SteelSeries Sensei Ten
Gaming Mouse (Wired)
Sensei range has been one of those trusted brands when it comes to competitive-driven gaming mice, and the new Sensei Ten
sees SteelSeries stake a claim for an exceptional competitive mouse that doesn’t sacrifice comfort or versatility for outright cutting-edge features. Plus, its price is on point. SteelSeries has always been one of those brands that we’ve enjoyed, but weirdly haven’t gotten around to covering until now – and the Sensei Ten is more than a worthy entry point.
The TrueMove Pro
optical sensor developed in collaboration with PixArt
is not only technically impressive, but comes alive when paired with the excellent SteelSeries customisation software. The mechanical switches offer up the sort of pleasing and durable ‘click’ we’re all subconsciously looking for and the sleek ambidextrous design and matte finish is best described as ‘silky’. Silky Smooth.
The Sensei Ten features an ambidextrous design in the traditional sense, with side-buttons on both sides and support for palm, claw, and fingertip grips. It’s the approach we’ve seen in several esports-focused peripherals in the past and works well here. But, setting that aside for a moment, let’s get back to its ‘silky’ feel. The soft matte finish is the first thing you notice when taking the Sensei Ten for a spin, and the silkiness of it immediately adds a level of comfort not found in mice that opt for a hard-plastic-shell finish. A weird thing to highlight and go on about sure, but as a diehard fan and supporter of rubberised grips on the side of my own gaming mouse of choice – the comfort and grip of the Sensei Ten is of a sort that made me forget about the notion of rubber grips pretty quick.
“The sleek ambidextrous design and matte finish is best described as ‘silky’. Silky Smooth."
Paired with the ambidextrous design the soft matte finish and feel has an ergonomic benefit too, where the symmetrical circular form allows for ease of movement without the need to adjust your own grip. Weighing in at 92 grams the Sensei Ten is lightweight, but not quite in the same realms at the recent trend of ultralight gaming mice vying for the same competitive space. No doubt getting lighter than 92 grams could result in some drastic design changes, and for our own testing with titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfware
, and even the Warcraft III: Reforged Beta
– we had no issues with the weight.
- Sensor: TrueMove Pro Optical
- DPI: 18,000
- Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
- Movement: 50 G acceleration
- Buttons: Eight
- Weight: 92g
SteelSeries, like other major peripheral brands (for example, Razer
) look to be branching out into the custom-design realm when it comes to underlying hardware and technology. Taking one look at the gaming section at a place like JB Hi-Fi and it’s not hard to see why, differentiation at some point will become key. For its 18,000 DPI (with 50 CPI Increments) TrueMove Pro optical sensor – there’s no real exact comparison to make other than confirm that the PixArt collaboration has resulted in one of the most impressive and reliable sensors we’ve seen. And testing it across multiple surfaces, we were surprised at just how well it doubles as an on-the-go companion ready for action. SteelSeries claims to that effect, whilst not readily testable, certainly feel
true. Like the tilt-tracking that reportedly improves stabilisation.
“When it comes to the TrueMove Pro optical sensor – there’s no real exact comparison to make other than confirm that the PixArt collaboration has resulted in one of the most impressive and reliable sensors we’ve seen.
Elsewhere the Sensei Ten continues its focus on the high-end with mechanical switches rated at 60 million clicks – enough to potentially see you through to the eventual heat death of the universe. The only real complaint to be had, outside of the non-braided USB-cable supplied, is that if you’re of the type that rests your thumb on side buttons – they don’t require a lot to trigger accidentaly. Something we found out in our first few sessions with the Sensei Ten. In the end though where it all comes together is with the excellent SteelSeries Engine software and the ability to customise and store profiles on the mouse itself – which allows for up to 5 DPI settings, RGB customisation across two zones, and options for acceleration and angle snapping.
Versatile to a fault, the silky smooth feel and impressive performance make the Sensei Ten an all-round excellent gaming mouse.