SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Review

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[section_title title=Software]Software

The Sensei Wireless is supported by SteelSeries Engine 3 which we last covered here in the Rival review. Essentially the SteelSeries Engine 3 will be a one stop solution for all your SteelSeries peripheral needs where you can control and customise your Steelseries headset, keyboard and mouse.

The software itself is really simple to use, and as you can see in the below screenshot, everything is in an easy to locate place along with a funky capacity indicator and LED customisation and preview of both the dock and Sensei itself.

One highlight of the interaction between the software and hardware is the smart modes for both the sensor and LED on the mouse itself. Whilst most other mice still remain illuminated under your hand, SteelSeries here include the option for the mouse to dull whilst you’re using it and illuminate when you remove your hand, although arbitrary, the mouse capacity meter went from around 80% to 100% with this option enabled.

As there is no charge indicator on the Sensei itself, instead SteelSeries have opted for the charge dock to be your indicator as per the picture below.

The other effect modes offer a solid or pulsing scheme, but the battery indicator options is right out of the top drawer for class.

The macro editor is the same one that ships with the Rival’s SteelSeries Engine 3 and as such functions the same. Likewise, the assignment of macros and other functions be it alphanumeric, media keys and or even deactivation of the button is all present.

To sum up the SteelSeries Engine 3 I’ll have to echo my thoughts on the last time I used it. The software itself is solid, and in the Sensei Wireless case, offers up a impressive level of polish between the hardware and software. If you’ve got other SteelSeries peripherals at hand that support the Engine too, then even better.

 

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