While taking some of the cues from the Rival 500, the Rival 600 is a mouse that will stand on its own, and has the style and features many gamers desire. While angular and aggressively styles, the convex main buttons, the location of the grip pads and side buttons are perfect, and we love the fact that the cable is detachable. SteelSeries took the development of the Rival 600 to a new level, and has done quite the job of doing everything right. This is the most accurate mouse to date, and we can see what they mean about the 1 to 1 movement. Using a pair of sensors allows one sensor to track the movement, which it does superbly, and by installing a second sensor just to track the distance to the gaming surface, well, it has made for one of the most pleasurable experiences we have had with a mouse, gaming or not.
If the seven buttons, Soft Touch coating, aggressive styling, form-fitting nature, ergonomic design, dual level CPI control, with a mouse that glides effortlessly across many surfaces is not enough, SteelSeries still has plenty in the bag. There are adjustable weights with so many configurations of use; it is likely more than half of them will never be tried. The mouse is lightweight out of the box, and while we appreciate that aspect, when playing with the weight system, we could feel a list right or left or is the weight was in front of the center point, or behind it. In many instances, weight is just dead feeling, but in the Rival 600, we could sense where they were as we moved it around. The lighting is not over the top, but that does not mean the RGB illumination is limited, just that the accents it offers in the Rival 600 is not too distracting while in a game. With everything else brought into the mix once SSE3 is installed, the only thing we missed were various profiles so we could set things up for multiple games at one time.
At first glance, one might assume that $79.99 is a lot to ask for a gaming mouse, but we can only say to take it for a spin before jumping to any conclusions. With the best tracking to date, a LOD sensor that virtually eliminates all cursor wander when lifted, and a feel in the hand that is pleasing to any user and with any hand size as well. We already know that the Rival 600 Gaming Mouse from SteelSeries is going to the laptop to replace a G700s with double-click issues, and will be at our side for years to come. The only question left is, how long with it take you to come to the same conclusion as well? It is rare that we aren't in a hurry to try the next mouse in the lineup, but with the Rival 600, we are glad there is nothing in line at the moment, so we get to enjoy gaming with ours for as long as possible.
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- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: While cost might appear to be expensive, you get a huge amount of bang-for-the-buck! The Rival 600 is the most accurate, awesome at LOD sensing, form fitting and comfortable mouse we have used in some time! SteelSeries took a leap with the Rival 600 Gaming Mouse and delivered in spades!
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