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STEELSERIES Rival 700 Mouse and Apex M500 Keyboard Review

Posted July 26, 2016 by Josh Jackson in Peripherals


Price at time of Review: Rival 700, $99.99 on Newegg and $95.64 on Amazon Apex 500, $99.99 on both Newegg and Amazon


Solid quality feel, Best software experience, Tons of customization, Excellent packaging for the mouse, Great Aesthetics


None for the mouse, Slightly high keyboard price and no wrist rest
by Josh Jackson
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Features and Specifications

Rival 500 Gaming Mouse

When I was first asked to review a “modular” mouse, I wasn’t sure what to think. When you’ve been at this gig for even a little bit, you begin to feel very skeptical of even the tiniest of marketing jargon. However, looking further into the design, it truly is a modular mouse. We’ll look into the specifics during our testing section, but initially, we have multiple interchangeable parts that can allow you to customize your mouse more so than usual. A couple of other nice features are the oLED display and vibration feedback. Both can be tuned to in-game events, or used for other types of feedback and personalizing. Finally the mouse comes equipped with the PixArt PMW3360 sensor which seems to be pretty popular among gamers as of late.


  • Material: Matte Top Cover
  • Ergonomic, Right-Handed
  • Grip Style: Palm, Claw, and Fingertip
  • Number of Buttons: 7
  • SteelSeries Switches: Rated for 30 Million Clicks
  • Reinforced Left and Right Clicks
  • Weight: 135g, 0.3lbs
  • Height: 124.85mm, 4.92in
  • Width: 68.46mm, 2.70 in
  • Depth: 41.97mm, 1.65in
  • Short cable length (non-braided): 1m, 3.28 ft
  • Long cable length (braided): 2m, 6.5 ft


  • 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



  • Rival 700
  • Braided Long Cable
  • Soft PVC Short Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

Apex M500

The keyboard is a typical, no frills, gaming keyboard. We have the usual features of anti-ghosting and Cherry MX Red gaming switches. About the only major difference is the choice to go with blue LED back lighting rather than the gaming red. Personally, I love that choice, even if it has now become a painful reminder to me. Don’t worry, I’ll explain what that means as we get into the closer look of the device.


  • Switch Type: Mechanical
  • Switch Name: Cherry MX Red Gaming Switches
  • Throw Depth: 4 mm
  • Actuation and Reset Depth: 2 mm
  • Actuation Force Needed: 45cN
  • 50 Million Click Lifetime Guarantee


  • Layout: Traditional
  • Full Anti-Ghosting Support
  • N-Key Roll Over: 104 Key
  • Illumination: Per-Key Blue LEDs
  • Quick Access Media Keys
  • Fully Programmable Keys
  • Cable Management System
  • Weight: 1241 g, 2.742 lbs
  • Height: 136.43 mm, 5.37 in
  • Width: 440.56 mm, 17.34 in
  • Depth: 39.52 mm, 1.56 in
  • Large Adjustable Rubber Feet
  • Cable Length: 2 m, 6.5 ft


  • Engine Support: SSE3
  • Remappable Keys
  • Custom Key Illumination
  • Unlimited Profiles


  • Apex M500
  • Quick Start Guide
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