Steel Series 310 Sensei Review

The Steelseries Sensei 310 has been getting 5 Star Reviews on several reputable websites. Let’s take a deep dive into the Steel Series mouse to see if it is all that cracked up to be. We will be taking look at its flaws and give an actual honest opinion on how this gaming mouse actually performs.

I bought this mouse about 6 months ago and have been using it daily ever since. My previous mouse a Razor death adder recently dived and left me without a mouse. I decided that I wanted to switch things up by going with something new. Which brought me to giving the Steel Series Sensei 310.

I am right-handed so wasn’t really in the market for anything ambidextrous. I liked the subtle design, performance, and price point. This actually is what attracted me to pick this mouse up in the first place.

Design

Rating: 8 out of 10.

As this is an ambidextrous mouse. I will not be going into the ergonomics for each hand. The mouse is intended to be used by either left or right-handed person. Making it hard to actually have a perfectly ergonomic feeling on the right hand as well as the left from a design standpoint. The mouse is comfortable and shouldn’t take too long for a left or right-handed person to get used to it. 

 Visually the mouse is stunning, not over the top design but a well-rounded mouse with good RGB lighting. The lights are bright and change in multiple colors everything you should expect from RGB diodes. (remember you can’t have a good gaming mouse without RGB it’s 2020.) 

The mouse has a total of 8 Buttons. With 2 on the left and 2 on the right. Most players will not use all 8. Depending on your dominant hand will dictate which side you bind or not. I suggest switching off the side your fingers rest on. So you don’t get any accidental clicks.

Now the biggest problem with the design aspect of this mouse which I didn’t want to necessarily include in the review. Is the shape, now here me out. Since this mouse is ambidextrous the shape has to suit both hands and not one over the other. I personally use a palm grip when gaming. Over the course of a few months, I noticed that my pinky finger will rub against my mousepad. not allowing me to make a quick shot in the right direction. My hand overhangs on the right-hand side of the mouse slowing my movements.

Steel Series Rival 310 is a right-handed alternative

There is still SteelSeries Rival 310 which is practically the same mouse but made for right-handed use. So if you are unsure about getting a Sensei 310 because you are right-handed then I would definitely give the Rival 310 a look. The Rival 310 offers the same Sensor and features.

Build

Rating: 7 out of 10.

The build quality of the mouse is ok. I feel that even at this price point Steel Series still could have included a braided cable to add some extra value for the consumer. The shell of the mouse uses an aforementioned sandy finish giving it a texture to not feel like cheap plastic. The mouse is made of plastic it doesn’t feel too cheap but doesn’t seem to be the highest of quality. But at this price point, it’s still great. The weight of the mouse is only 96 g. Making it rather lightweight. I was worried that this will give it a hallow feeling but to my surprise, it didn’t. The mouse still feels very solid when in your hand and the sandy finish helps it visually.

This mouse has fallen off my desk a good few times. I have a toddler who loves my computer as much as I do. I can confirm this mouse is toddler resistant. Which is something I think Steel Series should include in their marketing. The mouse has taken so many dives that I have thought for sure it should be broken by now. So cheap plastic isn’t so cheap in that regard.

 Performance

Rating: 10 out of 10.

This is where the Sensei 310 really starts to shine. This sensor does not skip a beat. You instantly notice a stable sense of aim and accuracy. Steel series are using their TrueMove3 optical sensor. Which was engineered in partnership with Pixart. Pixart is the largest manufacturer of optical sensors and is behind pretty much every gaming mouse. The True Move 3 optical sensor is exclusive to Steel Series. It offers 12,000 CPI, one to one tracking of 3,500 CPI and 1ms Polling Rate. Giving the steel series an impressive range of sensitivity.

JitterReduction

Having a range of sensitivity is one thing every gaming mouse has it so not really an Amazing feature that persuades you to pick up one. Now steel series included a jitter reduction feature. which helps smooth out any micro-movements in your hand. Making it a little easier to land those headshots. There is also a way to turn on or off Angle Snapping if you are into that sort of thing.

Features  

Rating: 8 out of 10.

This mouse offers 12,000 CPI, one to one tracking of 3,500 CPI and 1ms Polling Rate, 8 Customizable buttons, RGB effects, and 2 reprogrammable DPI settings.

The engine allows you to easily customize the lighting effects, Acceleration/deceleration, angle snapping, CPI, and button configurations. Steel Series did a great job on the UI design, everything is simple straight forward and looks great. The main negative while using the engine is that there are only 2 presets for sensitivity. Most mice offer up to 5 different presets so being limited on that number might be a issue to some users.

Price  

Rating: 10 out of 10.

For $49.99 the Steel Series Sensei 310 offers a competitive price. It is a mid-range mouse and at this price point, you are getting a No-Nonsense Gaming Mouse! With a phenomenal sensor that won’t let you down. At this price point, it is kinda hard to find anything to complain about. It is a sturdy build, customizable buttons, RGB effects, and one hell of a sensor.

Final Verdict

This is a no-nonsense gaming mouse with a competitive price, customizable buttons, RGB effects, and a solid sensor. While there are few let downs. This is still the best Ambidextrous mouse on the market.

Steel Series Sensei 310

$49.99
4.3

Design

4.0/5

Build

3.5/5

Performance

5.0/5

Features

4.0/5

Price

5.0/5

Pros

  • Ambidextrous
  • TrueMove 3 Optical Sensor
  • Attractive and Solid Design
  • Support for Angle Snapping, Acceleration, and Deceleration
  • Competitively Priced

Cons

  • No Braided Cable
  • Only two options for presets
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