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SteelSeries Sensei RAW (Rubberized Black) review

SteelSeries has made multiple versions of their Sensei, but for the purpose of playing CS:GO with it, we chose the SteelSeries Sensei RAW (Rubberized) version as the most optimal one. It is nice, comfortable ambidextrous mouse with customization options, and also it comes with affordable price. If you are looking for affordable mouse with great performance and quality, SteelSeries Sensei RAW is a good mouse for CS:GO to consider.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

SteelSeries Sensei series, together with Zowie FK1, are one of the best ambidextrous mice’s that i’ve ever tested. The design is too damn perfect and it feels natural on the grip, no matter what kind of  grip you are using. I am a claw-gripper and the comfort of the Sensei RAW was acceptable at least.

We picked the Sensei RAW Rubberized version because, well, the mouse surface is rubberized, which i prefer by quite a large margin. Glossy surfaces makes your hand to sweat a lot if you play long-gaming-sessions, while rubberized surfaces prevent that.

Other thing that is impressive for this mouse, is the perfectly placed side-buttons. Unlike the Razer Taipan, which has quite poorly placed side-buttons that are hardly accessible, SteelSeries has done quite good job and placed them perfectly, which means that it’s not likely that you accidentally press them during intensive mouse-movements, which is the case with most of the ambidextrous mice’s. Even if you find yourself pressing them unintentionally, you can easily disable their function in the SS3 Engine.

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On the SteelSeries Sensei RAW you’ll find 8 buttons of which 7 are fully programmable. SteelSeries Sensei RAW uses the same switches as the SteelSeries Sensei, which are perfect and provide good tactile feedback when rifling. Also, the side buttons have nice travel distance and feedback.


Speaking of illumination, on SteelSeries Sensei RAW you wont find a bunch of lighting options like you would have on SteelSeries Sensei (which have 16.8m color options), but you can tweak the intensity and pulsation of the illumination, which is in elegant white color.

Steelseries Sensei RAW engine

Sensei RAW Rubberized comes with SS3 Engine support, which means that you can customize your mouse. However, unlike the SteelSeries Sensei, which offers unlimited customization, on SteelSeries Sensei RAW you wont find the same customization options. But, that’s the reason why we picked the Sensei RAW as the better version for playing CS:GO.

The RAW version is almost as twice cheaper than the SteelSeries Sensei, it has the same sensor and uses the same SteelSeries switches as the Sensei, and all of that bonus customization options – you don’t need them in CS:GO.

 

PERFORMANCE

SPECS

- Sensor: ADNS9500 Laser
- Counts per inch: 90 - 5670
- Inches Per Second: 150
- Polling rate: 1 ms (1000 Hz)
- Tracking accuracy: 1:1
- Lift off distance:  ~2 mm
- Buttons: 8 - programmable
- Rubberized soft-touch material
- Ambidextrous design
- Cable length: 2 m / 6.6 ft
- Onboard profile storage

Testing the performance in-game, i can say that i’m truly surprised. I personally don’t prefer laser sensors on the mice for playing CS:GO, but this one proved to be at least playable. Usually laser sensors have some kind of acceleration, which results in inconsistency in aiming in high-precision FPS games like CS:GO is, but with SteelSeries Sensei RAW that is not a big issue, and its barely noticeable.

It’s extremely precise, and the tracking speed is even better than some of the high-profile mice with optical sensors. I’ve made some advanced testings and it picked up literally every minimal movement, from highest sensitivity to the lowest.

It has some kind of negative acceleration, but it’s not that noticeable as some other laser mice, and it’s totally playable. It’s not surprise that SteelSeries Sensei is used by high-profile CS:GO professionals.

Steelseries RAW rubberized review

The switches, as we briefly noted, provide nice tactile feedback and are responding well. More-or-less, the performance of the SteelSeries Sensei RAW is the same as SteelSeries Sensei. Even the scroll wheel, which i honestly expected to be quite bad because it is cheaper version of the Sensei, proved to be a decent one instead.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

All-in-all, SteelSeries Sensei RAW (Rubberized) is a decent mouse for CS:GO. His impeccable in-game performance and the impressive grip-comfort are the crucial factors that this mouse is often found among CS:GO players. Also I’m surprised by the decent lift-off-distance, I’ve expected that to be a huge issue for a laser mouse.

As i said, we prefer “Sensei RAW Rubberized” over the “Sensei”, because it offers the same performance, is about twice cheaper than the Sensei, and on top of that it’s rubberized, which is why the Sensei RAW is rated among the very best mice’s for CS:GO, although it has some acceleration.

If you are looking for affordable mouse which offers high performance and comfort, probably the SteelSeries Sensei RAW would be your best pick.

Surely it lacks in lighting options and some customization options, but that is not crucial for a high-precision FPS games. Probably the title for “the best CS:GO mouse” cannot be attached to the SteelSeries Sensei RAW, there are many candidates for it, such as : SteelSeries Rival 300, Zowie EC1-A, Razer Deathadder Chroma, but it is surely decent mouse for CS:GO to consider

 

CS:GO Pro-players using SteelSeries Sensei: Zeus, hazed, Bubble, AZR, desi

 

SteelSeries Sensei RAW (Rubberized)

SteelSeries Sensei RAW (Rubberized)
9.2

performance

8.9 /10

design & comfortability

9.0 /10

switches feedback

9.4 /10

scroll wheel feedback

8.5 /10

price

10.0 /10

Pros

  • Top performance
  • Great comfortability for ambidextrous mouse
  • Great coating-material
  • Nicely placed side-buttons unlike other ambidextrous mice's
  • Extremely cheap while on discount

Cons

  • Lacks some lighting and customization options

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