması sağlanmış.Mouse’un altında ise 3 adet kaydırma yardımcısı (glide) pad’ler bulunmuktaKablolu/kablosuzOyuncu ekipmanı kablolu olur düşüncesine katılmayanlardanım ama ürün tercihimi kabloludan yana kullandım.Kablosuz mouseların daha doğrusu kablosuz oyuncu mouselarının gereksiz pahalı olduğunu düşünüyorum.Ayrıca pil sök pil tak durumuyla uğraşmak istemeyişimden dolayı da kablolu bir mouse tercih ettim.Tercih meselesidir deyip lafı daha fazla uzatmıyorum.Ancak SteelSeries Sensei Raw Frost Blue kablolu bir mouse.

Kutu İçeriği

Kutudan gereksiz bilgilerin ve aslında hepimizin okumaya üşenip okumadığı kullanıcı kitapçığı var(senelerdir mouse kullanıyoruz hangimizin kullanma kılavuzuna ihtiyacı oldu =D).Ayrıca SteelSeries kutuya bir de kendi logosunun bulunduğu bir çıkartma koymuş.Kutudan yedek glide’ların çıkmaması hayal kırıklığı yaratıyor.

SteelSeries Engine ile Mouse’un KişiselleştirilmesiSteelSeries’in sitesinden SteelSeries Engine Programı rahatça kuruluyor.New Profile diyerek kendinize bir profil oluşturabilirsiniz.Buttons sekmesinden istediğiniz tuşa istediğiniz kısayolu atayabilirsiniz.Bunlar tuş kombinasyonları,tıklama kombinasyonları,program açma,program kapatma,mouseu ya da klavyeyi kapatma gibi işlevler.Buttons sekmesinde dpi led’i açık ve kapalıyken tarama çözünürlükleri ayarlanabiliyor.Polling rate kısmında ise tıklama sıklığı daha doğrusu bilgisayar ile mouse arasındaki bilgi alışverişinin hızı belirlenebiliyor.Illimunation kısmında da ışığı kapatma/yanıp sönme sıklığını değiştirme gibi işlervler kullanıcıya sunulmuş.Properties sekmesi ki birden çok programda/oyunda bu mouse kullanacak arkadaşların çok işine yaryacaktır,hangi program çalıştığında hangi profilin seçileceği belirlenebiliyor.Bu da kullanıcıyı programlar arası geçiş yapmadan profil değiştirme zahmetinden kurtarıyor.Statistics kısmı gereksiz bir ayrıntı.Belirli bir sürede hangi tuşa kaç kez basıldığını gösteriyor.

Teknik Bilgiler

Ağırlık: 90 gramYükseklik: 38.7 mmGenişlik: 68.3 mmUzunluk: 125.5 mmSaniyede kare tarama sayısı:12000Saniyede inch tarama sayısı:150Saniyede megapiksel tarama sayısı:10.8Maksimum ivme:30gSensör:16 bitKablo uzunluğu:2mÇalışabildiği işletim sistemleri:Windows 2000,Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7,Mac OS X

Neden alayım/neden almayayım?

Gelelim bu ürünün fiyatına.An itibariyle’da KDV dahil 129,00TL’ye satışta.Eğer rahat edeyim,elim ağırmasın,oyunlarda önde olayım diyorsan bu ürünü al.Çünkü ürünün oyunculara sponsorluğu ve aldığı ödüller var.Çizim yapıyorum,fare ile haşır neşir bir insanım diyorsan al.Kısayol kullanırım ihtiyacım var çok da iyi olur bilgisayarı kullanmada kolaylık sağlar diyorsan al.Benim gibi 6 senedir kalitesiz Mouselarla sürünüyorsan az çok teknolojiye de meraklıysan al.Oyunlarını kendi bilgisayarında oynuyorsan mouseu söküp de turnuvalara gitmiyorsan al.

Eğer kablo karmaşası istemiyorum,masada şıklık ön planda diyorsan alma.İnternette geziniyorum sadece,oyunlarla hiç işim olmaz diyorsan alma.Ben taşıyamam büyük mouse diyorsan alma.Oyuncu arkadaşım,sen de eğer profesyonelsen ve turnuvalara kendi mouseunla gidiyorsan alma.Çünkü kendi hafızası yok.Profilleri hafızaya kaydedemiyor.Tekrar SteelSeries Engine kurup sıfırdan profil ataman lazım.Onun yerine başka modellere bak.

Mouse şık,güzel ve senelerce kalitesiz mouse kullananmaktan bıkanlara ilaç gibi gelecek bir ürün.Aldığı parayı sonuna kadar hak ediyor.Tasarım ve ergonomi üzerine uğraş verildiği ilk kullanımda dahi belli oluyor.

#steelseries #senseiraw

SteelSeries Sensei RAW Reviews and Ratings

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By techPowerUp! on June 11, 2013 95

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By Techgage on September 12, 2012 95

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By Overclock3D on September 03, 2012 90

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By Yet Another Review Site on August 24, 2012 90

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By Craving Tech on September 02, 2013

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SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] Mouse Review



We have seen the impressive SteelSeries Sensei here at pcGameware before in the guise of the original Sensei and the Sensei Wireless. This time around we opted to take a look at the cheaper end of the Sensei range. Today I will be taking a look at the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] (Rubberized), it features the same ambidextrous design and is also equipped with a Laser sensor. The Sensei [RAW] features eight programmable buttons, a 5670 CPI sensor with on the fly switching a soft touch coating and on-board illumination.



The SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] came to pcG in a smart, rather understated greyish box with a large image of the Sensei [RAW] on the front. The front of the box gives very little else away other than compatibility with both Windows and Mac.

The back of the box also gives little away, but provides another image of the Sensei [RAW] and highlights the following features (see image above right for more info): TOURNAMENT-GRADE PERFORMANCE, INCREDIBLE DESIGN & COMPLETE CUSTOMIZATION!



The side of the box emphasizes some of the Sensei’s Pro-Gamer features…



Opening the (Velcro secured) lid of the box allows us to not only see the Sensei [RAW] within but also the inner section of the lid, this shows a large image of the Sensei [RAW] highlighting the following:

  • DOUBLE BRAIDED NYLON CORD – Durable and tangle free
  • TOGGLE CPI PROFILE – Change CPI on the fly
  • SOFT-TOUCH COATING – Delivers a rubber-like comfort
  • AMBIDEXTROUS SHAPE _ Offers excellent control in either hand
  • BRILLIANT WHITE ILLUMINATION – 3 different zones, various modes

Removing the inner plastic cover allows us to take a closer look at the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] and its Soft-Touch Coating. We can also see (image above right) that there’s not all that much in the box…



Other than the Sensei mouse itself the only other item in the box is a very basic Quick Start Guide!

At the time of writing the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] is retailing for approximately £53 on Ebuyer and comes with a two year warranty.



courtesy of SteelSeries

  • Weight: 90 grams (0.2 lbs)
  • Height: 38.7 mm (1.5 in)
  • Width: 68.3 mm (2.7 in)
  • Length: 125.5 mm (4.9 in)


  • Frames per second: 12000
  • Inches per second: 150
  • Mega pixels per second: 10.8
  • Counts per inch: 90 – 5670
  • Maximum acceleration: 30 G
  • Sensor data path: True 16 bit
  • Lift distance: ~2 mm
  • Maximum polling: 1000 Hz

* Additional details available here


First Impressions


Well I have to confess that we have seen the Sensei twice before (Sensei, Sensei Wireless) so first impressions have changed very little; the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] is (still!) a simple, good looking, ergonomic Gaming mouse with an ambidextrous design. Immediately I try and grasp the mouse, I’m reminded why it has received so many awards in the past (one Silver and one Gold from pcG), the fit for my right hand is perfect and suits my bastardised Claw/Palm grip well. Let’s take a look around the Sensei [RAW] to see how it compares to its brothers and how it compare to similar priced Gaming mice…



Looking at the top of the SteelSeries Sensei there’s very little to see or talk about thanks to its simple ergonomic design. The entire top of the mouse is covered with a single piece of plastic that features a very impressive rubber coating. Up front we have the Left/Right buttons surrounding an illuminating (white) mouse wheel also with a nice (grippy) rubber surface, with noticeable graduations. Behind this there’s the CPI indicator (white) that lets you know what CPI is currently set. Behind this there’s a single button for swapping CPI Profiles.

At the front of the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] we can see the captive 2.0m double braided, nylon cable that’s also nice and thin and very flexible, with a smart black/white pattern.

Looking at the back of the Sensei [RAW] we can see that rather cool looking illuminating (white) SteelSeries logo.


Being an ambidextrous mouse the features on the left side of the Sensei [RAW] are the same as on the right (but then I assumed you guessed that, right!?). We find the same ergonomics on both sides as well as the same rubberised surface treatment. Each side has two thumb buttons that seem well paced, although the front button is a little too far forward for my liking.


Looking at the underside of the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] we can see the rather smart see-through base, I guess it serves no real purpose but it does look kind of cool! In the centre we have the 5670 CPI laser sensor, this is flanked by three large Glides, one at the front and two at the back.



Overall the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] seems like a solid ambidextrous Gaming mouse, it may not have the Metal surface or the LCD menu system of the original Sensei and it may not be Wireless, but what is here is good and the price is good too, let’s take a look to see how it performs…


Hardware Installation


The SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] connects by way of its 2.0 metre double braided nylon cable and a single Gold plated USB plug.

Testing Methodology/Setup


The SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] was tested using our Test Rig with a fresh installation of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (service pack 1) installed together with all the latest relevant drivers and software.

The latest version of the SteelSeries Engine 3 software was downloaded (here) and installed, version 3.3.1 was used throughout testing.


Mouse Surface:

The SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] was tested using a OcUK Mega-Mega Mat 3XL Elite Tactical Gaming Surface.

The following games were used to help in the evaluation of the mouse:


Hardware Performance


I have to admit that I was already confident about the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW]’s performance as I have already come across this mouse before (Twice!). Luckily, and although this may be a cut down no frills Sensei, none of the performance seems to have been lost. There’s no mouse (in my mind) that tracks better than this one, it’s difficult to describe but when using the Sensei I REALLY DO feel in control. pcG Mike agrees as he said (To be precise it’s about its surgical precision, it’s brilliant, almost like the mouse is where you want it to be before you’ve even thought about it) in his review of the Sensei Wireless!

All of the buttons and associated switches work well too, with all buttons being easy to actuate in rapid succession as well as providing a nice, subtle feedback. The mouse wheel is fast in operation yet retains it’s graduations well, without being too harsh. The rubber surface of both the mouse body and the mouse wheel means that nothing gets slippy when the action starts to heat up…



This is also further enhanced by the comfort of the mouse which is very impressive considering its ambidextrous design. Using my somewhat bastardised Claw/Palm grip I found the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] to be one of the most comfortable mice that I have tested, it seems so natural in the hand. Of course those buttons on the right side of the mouse (assuming you’re a right hander) do get in the way. Thankfully they can be disabled via the SteelSeries Engine 3 software.

During all Games tested the Sensei [RAW]’s tracking was perfect, fast and accurate in intense fire-fights in games like Survarium yet slow and accurate in Games like Alien Isolation and Defence Grid 2. Overall I’m a big fan of the SteelSeries Sensei I have to admit, its simple yet elegant design belies its true precision and its real world desirability. 🙂


We have seen the impressive SteelSeries Engine 3 software before, numerous times in fact and it always impresses with its slick, simplistic yet highly functional UI.

The first time that the software was launched the latest firmware ( for the Sensei [RAW] was automatically downloaded and installed, this version of the firmware was used throughout testing.



  • SOFTWARE – (DEFAULT/Button Assignment)

With the software launched the default Profile is loaded and you are presented with the screen shown above. Here you can assign pretty much anything to any of the eight programmable buttons, this includes Macros, Key-presses and Media functions. Handily the buttons can also be disabled here, as those two on the right (assuming you’re right handed) probably will get in the way due to the Sensei [RAW]’s ambidextrous design. You can also set the two supported CPI level here, using the dials on the right, although I have to question why SteelSeries has only opted for two!? The Polling Rate can also be adjusted here from 125 – 1000Hz. On the left side there’s a section for you to manage Profiles; Create, Edit Delete etc.



  • SOFTWARE – (Macro Editor)

Selecting the Macro option from the button menu throws up the Macro screen. Here you can record your Macros (both Mouse and Keyboard is supported), Macros can be recorded with a fixed 15ms delay or in real time. Once recorded the Macro (and its delays) can be Edited and Saved. A simple click of the Manage button allows you to Edit/Delete all of the Macros that you may well have amassed…



Overall the SteelSeries Engine 3 software is impressive, offering pretty much everything a regular and Pro Gamer would need. To top it off, and assuming you have set up an account all of this configuration for all of your Games is safely secured in the SteelSeries Cloud! 😉


Final Thoughts


We have always known that the SteelSeries Sensei is a damn good Gaming mouse, but the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] may be the best version yet as it offers all of the best parts of the original Sensei but foregoes the bell ‘n whistles in favour of a competitive price point.

The SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] came to pcG in a rather unassuming grey box, it was well packaged but there’s not much in the box other than the Sensei itself. The ambidextrous design is simple yet elegant and the ergonomic shape suited my (right handed) bastardised Claw/Palm grip well. The Sensei seems so natural in the hand, even the buttons on the right (on the wrong side of the mouse) didn’t seem to bother me as it has with other ambidextrous mice. The thumb buttons are well placed, although I feel they could be a little further back. The rubberised soft touch surface is impressive too, giving the mouse a gentle get grippy (bad word!) feeling.

The only complaint with the design is the lack of CPI options as there are only two! Although for the most part that’s enough, when compared to other mice it leaves the Sensei wanting a little.

From a performance point of view the SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] excels with its 5670 CPI (that’s counts per inch) laser sensor giving the mouse pinpoint accuracy in game. I’d be happy to say that no other mouse is better, some may be similar but none are better. Of course this translates directly to your Gameplay, I felt in total control at all times with the Sensei at my fingertips, whether in fast paced fire-fights or fast simple repetition.

Of course to bolster this we have the SteelSeries Engine 3 software; it’s slick and easy to use and offers pretty much all of the features that you would want in a Gaming mouse. The ability to have all of your settings for all of your Games backed up in the SteelSeries cloud is surely the icing on the cake.

I’m not normally a fan of the ambidextrous mouse, but with the Sensei SteelSeries seem to have nailed it. And the Sensei [RAW] might just be the best version yet!



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SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] Gaming Mouse Review – Techgage

by J.D. Kane on September 12, 2012 in Peripherals

SteelSeries unleashed its Sensei in 2011; one year later, the revamped Sensei [RAW] joins its ever-growing gamer-oriented line. Join us as we see whether or not the newest model’s “less is more” approach is enough to merit its celebrated predecessor’s status as one of the acknowledged masters of the gaming mouse class.

Sometimes, it’s quite wonderful to have everything you think you might need available right at your fingertips. That seemingly was SteelSeries’ rationale when it released the mighty Sensei gaming mouse last year (read Rob’s review here in case you missed it).

With its ambidextrous physical design, a top-notch laser sensor, a 32-bit ARM onboard processor, onboard memory for storing mouse user profile settings on the mouse itself, and bling items such as the ability to change the mouse’s LED colors, a white-on-black LCD on its underside, and a shiny metallic-like finish, what more could you possibly ask for? That’s a lot of extras to go with your rib-eye, certainly.

Having so much sizzle with the steak, though, costs. For most people, ~$90.00 for a mouse is a bit rich, no matter how well-equipped. SteelSeries understands this, and smartly has seen fit to release a slightly revamped variant of the venerable Sensei.

Meet the Sensei [RAW].

On first blush, the Sensei [RAW] doesn’t appear to be all that different compared to the all-singing-and-dancing original. The most obvious visual difference is the finish. The [RAW] is available in either a glossy black surface finish or a dark gray rubberized finish. Personally, I would prefer the rubberized finish, simply because shiny surfaces have a nasty tendency to show fingerprints and other blemishes. I also tend to prefer more austere aesthetics, so I’m very happy that SteelSeries saw fit to send Techgage one of its rubberized models.

Like the original, the [RAW] is an ambidextrous mouse. Consequently, it looks identical whether you’re viewing it from the left or the right. The profile view shows the two side buttons. By default, the [RAW] is set up as a right-handed mouse, which means that the left-side buttons are configured like most other right-handed mice: The front button actuates the Page Forward command, and the rear button executes Page Backward.

The mouse has seven buttons, plus one dedicated CPI toggle switch. There are, of course, the left-click and right-click buttons; a pair of buttons on each side; and the scroll wheel button. Speaking of the scroll wheel, it features gradients all along its rotational travel, which gives using the wheel a very satisfying tactile feel. The CPI toggle button is situated just behind the scroll wheel, far enough so that it takes a conscious effort to change CPI settings (instead of, say, hitting it accidentally).

Now looking at the mouse’s underside, we don’t find the original Sensei’s LCD screen. Instead, there is a frosted translucent plastic floor through which you can see the [RAW]’s electronic guts, as well as three feet. Just a few millimeters aft of the mouse’s dead center is the laser sensor emitter.

Flipping the [RAW] right side up again, can see that the mouse does allow one small concession to bling: The SteelSeries logo at the mouse’s rear does have a white LED behind it which lights up when the mouse is plugged in and powered on. The white LED matches two other LEDs on the mouse, which are mounted in the scroll wheel as well as just in front of the CPI button. Unlike the original Sensei, you cannot change the color of the LED. By default, the SteelSeries logo LED lights up and darkens in a breathing effect, but you can change the LED’s behavior if you install the SteelSeries Engine software.

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