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SteelSeries Rival

SteelSeries Rival
alaScore 97

419 reviews

Oct, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 419 reviews of SteelSeries Rival. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices for all reviews. People really like the reliability and design. The size and price also get good feedback.

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 97/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 419 reviews)

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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: Stuart Davidson (

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?

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


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.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: (

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: David Hollingworth (

Review: Steelseries Rival


The gaming peripheral maker ditches ambidextrous design for a light, well-made gaming mouse.

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: Anonymous (

Great mouse!!!


Smooth glide ; Comes with program that precisely tunes your DPI of the mouse ; Has a "sniping" button that instantly changes your mouse sensitivity making sniping on the fly VERY effective ; You can customize the color and dim speed of the lights on...

The little piece on the back that said steel series came out, or i'd rate this a 5. And this happened before i ever started dropping it ; It was meant to be replaceable according to the box, ALL YOU HAVE TO HAVE IS A 3D PRINTER lol

Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: Stephen P. (

good mouse but...


wish steelseries would offer a replacement rubber inlay so i don't have to buy another mouse. I bought 5 mice at the same time i got this one and tested them all and this one was the winner - perfect fit for my hands - perfect feel of rubber - perfect...

glides nice - real nice rubber texture on top - mouse clicks are very clean and good for gaming - fits in my adult hands very well

so why only three stars when there is nothing wrong with the performance....well, because as others have noted the rubber on sides is too soft and wears off very quickly. i have had my mouse for 1 1/2 years and the inside rubber by thumb is half gone...

Sep, 2015

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