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SteelSeries Rival 500 MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse Review (Page 1)

SteelSeries Rival 500 MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse Review

Looking to buy a new MOBA/MMO gaming mouse? You owe it to yourself to check out the SteelSeries Rival 500.

Chad Sebring | Aug 31, 2017 at 04:58 pm CDT - 5 mins, 22 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 99%Manufacturer: SteelSeries

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

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While many companies are fine with producing products for the masses, a select few have jumped on the eSports stage and have run with the ball since its inception. SteelSeries is one of the companies which have decided to develop products for both camps, while delivering their products to the elite gamers of the eSports realm to abuse said products to find flaws or defects, allowing SteelSeries to better their products, and give everyone a leg up when it comes to gaming. In this aspect, while there are many FPS tournaments, it is evident that MMO and MOBA titles are just as strong in the eSports community, and SteelSeries is now driving for that market as well.

We have all seen the various ways manufacturers have tried to develop a mouse with multiple buttons, which were supposedly easy to access and feel around for without glancing at the mouse. In our experience, mice like the Razer Naga solutions, or something like the Roccat Nyth, were all solid solutions to the quest for the perfect MMO/MOBA mouse. However, we did find them odd to use and spent too much time fumbling around looking for the correct button to cast a spell or deliver a killing blow when needed. This is where SteelSeries is stepping in, building off past products, but doing it in a way that we have not seen before.

For those of you who like MMO and MOBA games, but feel the average mouse does not have what it takes to be successful, there is an entirely new beast to solve this for you. SteelSeries has developed a gaming mouse which takes the natural movement of the thumb into consideration, and rather than a grid style setup of extra buttons, offers seven buttons on the left side of it in a radial orientation, eliminating the confusion of earlier designs seen in the market up to now. That is not the only thing that will set the SteelSeries Rival 500 apart from the rest. SteelSeries has also added a few more buttons to the top for easy access, but best of all, there is a vibration feature in the Rival 500 to alert users that the cooldown time has expired with a tactile feel when the vibrations alert the user of it. Those of you out there who want the most of what a mouse can bring to any gaming situation, take notice, as SteelSeries has a huge advancement in mice waiting for you to buy.

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In the charts taken from the SteelSeries product page, we see that the Rival 500 is built with a matte top cover, it is oriented for right-hand users, and is perfect for palm, claw, or fingertip grips. There is a total of fifteen buttons found on the top and the left side of it, and the main pair of switches are rated for thirty million clicks worth of life. The Rival 500 weighs in at 129 grams, and is also 118.75mm from back to front; it is 78.34mm from side to side, and from the bottom to the top, it is 43.34mm. The cable which attaches it to the PC is two meters in length, and is rubberized on the outside rather than sporting a braided sleeve.

Inside of the Rival 500, SteelSeries has chosen to use the PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor, which should make many potential users very happy. The sensor can be set as low as 100 CPI, all the way up to 16,000CPI, in 100 CPI adjustments. The PMW3360 can track movements of 300 inches per second at 50 Gs. The polling rate by default is set to 1ms, the Rival 500 has zero acceleration added, and the tracking accuracy is on a scale of one to one.

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We were also sent the QcK Prism Mousepad to test along with the Rival 500. This is not the average mouse pad either. Not only is this a double-sided mat, but it also has RGB lighting which can be addressed in software to display almost anything you can think of within the surrounding ring of light. One of the sides of the mouse pad is made of a tightly weaved cloth which is made for accuracy, while the other is polymer based, to be used when speed is required in movement. The base of the pad is made of silicone rubber to guarantee it will not move around on any surface. The pad is two pounds in weight, it is 292,4mm from front to back, it is 8.68mm thick, and it is 356.71mm from side to side. Allowing the RGB lighting to be controlled and powered, the QcK Prism has a 1.8-meter cable, which is also rubberized rather than cloth covered.

Since SteelSeries displays prices right with the products on their pages, it is easy to ascertain the MSRP of both devices. When it comes to the Rival 500, we see that the MSRP has been set at $79.99, which may seem like a lot for the average mouse, but this is not an average product. Currently, Newegg is asking $48.99 for the Rival 500, yet at the same time, Amazon only requires $63.99 to be removed from your account to obtain it. As to the QcK Prism Mousepad, SteelSeries is asking a premium at $59.99, which is steep in our opinion. At this time, we see no deals to be had, as both Amazon and Newegg are sticking tight to the MSRP at this time. At near $140 to obtain the pair of products we are testing today, SteelSeries has a tough road ahead of them to impress us with the products, so let's dig right in and see just how well they do.

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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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