SteelSeries announces new Sensei gaming PC mouse

Remember when it was cool when PC mice ditched the mechanical ball inside for an optical sensor? Well the team at SteelSeries wants to put a lot more technology in what may be your next gaming PC mouse. SteelSeries announced today plans to release the SteelSeries Sensei, a new mouse that actually has a 32-bit ARM-based processor inside. Why put a chip inside a gaming mouse? According to SteelSeries the ARM processor, " ... allows us to do sophisticated calculations directly on the mouse – without the need for software drivers and without having to rely on the user’s computer."

This new technology allows the Sensei to have a typical CPI range of between 1 and 5,700. However it can also go into a "double CPI" mode that will raise it up to 11,400. SteelSeries says having this kind of "overclocked" mode allows users of the mouse to operate it well even with several PC monitors. The Mouse also has a small LCD screen on its bottom which can show a menu of the mouse's settings. It can even be customize to show off a logo of, say, your clan or pro gaming team's logo.

The mouse itself has six programmable buttons (not including the scroll wheel) as well as button that controls the mouse's CPI sensitivity. It also has a number of points of illumination that can be customized in 16.8 million colors. The Sensei also supports the SteelSeries Engine which offers additional features such as recording game sessions through a heat map that will allow users to improve button layouts and macro settings. The SteelSeries Sensei is scheduled to be released in September for $89.99.

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Woohoo.. a review sample is being prepared for me to review on my blog (around 2-3 weeks). Can't wait to try and use this sexy mouse

Wow awesome, an LCD screen that is covered by your hand 99% of the time. Way to show off a clan logo or some other useless crap. Talk about useless.

Andre said,
Wow awesome, an LCD screen that is covered by your hand 99% of the time. Way to show off a clan logo or some other useless crap. Talk about useless.

I thought it was underneath the mouse so really it's covered 100% of the time unless you turn your mouse over when not using it

Oooh a reason to replace my 4yr old Steel Series Ikari. No other reason to replace it yet, damn things never bugged on me or nothing and works as new to this day.

Had some issues with keys becoming a bit will it / wont it on my 7G keyboard, but again as far as any delay etc is concerneed 98% of the keys are fine and that after 4yrs, a hell of a lot of wow and a part time job as a graphic designer, not to mention also withstanding a 3yr old ><

Im one of the users that tried a battery supported mouse for a while but ended up buying a simple usb mouse. I used to experience some latency (not often but happened) and running out of batteries well in the middle of something, got me fed up. So I can't really see besides having a cable attached, any restrictions with a cabled mouse.

MidnightDevil said,
Im one of the users that tried a battery supported mouse for a while but ended up buying a simple usb mouse. I used to experience some latency (not often but happened) and running out of batteries well in the middle of something, got me fed up. So I can't really see besides having a cable attached, any restrictions with a cabled mouse.

obviously, if you want a battery powered mouse get one that's re-chargeable otherwise it will become a chore to mess with

p.s. but me personally i am happy with my current wired Microsoft Habu mouse. my prior mouse was a wireless Logitech MX700 (had re-chargable NIMH batteries with it that could be recharged in the base they give you with it)

Midnight Mick said,
Why the people using game pads on the news page to this article if this is to do with a mouse?

Because this mouse is a joypad killer, duh

I'm the opposite, constant charging of a mouse.. battery drain, . I swapped back to a USB mouse, having to never worry about batterys or charging is nice, and accuracy on a physical cable vs wireless.. I'm happy with a cabled mouse

mdew said,
I'm the opposite, constant charging of a mouse.. battery drain, . I swapped back to a USB mouse, having to never worry about batterys or charging is nice, and accuracy on a physical cable vs wireless.. I'm happy with a cabled mouse

i agree, i use a wireless mouse for gaming and it drains batteries very quickly as well as sometimes as a slower response time

I don't think I could ever go back to a mouse with a cable attached, doesn't matter how good it is - you can't do precise work with a cable causing such issues. Any serious gamer, AutoCAD or designer will know what I'm on about.

Exosphere said,
I don't think I could ever go back to a mouse with a cable attached, doesn't matter how good it is - you can't do precise work with a cable causing such issues. Any serious gamer, AutoCAD or designer will know what I'm on about.
Without a cable, you can risk getting more delay, which might make you unable to react as fast as you should have.
And what do you mean by "causing such issues", no one has mentioned any issues with cables so far, and such is a word usually used to reference something (such as which particular issues one would have with a cabled mouse)?

Exosphere said,
I don't think I could ever go back to a mouse with a cable attached, doesn't matter how good it is - you can't do precise work with a cable causing such issues. Any serious gamer, AutoCAD or designer will know what I'm on about.

Look your comments was most bullocks I've ever read in ages that I even had to login into Neowin which I haven't done so in 4 years just to reply.

Serious gamers would NEVER consider a wireless mouse over a cable one - latency issues and battery comes to mind. You have no idea what you're even talking about - and no you're not a serious gamer.

Buy a proper mouse with a cloth/fabric cable and you won't ever have any cable issues. Ever.

Exosphere said,
I don't think I could ever go back to a mouse with a cable attached, doesn't matter how good it is - you can't do precise work with a cable causing such issues. Any serious gamer, AutoCAD or designer will know what I'm on about.

i can't agree with this.... my cable doesn't hinder my work at all. i really believe it's all about the mouse and the amount of training you put in your wrist with the particular mouse. I have been using the same thing for 4 years and will cry when it breaks.

Exosphere said,
I don't think I could ever go back to a mouse with a cable attached, doesn't matter how good it is - you can't do precise work with a cable causing such issues. Any serious gamer, AutoCAD or designer will know what I'm on about.

I'm not sure about the other two, but serious gamers use a wired mouse.

Exosphere said,
I don't think I could ever go back to a mouse with a cable attached, doesn't matter how good it is - you can't do precise work with a cable causing such issues. Any serious gamer, AutoCAD or designer will know what I'm on about.

What? I use a corded mouse for Pixel work and much more, and never had any issues with tangle. Mind you I do have access to a dirty great tablet and pen, but still I would say its a non-issue and as the above has mentioned delay anyone?

Ive been using corded mice for photoshop and more for over a decade.

Oh and as for gaming, again im sorry but total nonsense that serious gamers use wireless mice. Again delay, never mind it going dead mid-match or just as your about to achieve something.

Notice pretty much no Steel Series, Razor, or other gaming mouse is wireless. All wired and for a bloomin good reason.

Reacon said,
And what huge advantage will this hold over current mice without an embedded CPU?

My mouse can think faster than your mouse. LCD screens on everything!!

Reacon said,
And what huge advantage will this hold over current mice without an embedded CPU?

well in a few years the mouse could probably just play without you..