SteelSeries Ri­val 310

A mouse that won’t break the bank.

APC Australia - - Super Guide » Gaming Mice -

The new Ri­val from SteelSeries cer­tainly punches above its cost, prov­ing that you don’t need to drop big dol­lars to get the top-of-the-line ex­pe­ri­ence,

The Ri­val’s new TrueMove 3 op­ti­cal sen­sor of­fers one-to-one raw track­ing, mean­ing the dis­tance the sen­sor moves on your desk­top is mir­rored ex­actly on the screen, with as lit­tle pro­cess­ing in­volved as pos­si­ble — there­fore no lag.

We rather like the Ri­val’s un­der­stated ap­proach to de­sign; all we get here is the SteelSeries logo lit up on the back, sur­rounded by matte black plas­tic. Light also leaks out from around the thick, grippy wheel, which has enough click to it that you’re left in no doubt as to whether it has gone round a notch or not. Fi­br­ere­in­forced plas­tic helps bring the weight down to a mere 88.3g, too.

The grey sil­i­con side grips are grippy, and the main but­tons clicky — they’re sep­a­rate from one an­other and the rest of the body, and made from the same fin­ger­print-re­pelling plas­tic, which is slightly tex­tured. They’re very pleas­ant places for your fin­ger­tips to hang out, as long as you’re right-handed.

Un­der­neath are Om­ron­de­signed switches rated for 50 mil­lion clicks, and the re­strained light­ing does all the usual Prism-en­abled tricks across your pe­riph­er­als, the soft­ware up to SteelSeries’s usual stan­dards, and the 32-bit CPU on­board show­ing no signs of slow­ing any­thing down.

With its new sen­sor and com­plete fail­ure to put a foot wrong, the new Ri­val is a mouse to watch.

$99 | STEELSERIES.COM Sen­sor: 12,000dpi op­ti­cal (SteelSeries TruMove 3); De­sign: right-handed, 6 but­tons ; Cable: 2m; Di­men­sions: 12.8 x 7 x 4.2cm, 88.3g

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