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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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  • Tyler B.
  • 1/21/2015 6:33:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGreat mouse - not without flaws.

Pros: -Uses one of the best optical sensors out there. 1:1 tracking and no acceleration.
-Fully customizable color scheme as well as 3D printable nameplate
-Software is easy to use.
-Quick DPI switch in a place you cant accidentally press. 2 Side buttons raised above just enough so theyre out of the way but still easily accessible.
-"steelseries" switches as opposed to omron. I personally like these- they're softer feeling, but require a solid actuation force. in rapid sucession it seems to require much less force and the switch quiets down. weird qualities but none of them bad.
-great right hand ergonomic grip. rubber grips are solid and do not get sweaty
-mouse wheel doesnt wobble and is rubberized with a grip.

Cons: -Multiple software flaws. Multiple respectable forums report findings of smoothing taking place within the software. Unneeded and unwanted. The software often lags and freezes up.
-"no sweat surface" is not effective. not to mention that once you do sweat on it, the markings stay on the mouse until you clean it.
-mouse sometimes fails to connect to the system upon startup entirely. doesnt light up or track anything. strangely, this only happens sometimes, and when it does a quick reconnection fixes it immediately.

Other Thoughts: A solid mouse for any player looking for something ergonomic but without sacrificing accuracy and precision. Good for the casual and the hardcore gamer alike, but not without its flaws - but this can be said for most mice.

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  • Nick C.
  • 12/3/2014 10:33:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell built, satisfying mouse

Pros: I have always used Microsoft wireless mice in the past, but over the past year I got very into Counter Strike, so I decided it was time for an upgrade. I love this mouse so far, it feels well built, doesn't seem to attract dirt nearly as easily as mice I've used in the past, and glides very nicely on the mousepad. The clicks and scroll wheel feel very nice and satisfying when used, and the 2 large buttons on the side are very useful.

Cons: The only con I really have about this mouse is the customization limits. In the Steeleries software you can choose a color for the mousewheel LED and the logo LED. You can choose solid color, breathing, or have a color cycle. I would love to have my mouse fade back and forth between red and white, but for the color cycle setting you can only use the 3 premade ones. A small con, and not worth taking off an egg for.

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  • Norman Z.
  • 11/22/2014 10:27:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRubber Wearing Off

Pros: This mouse feels great. The ergonomics fit my hand well especially in palm and semi claw grip. The coating feels decent, but it attracts dirt after extensive use, easy to clean up and feel great again! The scrolls are defined and feels good. The clicks are satisfying and also feels good. The sensor if to be top of the line with no acceleration or angle snapping at all. The only issues I have with this mouse are with the grips and the lighting...

-Ergonomics for palm grip
-Excellent tracking
-Satisfying clicks
-Build quality? Grips are of concern

Cons: The lighting is not perfect on the mouse. The plastic covering the led has a certain hue, most notably on the logo lighting zone. Some people have a pinkish hue while I have a light bluish hue. It is very obvious when you set the led set to white, which my setup uses. The next major issue is the side grips. The rubber grips on the side of the mouse wear down after a few months of daily use. I have worn it down all the way to the glossy plastic below it on the left side where my thumb is. I didn't mind as much until the rubber on the right side where the "bumps" wore off and it became challenging to hold up. The rubber also leaves shavings like eraser shavings which feels terrible when using the mouse. It felt like I had to wipe my hands every time I worn it down a bit. This is the only part of the mouse that I am concerned with in terms of build quality. The led's are also of concern.

-Led has a color hue, depends on your mouse
-Grips worn off, really uncomfortable

Other Thoughts: I have the Steelseries Sensei RAW rubberized and I prefer the coating on that more than the coating on the Rival. The ergonomics are worse and the sensor isn't as good, but the coating just feels better and side grips didn't wear down. The logo led also isn't good on the RAW...

*Also, obviously a right handed mouse*

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  • kane v.
  • 11/21/2014 11:18:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsScroll wheel busted after 2 months

Pros: Feels great, goo dpi, nice LEDs.

Cons: The scroll wheel busted out of nowhere 3 days ago. I was scrolling through a web page when it stopped catching. come to find out the gears inside are stripped. Made a ticket with steelseries support (since newegg doesn't handle them after 30 days) and haven't heard a thing back. Their support site looks like some throw back to highschool programing. I bought a 3 year full warranty for this thing. If this kind of dismal support keeps up, i'm just gonna return the thing and buy a naga.

Other Thoughts: Review would be worlds better if support seemed even slightly competent.

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  • Joshua R.
  • 11/19/2014 5:18:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOverall Good Purchase

Pros: Most of the reviews state, its a nice decent mouse. A few friends of mine voted against it, and favored a "Razer" mouse.
I chose this for $49 bucks, a little on the high side for a mouse, but it seems to feel as it should last.

Light weight
Color Options
Rubber side grips
Good size
Very smooth

Cons: None really.
the light weight does make it feel cheap, but I think it should be fine.

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  • john a.
  • 11/16/2014 4:38:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWont buy again

Pros: optical sensor on the mouse is really nice, felt natural.

Cons: The mouse wheel is only attached on one side(and is supported by the middle mouse button on the right side with no guides to stop it from moving), after 30 days it develops a clunking noise that you can hear and feel. Sounds and feels like the mouse wheels gonna break whenever I use it. Upon further investigation allot of people have similar experience.

Other Thoughts: Look for something. my mouse wheel drives me crazy.

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  • Stephen E.
  • 10/22/2014 1:01:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Mouse Since My Razer Diamondback

Pros: buttons click sooo smoothly
great craftmanship
accuracy as expected
feel in hand (claw-grip) w/rubber grip
programmable buttons

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: I was looking for a mouse to replace my Razer Diamondback, and was reading all kinds of reviews. Don't know what I was thinking but I decided to try the Steelseries Ikari, and it just didn't work with my grip style. It seems like a very good mouse, just not what I'm looking for.

As is expected with their top-notch customer service, Newegg thankfully gave me a full RMA refund on it even though it was a refurbished mouse.

I saw the reviews on

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  • 10/21/2014 11:28:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsRubber cord = bad

Pros: Clicks were fairly quiet and felt nice. Scroll wheel was also. Feet were smooth and accurate mouse movements without software added acceleration. Custom LEDs were a nice added touch.

Cons: Cord. Why would they make a rubber cord. When it lays on a flat surface it sticks/grabs onto it. Pulling it towards myself causes it to lift up my mouse pad since I have it on a sliding keyboard tray with the cord going down to my computer. At first I thought I could get used to it, but no. It's very annoying, especially while gaming. That slight tug over and over again made me want to return this mouse. There's no reason for a rubber cord.
Also, at first I thought the hand grips on the mouse was nice. But after using it a while it's kind of a pain. It's just too much.

Other Thoughts: I'm sticking with my old MX-518 mouse. The cord on the Rival should have had the same type of cord which is nice and smooth and not as stiff.
Overall, it's a good mouse. If they would have had a 'normal' cord and not as hard of grips it would have been a fantastic mouse. But...sadly it's not. And I'm sure some will say: "Psh... yeah right. You're just being picky" (like I said when I read that before). But nope, you'll understand after you get it. I can't believe a mouse could get ruined by mostly just the cord either. But somehow that's possible. Haha.

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  • Jay B.
  • 9/30/2014 8:07:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggshad a mx518 for 8 years

Pros: This mouse is amazing. It's very smooth on my icemat. first it didnt work out to well but i knew it was cause i had to clean my icemat first cause it was glass and my old mouse skates were worn on top of the mouse pad. The drivers are really good, it gave you an explanation on what each setting did. The clicks fell a little shorter than my mx518 and the side grip are amazing. Their is also no light coming from the optics so it doesnt release any heat like my mx518 which why i think the skate were worn.

Cons: wish it was a braided cord than a rubber.

Other Thoughts: might be my new go to mice just hope they keep selling these on newegg in the next 5-8 years.

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  • Kyle F.
  • 9/19/2014 5:46:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsShotty Mouse button 4 and 5's

Pros: This was the Best mouse i had ever used it was everything i ever wanted although i didn't get it from newegg. My fiance' bought me this mouse for my birthday 7 months ago.

Cons: The mouse button 4 is broken. Now u would think for a 60 $ mouse your mouse button 4 and 5's would last for at least more than a year, but alas they don't. Every time i hit Mouse button 4 it double sometimes even triple clicks and considering i use this mouse for Counter Strike Weapon switching its a terrible thing. Oh yea and when its not double or triple clicking its just not registering the click

Other Thoughts: I loved this mouse would almost say i was addicted to it but, if i can't use the buttons i bought it for then i can't continue using it. the games i play are very hotkey intensive.

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