SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse Review

I recently upgraded my Logitech MX 518 gaming mouse to the new SteelSeries Rival 700, and after several days of using it, it was a worthy upgrade indeed.

One thing I’ve always loved about SteelSeries’ mice is their simple yet functional, ergonomic design. The Rival 700 comes with tactile alerts (yes, vibration within a gaming mouse), prism RGB illumination, and the ability to swap out the USB cable, cover plate, or even sensor module! A rather unnecessary (but cool) feature is an OLED display for in-game stats, sensitivity, and alerts.

 MX 518Rival 700
ReleaseApril 2005May 2016
Sensor1400 – 1600 cpi100 – 16000 cpi
Weight106 grams135 grams

It’s also very easy to customize the tactile alerts, settings (acceleration, CPI, button configuration, illumination, polling rate, angle snapping), and OLED display using SteelSeries’ Engine software.

My basic set up for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) uses a CPI of 800, in-game sensitivity of 1.05, polling rate of 1000, and absolutely zero acceleration or angle snapping.

Gaming with any new mouse takes some time to get used to, but hey, I top fragged in my first CS:GO competitive match with the Rival 700. Things are looking good. 😉

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