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SteelSeries Rival

SteelSeries Rival
alaScore 98

77 reviews

Jul, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 reviews from magazines and websites. People 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 98/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 77 reviews)

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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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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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Terrific mouse, Steel Series could use better QA


This is my first "gaming" mouse. Up til now I've used an old school Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 which has been perfect for many years. The Rival feels like a logical progression from that mouse with a similar form with a better texture and...

Feels great in the hand, man ; Endless colors for LED lights ; Low lift off distance ; Rubberized sides adds grip I didn't know I wanted ; Engine software doesn't force the cloud on you

The first one of these I received had a defective mouse wheel. On certain notches it would do nothing, but then perform two movements the on next notch. I exchanged this for another which did not have this issue but did have a hard time operating on my...

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A Wonderful Mouse


Highly recommended

Works with any grip type ; Programmable buttons and software works excellently ; Lights both look and work well ; Inexpensive ; Durable

Doesn't have all the bells and whistles of other mice

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SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse


I don't get sweaty palms while playing so I can't really comment on how it holds up in that aspect.

Fits nicely in the hand (I have big hands for a girl, so I guess average male hands would fit nicely as well) ; Responsiveness is great ; Color customization is pretty nice feature. (can change the logo and scroll) ; SteelSeries Engine is pretty simple...

Wish it had a braided cord for the price, but I can get over that

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Not bad!


Overall I usually buy known name brand items. so I decided to give it a try. I'm happy over all

Size, I have long thin fingers n my hands would hurt with old mouse, I can really tell my hands are gonna be comfortable while playing FPS ; Rubberized grips are a nice touch and do not feel cheap ; Lights are ok ; Scroll wheel is nice

Not a heavy mouse ; NOT GOOD FOR MMO but I don't play those ; to a standard mouse this only has the two extra side buttons and a top button for on the fly profile changes ; it does feel a tad on the cheaper side being light

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Worth Every Penny


Trust this brand when it comes to keyboards and mice they have phenomenal build quality

First off If you've got big hands this is this mouse for you ; Feels good on the hand has good grip, feels sturdy, great build quality doesn't feel cheap at all ; layout of the mouse is situated nicely i never accidentally press my side buttons like my...

none not even the price it was worth the extra money

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I am happy with this purchase and basicly every purchase i have made from this company The mouse, Qck+ mouse pad, 6gv2 Keyboard and Siberia headset . Great company Great products

I love this mouse I bought it for starcraft, and i couldn't be more happier. The grips feels great and helps with controls, and the precision is amazing. So far i cant not find any flaw in this mouse from the Mouse it self to the company to the...

For me none absolutely zero, But if you buy this mouse and don't have a mouse pad then you will have problems with this mouse because it is optical and not laser. But just get yourself a good pad i have the Steelseries QCK

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