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SteelSeries Rival

SteelSeries Rival
alaScore 92

665 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 665 reviews of SteelSeries Rival. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and design. The size and price are also appreciated.

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 92/100 = 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 : Barry Brenesal (

SteelSeries Rival Optical Mouse Review and Ratings


This right-handed FPS mouse is ergonomically sound, with a strong optical sensor, great precision, and separate profiles for each game or application you run.

Solid ergonomic design ; Inexpensive ; Angle snapping, acceleration, and deceleration ; Excellent optical sensor ; Stores profiles for each application and game

Only switches between two dpi settings ; No lift-distance control ; Macro creation lacks depth ; No sleep control when mouse not in use

As you can tell, there's quite a bit we like about the Rival Optical's design. The extra width of the second button on its left side, the grittier rubber texture of both sides for an easy grip, the bulge on the right side, the natural rise of its arc...

May, 2015

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

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 : Floris Bouchot (

Steelseries Rival Gaming Mouse Review - FunkyKit


Today we will take a look at the new Steelseries Rival gaming mouse. A mouse is one of the 2 main computer peripherals besides a keyboard and now you need a mouse for almost everything, from browsing the web to playing games to even the BIOS what was...

The Steelseries Rival Optical mouse is an excellent mouse that is if you are using a mousepad or using it on a really flat solid surface. That was the biggest negative point I had about the mouse in the time I used it. Something we have seen on the...

Mar, 2014

Product Specifications


Color of product:Black / White
Form Factor:Ambidextrous / Right-hand
Illumination: Yes
Surface coloration:Image / Monotone

Energy Management

Power Source:Cable


Cable Length:78.7
Customizable weight: Yes
Ergonomic design: Yes
LED Indicators: Yes
Plug and Play: Yes
Polling rate (max):1000
Rubber grips: Yes

Input Device

Buttons quantity:15 / 6
Buttons type:Pressed buttons
Device interface:USB
Movement detection technology:Optical
Movement Resolution:16000 / 4000 / 6500
Number of programmable buttons:6
Number of scroll wheels:1
Programmable mouse buttons:Y
Recommended usage:PC / PC/notebook / Universal
Scroll: Yes
Scroll type:Wheel
Scrolling directions:Vertical

Packaging Data

Bundled software:SteelSeries Engine 3
Package type:Box
Packaging type:Box


Power Source:Cable

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.71 / 5.24
Height:1.77 / 4.68
Mouse weight:4.52 / 4.58
Weight note (metric):4.52 / 4.58
Width:2.76 / 3.08