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SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse

  • High-performance Optical Sensor (Up to 6500 CPI)
  • Zero Acceleration or Path Correction
  • Advanced SteelSeries Switches (Over 30 million click lifecycle)
  • LED Illumination - 16.8 Million Color Options
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With 50 to 6500 adjustable CPI and newly engineered switches, the SteelSeries Rival Optical Mouse is the weapon of choice that leads you from one victory to another. Six programmer buttons are intuitively arranged, while the ergonomic body  – painted in a matte finish combined with rubber grips – ensures a perfect fit and solid control. Two lighting zones, with adjustable color, make you and your mouse unique at a LAN party or e-Sports arena.

  • newegg Advanced Optical Sensor At the heart of Rival is the Avago ADNS 3310 optical sensor. The 3310 promises zero hardware acceleration, offering true 1:1 tracking and precise movements no matter how fast things get during the heat of battle. The CPI is best-in-class with adjustments from 50 to 6500.
  • newegg SteelSeries Switches The exclusive SteelSeries engineered switches have a lifetime of over 30 million clicks, and are the high-speed conduit between the sensor and mouse clicks. The audible mouse click is subtle, while delivering quick, tactile responsiveness.
  • newegg Unrivaled Design It has been many years since we last built a right-handed mouse, so we feel the Rival is long overdue. We went back to the drawing board and built off classic gamer favorites to make this mouse the ultimate solution in ergonomic feel. Rival’s shape was molded from some of the most iconic gaming mice of the past. We took great lengths to ensure a comfortable fit thanks to the right-handed orientation, a raised back end, and sleek contours. Our soft-touch paint is a unique experience, offering a matte finish while still feeling incredibly smooth. The anti-sweat coating helps to maintain great contact, even during intense gaming sessions. The rubber grips are not a sticker, but direct injected molded rubber for better control and grip. No one wants to do finger gymnastics just to press a button on their mouse. We engineered Rival with ergonomic button position and size so clicks and movements feel natural, quick, and don’t take away from gameplay.
  • newegg Brilliant Illumination The Rival features two independent lighting zones that are capable of 16.8 million colors. Colors can be adjusted in each zone, per specific profile, game or application. Four brightness levels and three lighting effects to choose from—Steady, ColorShift, and Breathe—will help make the Rival your own.
  • newegg 3D Printable Nameplate You may notice that your Rival came with two interchangeable nameplates. To switch them out, simply pry the existing one off at either end (a fingernail or the tip of a pen can do the trick) and pop the other one in. If you're handy with a 3D printer, you can even make your own nameplate.
  • newegg Fine Tuning When it’s time to get competitive, you can really dial-in your settings thanks to SteelSeries Engine 3. Adjustable CPI, programmable buttons, polling rate, angle snapping, acceleration and deceleration are among the customizations that will make the mouse perform as you see fit.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Kyle J.
  • 7/24/2014 2:06:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTerrific mouse, Steel Series could use better QA

Pros: - 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

Cons: 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 wood desk whereas the first one worked fine. There seems to be a lot of variance in the quality of these mice so either I'm just unlucky or SS needs to step its QA game up.

Ultimately though, the second mouse is working great with a cloth mouse pad.

Other Thoughts: 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 feel. The side buttons also work far better.

On the texture front, I've seen what this mouse looks like after a long time of use. The matte texture seems susceptible to rubbing away by finger oils which takes from the aesthetic, but probably has no effect on the actual operation of it. Hoping it's a good while before this occurs to me, if it even does.

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  • 7/20/2014 4:17:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Wonderful Mouse

Pros: -Works with any grip type
-Programmable buttons and software works excellently
-Lights both look and work well

Cons: -Doesn't have all the bells and whistles of other mice

Other Thoughts: Highly recommended

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  • Stephanie P.
  • 7/19/2014 9:09:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse

Pros: -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 to use

Cons: -Wish it had a braided cord for the price, but I can get over that

Other Thoughts: I don't get sweaty palms while playing so I can't really comment on how it holds up in that aspect.

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  • Kirk W.
  • 7/17/2014 4:47:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad!

Pros: Size, I have long thin fingers n my hands would hurt with old mouse, I can really tell my hands are gonna be comfortable while playing FPS.

Rubberized grips are a nice touch and do not feel cheap

Lights are ok

Scroll wheel is nice!

Cons: Not a heavy mouse

NOT GOOD FOR MMO but I don't play those

to a standard mouse this only has the two extra side buttons and a top button for on the fly profile changes

it does feel a tad on the cheaper side being light

Other Thoughts: Overall I usually buy known name brand items. so I decided to give it a try. I'm happy over all

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  • Jeffrey R.
  • 7/15/2014 11:04:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth Every Penny

Pros: First off If you've got big hands this is this mouse for you!
-Feels good on the hand has good grip, feels sturdy, great build quality doesn't feel cheap at all
-layout of the mouse is situated nicely i never accidentally press my side buttons like my old mouse (a zalman m500)
-tons of options with the software you can switch the colors to match your setup
-dpi switch works well especially when you need fast/slow movement on the mouse side
Overall ive been pleased with steelseries i own the merc stealth keyboard and the quality and reliability of these products are great i don't have any buyers remorse.

Cons: none not even the price it was worth the extra money

Other Thoughts: Trust this brand when it comes to keyboards and mice they have phenomenal build quality

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  • Andrew G.
  • 6/25/2014 2:28:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsIts a mouse

Pros: responsive and accurate.

Cons: Didnt realize how big this mouse is, By far the largest mouse i have ever owned. My mouse did not come with the driver/software cd I had to find it on my own.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Gaming Mouse

Pros: It was perfect timing when I received this mouse as my Razer Deathadder just died after 5 years of service.

The price is perfect for it's features.

Installation was a breeze. Plug and play and basic features all worked including the instant profile switching. This feature is a must for FPS gamers as it allows you to quickly go from a high DPI fast turning close quarters mouse sensitivity to a slow, very small gradual movement sensitivity for sniping and pinpoint accuracy.

After installing the software from the steelseries website, I customized my color and side button configuration. Again, very easy and straightforward.

The feel of the mouse is very grippy and comfortable. It has good weight. The customizable back weight/insert was a nice touch, though I have no access to a 3-D printer to use it. Thinking ahead to the future!

Cons: Not really a con, but I've enjoyed mouses in the past that had adjustable weights and this one did not.

Other Thoughts: I had been debating trying out some of SteelSeries headsets as well. After seeing the quality of their mouse, I am more likely to jump in on a headset as well.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat gaming mouse

Pros: Front flap of the packaging box opens up to show you the size of the mouse before a purchase.
Mouse is very comfortable, I have large hands but tend to prefer the "claw" grip but the grip on this mouse was perfect during use.
The tracking laser is very precise and fast which supports between 50 and 6500 DPI/CPI.
LED's which are located in the logo and on the sides of the scroll wheel are customizable and support 16.8 million colors, a very nice touch that lets gamers match their case lights instead of it just only being one color and they can be changed independently of each other. It also has a few different actions for the led's such as solid, color shifting, and pulsating.
Software is very well designed and easy to use unlike most other gaming mice software. You can customize pretty much every single thing on the mouse, from CPI, to button response, led's colors, button functions, refresh rate, and so much more.
The scroll wheel glides pretty easily and has a good click to it, the buttons also have a nice click to them with out being too loud.
Anti-sweat coating seemed good to work through an extended gaming session.
Has a matte looking finish but almost feels glossy. And the side rubber grips feel good when you have your hand over it and provide a nice grip.

Cons: Cord does not have fabric braiding, not a huge con but many other similar mice have it so it doesnt make sense for this to also have it other then to save a few cents.
The mouse is a little too light for my liking, it could have comes with weights a user could insert into it or remove to make it heavier or lighter like other similar gaming mice.
The removable name plate just seems like a dumb idea, very few people have a 3D printer or even have access to one, why not let users order a custom name plate from your site instead.

Other Thoughts: I noticed the Led's were a little off colored from each other even when they were set to the same color, I had to fine tune them to get them matching.
After 2 weeks it seems to be holding up fine but 6-12 months would be a better test for longevity of this product to see if it can hold up, if the feet get worn down, buttons don't work as good as they did, and other unforeseen effects of constant use.

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  • david m.
  • 5/28/2014 1:29:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsComfortable

Pros: Though to most, a mouse is just a mouse, those who spend a lot of time on the computer (such as gamers and people who work on a computer all day) know the importance of a comfortable mouse. I spend much of my day using this mouse on my work computer, often working within AutoCAD and SolidWorks. I really appreciate the accuracy, high polling rate, and ability to change sensitivity on the fly. It allows me to set the mouse exactly how I want it when I want it without having to mess with the control program.

The palm rest of the mouse is made from a very comfortable, soft-feeling plastic that the company says is "sweat resistant". I don't know if that's entirely true, but it does seem to be very pleasing under hand.

The click action of the side buttons is deep enough to be satisfying, though it does feel somewhat cheap. However, for the price, it isn't bad. The buttons are very large and easy to target without thinking about it, but require just enough force to prevent accidental triggering. The left and right click buttons are similar. However, the middle click on the scroll wheel is much, much better than any mouse I have used in a while. My old mouse often would accidentally scroll way up or down a page when I tried to middle click (to open a link in a new tab), and that problem is gone with this mouse, no doubt due to the satisfying click that accompanies a vertical actuation of the scroll wheel.

The ability to modify the lights on the mouse is a nice touch, as is the interchangeable and 3D-printable nameplate on the back.

The grippy rubber on the sides of the mouse is also very satisfying, and compares very favorably to mice that are much more generic and covered in hard plastic.

Cons: As I mentioned above, the click action on the side buttons especially feels sort of cheap. I really don't like that there is no option to force the two different lights to sync with each other, and even after restarting the PC they don't always line up quite right.

For as comfortable as the mouse is, I think it would be nicer if it had just a little more heft to it. I'm sure that's probably at least somewhat in my head, but much like cell phones made of aluminum that carry more weight, it just feels nicer.

I think this mouse would benefit from having a few extra customizable buttons on the sides. I know some higher end mice offer many buttons that can be set to do different things for different programs.

The biggest omission is a glaring one for me: no horizontal scroll! I spend enough time scrolling through endless spreadsheets that this is enough for me to switch back to my old cheap wireless mouse from time to time.

Finally, the program that you need to customize the mouse does not include the option for accelerated scrolling. I suppose this may have something to do with the much more defined click of the scroll wheel (as opposed to the more fluid motion of other mice), but it is something I miss.

Other Thoughts: Several years ago, I swore off of corded mice after tripping on one and ripping a USB port out of the front of my then brand new PC. Unfortunately, this mouse is corded and try as I might, I just can't bring myself to stick with it full time on my work PC. It isn't even a nice, braided cord like some of the high end mice use. However, for the price, I think this is a wise purchase and only neglected to give it 5 eggs because of the few issues I acknowledged above, namely the lack of horizontal scroll.

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5 out of 5 eggsAccurate and comfortable

Pros: Mouse hits a very nice price point for it's performance.
Texture is nice to the touch, and extended play time.
Glides well on metal and cloth mousepad surfaces.
All keys are have low resistance to click and give good feedback.
Cord is sufficient for most desktop arrangements, whether desktop is on the floor or desk.

Cons: No real cons.

Other Thoughts: Personal preference is probably the most important factor with mice. What may be comfortable for one or the right size could be off for another. Once you get used to a particular mouse, it will take time (at least a week) to get to know the new one well enough to decide if it is right for you. If this mouse meets your price point and looks to fit your preferred style, go for it, solid mouse.

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