Today SteelSeries is bringing back one of their classic peripherals, outfitted with the latest tech. SteelSeries launched the Sensei Mouse back in 2009 and it quickly became one of their most popular mice, especially in e-sports, and the company has been fielding requests to re-release this model.  So for its tenth anniversary, SteelSeries is bringing back the Sensei but with new features and improvements to the original design.

Left-handed gamers will appreciate that SteelSeries hasn’t changed the ambidextrous design, and the new mouse features the exact same dimensions as the original, which first launched as the SteelSeries Xai back in 2009, before being rebranded as the Sensei.

The new mouse builds on the original though, featuring an updated sensor dubbed the TrueMove Pro. This optical sensor is the latest design by SteelSeries and PixArt, and offers 18,000 Counts-Per-Inch (CPI), and can track at up to 450 inches-per-second. SteelSeries has also improved the new sensor’s ability to handle tilted mouse moves to avoid false tracking. SteelSeries claims this is the best performing sensor on any surface.

The company has chosen to stick with just a wired version of the Sensei Ten, in order to keep the weight in check, and the mouse comes in at just 92 grams. The mouse features eight buttons, and SteelSeries switches rated for 60 million clicks. There’s onboard memory on the mouse as well providing the ability to pre-store functions and have that saved right on the mouse, so it will be available on any PC it’s used on.

SteelSeries Sensei Ten
Sensor TrueMove Pro Optical Sensor
Counts-Per-Inch 50-18,000 in 50 CPI Steps
Inches-Per-Second 450+
Acceleration 50G
Polling Rate 1000 Hz
Hardware Acceleration None
Shape Ambidextrous
Buttons 8
Illumination 2 Independent RGB Zones
Weight 92 g / 3.25 oz (without cable)
Dimensions (L x W x H) 126 x 63-68 x 21-39 mm
4.96 x 2.48-2.67 x 0.83 -1.54 inches
Cable 2 m / 6.75 foot
Compatibility Windows / Mac / Xbox / Linux
Price $69 USD

SteelSeries also took the opportunity to address the exterior, which features a different finish than the original’s metallic finish. The new mouse construction should be more durable as a result with a matte black finish. There’s also two independently controlled RGB zones, and the underside of the mouse is transparent plastic in a nod to classic technology such as the Gameboy Color.

Despite the advanced features, the Sensei Ten mouse is launching at a very affordable $69 USD, with global availability starting today.

Source: SteelSeries

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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - link

    Well the thing is that mice used to have a basic plastic finish like the original MX518. Like with keyboards, this eventually smoothens the surface and leaves it a bit shiny rather than semi-matted, primarily seen where the user rests their thumb on the spacebar or the homerow keys. Some keyboards are using specialty PBT plastic keys which are more resistant to surface wear from hand oils.

    On the other hand, companies like Logitech or Steelseries are intentionally adding these soft-touch finish coatings to mice, which look fine out of the box but are likely specially formulated to degrade in contact with hand oils after a period of usage. It's that soft touch coating that I object to. Instead, we should be getting PBT plastic peripherals (including mice) which are more resistant to hand oils, and mouse manufacturers should instead be working on making better mice with newer and more compelling features to sell new units, rather than trying to sell units by virtue of the soft-touch finish partially wearing out and leaving the mouse looking like it's "worn out" (even if it mechanically functions flawlessly), which only serves as a suggestion for a customer to buy another mouse.
  • Alistair - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - link

    I totally agree. Imagine if your keyboard looked like it was 5 years old after using it for a few months, that's the Sensei rubberized coating.
  • Quantumz0d - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - link

    Agreed, my old Mionix Castor had the whole coating peeled off like junk and the mouse wheels also are a failure point in many mice. Plus switches too. SS has their mice having rubberized padding on sides which gets destroyed after a few years and glue will come off, that is the worst.

    I'm very happy with my EC2-A purchase, the coating feels like a part of Plastic, the wheel is fine, no software BS to tune it or twist and meddle, on board switch and DPI indicator, driver less. Unlike the bloat which eats up cycles like Razer trash Synapse, their mice also fail after 1Yr.

    Also Huano switches that Zowie uses are better than Omron that all these use, simply because of 1 reason - very tactile, stiff and clicky, Omron are mushy crap.
  • CONIN - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - link

    I'm genuinely bugged as to why are they calling it "TEN", if the first Sensei mouse was released in 2011, not 2009.
  • Blados - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - link

    Because it was used to be called the xai, before they re branded it as the sensei in 2011.

    The shape itself is 10 years old
  • Samus - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - link

    Their SK sponsored gaming team used the Sensei in 2010, and the TEN is expected to reach mainstream availability next year. That's 10 years.
  • Golgatha777 - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - link

    I just need Logitech to bring back the Logitech Mouseman mouse.

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