Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Physically, the Rival is attractive to look at. Our sample arrived with a flat black rubberized coating applied to the entire top half of the mouse. As if that weren't enough to ensure a great grip in the heat of a battle, SteelSeries also adds highly texture rubber side pads, so there is no way to lose control of the Rival. The Rival is also shaped wider at the heel, skinny in the middle, wider at the front, and is cut into a shape that is very pleasing and ergonomic. Along with a six button and scroll wheel layout, the Rival also offers a large illuminated logo at the back, and the scroll wheel has the center hub illuminated as well. All of this is packed into a mouse that is 40mm tall, 70mm wide, 13mm long, and weighs in at 128 grams, which is heavy for a SteelSeries offering.
The optical sensor is capable of 50 to 6500 Counts Per Inch (CPI) and polls for activity at a 1000Hz polling rate, making sure not to miss any movements, even the slightest ones. Controlling the settings is an adjustable dial that will also allow direct inputs in 1CPI increments for the finest options of any mouse on the market in sensor level adjustments. As far as the amount of movement it will be capable of tracking, you need to move the mouse faster than sixteen feet per second before you take this sensor out of it comfort zone, and with 50Gs of an acceleration level, you will need to practically throw this at a wall to see those sort of loads, so average game play and usage is not going to be out of the scope of what this new sensor is capable of.
One major factor that will determine if the Rival is a real market killer has to be the pricing. Even if this is the best mouse on planet Earth, if it sells at or over $100 there are not a lot of potential buyers out there willing to pay that sort of pricing. Well, from what I see that is definitely not the case at all. In fact, the pricing of the Rival is well within the average range for a mouse with this sort of a feature set.
As of now, there are only two places you can locate these mice for sale, one of them is buying directly from the U.S. SteelSeries store, and the other listing is found at Amazon.com. Both locations are sticking to the MSRP of $59.99 to obtain the Rival. So far SteelSeries is off to a good start; stick with us and see if they do in fact have the total package once we get to testing it.