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STEELSERIES Rival 500 Gaming Mouse Review

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Posted October 26, 2016 by Josh Jackson in Peripherals

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $79.99 on Amazon
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Excellent quality, Great aesthetics, Pixart 3360 Optical Sensor, Ground breaking design that's perfect for MMORPGs, Engine 3 Software is still the best
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Buttons closest to the front of the mouse are hard to reach and there's no tactile bump to distinguish different buttons around the thumb
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you spend most of your gaming time playing MMOs, you really need to check out this mouse
by Josh Jackson
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Specifications and Packaging

We’re going to focus on that button setup, but I want to point out that the Rival 500 uses the Pixart 3360 sensor. Having tested and extensively used Pixart optical sensors, including this one, this is already a good start to the design we’re seeing today. Let’s take a look at the rest of the specs though.

SPECIFICATIONS

DESIGN

  • Material: Matte Top Cover
  • Ergonomic, Right-Handed
  • Grip Style: Palm, Claw, Fingertip
  • Number of Buttons: 15
  • SteelSeries Switches: Rated for 30 Million Clicks
  • Reinforced Left and Right Clicks
  • Weight: 129.7, 0.286lbs
  • Height: 118.75mm, 4.68in
  • Width: 78.34mm, 3.08 in
  • Depth: 43.34mm, 1.71in
  • Cable Length: 2m, 6.5ft

SENSOR

  • Sensor Name: PixArt PMW3360
  • Sensor Type: Optical
  • CPI: 100 to 16,000
  • IPS: 300
  • Acceleration: 50g
  • Polling Rate: 1 ms (1000 Hz)
  • Zero Hardware Acceleration
  • Tracking Accuracy: 1:1

CUSTOMIZATION OPTIONS

  • Gamesense Support
  • Tactile Alert Customization
  • SteelSeries Engine Support: SSE3
  • Multiple CPI Options
  • Programmable Buttons
  • Onboard Profile Storage
  • Acceleration Customization
  • Deceleration Customization
  • Color Options: 16.8 Million
  • Printable 3-D Nameplate / Download 3D Files

BOX CONTENT

  • Rival 500
  • Quick Start Guide

The packaging isn’t quite as fancy as the Rival 700, but it’s still excellent. STEELSERIES, so far, has done a great job with every product I’ve seen. I’ve mentioned this before, but I appreciate a quality looking box, since it makes the product feel more like computer hardware rather than a toy off the shelf.

SteelSeries Rival 500 (1) SteelSeries Rival 500 (2)

The outside is actually a sleeve covering the box. I like the slogan underneath.

SteelSeries Rival 500 (3) Inside, we see the Rival 500 nicely encased in a protective shell. Packaging is top notch as always.

SteelSeries Rival 500 (4)

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