Reviews SteelSeries Rival 300, Optical Gaming Mouse - White

SteelSeries Rival 300, Optical Gaming Mouse - White

The Rival 300 brings together unmatched performance, an all-new design, and high levels of customization to make it the ultimate professional-grade, right-handed mouse. This mouse offers cutting-edge features including an optical sensor with zero acceleration, new long-lasting SteelSeries switches (> 30 million clicks), and ideal ergonomics for enhanced comfort. The ergonomic grip is accentuated by the injection molded rubber side grips and intuitive, ergonomic button placement. Rival can be customized through a host of features including response time, adjustable buttons, dual lighting zones, our ExactTech settings, and a 3D printable nameplate. Rival surpasses the competition in performance, features and value.

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The sensor is amazing. It will never hold back your aim. I play on very low sens on a very large mouse pad. No matter how fast I flick the mouse it always tracks smoothly, accurately and without delay. No matter how fast I whipped the mouse, or how slowly I corrected a snipe, I could not get it to make an error. There were no accidental inputs. No acceleration, angle snapping, or jitter. There are other equally good sensors out there, but the point is, with something like this, it all depends on your skill. This is as good as it gets.

All the buttons are high quality and heavy. No accidental clicks, even on the large side buttons. In contrast to hair trigger buttons like the Deathadder's, these require extra force to press. Since they snap back quickly, you can still click really fast. I tap fire a lot in Titanfall 2 and it doesn't bother me. The DPI button can also be rebound to a keyboard input, giving you a 6th button in game. The scroll wheel is average. Does the job. After 6 months of use, none of them show any sign of wear. Same goes for the rubberized grips on the side, which are very comfortable. I never once lost grip on the mouse, even after hours of playing. They do pick up dirt from the fingers and may need a gentle cleaning every few weeks. I have the white one, which is hard plastic mostly, but the black one is entirely rubberized. The cable glides smoothly and never got in my way. It's not removable.

It weighs about 100 grams, which is pretty good. There are 90 and 85-gram mice out there for those who want the fastest speed, or those who aren't very strong.

The shape is unusual, but very comfortable. Large in the back but smaller up front, it fits many hand sizes. It's suitable for palm, claw, and hybrid-palm grips. Pure fingertip grip doesn't work very well because of the thumb curve. If that is your grip style, the ambidextrous Sensei 310 is better. For right handed mice, try the Zowie EC series. Since I use palm grip, this is the perfect mouse for me. Although it's very good, it may not be perfect for you, so be sure the shape is suited to you before you buy.

I don't recommend the Rival 100 or 700 because the 100 has tiny thumb buttons and the 700 is too heavy, weighed down by its useless gimmicks. For FPS gaming, you just want 5 or 6 buttons, a comfortable shape, a good sensor, and no unnecessary weight. If you buy a Rival, get a 300 or 310.

Lastly, the software. It does the job, but I recommend you don't load it up unless you want to change settings. It seemed to lower my frame rate in some games.

This is a great mouse. I would argue that its shape is the best in mouse history. I love the functionality, materials, and precision. I like it so much, in-fact, that I've now purchased two of them. The only issue is that reliability isn't great over time. After owning my first Rival 300 for over a year, its wheel began behaving erratically, and double left clicking. In this regard Logitech is likely a better option, but I don't care for their designs.

The Steel Series Rival 300 Optical Mouse has been one of the best mouse i have ever used. I own two of these mouse one for my laptop and one for my desktop at home.
A little back ground: I`m a collage student whos doing a degree in Video Game art. Meaning i need a mouse in order to move around 3D space. A reliable mouse that can withstand multiple clicks at in the sampan of one second is something i must have. I this one from amazon after the previous non Steel Series mouse had dies and given that the Steel Series mouse i been using for my laptop whom is thrown from place to place is still going strong i decided to purchases this. Steel Series makes great products for gamers and 3D professionals in my opinion, the mouse has never lag nor stop responding. It fits perfectly in my hand ( i have big hands so not every mouse fits nicely) The LED symbols are bright but not too bright, the weight of the item is good for traction and movement. Mouse works on most surfaces though i leave my on top of a mat for longer life of the sensor.
For gaming this is a beast! Set the DPI to super fast and the response time is amazing. Playing COD or any First person shooters is a breeze with this mouse. If you a MOBA player this is really great too how ever a mouse with multiple buttons would be best suited which Steel Series also sells.
Over all i would buy from this brand again and again they have not let me down one bit.

This mouse was a huge upgrade from the cheap wally world gaming mouse I was using. I have no clue what the sensor in the blackweb mouse was but the 3310 in the rival 300 is a noticeable improvement just using aim hero. The mouse is just a bit big for my 19.6cmx10cm hands, but comfortable. I do wish it was just a little bit shorter. I was pretty much forced to use a claw grip with my previous mouse, but this one will let me start using more of a hybrid. The grips on the side are nice, and the buttons are pretty easy for me to reach in a claw grip and palm grip, though they will take a bit getting used to. I think this is my one gripe with the mouse...I wish the side buttons were a bit smaller.

The software works fine on windows 10 and have not ran into any problems yet and the RBG lighting is kinda neat. Using this mainly for Overwatch.

Only had it a week and it's very enjoyable. Reduced my SIM (input delay) while playing Overwatch, so aim felt did feel noticeably tighter and accurate. Side buttons are large and easy to click. Light effects are cool, and software is useful and easy to use and doesn't use up much CPU.

For those worried about hand size, I've seen this mouse talked about as good for large hands, I can confirm it is also good for small hands (thats me!) Comfortable mouse for anyone I would think, and the side panel material is great for warm sweaty days.

All around great mouse so far, but can't speak to longevity, but I trust Steel Series name as an industry mainstay.

Looks are always subjective, and I think this one satisfies everyone who wants a great gaming mouse that does not look tacky or screams "Gamerz". The lights are controllable through easy to use software, that can also change things like dpi(default is 800) and mouse acceleration. The glide pads work great, all buttons work well, and the rubber sides grip fine. The only part of this mouse that did not make me think "this is great" was the scroll wheel. It's not bad, just average. At $40, compared to expensive mice like the Logitech G502, I find that to be perfectly acceptable.

I got this for my boyfriend and he loves it, especially the color changing variations and other in detail settings, for its price its pretty nice.

Note: I think if you are a girl with smaller hands like me, keep in mind it is pretty big in size. I use a razer Naga and I have a side by side comparison here of the size difference (sorry it's so dark!!!)

My G400 finally died out after about 3 years. Decided to find something similar like the G400 as well as a intellimouse 3.0 and came across the rival 300 after reviews about it. I must say.. Its a very good mouse and exactly similar in many ways. There's also a engine steelseries program that let's you config the mouse to you're liking.

Update: After using it for the whole day. I just feel like in my opinion not right for me when it came to gaming. I felt the mouse was a lot bigger then the G400 and intelli 3.0. It was hard to each the B3 as I needed to at least lift my hand up just to press it. Returning this and just switching back to the Rival 100. It's a good mouse overall.

This mouse is for you if you want an amazing response time and a great hand grip. As someone who plays games like Overwatch, CSGO, and Battlefield 1; this mouse has improved my gaming a ton. I used to use a cheap mouse, but I realized when I used this mouse, that it will make gaming much more enjoyable if you spend the extra money.

SteelSeries application works great for customizing the dpi and each button. Also the symbol on the back is RGB, so you can change it to fit your setup.

Also this is made for someone with normal to large size hands. If you have small hands, then this might be uncomfortable for you.

Fantastic mouse! I had been using it at a LAN center in Dallas called the Java Gaming Cafe for awhile and really liked the feel of the mouse and how light it was to me. It feels great for browsing the web and also in first person shooters. It only has 2 side buttons, a dpi switching button(CPI is what SteelSeries call it), scroll wheel and left and right mouse buttons. It's simple and that's all that I need. The only down side I feel the mouse has is that the materials used to make the shell of the mouse is what you're paying for. It's good but not fantastic like higher end mice but the mouse still performs fantastic.

At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. I suggest that if you're interested, give it a go and if you do not like it, return it and try another! - Alex

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