Hello! My old faithful Logitech G9X broke as of yesterday, so I decided to set sail for a new mouse. I ended up buying a Steelseries Sensei RAW since I'm a big fan of Steelseries products. I have to say, I really loved the G9X, and I always thought I would buy a new one if the one I had broke, but I just felt like I should go for a change this time.
First things first, I must say I'm really impressed with the product. It comes in a nice small box with its manual, a Steelseries sticker, and the mouse itself. It works as soon as you plug it in with no problems at all. I suggest you download Steelseries Engine from the website to fine tune your mouse. The mouse cable is braided like many other good mice, so that you don't rip the cable apart at some point.
There are two versions of Steelseries Sensei RAW, glossy and rubber. I picked the glossy one up since I don't really like the rubber feeling, but it's different for everyone I suppose. The mouse has 7 buttons, (LMB/RMB/MMB/M5/M6/M7/M8) where M5/M6 is placed at the left side, and M7/M8 is placed at the right side. The buttons are easily reachable without any problem even though the right side buttons look uncomfortable at first glance. There's also a button right under MMB, which allows you to toggle between 2 DPI modes. (you can set them in Steelseries Engine) You can also configure every button as you like, to execute some macros, or launch applications. I use my M7/M8 for Next/Previous song in Winamp.
The mouse has a nice LED Steelseries logo, which is also fully configurable via Steelseries Engine. You can change the intensity of the illumination, and make it blink if you want. I personally keep it illuminated all the time, since it looks quite good.
Technically speaking, the mouse is 5700 DPI, which is a lot more than enough. There are mice with over 10000 DPI now, and I just don't get why anyone would something like that. I think even 5700 DPI is a lot, and I doubt many people use it that fast.
I thought it would be hard to get used to this mouse after using the G9X for so long, but once I set the DPI to the value it was on my old mouse, I got used to it with no problem at all. I can even say that I like the glossy surface more than the surface of the G9X.
The mouse is quite lightweight, (lighter than G9X with no weights attached) which I like. As someone who plays games a lot during the day, a light mouse makes my arm feel like heavens. I would categorize it as a medium-large size mouse. If you have a small hand, you might not be so comfortable with it.
All in all, I recommend this mouse with my whole heart. I'm glad that I went for a change instead of buying another G9X. I'm not saying this mouse is better than G9X by any means, (I can't betray the old faithful this fast!) but I can say it's as good. If you're looking to buy a new mouse, and if it fits your budget (60$ in Amazon), make sure you give Steelseries Sensei RAW a chance!