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SteelSeries Rival

SteelSeries Rival
alaScore 98

87 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 87 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the reliability and design are on the whole positive. The size and value for money are also appreciated.

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 87 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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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.

Consumer review by:

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

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I like this mouse


It is a mouse, but these days it seems harder and harder to find one that does what it is suppose to, with working software. Even without installing software the mouse functions as a traditional mouse. I may update this evaluation in 6 months, but I am...

Most consider this a con But I prefer the smooth cable over fabric encased ones, it allows me to twitch without hangups ; I did download the software and installed and used it without a hitch. A bit odd how the macros operate (by macro number, then you...

you need an internet connection to update firmware and download software. You are not required to use the cloud to store settings but there is an option to setup all your settings macros to the cloud if you wish

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Nice Mouse


Great mouse for what you pay for I suggest this mouse for any gamers that want something comfy and cool.

Amazing fell for the most part. Fits the hand very well and I have very large hands so this is rare to find... The lights are a nice feature as well. The sensitivity is also very adjustable in the software you get on the download site

If you could change the weight of the mouse instead of having the back 3D printed design

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