Got my Rival last night, the next day after ordering.
First Impressions were that it feels great in hand with the glossy top. The rubber sides feel harder than the ones on my original Rival, slightly less grippy, but this makes me think that they won't wear down as fast as the original Rival. The clicks do feel more crisp, still not as crisp as something like the Mionix mice which I still believe are the best feeling Omrons.
What's the most recent firmware for the (white) Rival right now? I was using 18.104.22.168 all last night, testing it out.
I plugged it in and installed the Steelseries software, did my updating, set my dpi, and hopped into a DM.
I played a full map using AWP and a full map using the AK, here's what I felt.
My awp came back! Since switching to the FK1 a couple months ago, my awp skills, specifically flick shots, have been off. With this new Rival, I felt I was hitting 90% of my flicks. Great, could this be because of the lower click latency of this over the FK1? Who knows, either way, my AWPing skill returned to what it previously was.
Here's the the thing though, my rifles went down the toilet. Instead of being able to track targets, I always felt like I was lagging behind them, I couldn't hit a thing. Recoil correction was behind, causing me to overcompensate, it was just... off.
To make sure I wasn't just having an off day, I grabbed the FK1 and plugged it back in. As soon as I plugged it in I noticed that, it too, felt floaty. What the heck?! Was not happy!
I uninstalled the Steelseries software, ran CCleaner on the registry, and rebooted.
When I got back on, my FK1 felt normal, and I was happy. I jumped into a game with some friends so I didn't get to test the Rival out again, though tonight I'll be testing out the RIval without the Steelseries software, see if it still feels floaty.
Now, here's an afterthought. Why was my AWPing improved, when the mouse felt floaty or disconnected? My thought is that with flicks, it's all instinct on how much you're aiming and moving. I'm not waiting for the crosshair that I move to be on the head and shoot. I'm just moving it how much I think it should be moved and clicking. Thoughts?
Also, I'm sorry for the horrible wording, incoherency, and grammatical mistakes that I must have made. I typed this up while drinking my morning coffee at work.