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SteelSeries Rival 500 MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse Review

By Chad Sebring from Aug 31, 2017 @ 16:58 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: SteelSeries

SteelSeries Engine 3 Software




After installing the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, we first were shown the devices, but with notations that both needed to take on firmware updates. After the completion of upgrades, we can then choose between the mousepad and the mouse, to begin customizations.





After clicking on the Rival 500 in the last window, we get right down to brass tacks in programming. On the left, we can reprogram all seventeen functional buttons of the Rival 500, and just to the right of that list, the image will highlight which button is currently being adjusted. You can choose a pair of views of the mouse to aid in this. We see the current state of the button lock, there is a tab to address lighting at the bottom of the image, and to the right, we find three of the settings we can adjust, with the sensitivity of the two CPI selection options, and a place to set tactile timers.




In this instance, by clicking on button three, we get another window to change what it does. The drop-down menu at the top offers keyboard buttons, Macros, media buttons, mouse buttons, the ability to deactivate it, launch applications with it, launch configurations, OS shortcuts, or the ability to go to the Macro menu, all as options to each button. At the right, you may address the frequency of the press, set a time, and enable the mouse to vibrate when it's pressed.




The macro menu is as easy as it can be when it comes to recording actions. Click on the new tab at the bottom, and a new orange bar will appear, and it can be renamed, at that point you can set the way in which the Macro is to be recorded, with or without delays. If you screw up, there is a button to clear the main window.




By clicking on the logo button from the main window, you may adjust the RGB color of the logo and the scroll wheel. The modes are set to Steady (static), ColorShift, Multi-Color Breathe, Trigger, or you can also disable the lighting. There is a slider to adjust the speed of the colors in certain modes, an adjustment scale of what ColorShift pattern you want to display, and you can also pick from the preset static colors. You can use the slider and map to click on a color, as well as the ability to use RGB color inputs in the windows to the right.




The last thing we found in the software, is that by sliding the bar on the right edge to the bottom, we see three more adjustments we can make. By default, there is no acceleration or deceleration, but this can be addressed if you prefer they be used. Angle snapping is also off when the mouse is turned on, but should you find a need to use it, by all means, add some. There are also four adjustments for the polling rate, and since this is not wireless, there is no real reason to lower it from its 1000Hz.

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