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SteelSeries Rival

SteelSeries Rival
alaScore 97

130 reviews

Mar, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 130 reviews of SteelSeries Rival. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices for all reviews. People are impressed by 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 130 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: 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: N/A (

Great Gaming Mouse


Great for long fingers/large hands, good finish, has a program with which you can change settings similar to Razer Synapse, and most importantly has a jut on the right side where the ring and pinky fingers sit which is very good for large hands and...

I will update my review upon using the mouse, so far with the pinky support it has no cons

Mar, 2015

Consumer review by: Mike S (

Feels great, solid mouse


this mouse felt better in my hands than the Deathadder Chroma testing in paint, 6500 CPI produced tons of jagged/sawtoothy lines might want to use lower CPI in game (i use 400)

Was looking for a better mouse to replace my Naga for FPS games (big hands + palm/slight claw grip dont mix on the Naga) and since I'm getting into Counter Strike i wanted one with a "flawless" sensor ; this mouse feels great, the rubbery coating is...

my button 4 (larger side button) is indented a little, kind of want to exchange it but it's not a big deal and it doesnt affect the comfort/performance of the mouse ; there is no indication that you've switched to your second set CPI other than feeling...

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: GrampyTJ (

Now I understand


Typical Newegg order, shipped fast, got here quickly and packed beautifully This mouse has given me a totally new perspective of higher cost/higher rated gaming mouse, and why people spend the $. The feel of this mouse is silky, it is designed just a...

Everything about the mouse is excellent

None to dated

Feb, 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