REVIEW | SteelSeries Sensei Ten – A Return with an UpgradeOctober 2, 2019
A huge name within the ranks of brands in the gaming scene. More noticeable within FPS games but lately we really haven’t heard of much news within their mouse line up.
SteelSeries have one of the best performing mice product line-up having a balance between hardware specs and simplicity – It’s a brand that makes mice that just simply works.
The Sensei Ten makes use of a new more modern sensor – The TrueMove Pro sensor goes up to 18,000 CPI/DPI and as per SteelSeries makes use of Til Tracking to avoid any weird movement during lift off and such. SteelSeries also incorporates their own switches rather than going ahead with aftermarket ones such as Omron and Huano. The weight straddles the line between heavy and regularly weighted mice – It ain’t light, but it also ain’t heavy.
What’s in the box?
SteelSeries leans toward to a more title centric packaging; settling on the basic colors and references toward the return of a performer to the market. This further supports our idea that SteelSeries is trying to make a comeback to the mice market as more brands are cashing in on their own niches as a mouse for a specific person.
Simple and straightforward – You see the mouse cradled in packaging foam without any other annoying braces and such.
Highly Neutral – Unlike other ambidextrous mice designs, The Sensei Ten sports a rather balanced shape – a less curvy form that’s a sight different from other ambidextrous design that tries to incorporate curves while still maintaining it’s functionality.
It feels like the Sensei Ten was a mouse from the past that’s trying to gear itself up for the current times. or maybe SteelSeries is trying to create a bigger message that they’re trying to get back to the mouse scene.
How it compares to the pack
As we’ve mentioned from the previous observations – The mouse feels like something out of the ranks of a past mice hiding in the compartment of your drawer – We kind of get where SteelSeries were going with an old reliable coming back with an upgrade but we wish they could have gone the extra mile to modernize some parts.
We get the design as a robust and time tested one – but does it hurt to have better cabling? or more accessible buttons to compensate the neutral shape of the mouse.
Geared up for the future?
The Sensei Ten have some simple offerings for feature searchers. The new sensor; The TrueMove Pro goes up to 18,000 dpi but more notably they highlighted Tilt Tracking that mitigates movement during lift off.
We tested the Tilt Tracking if it really does work – It was actually good at keeping the cursor still from movement up until 1500 DPI. We felt that the mouse itself had a control worthy sensor.
We’ve tested it with the same settings in our games but instead of 16,000 DPI from our previous mouse – We tried to crank up the DPI to 18,000 with the Sensei Ten and I felt more control even with the higher DPI. Somehow the shape of the mouse helped with the entirety of the experience but the sensor matches well with package thus completing the package.
The TrueMove Pro sensor meets expectations as consistently high performer across all DPI settings from low to high – We can see a rather clean graph with minimal inconsistency registrations. These are great findings for the mouse as some mice that offer good results on low dpi loses the consistency as the DPI rises. This isn’t the case with the Sensei Ten which displays the same accuracy from 500 – 18,000 DPI.
The SteelSeries application is highly versatile and easy to navigate through – The design came from your usual Steam Library and everything is in one page when you select your peripheral which reduces the time for searching of the options you need switched.
The Sensei Ten is without a doubt “the old reliable” but cuts short on better cabling, side button placement and size. The Tilt Tracking works well until 1500 DPI – works great in keeping movement still during mouse lift-off on most usable DPIs; it further supports the suitability of the mouse for FPS uses where 400-800 DPI seems a norm.
With an MSRP of 70$ for the NA and APAC market – it’ll be a questionable buy with the tight mouse market and an existing niche market that will go for the Sensei Ten as SteelSeries purists or will just buy one for the reason of preferability or the neutral ambidextrous design which uses less curves which might be more comfortable to some users rather than having weird curves all over the mouse frame.
- Works well on high DPI and low DPI – The Tilt Tracking feature works extremely well on DPI settings up to 1500 DPI. Eitherway if you prefer high DPIs, the sensor is extremely comfortable to work with and this goes the same for most surfaces even those without a proper mousemat.
- Neutral Ambidextrous Design – The Sensei Ten incorporates a design that minimizes curves which finalizes to a symmetric and neutral design which in terms would be appeal to a bigger margin in the market rather than having a number of curves that may complicate the grip preference of some users.
- A mouse from the past – The Sensei Ten could pass as a reboot with a few upgrades but an updated price. We weren’t glad that they didn’t go ahead with better cabling options or side button design.
- A reboot with a price – with a $70 pricetag for the NA and APAC region, it competes with other brands that have long been tailoring mice within the confines of the current generation. The price isn’t bad but at the same time a more competitive price could have made this a more interesting product to add in the mice options for consumers.
With the TrueMove Pro sensor that works consistently well across all DPI settings and an added feature of Tilt Tracking which resides inside the mouse up until 1500DPI – An added candy of switches that are rated to work within a click rating more than it’s competitors. The Sensei Ten deserves the Silver Award.