SteelSeries Sensei Ten Review
Long hailed the king of gaming mice, the Sensei has defined the competitive gaming scene since its inception back in 2010. The Sensei has long been associated with glory in esports, helping Na`Vi win the first-ever International Dota 2 tournament, Fnatic winning the first League of Legends Championship and first CS:GO Major, and of course, OG winning back-to-back International’s over the last two years. This well-documented history has helped define SteelSeries’ slogan of ‘For Glory’, but does the Sensei Ten deliver on its heritage and defend the original Sensei’s honour?
The Sensei Ten stays true to its most iconic feature, its ambidextrous shape. Loved by left and right-handed gamers for its comfort and non-bias design for years, I’m glad SteelSeries has focused its attention on upgrades elsewhere. I do, however, love the shoutout to Ten (天) the Japanese/Chinese character for “heaven”.
The Sensei Ten Features an eight-button layout with support for claw, finger, and palm grips. That is in conjunction with its lightweight form factor and solid construction that helps reduce hand fatigue even after countless hours of use.
The Sensei Ten is finished in a durable black soft-touch material with an ABS plastic core. Its matte finish feels super soft and the slight angles on the side make it easy to hold securely and is a pleasure to use.
The Sensei Ten weighs in at just 92 grams without the cable — While weight is down to personal preference, for me the Sensei Ten is hands down one of the best, if not the best balanced mice I have ever used; Its centre of mass is just that, centre and this translates beautifully to every movement. Both left side buttons are positioned perfectly for quick presses and provide a satisfying click. The right side buttons, not something that I’m used to having, are an added bonus for additional keyboard binds.
The textured rubber scroll wheel has a defined tactile response with each movement and little play, making accidental movements non-existent. This is especially important when throwing grenades in FPS games as pressing down on the scroll wheel won’t accidentally change your weapon.
SteelSeries has opted for a rubber non-braided cable, which is not the end of the world by any means, but with a king’s repatriation on the line, I feel this is a bit of an oversight.
SteelSeries teamed up with PixArt to create the TrueMove Pro sensor with one task… “outperform any mouse on any mousepad, with pinpoint precision like never before”. The duo started with the fundamentals of how a mouse sensor works and significantly increased both the number of images and the quality of image procced by the sensor.
Interpreting this new level of data is an uprated digital signal processor (DSP) that is able to analyse and understand information that other sensors may miss. The TrueMove Pro features a true 18,000 CPI sensor, speed rated at 450 IPS as well as 50G acceleration. Tilt tracking helps with stabilization and prevents any crazy spin-off or unpredictable movement during gameplay. SteelSeries and PixArt have created a class-leading sensor that’s excellent to use both throughout gaming and everyday use.
The Sensei Ten has been my main mouse over the past few weeks with its consistency, precise tracking, and ergonomics all ensuring that it’s going to remain the king of my desk. The main mouse switches provide some of the best feeling out there and offer a 60 million click guarantee. These mechanical switches feature a dual-spring mechanism to ensure that crisp and response feeling remains for the life of the switch.
The Sensei Ten provides a 1,000Hz polling rate with a liftoff distance of 2mm. This is coupled with the TrueMove Pro sensor that provided a precise and rewarding mouse to master. I found that taking aim in Valorant, Overwatch and revisiting Doom Eternal truly lets the Sensei Ten shine and will not disappoint hardcore FPS gamers.
The Sensei Ten comes in two different designs; the classic matte black and the limited edition Neon Rider! Taking its inspiration from Red Moon Workshop’s famous CS:GO skin, each Sensei Ten Neon Rider edition is uniquely numbered and features a colourful synth-wave vibe taken from the skin — Please enjoy the eye-candy below!
The SteelSeries Engine 3 software allows you to control just about everything on the Sensei Ten; everything from the basics of the independently controlled 2 RGB Zones to more advanced features like angle snapping and polling rate are all adjustable via the software. SteelSeries Engine 3 also lets you assign all 8 buttons to a range of actions, even recorded macros that I specifically found of use. When it comes management software, SteelSeries Engine 3 is intuitive, non-intrusive and makes customizing your SteelSeries products hassle-free.
SteelSeries Sensei Ten Review
- DESIGN - 98%98%
- PERFORMACE - 91%91%
- VALUE - 96%96%
The Sensei Ten certainly defends its honour — it is comfort, well-balanced, and pairs perfectly with the TrueMove Pro sensor. Knowing you can pick up the Sensei Ten for around $139 AUD, SteelSeries has mastered consistency, reliability, and performance at a competitive price that won’t disappoint.
Want to get your own SteelSeries Sensei Ten? You can purchase it from JB Hi-Fi.
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