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SteelSeries MLG Mouse Review

Updated on February 20, 2013

A Closer Look At The SteelSeries MLG Mouse

A new SteelSeries Gaming Mouse has hit the market. This time professional gamers associated with MLG ( Major League Gaming ) got to add what they think has been missing, and conduct their own design to the SteelSeries Sensei. My expectations for this mouse are naturally very high, since i am a big fan of e-sports and SteelSeries in general. Sensei is undoubtedly one of my favorite game mice of all time, but does the MLG Edition have something new to bring to the table? We'll see...

Design & Feel

If you've ever played with Xai or Sensei Raw you'll certainly feel comfortable with this mouse. The design and form is pretty much identical, with its relatively long yet thin body this mouse is completely neutral and will fit perfectly in your hand, whether you're right or left handed.

The main difference between the SteelSeries MLG Edition Gaming Mouse and its siblings is the body / surface of the mouse. Unlike Xai and Sensei Raw, the SteelSeries MLG Gaming Mouse features a blank body, and naturally you won't be able to get as good a grip compared to its siblings, especially during long and intensive gaming sessions.

One thing that disappoints me a little is the fact that they choose to release a new version of Sensei and don't follow the design steps that has made the series so successful, and on top of that put it at a higher price, but that's just the MLG part I guess.

Glide - Buttons & Looks

Instead of the standard SteelSeries logo this mouse features the MLG which you can set to white and red, and All-American Blue. The same goes for the little display underneath the mouse. Aside from some minor design changes the MLG mouse looks very much lite its siblings.

The buttons and scroll are positioned in the same places and are just as comfortable to use, with two buttons placed on each side which means the mouse remains to be neutral. Underneath the mouse you'll find three different glide surfaces, two big in the back, and one huge in the front.

The Sensor

I have to admit that MLG’s design looks pretty good on the SteelSeries mouse. Sensei is known for producing mice with extremely good precision, with its 11400 CPI they’ve decided to use a different sensor and via the SteelSeries Sensor they’ve managed to crank the CPI up to a total of 16400 CPI. This is the same sensor that can also be found in CM Storm Sentinel II and Qpad 5K Le, the results vary from mouse to mouse but overall it has produced great results. In the Sensei MLG mouse the sensor performs great even if I’m not in need of the high CPI, but there are probably a few people that appreciate it.

Steel Series MLG Mouse Video Review

Features & Settings

This is not a scaled down version of the regular Sensei by any means, it contains all the features you’d find on the regular Sensei, so don’t confuse it with Sensei Raw which is the scaled down version. Just like on the regular Sensei you’ll find the features like: FreeMove, ExactAim, ExactLift, ExactSens (enables you to choose your exact CPI from 1 to 8200) and the option to create multiple profiles. You’ll be able to set your CPI level to anything you want and even configure Hz settings.


Many people choose Sensei as an upgrade to their Razer DeathAdder, personally I love both mice and picking a favorite would be very hard for me. But just the fact that people replace their DeathAdder with Sensei should tell you how great of a gaming mouse this really is, especially since DA is considered one of the best first-person-shooter mouse on the market. So in conclusion It’s a great mouse, MLG branded or not.

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Pros & Cons


Feels extremely comfortable in your hand

Top notch performance and precision

Neutral, works well for both right and left handed users

The design looks very good

Very comfortable buttons and scroll


No rubber coating (personal preference due to superior grip)

Not the cheapest mouse around


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      RetireAt57 4 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      anntag 4 years ago

      Looks Good!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Looks like there are more pros than cons.

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      Great review, this mouse looks like an excellent product :)

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      jaiden-colby 4 years ago

      I love this mouse great lens