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SteelSeries Rival

SteelSeries Rival
alaScore 96

606 reviews

Sep, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 606 reviews of SteelSeries Rival. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, 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 mentioned favorably.

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 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Hayden Dingman (pcworld.com)

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 (computershopper.com)

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 (aphnetworks.com)

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 (hardwareheaven.com)

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 (tweaktown.com)

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 (expertreviews.co.uk)

SteelSeries Rival review

 

Great price for a good gaming mouse

Apr, 2014

Recommended

Expert review by: Ben Mansill (pcauthority.com.au)

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

Expert review by: play3r.net (play3r.net)

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 (vortez.net)

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 (pcauthority.com.au)

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

Product Specifications

Input Device

Buttons type:Pressed buttons
Customizable movement resolution: Yes