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SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse Review (Page 1)

SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse Review

SteelSeries goes back to the design room for a right handed mouse with plenty of new features. It's time to see if the Rival can stand its ground.

Chad Sebring | Dec 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm CST - 1 min, 59 secs time to read this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: SteelSeries



SteelSeries covers this new venture into mice with a look back at all the other products offered in performance mice, and thought to themselves they could do better. To do this, you need a couple of things, well a few actually. First and foremost you need a very comforting design that becomes an extension of the hand, and here a universal design just wasn't going to cut it, and SteelSeries realized this. They have also gone into designing their own switches for the right and left click buttons, that not only feel good to use, but are near dead silent in operation. Another thing you must have is a good sensor, and with this design, SteelSeries finds a top tier optical sensor to use, and it does not come from Avago.

Not so mandatory in mouse designing is fancy things. If the mouse functions well, and feels good in the hand, there is no real need for more, but as consumers we want everything we can get for the investment. SteelSeries also realized this, and with this new design comes rubber side pads we have not seen before, and it has been quite a while since we saw a SteelSeries mouse with 16.8 million color choices for the LEDs in this design, and on top of that there are dual zone controls for full customizability.

They even added a cool little name plate to the back, and while they offer a couple of choices to use, the idea here is to let 3D printer users make their own inserts for it and personalize it to the fullest extent.

To go at the market with the idea that we can do it better, faster, and with all new components to back it up, the new naming applied, Rival, seems quite fitting for a mouse that is set out to take on the world and conquer all other devices. That also sets the bar pretty high for SteelSeries right out of the gate, as they pretty much are saying they have the best performance or gaming mouse currently on the market. While those are some really big boots to fill, I say we take this new Rival optical mouse and see if it is the new master of its domain, or just another average mouse to add to the massive list of potential purchases.

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Chad Sebring


After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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