SteelSeries Sensei from 2009 is one of my favorite mice. The characteristic one-piece body, the excellent shape, the unique metallic color - this could not be faked. That's why when Sensei 310 appeared a few years later, I was very disappointed . Now the manufacturer is back with the third installment of the flagship rodent: the SteelSeries Sensei Ten model.
After more than a month with the new SteelSeries rodent, I understand the designers' decisions. On one hand, the company wanted to recreate what Sensei was known and loved for. On the other hand, it was important to increase rodent strength. It is no secret that the first Sensei - although wonderful - managed to scare off falling patches of metallic varnish or pieces of side tires.
Hence the black color of the housing, which no longer pretends to be steel.
In terms of touch SteelSeries Sensei This strongly stands out from other mice. When we put our hand on the device, the surface smoothness surprises. The impression is completely different than in the case of typical plastic or slightly rubberized plastic. One would even write that the new Steel is slippery, although it would work against the device. Meanwhile, the grip on Sensei Ten remains steady, even during prolonged gameplay.
This slippery, polished, even surface is very pleasant to the touch. Best of all, it has a much higher scratch resistance than the lightly-tire material known from many other rodents. The specific housing makes SteelSeries Sensei Ten quickly saves somewhere in the deep subconscious of the player. When we reach for a more classic mouse again, we automatically feel that something is wrong.
And this lump! Sensei was not a sensei without a uniform casing.
When the disappointing Sensei 310 debuted a few years ago, the clear separation of the LPM and PPM buttons from the back was like the profanation of a holy relic. Fortunately, the designers were not deaf to the voices of angry fans. That is why the new Sensei Ten returns to a coherent body connecting the main buttons with the back and backs. The cult form has returned and that is what many thousands of players in the world had in mind. We have it.
Roller, side buttons, sensitivity button - everything is where it should be. Unfortunately, for some reason, SteelSeries did not opt for the pixelated variant of their highlighted logo. It is a pity, because it was another of the interesting features of the first Sensei. However, we are talking about cosmetics that have absolutely no effect on the operation of the device. It's a pity, though.
SteelSeries Sensei Ten could be a bit more modern here and there.
A lot has changed since 2009. The industry has developed good standards that are worth imitating. In the case of the Sensei Ten model, I miss, for example, better lining of the roller tires, preferably with horizontal convex lines. The concave tread is smacking the mouse a bit today ( he-he ). For this I would cut myself into a roll that works not only in classic, but also in step / step mode. Today it is slowly standard.
Loose cable is also becoming standard, more and more often taking the form of a flat shoelace. Thanks to this structure, there is no tension, and the movements of the hands are undisturbed and completely natural. He knows this, among others Razer, Corsair and Logitech. SteelSeries should take an example from the competition, because offering a classic braided cable in 2020 simply won't fit. Not a company that is fighting for the first league of peripherals.
Since I'm complaining, I also lacked the increasingly popular profile change system (not to be confused with tenderness). If I added a new button on the bottom of the device, with the help of which I would switch between several dedicated accounts for several specific games, I would be delighted. Such a function would in no way disturb the operation of the mouse, do not spoil its appearance or shape. But e-athletes and addictive players would definitely appreciate it.
The new TrueMove Pro sensor is honest, fast and precise.
TrueMove Pro is nothing but PixArt 3366 on steroids. A very similar optical sensor appeared in the competitive Razer DeathAdder V2 mouse, where it also works perfectly. There, support was also introduced for faithful reproduction of movements when slightly raising the rodent at an angle. This feature will be appreciated by breaking players - those who, with sudden and very fast movements, move the cursor relying on muscle memory. In a word: professionals.
SteelSeries Sensei This offers a maximum sensitivity of 18,000 DPI. This is obviously art for the sake of art and the usual straining of muscles before the competition. Good players benefit from a sensitivity between 100 and 2000 DPI. Almost ten times that is too much even when working on several computers in 4K resolution. Despite this, the race at DPI is in full swing, losing the sense of competition along the way.
Sensei didn't try to cheat me. I was able to make a continuous horizontal line without interpolation even with a value of 18,000 DPI. Of course, faster movement ended with the effect of artificial pixels in the 2 + 1 model. However, as a rule, TrueMove Pro offers native, unclean 18,000 DPI. Not bad. Precision is also good: on a three-meter test rail, the cursor returned to the same place with an accuracy of over 98%. This means that you can rely on muscle memory for it.
SteelSeries Sensei Ten has one giant advantage over rivals.
We're talking about an unprofessional mouse. One that will fit perfectly in both the right and left hand. For left-handed players, this is a gigantic advantage that puts Sensei Ten above the great DeathAdder V2. On the other hand, Logitech became a rival of SteelSeries, which also offers successful mice without a profiled body. The competition has made good use of the years of real Sensei's absence, creating correct, good and very good alternatives.
The biggest advantages:
- The manufacturer fixes many bugs from the previous edition
- Greater durability, no components susceptible to rapid destruction
- Very good, honest, precise sensor
- It is great in the hand, very pleasant material
- For left and right handed users
The biggest disadvantages:
- No profiles
- Anyhow, what cable
- Such a roll
SteelSeries Sensei This one arrives late. He used to be a champion in his category. Now it is one of the best. It's a very good mouse at a reasonable price (PLN 259), although a bit archaic. The steel returned to the right track, although it took them as many as ten years. So if, like me, you have a fondness for the first Sensei, you'll definitely be pleased.
A better sensor, greater durability and a traditional block are the three biggest advantages of this model.
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