SteelSeries Sensei 310 Gaming Mouse Review
Gaming peripherals can be quite expensive. The rise of the gaming industry and esports has had a huge impact on the gaming hardware market. The gaming mice section has been affected, with new products being released at a breakneck pace to satisfy the demand.
The holy grail of gaming mice is that one mouse that can do FPS, MMORPG, and everything in between. For a few lucky users, that search has ended but for the vast majority, it continues. The SteelSeries Sensei 310 may just be your holy grail.
SteelSeries Sensei 310 Gaming Mouse
The 310 gaming mouse is the latest in the hallowed Sensei line from SteelSeries. From the beginning, SteelSeries was focused on making top-notch esports peripherals and they’ve more than delivered. The Sensei 310 is meant to be an all-around mouse with the capacity to deliver professional-grade performance. The operation and design especially favor first-person shooters, MOBAs, and Battle Royale titles.
With the Sensei 310, SteelSeries aims at a wide audience. Every bit of know-how and innovation was put into the Sensei 310 to make it as universal as possible. Everything from its ambidextrous design to the 50-million click rating makes this a great all-round option.
Who is this mouse for?
Many gamers and casual users will be satisfied with this mouse. Software developers will find it just as comfortable as professional gamers and it certainly comes packed with features that cater to both. The price is pretty affordable, considering how expensive high-end gaming mice can be. Also, Battle Station fans will love the customizable LEDs on the back panel and scroll wheel.
This is a pretty barebones kit. In the box, you’ll find the mouse and product installation and user guide. The SteelSeries Engine configuration software is available online for both Mac and Windows.
Overview of features
In terms of design, the 310 features significant changes from its predecessor. It has an ambidextrous shape and it’s sized to accommodate both claw and palm grips. The surface of the body is a fingerprint-resistant matte plastic that feels velvety to the touch and the sides have textured silicone pads. The silicone pads make it very easy to lift and move, and give great tactile feedback. The scroll wheel has a textured silicone lining and notched action that feels a little stiff.
The whole mouse has a high-quality construction and feel despite its surprisingly low 92-gram weight. It doesn’t have any weight adjustment options, so people who are used to heavier mice may find it takes a little getting used to.
At the core of the Sensei 310 is the long-awaited fruit of the SteelSeries’s partnership with PixArt — the TrueMove3 optical sensor. This was long touted as the first sensor to deliver true 1-to-1 response and it delivers big. The sensor can be adjusted from 100 to 12,000 CPI which is a massive range. However, the 1-to-1 tracking is only available up to 3500 CPI. Anything past that will be stabilized with the industry-leading jitter reduction technology.
CPI is adjustable through the SteelSeries Engine and the Sensei 310 features an on-board processor that allows settings to be saved — a godsend for gaming events.
The 8 buttons of the Sensei 310 are likely to accommodate most gamers’ needs and the Omron switches are rated for 50 million clicks. For the main buttons, the 310 departs from the earlier Sensei models, featuring a split-trigger design that makes it easier to distinguish left from right mouse clicks.
Aesthetically, the standard version is not very exciting but it does feature two RGB areas that can be customized separately. The cable isn’t braided, which doesn’t hurt the performance, but it does detract from it visually.
How to get the most out of it
The sensor in the Sensei 310 is tested and rated for SteelSeries QcK surfaces. The best way to make sure it performs as intended is to use a QcK mousepad such as the Vector.
The SteelSeries Engine software is fairly intuitive but it’s worth looking at all the customization options it offers. It’s surprising just how much functionality is packed into this mouse.
- 1-to-1 tracking sensor
- Ambidextrous design
- Durable Omron switches
- Non-braided cable looks generic
- Weight can’t be adjusted
People who are looking for a wireless option with similar performance should check out the Logitech G502 Lightspeed. This is a pricy mouse, but it has amazing features for a wireless model. The G502 features weight customization, adjustable 2-zone RGB lighting, and the battery life of 60 hours. What’s more, you can combine it with the Logitech Powerplay mouse pads for continuous charging.
The SteelSeries Sensei 310 is a powerhouse that delivers on all fronts. This is a no-nonsense mouse with great performance and a robust package.