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Pretty cool 07/15/2014
This review is from: SteelSeries 62250 SENSEI Wireless Professional Laser Gaming Mouse
The mouse has a good weight and feel to it. Size wise, it is somewhere in the middle of the mice I use - quite a bit smaller than my Logitech mx518, but slightly bigger than the throw-aways that come with preconfigured computers from the likes of Dell or HP...
The mouse can be used wired or wirelessly, so if your gaming marathon outlasts the battery, you can switch to wired mode and keep going while it charges.
So far, I have not been able to find a function on my Logitech mouse that I was not able to reproduce on this mouse, except for the extra buttons.
The sensitivity setting will take you from 50 counts per inch, where several trips across the mouse pad are required to move an inch, to 16000, where the slightest touch of the mouse will send the cursor flying to the other side of the screen. I found the default setting of 1600 to be ideal. There is a deceleration slider in addition to the acceleration option that most mice offer, which allows for some additional customization.
They are pretty clever to have added a sensor to the top of the mouse to detect when your hand is covering the logo so the light can be turned off to save power.
Sensei has taken an annoying cue from Apple and made the rechargeable battery non-replaceable, so when the life expectancy of the battery drops below your expectations, you will be buying a new mouse rather than a replacement battery.
There is very little relief on the side buttons, so they are difficult to feel. They are also not placed well for my hand. The side buttons on the right side are almost completely undetectable. For a lefty, they would be a welcome addition, but for a righty, they will be of no use, so this is really only a 6-button mouse.
The Sensei Wireless control application is far less intuitive than other similar products from the likes of Logitech, and the only documentation is found by clicking on tiny question marks in the application which then provide a hint about what that function does. There are only 2 buttons/settings that have tool tips, for the rest, you have to just click and see what it does.
I was intrigued by the "Angle Snapping" function that allegedly helps you move in straight lines, but when this setting was increased to any value above the minimum, mouse performance was dramatically hindered. The pointer constantly froze and even reverting the setting was a challenge. This seems like it could be a neat function, but it doesn't appear to be implemented correctly.
The "Lift Distance" setting is another odd option that doesn't appear to do anything. Supposedly, it allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the laser so that if the mouse is lifted, it can still detect movement. I was unable to notice any difference between any of the settings, despite trying several different mouse pads, and a bare desk.
I found some strange interaction between an application with macros assigned and Windows when I assigned a button to close the application window (alt-f4) and then hit that button. Hitting the same mouse button seemed to clear the problem even though the application with the macro definition was already closed. This was not consistent, but does happen from time to time. A "close application" command would be a nice addition to "print screen" which is the only "command" in the list.
When I added my first application to the control panel, defined some buttons and clicked save, the mouse went completely dead. I tried to reconnect by holding the connect button the base, then on the mouse, but that did not work. Following that reset, the base connected (stopped flashing blue) but the mouse would not and the tiny light below the scroll wheel kept flashing blue. Turning off the mouse also did not resolve the problem. In the end, the base had to be unplugged and the mouse had to be turned off, then the base plugged back in and the mouse turned back on. I was not able to reproduce the problem, so it was most likely just a fluke.
Overall, this is a pretty nice mouse, although $160 is pretty steep for a mouse.
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