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SteelSeries Rival

SteelSeries Rival
alaScore 97

81 reviews

Aug, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by 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 97/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 81 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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Awesome mouse


Would recommend to anyone looking for a good gaming mouse.

Mouse is very comfortable. (I use somewhere between palm and fingertip grip; medium size hands) ; Tracking is spot on ; Rubberized grip gives it a nice feel ; Software for this mouse is nice (need to download from steelseries site though). With it, you...

Non-braided USB cable, that's not too much of a big issue in my opinion, but to others it might be ; Silly inter-changeable / customizable back plate. I guess the idea was cute to customize your own back plate with a 3D printer but its useless, and...

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SteelSeries 62271


Great, precise, solid mouse. Feels great in my hand. Easy install, no drivers needed

Only 2 thumb buttons

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Good Mouse


The control panel for the mouse is great. You can fully adjust the lighting inside the mouse (the scroll wheel and SteelSeries logo can be adjusted separately, too). The CPI adjustment is another good touch.

Ergonomic ; Adjustable lights ; Buttons are well placed, scroll wheel is comfy ; Thoroughly adjustable CPI

The matte plastic coatings are better than the glossy finishes some mice have, but any filth sticks to it. Your hands should be very clean when using it, or else you'll have to wipe the mouse down

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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

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