The SteelSeries Sensei RAW does not, contrary to teaser images, include a secondary display surface at the base.
SteelSeries' teaser images hinting at a mouse with in-built display
have sadly been revealed as nothing of the sort, as the company unveils what it's really been working on: the Sensei [RAW].
Unveiled at the CeBIT show in Germany this week, the Sensei [RAW] features a pixellated SteelSeries logo on the upper base of the shell. While its appearance in the teaser images suggested a customisable 32x32 pixel display, in reality it's nothing more than a stylised interpretation of the company's logo.
The bright-white illumination used to pick out the logo spreads across three zones, each of which can be configured to pulse at a different rate. While that's a neat trick in and of itself, it's not quite the customisable display for which we were hoping.
The Sensei [RAW] will be made available in two versions, SteelSeries has confirmed. The first, the Sensei [RAW] Rubberized, features a non-slip rubber coating which is claimed to be resistant to deterioration from sweaty palms. The second, the Sensei [RAW] Glossy, ditches the rubber for a more traditional shiny black plastic surface.
Both models include the SteelSeries Engine software suite, which allows the various features to be customised with a claimed unlimited number of gaming profiles. The underside also features oversized Teflon pads for smooth gliding and a 2M anti-tangle USB cable with black and white braiding.
UK pricing has yet to be confirmed for the mice, with the US launch scheduled for June at a recommended retail price of $59.99 (around £38 before taxes.)