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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

Qck Prism Mousepad




The packaging for the QcK Prism mouse pad is similar to what the Rival 500 shipped in. Large black areas with a bright orange section behind the image of the product, we see the names, we see a mention of Prism lighting, and we also see a notation to the cloth control side and the polymer speed side of the mouse pad.





The back of the packaging is where all of the pertinent information is contained, as well as how you open it, via the tear away strip near the bottom. At the top, there are mentions that this is the World's first dual-surface RGB mousepad, with a never-slip base, and its intuitive cable design. To the right, the Prism lighting feature is described, in addition to Prism Sync, and GameSense lighting.




Inside of the box, we find the QcK Prism wrapped in plastic, with a plastic band holding the reversible mouse pad into the base. The inner packaging is plastic to keep the pad in place, and the cable for it is wrapped around the top and sit in a depression below the mouse pad.




The product guide that comes with the QcK Prism contains information on where to obtain the software, the package contents, engine requirements, and compatibility. It then progresses into a product overview as the features are pointed out, and concludes with a setup page. The guide is also multilingual, covering ten various languages.




The QcK Prism is shipped with the polymer or plastic side exposed for use. This side is easier to keep clean, of course, but the reason for it is to allow the mouse to glide effortlessly when the speed of movement in a level is the priority.




Flipping the mouse pad over, we are looking at a finely woven cloth surface now. This side is a bit tougher to keep clean over the long haul, but its intentions are for those who need more texture for the optical sensor to read, increasing control with use of this side.




While we may have omitted it in the past few issues, we do find a tab in one corner which is attached to the mouse pad, which is where the USB cable is connected to it. Under the QcK Prism, we find that the surface is the same as the top edge, where silicone rubber is used to ensure that even on a textured desk, the mouse pad will not slip or move around.




The cable which connects the QcK Prism to the PC matches what we saw on the Rival 500. It is rubberized, and the connection has the SteelSeries logo on it, but this time the cable is only 1.8 meters in length instead of two.




Once powered, the QcK Prism displays light around the edge, current and by default, in the ColorShift mode. At this time, we are given a rotating spectrum of LED lighting which moves clockwise, and we have placed the Rival 500 in the middle of it for scale.




Rather than dedicate a page to the software, we will cover it here. Under the word default, there are buttons which allow you to choose a single LED zone, multiple zones or group them by area and address the mode and coloration they will deliver. The options of color are Steady, ColorShift, Multi-Color Breath, Cooldown Timer, or disabled, and these can be synced to any other SteelSeries RGB product. There are also predefined templates available, which deliver lighting in additional modes which can be selected from the upper-right menu, and the intensity of the pad can also be changed.

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