Steelseries Rival 600 Mouse Review
Published: 5th March 2018 | Source: Steelseries | Price: |
The Rival 600 packaging keeps with a design which is becoming a hallmark of Steelseries, with dark and light sections divided by a blood orange geometric pattern, all as a background to clear product imagery.
Within the outer packaging is a separate black box containing all the goodies. No not Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Garden and Bill Oddie, the other goodies, namely the long separate mini-USB cable, the weights box and the mouse itself, along with the clear documentation.
From front to back we find split LMB/RMB - always preferable to the joined style - a tyre-tread style scroll wheel, the DPI toggle, two three-section RGB light strips and the main RGB Steelseries logo.
Normally the underside of a mouse isn't very interesting, but with two sensors on board the Rival 600 has much to talk about. Usually your sensor does both the moving about bit as well as keeping track of the lift off distance. This can lead to unwanted movement when you're just reseating the mouse. With the Steelseries TrueMove3+ system the main sensor does business as usual whilst an entirely separate sensor looks out for lift off. This means you end up with a significantly more accurate experience in those moments when you have to move the mouse off the pad.
The Rival 600 is a right handed mouse with three buttons on the left hand side. The main two are your regular back and forward whilst the front button isn't assigned to anything by default, but can be - like all the buttons - customised in the Steelseries Engine software.
Often when it comes to rubberised sides they are heavily textured whereas the ones on the Rival 600 are a smooth and thin silicone composite, which manages to be extremely grippy. It makes a nice change from the more obvious rubber and - whilst looks aren't massively important on a mouse - is aesthetically more pleasing.
The side pieces are held on magnetically. Why can they be removed you ask? Well that's all to do with the weight system that Steelseries have implemented on the Rival 600, which we'll look at on the next page.