Sleek and comfortable, with solid materials used throughout, the Sensei 310 is another excellent addition to the SteelSeries lineup. I found myself really liking how the mouse felt and operated after a short adjustment period, as I had to get used to the buttons on the right side of the mouse. All of the buttons on the SteelSeries Sensei 310 offered satisfying, tactile response and were within easy reach, though the clicks on the main buttons were a bit on the soft side for my liking. The SteelSeries TrueMove 3 sensor again lives up to its billing as being an incredibly accurate sensor, as the Sensei 310 tracked well on our cloth mat and hard surface mouse pads. The customization allowed by the SteelSeries Engine 3 software is pretty deep and allows for the extra buttons of the Sensei 310 to be used in a variety of ways thanks to the extensive macro programming functionality provided by the Engine 3 software.
The RGB lighting zones of the Sensei 310 allow it to fit into any desktop environment and look good while doing so.
The Sensei 310 has a couple of shortcoming in terms of the shape that I think SteelSeries could address in future revisions. Since the back of the Sensei 310 doesn’t go back as far and isn’t rounded, it drops off a bit in the palm area, which means it doesn’t grab the palm as much as my ambidextrous mouse of choice, the Logitech G903. The scroll wheel on the Sensei 310 works well enough and offers a responsive, tactile click, but it doesn’t offer the type of tactile response I would like in terms of scrolling, as it felt a bit loose in this regard. The side buttons on the Sensei 310 are a bit smaller than they are on other mice and they are parallel to the frame rather than protruding out a little bit, which can take a bit getting used to. When I first got the SteelSeries Sensei 310, pushing the left side buttons would cause the pressure to push the other side of the mouse into my fingers. After using the Sensei 310 for a bit and adjusting my hand, accidental button presses were no longer an issue. Either way, the side buttons on the Sensei 310 are a bit harder to press and get used to then they were on the Rival 310 due to their smaller size and parallel nature. The side grips felt great and held up well under intense gaming sessions, but they just needed a bit more grip.
Thanks to its sub 100 gram weight and a flexible cable that doesn’t hang up on things or get in the way, the Sensei 310 is an excellent choice for competitive gamers who want an ambidextrous mouse. The SteelSeries TrueMove 3 sensor, a modified Pixart PMW3360, can keep up with the fastest movements possible and won’t ever suffer from accuracy issues that you may come across with lesser sensors. If you are left handed, or simply prefer ambidextrous designs and wants a great gaming mouse, built from premium materials, the Sensei 310 is a great choice at $59.99 shipped. My favorite ambidextrous gaming mouse is the wireless Logitech G903, which currently retails for $106.24 shipped. Even though the Logitech G903 takes a slight edge on build quality and comfort, it does outweigh the Sensei 310 by a fair margin and costs more than two Sensei 310’s would. The ambidextrous Razer Lancehead outweighs the Sensei 310 by a few grams, but it also carries a modified Pixart sensor and is currently available for $59.99 shipped, as well. When you consider its performance and build quality versus competing ambidextrous mice, the SteelSeries Sensei 310 sets a great pace with its MSRP and once it goes on sale below its $59.99, it becomes an amazing value. The SteelSeries Sensei 310 offers tracking performance as good as either of the previously mentioned mice, while offering the second best comfort level after the Logitech G903. All in all, the SteelSeries Sensei 310 is a solid value when compared to offerings from Logitech and Razer and it stands out as a great mouse in pretty much every area, except for the completely average scroll wheel.
Legit Bottom Line: The SteelSeries Sensei 310 is a comfortable ambidextrous mouse that offers excellent build quality and one of the best optical sensors on the market. If you’re a PC gamer in need of a comfortable ambidextrous mouse and want something capable of keeping up with any game you’ll throw at it, the SteelSeries Sensei 310 is a true master.