SteelSeries Rival 700 Mouse Review

OLED and Tactile Feedback in a Mouse

SteelSeries Rival 700 - Product Review from Gaming Simplified

Features

The Rival 700 is a feature-rich mouse with OLED panel and tactile feedback.

Design

It's big and comfortable to hold. The buttons are where they are supposed to be.

Gaming Performance

Great sensor but the screen does nothing to increase the gameplay experience.

Summary

The Rival 700 is a really great mouse. It offers weird and unique features such as an OLED Panel and tactile feedback. This is also the drawback of the mouse. If SteelSeries had removed the OLED panel and lowered the price a bit, there would be no doubt about this mouse being a great purchase. As of right now, it's unique without the need of being unique. It's also expensive.

Do you wish your mouse had a small OLED screen so that you could get different popups right on the mouse? Or maybe you have always wanted a mouse with tactile feedback, so you can feel when your life is going low? No? Well, SteelSeries wanted that, and they created the Rival 700, a gaming mouse that is not a normal gaming mouse.

The SteelSeries Rival 700 is a gaming mouse designed for maximum user control and comfort and comes with some random features that no-one asked for. It can still do everything that we want from a mouse, but does it do it in a way that is worth the price tag? Let’s find out.

This is the SteelSeries Rival 700

The SteelSeries Rival 700 boasts a PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor. This is a high-performing sensor that can be found in the best gaming mice such as the Logitech G900 (3360 is the public version of the sensor while 3366 is Logitech only). The Rival 700 also comes with a built-in OLED display and is capable of customizable tactile alerts. It has reinforced left and right switches for maximum durability and comes with a modular sensor. This means that you can actually change the sensor in the mouse if you want.

The SteelSeries Rival 700 is an ergonomic, right-handed design for natural and comfortable user control. Measuring 124.85mm (4.92in) tall, 68.46mm (2.7in) wide, and 41.97mm (1.65in) long, this mouse easily conforms to the shape of your hand. Designed with a matte top cover, you can choose to purchase additional backplates from your choice of blue, white and red.

Who is the Rival 700 for?

This highly accurate and proficient mouse is best suited for those who consider themselves serious gamers. There’s nothing more frustrating than experiencing mouse lag when the pressure’s on to win a match. The Rival 700 is more than capable of giving you an exceptional gaming experience.

This mouse is also recommended for digital artists who need a highly responsive mouse. Whether you’re an artist who uses Photoshop, Paint Tool Sai or even Microsoft Paint, the Rival 700 gives you masterful control over every creative stroke.

For the casual gamer or people who simply need a functional mouse and are not necessarily concerned with the Rival 700’s high level of performance, this mouse may not be best suited for you. There are alternatives that don’t have all the bells and whistles as the Rival 700 does, and also comes at a cheaper price. An alternative for you guys would be the Razer DeathAdder.

The Great with the Rival 700

One of the coolest features of this mouse is the OLED display screen on the left side of the Rival 700. While in game, you have quick and easy access to information about game statistics, button mapping, personalized gamer and team logos, as well as animated gifs (some are even readily available for download on SteelSeries’ website). You’ll always be in the know about health levels, current points per round, and more! The OLED screen gives the Rival 700 a truly futuristic feel with practical implications. That is if you can see the small display on the mouse and having trouble to see the stats on your gaming monitor (see the irony?).

I was positively surprised by the tactile feedback than I was when reading about it the first time. Designed so that tactile alerts come from the very center of the mouse, you can easily customize the SteelSeries Rival 700 for a wide variety of things. Did you just get stunned in a game? There’s a specific alert for that. Is the health bar running dangerously low? Your SteelSeries Rival 700 will let you know. You’re the boss when it comes to determining vibration patterns, duration, and triggers when it comes to your gaming experience.

Preferences for short or long cables varies between PC gamers, so SteelSeries has taken the guessing out of the equation and included both versions to meet the needs of every gamer out there. The short cable measures 1m (3.28ft) in length, and the long cable measures 2 meters (6.5ft) long. Something that added to the premium feeling was that the long cable is braided in black, making it look way nicer and have better durability.

The SteelSeries Rival 700’s PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor is one of the best optical gaming sensors currently out on the market. Boasting 1:1 tracking accuracy, this mouse handles like a dream! There is also an option to swap the optical sensor out for a laser sensor for those who prefer it, but the laser sensor is unfortunately sold separately.

All of our needs are different, and the same can be said for mouse buttons. The Rival 700 has 7 buttons that you can program to do exactly what you want it to do. After all, the more the merrier! These buttons, as well as the RGB and all the other customization on the mouse, can be done from the SteelSeries 3 Engine, which you can download from SteelSeries website.

What’s Not So Great

The Rival 700 weights 135g which is a bit on the heavy side. While I don’t have any trouble with it myself, I can see others having a problem with this. Since it is an OLED, a swappable sensor and tactile feedback in the mouse, I guess SteelSeries couldn’t do much about the weight.

Also, despite all of its other capabilities and customization options, the Rival 700 only has the option to quick-switch between 2 DPI modes. This is considerably low in comparison to other gaming mice on the market. The lack of multiple DPI modes to quick-switch to can make it difficult to tailor your gaming experience, especially when you have plans to play a wide variety of games that may all require a different feel.

The pricing is high on the rival 700. It can be a bit expensive and while I understand the pricing with the unique features that are offered, I would recommend anyone that is interested in this mouse, to wait until there is a deal available.

Conclusion

This mouse is truly top of the line, and that’s not an over exaggeration. The SteelSeries Rival 700 has received raving reviews from both users and reviewers alike and I can definitely see why there is so much hype. Balancing performance with practicality, this mouse can give gamers a truly competitive edge during their gaming experience.

SteelSeries has been truly committed to the development of precision technology, and this is definitely a quality that is apparent in the Rival 700. Whether you’re playing CS: GO, League of Legends or even creating beautiful digital art, the Rival 700 will definitely not let you down.

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