Steelseries rival 310
Rival 700 Made Lighter
The Steelseries 310 features an ergonomic right-handed shape that feels very similar to the 700. Its shape makes the mouse best suited for palm and claw grips, and the large rear end helps keep the mouse secure in the base of your palm. The weight is evenly distributed with the center of mass sitting right in the middle of the mouse. It’s a comfortable shape and fairly safe for most hand sizes.
The mouse has a textured plastic finish that feels slightly gritty and does a great job at helping you maintain your grip. There’s also rubberized grips on both sides for extra stability. The left and right mouse buttons feature a split-trigger design, which means both buttons are separate from the shell itself, with Omron switches underneath. The switches themselves are crisp, and are light enough so that finger fatigue isn’t an issue. The scroll wheel has the same rubberized finish as the side grips and has an interesting notch pattern cut into it. It’s a fairly basic scroll wheel which is a bit light and a little loose, so it’s not ideal for bunny hopping. Behind the scroll wheel there’s a dedicated DPI button. DPI can be set to anywhere between 100 to 12,000, but you’ll need to install the Steelseries Engine software to do so. You’ll also need Engine to customize the RGB lighting on the logo and scroll wheel. The cable on the 310 is made of a lightweight, soft rubber that I really like. It doesn’t kink or drag on the table and it should work with most mouse bungees.
On the underside of the mouse, the 310 has an unusual three feet setup with one large foot in front, and two smaller ones at the rear. The feet are smooth and fast though, and I didn’t notice any difference compared to more traditional two and four feet setups.
The Rival 310 uses the Steelseries Truemove3 optical sensor which is the brand’s custom version of the Pixart PMW3360. The sensor is located right in the middle of the base, which matches its weight distribution. Steelseries’s implementation is on par with other popular 3360 mice, and tracks flawlessly at any DPI, with no acceleration, delay, jitter, smoothing, pixel skipping, or spin out issues. Lift off distance is fairly low, and is roughly equivalent to 1 CD (~1.2mm).
The Rival 310 doesn’t have all of the advanced features of the Rival 700, but it does offer a comfortable ergonomic shape and a top-of-the-line sensor in a lightweight package, all of which make it one of the best FPS mice out there.