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SteelSeries Rival

SteelSeries Rival
alaScore 99

89 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 89 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The size and value for money are also mentioned favorably.

usability, value for money, size, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Mouse & Pointing Devices the SteelSeries Rival is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 89 reviews)

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SteelSeries Rival review: A solid, basic gaming mouse


There's nothing fancy about this peripheral, but it's a truly reliable workhorse.

Understated design ; Tons of lighting options ; Comfortable design (for righties)

Only six buttons ; 6500CPI sensor might not be high enough for your needs ; Thumb buttons too far forward for claw- and fingertip grippers

The Rival is perfect if you just want a comfortable, bare-bones mouse instead of a 15-button behemoth.

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SteelSeries Rival Optical Mouse Review


Today we take a look at a new mouse in the SteelSeries range, the Rival. This mouse features a new body shape, taking us away from the design used on the likes of Sensei and Kana. Is it for the better though?

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SteelSeries Rival review


Great price for a good gaming mouse


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Labs Brief: Steelseries Rival optical mouse


Steelseries impresses with this very well-priced gaming rodent.

For gaming, as long as you don’t mind the scarcity of buttons it’s fine, being particularly lightweight you can do mouse-lift turns effortlessly in FPS games.

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SteelSeries Rival Review


With laser mice all the rage at the moment SteelSeries add to their own gaming range a very capable optical mouse. Will it be enough to rival the competition?

Very comfortable in prolonged use (right handers) ; Highly Customisable ; Textured, rubber non-slip surfaces ; Fairly priced

Lack of accessories ; non-braided cable

We labelled the SteelSeries Sensei the best mouse on the planet bar none. We should amend that title to the best laser mouse on the planet because with the Rival the Sensei is not quite the master it once was. Now, we are not for one moment saying the...

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Review: Steelseries Rival


The gaming peripheral maker ditches ambidextrous design for a light, well-made gaming mouse.

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Shotty Mouse button 4 and 5's


I loved this mouse would almost say i was addicted to it but, if i can't use the buttons i bought it for then i can't continue using it. the games i play are very hotkey intensive.

This was the Best mouse i had ever used it was everything i ever wanted although i didn't get it from newegg. My fiance' bought me this mouse for my birthday 7 months ago

The mouse button 4 is broken. Now u would think for a 60 $ mouse your mouse button 4 and 5's would last for at least more than a year, but alas they don't. Every time i hit Mouse button 4 it double sometimes even triple clicks and considering i use...

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Excellent Feel


Love the feel of this mouse. Fits the (right) hand perfectly and enjoy the ribbed rubber for my pleasure. The SteelSeries software is top notch too

Wish the white with the LED matched the white in my RAW Keyboard

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I'll Stick With Steelseries


I'm curious how the rubber coating will wear over time. So far this is easily the best mouse I've used, I have medium to large hands, with somewhat thin fingers. I half-palm, half-claw grip it, and I can't see my hand ever aching from it. I also own...

Prettiest Mouse I've Seen ; Great Shape ; Nice Coating ; Very Light ; Smooth Even Lighting ; Lovely Scroll Wheel Feel ; Side Texture Is Fantastic ; Easy To Lift ; Really Slippy Pads ; Completely Matte Black

Non-Braided Cord (That's It!)

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Comfortable and precise


I had been using the Sensei for quite awhile and got tired of the ambidextrous form as it would tire my hand over long sessions. The Rival feels much more natural and the rubberized finish looks good and doesn't seem to get as dirty. At times the...

I would prefer not to have any software, but the version of steel series engine used for the Rival is inoffensive and quite functional

Product Specifications


Built-in Storage Capability: No
Charging Unit Included: No
Force / Vibrate Feedback: No
Read / Write Functionality: No
Scrolling Type:2-ways
Scrolling Wheel: Yes
USB Hub: No

General Features

Battery-free Mouse: No
Gaming Product: Yes
Graphic Tablet with Mouse:Not Applicable
Graphic Tablet with Pen:Not Applicable
Input Registration:Optical LED
Notebook Mouse: No
Platform:PC / Mac
Type:PC Mouse
Type of Connection:Cable