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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

Final Thoughts

 

We do feel that SteelSeries has provided us with the best mouse of this kind to date. Many have tried in the past, but all those designs were clunky and lacked much thought in the development process. SteelSeries has developed a mouse that is comfortable in all aspects, is a perfect tool for MMO and MOBA gamers, and the amount of customization possible is outstanding as well. The sheer number of buttons on the Rival 500 will keep anyone happy.

 

Being able to lock out B6 and B7 so you can have a thumb rest too, as well as a grippy coating and texture applied where they are needed most ensures you will not lose grip on the Rival 500 when it is needed the most. It is accurate, more so than quite a few other mice we have looked at recently. Pairing the optical sensor with the 32-bit processor ensures everything from your commands, your movements, your color choices, and your programming needs all have what it takes to get the job done and do it in a superior fashion.

 

The software can be a bit confusing or intimidate at first glance, but a bit of time playing around with the options makes the Rival 500 feature rich, and the only thing we found missing was the ability to create multiple profiles at once. They can be stored once each is made, but without setting a launch function, you will have to visit the software to change the functionality for each game you play. While it took us by surprise the first time we felt the tactile vibration, after time progressed, we got used to it and fully appreciated its addition to the Rival 500.

 

 

The QcK Prism is a handy bit of kit too. While it is pricey to obtain it, we do like the reversible nature of mouse pads, and while many other companies do offer this idea as well, none of them has added RGB capabilities to their products. The silicone rubber back never lost its grip on our desk, and the pad is easy to flip over when needed on the top. We do not mind the rubberized cable either, but there is one thing we feel the QcK Prism missed out on. A USB hub for the mouse to connect to. Wire clutter is usually an issue for many, and if you want to use this mouse pad, you are adding in yet another cable, where if it had a pass-through port, we could connect the mouse and clean up the desk space. Considering the amount of money one has to invest in the QcK Prism, we would have expected this feature to be present.

 

Thrown around in our mind, factoring in everything we just saw and our experiences with it, we feel that the $79,99 MSRP is not out of line one bit for the Rival 500. The fact that you can obtain it more affordable than the MSRP helps in the financial aspect even more. For nearly $80, you do get one of the best mice we have tested in quite a long time, with nearly everything any gamer could ever want in a mouse. While we do feel that the QcK Prism is a bit expensive for what you get, we can see many buying it to keep a theme of color spread across the desk. Keeping in mind that with any SteelSeries products, they can sync in the color or colors displayed, it may be worth the investment to some.

 

As it stands, as long as you have to money to shell out for this combination of products, we cannot see any way you can go wrong with that decision. The Rival 500 is spectacular is what it can do, and if you are into the fanciest of mouse pads, the QcK Prism is the obvious solution.

 

 

Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications

 

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance100%
Quality95%
Features99%
Value100%
Overall TweakTown Rating99%

The Bottom Line: The Rival 500 is the best MMO/MOBA mouse we have ever been presented! With the addition of SSE3, this mouse is outstanding in its abilities and customization. Accuracy and control, all in a comfortable, affordable, and ergonomically designed layout.

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