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SteelSeries Rival 600 Gaming Mouse Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mice in Peripherals | Posted: Jan 15, 2018 8:40 am
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: SteelSeries

Inside the Rival 600

 

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Under the hood of the Rival 600, we find a dual layering of PCBs. One of them is for the scroll wheel, while the other has the secondary switches on it. There are two leads present as well. One of them is for the data transmission, and the thin flat cable is for RGB LED control of the scroll wheel and pair of strips running down the sides.

 

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The CPI button is backed with a pad style switch, and it softer to actuate than any of the others. The three switches used to back the buttons on the left side of the Rival 600 are these blue TTC switches. These switches require average force to use them and report with a click once pressed.

 

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Under the left main button, we find a blue switch which has the SteelSeries Logo on them. The throw of the main switches is a bit longer than that of the TTC switches; the feel is more solid, and the click is somewhat different too. While we do not have the manufacturer's name, we will say that these have the feel of Omron switches, but boast a 60-million click lifespan.

 

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We could take a stab at guessing the model of Pixart Sensor seen here, but what we do know for sure is that this 12,000 CPI capable optical sensor is labeled as the TRUEMOVE 3. The second sensor is in the bottom of the PCB, and with fear of causing issues before use, we did not open that can of worms.

 

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In control of everything that the Rival 600 is capable of doing, we find the ST Microelectronics STM32F103RCT6 MCU. This is a 32 bit ARM Cortex-M3 controller and is also where the onboard storage is for saving settings and profiles.

 

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Making it back to the front of the Rival 600, but this time on the right side, we see a matching SteelSeries branded switch with its blue plunger.

 

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So that you have some idea of the aesthetic potential of the Rival 600, not only does it look aggressive and ready for the task at hand, but with the addition of the RGB LED zones now lit, the styling goes up another notch. There are eight zones in total, where the scroll wheel and the logo are individual zones, and each side stripe is three zones per strip.

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