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SteelSeries Rival

SteelSeries Rival
alaScore 98

95 reviews

Dec, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 reviews of SteelSeries Rival. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and design are overall positive. The size and price also get good comments.

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 98/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 95 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


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

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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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Rubber cord = bad


I'm sticking with my old MX-518 mouse. The cord on the Rival should have had the same type of cord which is nice and smooth and not as stiff. Overall, it's a good mouse. If they would have had a 'normal' cord and not as hard of grips it would have been...

Clicks were fairly quiet and felt nice. Scroll wheel was also. Feet were smooth and accurate mouse movements without software added acceleration. Custom LEDs were a nice added touch

Cord. Why would they make a rubber cord. When it lays on a flat surface it sticks/grabs onto it. Pulling it towards myself causes it to lift up my mouse pad since I have it on a sliding keyboard tray with the cord going down to my computer. At first I...

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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

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