SteelSeries Rival Review

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 Introduction

Manufacturer: SteelSeries
Model: Rival
RRP: £50

Today’s review will be focusing on the SteelSeries Rival which is a more recent addition to SteelSeries arsenal and one that, surprisingly, ships with an optical sensor as opposed to the ever present laser sensors mostly found in contemporary gaming mice. The Rival itself isn’t one to try and throw the kitchen sink into the package with additional function buttons being limited to just two extra buttons on top of the optical sensor. What SteelSeries suggest, though, is that what it delivered to you with the Rival is best in class.

Specifications

Optical Sensor
– 50 to 6500 Adjustable CPI
– 1ms Response Rate / 1000Hz Polling Rate
– 200 Inches Per Second (IPS)
– 50Gs of Accelerations

Properties
-6 Programmable Buttons
– 16.8M Color Illumination w. 2 Zones
– Soft-touch coating
– Injected rubber side grips
– Cable Texture: Soft Rubber Cable

Switches
-30 Million Click Durability

Size and weight
– Weight: 128 grams (0.28 lbs)
– Height: 45 mm (1.8 in)
– Width: 70 mm (2.76 in)
– Length: 133 mm (5.23 in)
– Cable Length: 2m (6.5 ft

What SteelSeries say about the Rival:

“The SteelSeries Rival’s performance reigns over the competition thanks to a cutting edge sensor, newly developed switches engineered by SteelSeries, and a suite of tweaks to give you the edge over your rivals.”

At an asking price of £50 SteelSeries certainly don’t shy away from the fact that the Rival is as ‘core’ as you could possibly want, or even expect, from a new gaming mouse. Does the Rival’s baseline specs, looks and functionality help or hinder it as a gaming mouse – let’s find out.

 

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