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Steelseries Rival in depth review

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Hello, i received my Rival about a week ago and have used it extensively.

Here are my thoughts







Shape/size

Specs:
Weight 128.7 grams
Height 40mm
width 70.5mm
length 133.7mm
DPI: 50-6500
Grip style: Palm/claw (fingertip depending on hand size)







Pros
- Size is very nice for people who thought the DA was a little too fat feeling
- Height is recessed from that of a DA, for people who thought the hump on the left side of the DA was too high or awkward feeling, this feels much, much nicer
- weight is (in my opinion) better than the average 100-105g mice
- has a more natural "slant" to the top of the mice, fits the hand better
- length is perfect. Not too long, and not too recessed. for people who's fingertips would be over the edge of the DA, you will not have this problem and it will feel much more solid

Cons
- Weight may be too heavy for some people, but in my testing i found it fine
- people with fatter hands/bigger palms may feel left out because of the recessed hump
- people with smaller hands and who clawgrip may run into issues, due to the mouse being fairly long and unable to reach the "sweet spot" of the clicks


Physical features

Pros
- Feeling/grip on the top of the mouse is excellent, and is absolutely perfect in every way for me. People who did not like the coating of the DA:BE may or may not like this.
- Side "rubber pads" are nice feeling, and feel almost identical to the DA 2013's
- Side buttons are nice and big
- mouse feet are very good


Cons


-Rubber pads almost feel like a "detachment" of the mouse. I had a similar problem with the DA 2013 so it might just be me, but the pads almost feel like i am holding something stuck to the mouse, and not physically part of the mouse
- Side buttons feel "ok". not the best side buttons i have tried, but not the worst
- Mouse clicks are also "ok". not bad, but not good, but neither were the DA's.
- people who hated the feel of the DA:BE might hate this mouse
- Side buttons are a little far forward
- The mouse has a rattle under the mouse wheel that many are complaining about. You cannot feel the rattle, but it just makes an annoying noise


Special features (leds,etc)


Pros
- lighting is nice and vibrant, and does not bleed as bad as the sensei did
- plenty of customization
-the lighting effects are bar down the best on any mouse. If you like your gear looking good, you will love this.

Cons

-I almost feel like the customizable 3d printing plate is useless and cheesy. It just has no purpose on this mouse, and just increases the price
-no braided cable frown.gif


Sensor





Pros
-flawless tracking. 0 acceleration on my goliathus or destructor 2. this speaks for itself.
- as accurate as it gets

Cons
- the mouse does feel like it has a slight smoothing effect......... similar to the DA 2013.

Per game usage



Software
-software is greatly improved from the sensei days
-Updating firmware is much easier now
-Drivers are less clunky and slow
- no longer hangs/not responding when opening


The rival excels in my opinion on FPS games and MOBA/RTS. The mouse feels very responsive in these games, and the big side buttons are perfect for mashing in MOBA games and it is very difficult to miss them since they are so big.

The mouse feels very good in CS:GO. Shape isn't too clunky and does not restrict movement, but isn't so small that you can't hold the mouse steady.




Overall


8.7/10

The mouse does most of the important things well: good sensor, good feel, nice shape, but falls short on the ability to do feel "perfectly". switches and side buttons could use some work. Back name plate is useless and serves no purpose IMO. In my opinion side rubber pads should be replaced by the same coating used on the top. Software is heavily improved and is the best steelseries has put out.
Edited by gabsonuro - 12/17/13 at 1:46pm
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The 3D printing gimmick ruins a lot.

No scale to weigh without cable? No internal pictures possible?
Edited by popups - 11/11/13 at 4:48pm
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so basically a thinner, longer DA 2013 with big side mouse buttons and rubber cable? Oh, does it have ferrite on the cable?
post #5 of 462
Cool review mate,
Which rating would you give the Deathadder 2013?
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Sweet smile.gif
Are there any issues getting steelseries drivers to work (I always seem to have an issue with SS drivers)?
Do you think this sensor is an improvement over the ADNS 3090?
Edited by whatsntomake - 11/11/13 at 4:27pm
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Originally Posted by Atavax View Post

so basically a thinner, longer DA 2013 with big side mouse buttons and rubber cable? Oh, does it have ferrite on the cable?
cable is braided, atleast mine is.
this is an early model/prototype, so things are subject to change on the final model. from what I hear the final versions does NOT have a braided cable, but that is just rumors.
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Originally Posted by whatsntomake View Post

Sweet smile.gif
Are there any issues getting steelseries drivers to work (I always seem to have an issue with SS drivers)?
Do you think this sensor is an improvement over the ADNS 3090?

the drivers that came with mine were proably old, but they did seem to work better than the old steelseries engine.

I think the 3090 is better, but this offers more options in terms of dpi
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Originally Posted by Larson View Post

Cool review mate,
Which rating would you give the Deathadder 2013?

I would rate the d.a 2013 a 9.2/10
Edited by gabsonuro - 11/11/13 at 4:33pm
post #8 of 462
Thanks, great review. rep+

What is the default dpi/polling rate and dpi steps with no software?
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Originally Posted by trhead View Post

Thanks, great review. rep+

What is the default dpi/polling rate and dpi steps with no software?

think it is just 1000/500hz, but didn't really investigate since I changed the dpi right away.

the mouse saves the last setting you use before uninstalling anyway
post #10 of 462
You should post some paint pictures at 6500 CPI ^^
Edited by Skylit - 11/11/13 at 5:16pm
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