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SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good Performance 11/30/2015

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse

Pros: Size and shape are comfortable for extended periods of use. Tracks movement quickly and accurately with minimal error. It's light enough to be moved rapidly but has still enough weight to it to make it not feel like a cheap toy.

The material used for the buttons and back of the mouse is also comfortable for extended use, doesn't get dirty from normal use as quickly as most mice I've used.

Software is pretty robust, allowing you to choose any DPI you want to use (not limited to presets) for both a main profile and a second profile that can be changed on-the-fly. It also includes the ability to create different control profiles that you can set to automatically switch to when a specified program or game is started. The macros the software allows you to create range from basic to reasonably complex multi-button scripts.

The logo and sides of the mouse wheel light up, you can use a color palette to choose any color you want the light to be (or set it to colorshift and use all the colors) and whether it should stay on, stay off or fade in and out at the rate you specify.

Cons: The only real issue I've had with this mouse is with the material used for the grips on the sides.

If you're using it for gaming and are making rapid movements with it, it doesn't take long for the rubber of the grips where the thumb and ring finger rest to start wearing away. It tends to rub off in little balls like an eraser.

At first it didn't bother me too much but as the months have gone on I've found myself having to clean it for every 10-15 minutes of gaming. If I don't, the feeling is uncomfortable and distracting at best. Since comfort and focus are important for gaming, this actually ends up being a pretty big issue.

Other Thoughts: Honestly I'd give this mouse 5 eggs if they had used a more robust material for the side grips.

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HyperX Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX16C9B1BK2/8
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works as advertised. Low-profile.

Cons: Isn't black and blue like the rest of my parts.

Other Thoughts: My motherboard didn't recognize it at the correct timings when I inserted them, but I think this is more the fault of my motherboard than the RAM. I changed the timings manually and they've been running steady ever since.

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PNY VCGGTX7602XPB-OC G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Built a new rig last week and threw one of these in. The first thing I noticed when I took it out of the box was that the card was very aesthetically pleasing. As a nice added bonus my old video card fit into the packaging for easy storage.

I've been using it to play several different (new, high-end) games including the ones it came with and I've been able to run everything on max graphics without it even reaching above 60% GPU usage except for a few seconds here and there during extremely demanding scenes, such as very smoky areas with a lot of fire and motion. It's remained cool (under 65º C) under all circumstances.

Cons: It wouldn't go out on a date with me.

Other Thoughts: It's shorter than my previous card (470 GTX), which is nice for some extra room and air flow through my PC.

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Display Name: Catherine H.

Date Joined: 04/24/05

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 11/23/05
  • Last Review: 11/30/15
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