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SteelSeries launches mouse with 32-bit ARM processor

SteelSeries launches mouse with 32-bit ARM processor

The SteelSeries Sensei has a 32-bit ARM processor and a palette of 16.8 million colours for its lighting.

SteelSeries will launch its latest gaming peripheral at GamesCom next week, but rather than harp on about over 9,000dpi sensor technology, it’s the processor that sits behind the sensor that takes the headlines. The new Sensei mouse will use a 32-bit ARM processor, which sounds overkill for a pointing device.

SteelSeries says that the Sensei is ‘the most customisable mouse to ever hit the competitive gaming industry’, which is quite the claim given the array of customisation that a modern gaming mouse benefits from.

Furthermore, the Sensei’s ‘32 bit ARM processor allows for the advanced SteelSeries ExactTech calculations to be done directly on the mouse and allows for easy configurations via its LCD screen.’ This isn’t the first SteelSeries mouse to have on-board customisation via an LCD – the SteelSeries Ikari had a basic example back in 2008.

Unfortunately, we haven’t seen an image of the Sensei’s screen, so can’t comment on how big or detailed it is. It has got a big logo light toward the rear of the upper shell though, which is nice. The wheel and the sensitivity indicator also light up.

SteelSeries says the lighting supports 16.8 million colours, so you can tweak your mouse to match your clan’s colour scheme. The Sensei is also said to have ‘an ambidextrous design with a metal, non-slip grip coating’ that’s comfortable no matter your grip style, and eight buttons.

Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries, says ‘The Sensei is really the culmination of thousands of hours of research and testing with competitive players that combines a distinctive aesthetic design with the access to superior functionality for all levels of players.

This ‘superior functionality’ includes a sensitivity range of 1-5,700cpi (SteelSeries doesn’t believe in dpi, preferring Counts Per Inch rather than Dots Per Inch as a measurement), with a Double CPI feature that increases the range to 11,400cpi – this is recommended for multiple monitor use. It also has the ExactSens, ExactAccel and ExactAim customisation options of SteelSeries’ ExactTech technology. The laser sensor ‘boasts 10.8 megapixel image correlation at up to 12,000 frames per second and the ability to handle tracking movements of up to 150 inches per second.

The SteelSeries Sensei will be available in September for around $90 or €90, no UK pricing has been confirmed.

Do like the look of the new mouse, or do you not like ambidextrous mice or millions of features? Let us know in the forum.

Check our GamesCom 2011 news hub for all the information from Cologne this year.

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enciem 12th August 2011, 10:46 Quote
Sounds cool to me. Cheaper than my Mamba as well, despite the screen
antiHero 12th August 2011, 10:56 Quote
SpAceman 12th August 2011, 11:32 Quote
Make it wireless and then maybe I will be more interested.
GuilleAcoustic 12th August 2011, 11:36 Quote
Wireless with a 10Kg battery : ) ... or a removable micro-USB cable to carge it everyday.
TheStockBroker 12th August 2011, 11:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by antiHero
Found an image of the lcd on their webpage

http://cdn-web.steelseries.com/wp-content/uploads/sensei_display.png

Screen looks poor. Pointless including it if it's so subpar.

TSB
Gigglebyte 12th August 2011, 12:17 Quote
The screen does look pretty naff; I'll stick to my mx518 like I have done for years :3
[USRF]Obiwan 12th August 2011, 12:28 Quote
How thoughtful a LCD screen on the back so you don't have to see it!
SlowMotionSuicide 12th August 2011, 12:30 Quote
Let's make a bet how long it'll take until some manufacturer one-ups them by placing a dual-core processor on a mouse. How needs to have their mouse to do calculations of any sort? It's what CPUs are for, correct?

Just because we can. Does not mean we should.
Claave 12th August 2011, 13:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by antiHero
Found an image of the lcd on their webpage

http://cdn-web.steelseries.com/wp-content/uploads/sensei_display.png

Looks like the Ikari screen, bit disappointing given that was launched three years ago.
SpAceman 12th August 2011, 13:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
Wireless with a 10Kg battery : ) ... or a removable micro-USB cable to carge it everyday.

I do prefer a heavy mouse.
Picarro 12th August 2011, 14:05 Quote
But.


Can it run Crysis II with the DX11 patch?
GuilleAcoustic 12th August 2011, 14:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by SpAceman
I do prefer a heavy mouse.

So do I ... but a Microprocessor inside a wireless mouse ...
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlowMotionSuicide
Let's make a bet how long it'll take until some manufacturer one-ups them by placing a dual-core processor on a mouse. How needs to have their mouse to do calculations of any sort? It's what CPUs are for, correct?

Just because we can. Does not mean we should.

At least it will keep your hand warm during long winter LANs
Claave 12th August 2011, 15:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlowMotionSuicide
Let's make a bet how long it'll take until some manufacturer one-ups them by placing a dual-core processor on a mouse. How needs to have their mouse to do calculations of any sort? It's what CPUs are for, correct?

Just because we can. Does not mean we should.

The sensor data (a load of images) needs to be interpreted into cursor-position data (by comparing the distance moved from one image to the next) to be fed to the PC, so there does need to be some kind of processor in a mouse. How powerful and capable that processor needs to be is the question here.
Aracos 12th August 2011, 17:27 Quote
So.....what exactly does the ARM CPU give you? What is ExactTech?
GuilleAcoustic 12th August 2011, 17:31 Quote
I guess it does treat the aquired images a lot faster, giving you better accuracy and responsivness
Canon 12th August 2011, 17:42 Quote
It's a shame given that every steelseries product I have bought, which I was always assured was very durable and comfortable to use has fallen apart within a week or been shoddily manufactured and never worked in the first place, and then the replacement falls apart and so on and so forth.
Blanx3_Bytex 12th August 2011, 19:20 Quote
Since my hand is not yet invisible I really do think this is the most pointless thing ever.
A screen? Really..
What will this screen tell you anyway? And why would you want to have one on a mouse which is NOT a static object. You should be moving the mouse around instead of looking at the millions of slightly different colours on that stupid logo. WHICH YOU CANT SEE during use.

A Screen on a keyboard MIGHT be useful since a keyboard stays in one place, so you can actually see what the screen says, but this will be too small and the resolution too low to be of any use. It is unashamed willywaving.
And the worst thing is that Steelseries tries to cover it up with marketing tripe like" a distinctive aesthetic design with the access to superior functionality for all levels of players"
HourBeforeDawn 12th August 2011, 20:14 Quote
first thought... Really? does it really need a processor for that? I just I dont know a lot of this seems to be a bit over the top especially now since most games are no better then console
enciem 12th August 2011, 22:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blanx3_Bytex
Since my hand is not yet invisible I really do think this is the most pointless thing ever.
A screen? Really..
What will this screen tell you anyway? And why would you want to have one on a mouse which is NOT a static object. You should be moving the mouse around instead of looking at the millions of slightly different colours on that stupid logo. WHICH YOU CANT SEE during use.

A Screen on a keyboard MIGHT be useful since a keyboard stays in one place, so you can actually see what the screen says, but this will be too small and the resolution too low to be of any use. It is unashamed willywaving.
And the worst thing is that Steelseries tries to cover it up with marketing tripe like" a distinctive aesthetic design with the access to superior functionality for all levels of players"

Your so called 'Willy Waving' is the reason this site exists pal, you need to head on over to responsibleconsumerelectronics.com


...and as for the 'just because because we can doesn't mean we should' comment. That sort of sense would see the human race still living in caves.
penryn 2 hertz 13th August 2011, 03:02 Quote
time to upgrade from my first gen Razer DeathAdder i had from pc world 2 year's ago it was a (steel) @£15 no complaint's tho...
a10112 13th August 2011, 10:31 Quote
absolutely no reason for anymore than 1600DPI for a dual monitor (and then some) configuration. at the moment, i have my laptop (1440x900) on the left, my desktop (3840x1080) and my netbook on the right (1024x600)- now, with 1600DPI, all i need to do is flick my mouse across from my laptop and i can end up all the way over on my netbook within the second. ([laptop] [desk][top] [netbook])
Fujukami 13th August 2011, 13:09 Quote
Going to stick to my Saiph Mionix 3200, thank you very much :D
Showerhead 13th August 2011, 13:19 Quote
I wonder if they'll release a pre overclocked version.
SlowMotionSuicide 13th August 2011, 13:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by enciem

...and as for the 'just because because we can doesn't mean we should' comment. That sort of sense would see the human race still living in caves.


LOL. There's innovation with some sensible practical applications to them and then there's the attitude which would put 5 000 hp jet engine on a baking oven just to outdo competing products on a marketing brochure.
ssj12 13th August 2011, 17:30 Quote
I see zero point. Seems Razor beat them to the punch for better mouse tech and SteelSeries just threw some basically useless idea at a wall. Whats next? Full computers in your mouse?
Nexxo 14th August 2011, 18:18 Quote
At last! A mouse that can play Crysis. Without a PC. :p

Seriously, shall we water cool that one, just in case?
knuck 14th August 2011, 19:44 Quote
I have used two SS mice and both of them broke for no reason.


No thanks
awok3N 15th August 2011, 08:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by SpAceman
Make it wireless and then maybe I will be more interested.

Forever alone.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Canon
It's a shame given that every steelseries product I have bought, which I was always assured was very durable and comfortable to use has fallen apart within a week or been shoddily manufactured and never worked in the first place, and then the replacement falls apart and so on and so forth.

Well it's common knowledge that every dev/producer of hw do some things better than other.

From my thousands of pounds of experience when it comes to gaming peripherals (not trying to sound like a douche there, I've just been gaming for about 13 years and that sums up to a lot of money after a while) SS do mice and keyboards very well.

I can not understand how or what caused you to break yours, but I cant do anything other than suspect foul play if were talking kb/mice. If you're talking about headsets then yes they don't really make any good ones, Logitech, Corsair, Sennheiser and TB do however.

As for the LCD screen on the bottom and the programmable feats (that also exist on my Xai) it's very handy, and there's no point in having it visible all the time. An example for my use I've got a cod profile, a bf profile (for bf2 not bc2, don't be ridiculus..) and a RTS profile each with very different sens etc on them, and you can just turn it, swap on the fly, and continue gaming.
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