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SteelSeries Rival 500 MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mice in Peripherals | Posted: Aug 31, 2017 9:58 pm
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: SteelSeries

SteelSeries Rival 500 Gaming Mouse




In this image, the Rival 500 is shown to be all and egg shaped. We also notice the rubberized coatings on the front section as well as on the heel, but the buttons are textured plastic. Going around the buttons in a clockwise manner, we see the B5, B4, and B9 buttons across the top. The B8 button is the textured on at the back, and below it is the larger B7 and smaller B6 buttons. As for the textured area with the orange accent, this is not a button, but where you grip the mouse to lift it.





The heel of the mouse has the SteelSeries logo, which is lit up when powered, and the ergonomic section of the mouse is rubberized. Where the top and bottom sections meet, there is an insert with the RIVAL name cut out from the rubber insert. For a custom look, one can 3D print inserts with anything they want to put into it. To make life simple, SteelSeries also provides the 3D template on the site.




The right side of the mouse is shorter than the left side, and where the rubberized heel cover ends, a second rubber section with texture is placed. The small round dots will give your fingers sure grip when you move or reposition the Rival 500.




At the front, the camber of the Rival 500 is more noticeable. We find that there is a gap under the main buttons to allow them to function, and there is an indentation under them, where the cable is connected to center to the mouse.




On top of the Rival 500, buttons B1 and B2 are for the main buttons. B11 and B12 are on the left of the main button, and B13 is found on the right side. The rubberized and segmented scroll wheel can press down and is marked in software as B3. This wheel can also tilt left and right, which delivers B14 and B15. As for the CPI selector button behind it, that is button B10




The cable coming from the mouse is longer than most we test, at a full two meters of length. Since most are against the braided sleeve, SteelSeries send the Rival 500 with a rubberized cable, which terminates in a USB 2.0 connection with the logo present. We also see a tag on the cable, which is the second time we are told where to find the software.




Flipping the Rival 500 onto its back, we located three PTFE feet for the mouse to glide upon, a large one at the front edge, and a pair at the back. The eye of the sensor is centered left to right but is slightly back of center in the other direction. We also see the switch, which when green allows for B6 and B7 functionality. Slide the switch to show red, and these buttons are locked from use and are locked solid for a thumb rest.

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