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SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse
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- Configurable resolution up to 6,500 CPI
- Soft touch paint, large rubber grips for maximum comfort and lift
- Maximum personalization with 16.8 million colors and two zones
- Cloud synced profiles
- Quickset actions stored onboard
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The SteelSeries Rival Optical Mouse reigns over the competition thanks to a cutting edge optical sensor, newly developed switches engineered by SteelSeries, and a suite of tweaks to give you the edge over your rivals.
Rival’s shape was molded from some of the most iconic gaming mice of the past. The right-handed orientation, a raised back end, and sleek contours ensure a comfortable fit. Soft-touch paint offers a matte finish while still feeling incredibly smooth. The anti-sweat coating helps to maintain great contact even during intense gaming sessions. The rubber grips are not a sticker, but direct injected molded rubber for better control and grip. We also engineered Rival with ergonomic button position and size so clicks and movements feel natural, quick, and don’t take away from gameplay.
Rival is incredibly customizable with 16.8 million color, 2-zone illumination, a 3D printable nameplate for individuality, and SteelSeries Engine 3 for finely-tuned performance adjustments.
Advanced Optical Sensor
At the heart of Rival is the Avago ADNS 3310 optical sensor. The 3310 promises zero hardware acceleration, offering true 1:1 tracking and precise movements no matter how fast things get during the heat of battle. The CPI is best-in-class with adjustments from 50 to 6500.
SteelSeries engineered switches have a life span of over 30 million clicks and are the high-speed conduit between the sensor and mouse clicks. The audible mouse click is subtle, while delivering quick, tactile responsiveness.
When it’s time to get competitive you can really dial-in your settings thanks to SteelSeries Engine 3. Adjustable CPI, programmable buttons, polling rate, angle snapping, acceleration, and deceleration are among the customizations that will make the mouse perform as you see fit.
SteelSeries Engine 3
Our new software suite is where you take control of the mouse and its many features. This new version of SteelSeries Engine gives users a unified application to control all of their SteelSeries products, offers cross platform support, and will feature a cloud syncing system to make sure you always have your Rival settings.
Rival features two independent lighting zones that are capable of 16.8 million colors. Colors can be adjusted in each zone, per specific profile, game, or application. Four brightness levels and three lighting effects to choose from—Steady, ColorShift, and Breathe—will help make Rival your own.
3D Printable Nameplate
Rival comes with 2 interchangeable nameplates. To switch them out, simply pry the existing one off at either end (a fingernail or the tip of a pen can do the trick) and pop the other one in. If you are handy with a 3D printer, you could even make your own nameplate.
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I also got to point out this strange bug I didn't yet solve that was referenced in another review:
"Mouse can't tell the difference between single left click and middle click. 9 out of 10 times when single left clicking chrome tabs, it thinks im hitting the middle click to close the tab. Will be getting a replacement, or refund for different."
So, I am disappointed I didn't buy brand new and haven't seen a review touch on any of these refurbished product issues. Also, Steelseries is releasing a Rival 300S to replace the Rival 300, but I guess I still hold nostalgia for the bumpy grip on the Rival Vanilla and round-from-the-center feet.
(Until recently I used DeathAdders on my Mac laptop and my gaming rig.)
The SteelSeries Engine software is much nicer. The button customization is much clearer with really good macro support. It also has one real killer feature over Razer's offering: It doesn't make you create an account. I did, because I chose to, but it was explicitly not required. They didn't ask me to. I installed the software and it was just working. I then created an account so I could backup/sync the settings. I don't mind using cloud features for things, I just like the choice, thank you.
In terms of comfort, I like this better than the DeathAdder. The "hump" is further back and somehow that feels nicer in my hand when I palm the mouse. Works just fine if you use the claw, too. Now, I'm a guy and have normal to large male hands. But I also handed it over to one of my coworkers who a tiny asian lady. She too found it more comfortable for the same reasons. Well done, SteelSeries!
Beyond that... The gaming stuff they talk about is as accurate as I can tell. It's a very accurate mouse, I can't perceive any lag. It has a very nice feel.
At this point I'm sticking with SteelSeries. Both are good companies, and frankly either will serve you well, but I just really like the combination of high quality mouse with high quality software.
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Made the upgrade and haven't looked back since! This mouse feels a lot better and is defiantly up there with the best competitive gaming mice because of its perfect sensor used by other mice too e.g. Zowie FK2 but the features, price and professional backing on this mouse drew me in. Teams such as Fnatic use this mouse and are sponsored by Steelseries who play a big part in the competitive scene. They have been around for a long time and know what they are doing! Colour LED's are a lot more vibrant in real-life.
Ideal mouse due to no acceleration, which is the way you should be playing.
A low DPI (400) in games with a big mouse mat is the best combo!
The grip can be palm or claw due to the large hump on the top, fingers do not overlap the edges at all.
The reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because of the software. My housemate has the Roccat Kone XD, and the software that controls the mouse is just so much nicer. The UI is designed a lot better, the way it updates is more functional (you have to download a new .exe everytime the client needs to update), and it seems like the macro recording and creating is far greater. It's a shame that they use the same client for all of their products, as I'd have probably bought a Steelseries Siberia headset, but I'd hate to have that software used even more. I'm getting a Corsair mouse next, as I have the K95 RGB and am getting one of their Vengeance headsets as well.
If you're not too fussed about the software things, then go for it, it's a great solid mouse with awesome response and ergonomics, I just can't get along with the client.
EDITED 3/11/15 : I finally ditched the Rival. The left side rubber wears away extremely quickly, there is practically nothing left of the left side grip now. I bought the Final Mouse 2015 instead of this mouse, and I am extremely happy with it. At the time of me ending my use with the Rival, the software was still appalling. I don't see how people can buy all their peripherals from SteelSeries and not end up suiciding at how awful the software is. I guess they just don't know any better.
- Ergonomic shape fits hand very well (some may complain it is too light/too heavy) - subjective opinion
- Great tracking and precision
- Rubber surface is well built and gives a good grip
- Buttons and wheel are perfect and work as intended
- DPI options and polling rate are customizable
- USB cable is not too long or too short although curls up easily
- Works great with QcK, an awesome combo for FPS games
- If you are in a warm room (bedroom and not living room) your palms get sweaty real quick
- Sweaty hands on this rubber mouse makes it a bit uncomfortable (especially during long gaming sessions)
- USB head feels a bit loose when plugged in USB port (not sure if my port's the problem or the USB head has issues)
I went from the Deathadder to this and .... It feels great!
I have used this for a day and it already feels great/ good in my hand! It has a Soft Brushed Rubber feel to it and my hand tends to lay on the Mouse rather than Grip it, whilst the Deathadder almost forced you to Grip it! This is probably the most important thing and the reason I am writing a positive review. The comfy and lazy hand placement is great for relaxing your hand whilst playing the Game.
One of the Best things about this Mouse is the easy to use software, where you can change the colors in both the Mouse Wheel, and Steel Series symbol separately. You can set the CPI ( = DPI ) Profiles, in which, you can switch between with the Click of a Button (The Button is located just behind the mouse wheel).
Profile 1 is set to 400 cpi for in Game.
Profile 2 is set to 800 for surfing easily.
All in all I HIGHLY recommend this Mouse for anyone looking for a Middle Ground between the Deathadder and the Zowie models.
This Mouse is, in my opinion, the industry standard.
I will update if I have any issues in the future with this Mouse.
The buttons on the left side (thumb) are GREAT. They feel like proper mouse buttons and not flappy little weak clickers. The lights (whilst unnecessary) are nice to look at and the colours and effects can be easily changed. The 3D printed 'thing' is definitely a pointless addition and should be removed to lower the overall price. The downloadable 'Steelseries Engine 3' software to alter the mouse settings is easy to use, and I have 2 DPI settings to suit my needs. It is not packed with hundreds of tweaking options, but simplifies it and gives you everything you would require (or optionally ignore it!).
400dpi on low in-game sensetivities with a large mouse mat
The one major downside to this mouse for me is that the main buttons feel quite cheap and there is a chance that you will catch the scroll wheel when clicking. This has caused some headaches in multiplayer where you accidentally scroll down while trying to click.
A good solid gaming mouse for FPS. Good sensor but cheap design. Personally I'd recommend Logitech over the two manufacturers I've mentioned.
The hardware of the mouse works great. The Laser is very responsive and you can change the CPI higher or lower so make it comfortable to your needs. The CPI has a great range from 50 to 6400. Every button on the mouse are changeable to fit your needs and you can make them auto change between games and apps.
The mouse looks really nice and feel very comfortable. The mouse wheel and logo are back lit and you can change the colors to what any color you like. Strong wire. The mouse has grips on the side are really nice and able to keep a good grip of the mouse at all times. Over time the grips do ware and the mouse can get really dirty pretty easy. My mouse wheel has gotten dust inside after 9 months of use and it can be jittery now.
Looks and feels great.
Buttons can be reprogrammed
Can Get Dirty Really Easily
Grips Ware after a while
I personally would buy this mouse again and this i will buy it again when my mouse has stopped working.
-Comfortable (nice and big, plenty of mouse to grip onto using all grip styles especially with the big side grips)
-Best optical sensor out there right now
-Coating is excellent (grippy, sweat resistant and very nice to hold)
-Clicks feel amazing!
-Amazing build quality
-Side grips wear out. (I guess this is a personal issue, as different grip styles will cause different amounts of wear to the side grips and with mine being a sort of claw grip, the part where my pinky finger rests has wore down a fair amount. But still it does not take away from the mouse for me at least).
If you need a mouse to replace one that's broken, and you need it quickly, then look elsewhere. But if you're just going to upgrade your current mouse and have time to get the order, see if it works, replace if it doesn't etc. until you get one that works perfectly, I would highly recommend this mouse.
Firstly, the ergonomics. Most Steelseries mice are ambidextrous in nature, such as the entry-level Kinzu and the high-end Sensei. This is great in that there's no discrimination against lefties, but I found them quite hard to use for long periods of time as a right-hander, even though I have small hands. With there being no place to rest the palm comfortably in a shape that fits the hand, my Kinzu v2 was never my favourite peripheral and I found myself pining for the days of my old Logitech G700, or even the less ergonomic G9.
The Rival is a huge improvement over the rest of the contemporary Steelseries line for right-handed comfort. It is well-sized for a range of hands and offers superb grip, with a sturdy, studded rubber finish along the sides, soft-touch material along the top and an arching design that supports claw or resting grips. However, whilst the soft-touch surface is gorgeous, I have found that after just a few days of use there is a noticeable mark where my index finger rests, and I'm sure that more will follow in less frequently used points. It's a minor grievance, since it's still great to hold and look at and any HID, no matter the finish, will suffer wear and tear due to mechanical action and chemicals in the skin, but perhaps a matte or glossy finish would hold up better on a successor.
The mouse is extremely precise, and I've not experienced any acceleration on my QcK mousepad. Rather than having a graded DPI toggle with three or five different stored settings, you can only store two at any one time, but frankly that's enough for most uses. The main and side buttons are satisfying both in touch and sound, and are fully customisable through the excellent SteelSeries Engine software that many peripherals use. The scroll wheel is nice and quiet, but I would have loved the option to unlock it into a free-spin mode for web browsing.
My favourite thing about this mouse would have to be the colour customisation. The Steelseries logo and the scroll wheel have separate lighting zones that can be illuminated with any one of millions of colours, selectable from an RGB palette in the SteelSeries Engine. Unlike some other mice such as the G9, the lighting used gets very close to what you have selected in the software, and I've tried out everything from dark grey to bright white to great effect.
If you're a right-hander who wants a very well-built, accurate and customisable mouse, you would do well to buy the Rival. There are minor points to improve upon such as maybe changing the top surface to a lacquer or matte finish, but I can't fault SteelSeries much when they have delivered such a great product.
I use it mainly for gaming (CS:GO) but also for a bit of 3d modelling, it's still as grippy and as clicky as the day I bought it, which is incredible considering I use for it a first person shooter. The LED lights are a lovely feature, if not a little pointless. The scroll wheel LED is lovely and bright, making it easy for me to use my mouse in the dark, however the light underneath the Steelseries logo is somewhat useless, seeing as it's constantly covered by my hand.
The software used to control the mouse' LED's is intuitive and easy to use, making it a delight to fiddle around with the lights and whatnot.
Overall a really good mouse, perfect for gamers and anyone else.
I love the fact you can turn the lights off as i find them hugely distracting :)
1: Well Made
2: Quality Plastics Used
3: Fantastically comfortable & ergonomic design
1: The Rubber Side Grips offer zero Grip at all :(
2: Had to buy my own rubber side grips ( now the mouse feels great )
The side buttons are big and nice to press, doesn't feel like they'll break easily either.
The only useless feature I can find is the changeable colours of the logo and scroll wheel when using the SteelSeries Engine 3 software.
Really good rubber grips on the sides
Very nice software
Nice clicky scroll wheel
Really good for palm as well as fingertip grip
The mouse cord is awful extremely cheaply made in my opinion its like the sort of cable that you get with iPhone charger but maybe even worse quality
The mouse feels pretty cheap