Steelseries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse Review
Published: 30th December 2016 | Source: Steelseries | Price: £79.99 |
The Rival 700 comes in a great package with a slide off sleeve revealing a lift-off lid. It makes a nice change from the "mouse wrapped in clear moulded plastic that is more common. Within a separate box there are two different cables. A short rubber coated one for those who want slick cable movement, and a longer braided option more regularly found on high end mice. It's all about choice.
As for the Rival 700 itself the first thing you notice is the weight. It's about 40% heavier than most mice, but that's largely due to the tactile feedback motor inside. It's by no means heavy, just heavier than most. The sides are rubber coated with three buttons and the OLED display on the left hand side, with the right hand side devoid of any clickables. This is, after all, a right handed mouse. Although the curve is subtle enough that you could just about use it left handed the positioning of the OLED display is such that it would be pointless to do so.
Up top we find a well weighted scroll wheel with a button just behind it. This button, as we will see on a forthcoming page, can be held down for a few seconds to open a cut-down version of the Steelseries Engine software that is built into the mouse, allowing for on the fly adjustments without having to install the software.
The rear of the mouse is removable and Steelseries supply a selection of optional backs. With a 3D printer handy you could just as easily make your own if the mood took you. Underneath is the sensor which is also changeable if a 16000 CPI Optical sensor isn't to your tastes. Not that we can think why it wouldn't be.