Let’s take one more moment of silence for the Apex M500. It valiantly fought for the cause of this review, but alas, the cat puke was too much for it! Outside of that one mishap, working with these products from STEELSERIES was an excellent experience. Each are more than capable of handling heavy gaming sessions and the Engine 3 Software is the best I’ve ever seen when it comes to managing hardware features. What impresses me the most is the level of quality that is in each product. It’s clear that STEELSERIES is doing their best not to cut corners.
In terms of whether you should consider these peripherals, the general answer would be a huge yes. However, the mouse is heavy so you want to keep that in mind and the keyboard doesn’t include a wrist rest while only coming in blue LEDs. I have to say though, being able to throw a personalized logo on the oLED screen really makes my day, but the real winner is the Engine 3. The quality of the software alone is such that I almost want to say look towards STEELSERIES and never look back. Ultimately, each individual has to make their own choices based on what’s best for them.
The last point to consider is pricing. Both the Rival 700 and Apex M500 retail just under $100 each. In each case, that’s a pretty decent price tag. With the Rival 700 though, there is nothing that I could find wrong with the mouse and the features are such that I can easily understand the price. It’s not competitive, but it isn’t astronomical. The Apex M500 is a slightly different case though. While Cherry MX switches do cost you more, I’ve noticed similar keyboards drop to around the $80 mark. They won’t have more features, but some of them at least have a wrist rest. I would like to see the price be a bit more competitive, but the tank like feel of the M500 may be the reason for the current pricing. Either way, we have two really good products on our hands.
With that, we happily award the Rival 700 the Pure Overclock Editor’s Choice Award and the Apex M500 the Pure Overclock Great Hardware Award!
STEELSERIES Rival 700
STEELSERIES Apex M500