SteelSeries Rival 700
$150 | WWW.STEELSERIES.COM Near mousing perfection in a nonambidextrous form factor.
With high-dpi optical sensors now perfected, RGB lighting mastered and a plethora of mice in a variety of shapes, sizes and button layouts, it’s hard to imagine where the pointy rodent will go next. Well, that’s what we thought, until the Rival 700 arrived in the labs.
The choice of cable rests with the consumer. You get a 2m-long braided cable, a 1m-long plastic-coated cable, plus a shorter 90cm-long plastic-coated cable. On top of that, you can also swap out the cover on the rear belly of the mouse to either a glossy black or an anti-sweat soft-touch variant instead.
By default, the Rival 700 comes with an optical PixArt 3360, pumping out a whopping 16,000dpi if needed, with zero hardware acceleration. However, if optical isn’t your jam, you can grab yourself the PixArt 9800 laser module, unscrew the case and place your new sensor inside.
You can’t quite seen the OLED screen above, but it enables you to slap any number of small GIFs or images on the side of the mouse, alongside in-game notifications. There’s also the inclusion of rumble feedback — you can assign tactile feedback to any of the seven buttons. The vibrations are exceedingly precise, and don’t cause any jitter in your mouse positioning.
All in all, the SteelSeries Rival 700 is a well-tuned, customisable gaming mouse at the pinnacle of its field, designed to incorporate absolutely everything in today’s gaming mouse market. It does cost $150, which is a lot for a pixelpointer, but it’s well worth it in our eyes.