Rival 700 Review

Special thanks to Steelseries for sending me a copy of this beast right here!

What makes a good gaming mouse is a number of things starting from shape, size and weight, but Steelseries took it a step further. The Rival 700 is a heavy weight not only in performance and extra features but in its weight as well at 135g but don’t fret it is well balanced but does need some getting used to.

3 Side Buttons (Left) , OLED Screen (Left), Rubber side grips (both sides)
The bottom view of the Rival 700

It has a wide safe shape, not too many intricate curves that forces your fingers to follow. The mouse feels great on my hands with its coating, aside from that the left and right clicks are separated from the main body.

The size of the mouse is good for medium-large sized hands. There’s enough space on the thumb rest that you won’t accidentally hit any of the side buttons.

There are some mouse designs that the back/palm rest that let’s the lower part of the palm hit or drag on the mouse pad but because of the higher design of the Rival 700 it is least likely to happen.

Dimension: 12.5 x 6.8 x 4.2 cm

Rival 700 | Mionix Castor (height comparison)

Because of the safe shape, it can support most grip styles and variations of those grip styles, but still this can still depend on preference and size of hand of the user.

Palm Grip | Claw Grip | Finger Tip Grip
Clicks/Switch sound test

Mouse clicks are Omron switches which gives a good tactile feedback, the scroll steps are smooth yet distinct enough for browsing as well as gaming (e.g setting Jump on scroll up and down) although there was an instance wherein my scroll was squeaking at one point but I think that could be just from my copy.

Soft PVC Short Cable (3 feet long)
Braided Long Cable (6 feet long)

The Rival 700 comes with 2 cables, it does make it favorable for people who want to test out either Braided(6 feet)or PVC cables (3 feet) but I did wish that steel series has made them both either medium-long length cables to accommodate for most peripheral setups the PVC cable is way too short to reach anything unless you have a USB port on your gaming keyboard or a USB on your desktop.

Removable Back cover and Name Plate
Image taken from steelseries.com/gaming-mice/rival-700

The Rival 700 is a modular mouse, which means you can customize it to the extra parts that Steelseries is selling separately. The back plate also has a glossy one or a non-sweat one.

The sensor aside from being the Pixart PMW3360 (Max 16,000 dpi) , it can also be equipped with the Pixart 9800 (Max 8200 dpi) laser sensor.

The name plate also comes with a 3D blue print and if you have a 3D printer can name it into anything you want.

Steel Series Engine 3 + Game Sense

Software is easy to use, there’s only 2 switchable DPI modes although I prefer 3 it does allow it to make fast switches which can be good when you need to use it in the heat of the game.

Setting the image on the OLED screen is simple enough all you have to do is pick and upload, there also GiFs on the Steelseries website you can try out to see rotating images on your mouse if you’re into that sort of thing.

OLED Display with GiF
RGB Lighting

Overall the Rival 700 is a great gaming mouse with lots of cool features such as the OLED screen that lets you show off your personality on your mouse, Tactile alerts that gives you info if you’ve been damage or out of ammo in game and the swappable parts that let’s you pimp up your mouse and for the price of a $100 it’s not too bad.

Equipped with a PMW3360 optical sensor also makes every single flick of your wrist as accurate as possible. The only true deal breaker for me is the weight of this mouse for MOBA and other non-FPS games it should be fine, but in FPS wherein fast and light movements are a crucial factor you may end up having your hand or wrist feel fatigued quickly.

So if you’re looking for a mouse that has more appendages than a Swiss Army knife why not try out the Rival 700 gaming mouse by Steel Series definitely worth a look!

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