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SteelSeries Rival 700 - Armchair Empire

SteelSeries Rival 700

  • 9/10
    Design - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Durability - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Features - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Value - 7/10
8.4/10

Our Rating


SteelSeries Rival 700 Quick Specs
Sensor Optical
Connection Wired
Max DPI 6,500
Max Polling Rate 1000 Hz
Programmable Buttons 6

SteelSeries has been doing a lot of great work lately and the Rival line is evidence of that. The Rival 700 is probably one of their finest products yet. This is a mouse that works as well as many people would expect, but what we like about this is more than just its functionality. This is one of the only mice that allows for certain personalizations that make it stand out a little bit from the pack. While that may not be a driving point for many gamers, it’s definitely something worth considering when you check out its specifications and see that it stands up from a technical standpoint as well.

Here, we’re going to break down some of the awesome things about the Rival 700, including some of those details that will make you a more informed consumer.

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SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse, OLED Display, Tactile Alerts, 16000 CPI, Multicolor - Black
  • Vivid onboard OLED display
  • Tactile alerts let you feel the game
  • Ergonomics built for every grip style

Design

If we’re talking about strictly from a visual standpoint, this probably isn’t the coolest looking mouse in the world – if you’re comparing it to these other super-sleek mice. So, if you’re looking for a mouse that wows your friends at first glance. It just doesn’t have that look. However, that isn’t to say that it’s ugly! It’s not, it’s just a touch on the blander side. Anyway, here are some of the specifics.

Out of the box, it’s a mostly plastic mouse (save for the matte plastic left and right buttons) with almost by the book dimensions for a gaming mouse. It’s comfortable enough, featuring a pretty significant curve on the right side with some rubber grips. The design aspect there felt real natural, though it made it almost certain that this is a mouse that can almost exclusively be used by right handed gamers.

That rather unfortunate part accounted for, the mouse has three programmable buttons on its left side, including two above the thumb. There’s also an OLED screen, scroll with adorned with RGB lighting, and a button under that which allows for alternating sensitivities to be set in the mouse’s software. All of these buttons can be used for myriad things, and they all can be programmed in the aforementioned software. The same can be said about the RGB lights on the scroll wheel, the display, and a lot of other awesome little things that offer you a fair amount of customization for your Rival 700. Lastly, the design team has also packaged it with a braided and rubber cable. Both are decent, but braided generally is where it’s at for most.

Features

This mouse is pretty heavy on the features, thouht not specifically in the way that many people would normally consider. In essence, two of the biggest would be its OLED screen and its tactical alerts. If we’re being completely honest, neither of these features are really game changers when you consider many of the other mice in this price range, butt we do think that they are some of our favoites, considering what you play.

The first is the OLED screen. This screen, on the left side of the mouse, will display any picture file you import into Engine 3. While basically most file types are supported here, it mostly works best when you’re using PNGs, JPEGs, and, of course, the almighty GIF file. All of these images can give you 10FPS. What’s more is that the company’s website has a pretty decent library of GIFs on their website. However, creative people will more than likely want to make their own or scour the Internet to find one that’s representative of them.

Obviously, we think that this was a great idea and unlike just about everything we’ve seen in a gaming mouse, though we have a few concerns. Chief among them would be the fact that you’re probably never going to see it, as you’re always looking at the screen. Secondly, with this being a bit more expensive than a fair amount of gaming mice, this may not be a feature worth factoring in your budget.

Outside of the OLED screen, we also liked the tactile alerts. The tactile alert is 13 different programmable effects that can be assigned to a certain event in the game you’re playing. At least, that’s their main point. A good example of a tactile event is a “Strong Click” triggering when your character is at 25% of health. We think that this is a pretty cool feature since you can program it. This customization allows for your mouse to pick up on where the particular game’s programming could have slagged off. What’s rather unfortunate is that this feature works mainly only for Dota 2, Minecraft, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. They can be reprogrammed to perform on individual buttons, but players of those games will assuredly get the better mileage.

Performance

What’s cool about his mouse is the fact that it’s very much like a standard mouse that’s awesome for gaming. If you’re looking at it from a gaming standpoint, you will notice no discernible lag, it’s comfortable after only a couple of hours, and SteelSeries really did some good stuff when it comes to tracking. We also liked the fact that it worked well on some standard mundane tasks, as it was subtle and of the right heft when just puttering around. All in all, this is a very decent mouse that may cost a bit more than other gaming mice in its league, you could certainly make worse choices.

Conclusion

This is a pretty easy mouse to recommend. It’s definitely up there with the top tier of gaming mice for a fraction of the cost. Sure, we would have liked for it to be a touch more comfortable, but with that being the most nit-picky of arguments, this mouse shines in a lot of ways.