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SteelSeries Rival

SteelSeries Rival
alaScore 95

436 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 436 reviews of SteelSeries Rival. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The size and price also get good reviews.

usability, price, 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 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Hayden Dingman (

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.

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: Jonathan Kwan (

SteelSeries Rival Review (Page 1 of 4)


"He is the Asian guy with black hair, brown eyes, and glasses," I told my friend. "Oh yeah, I know that guy!", my friend replied, albeit with a slight tone of sarcasm that can be clearly sensed from a mile away without any further explanation required....

As it turns out, the SteelSeries Rival's biggest rival may all boil down to the firmware it runs on, and the software it runs with. Now don't get me wrong -- the SteelSeries Rival is undoubtedly excellent hardware -- there is not a whole lot of...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: Stuart_Davidson (

SteelSeries Rival Optical Mouse Review


SteelSeries have long been established as one of the major players for enthusiast gaming peripherals. When we reviewed their Sensei mouse a while back we found it to be one of the best gaming mice around and they had huge success with their World of...

SteelSeries have long been established as one of the major players for enthusiast gaming peripherals. When we reviewed their Sensei mouse a while back we found it to be one of the best gaming mice around and they had huge success with their World of...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Chad Sebring (

SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse Review


SteelSeries goes back to the design room for a right handed mouse with plenty of new features. It's time to see if the Rival can stand its ground.

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Kat Orphanides (

SteelSeries Rival review


Great price for a good gaming mouse

The Rival has plenty of features but its best characteristic is its sheer comfort. Although it's larger, it holds up well against our favourite Razer Deathadder for active gaming over an extended period, regardless of hand size.

Apr, 2014


Expert review by: Ben Mansill (

Labs Brief: Steelseries Rival optical mouse


We recently reviewed the wireless version of the Rival mouse, and at the time were particularly impressed with the actual wireless implementation, but as far as the pure ergonomics and function of the mouse itself goes, this is the pure version.

Great value, and a great mouse.

Oct, 2014

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SteelSeries Rival


The Rival is an interesting proposition from SteelSeries if not because of its apparent focus on minimalism then the associated price with it.

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Richard Weatherstone (

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...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: David Hollingworth (

Review: Steelseries Rival


Steelseries has a reputation for no-nonsense, solid gaming performance. Recent keyboard efforts may not have lived up to our expectations, but we've always had a strong respect for its mice, especially the Sensei, which is one of the most precise,...

Another solid effort from Steelseries, but not our top choice.

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: Anonymous (

Great mouse!!!


Smooth glide ; Comes with program that precisely tunes your DPI of the mouse ; Has a "sniping" button that instantly changes your mouse sensitivity making sniping on the fly VERY effective ; You can customize the color and dim speed of the lights on...

The little piece on the back that said steel series came out, or i'd rate this a 5. And this happened before i ever started dropping it ; It was meant to be replaceable according to the box, ALL YOU HAVE TO HAVE IS A 3D PRINTER lol

Sep, 2015

Product Specifications


Apple Lightning Connector: No
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