SteelSeries Rival 710 Review
When it comes to gaming mice SteelSeries has a whole range of different mice to cater for all types of people. Ranging from the budget Rival 3, to the ever popular Sensei 10 and up to their high end Rival 650. SteelSeries is known for for making quality and their Rival 710 is no different, but with all the glitz and glam of the OLED screen and haptic feedback. The mouse does come at a high cost, but does it justify it? Let’s take a look.
SteelSeries Aim Master
Now before we jump into a more in depth look of the Rival 710, let’s do what I promised I will always do with my mouse reviews; Head on over to the SteelSeries Aim Master app and test my skills with the SteelSeries Rival 710 gaming mouse.
The SteelSeries Aim Master is designed to improve your aiming skills and rank your score based on your reaction time and accuracy, but in no way is it to tell if you have a winner of a mouse in your hands — it is more just for fun and bragging rights, anyways I plug the mouse in and give it one shot! Here are the scores from the Rival 710 and I compare them to the highest ranked ones in the category (I am impressed actually, it took home some personal bests).
The SteelSeries Rival 710 is a large size mouse, which is exactly how I like them. I have always preferred beefier mice with a bit of weight. This accommodates my palm grip style and big paws. It is also packed with extra features including an OLED display, haptic feedback engine, and swapable components — all of which certainly boost the size of the mouse, not that I am complaining at all!
It is covered in a soft touch finish, covering the mouse from head to tail and is alot more pleasant feeling than other mice in the market. In all honesty, I have really enjoyed the overall feel and weight of the mouse, it is a pleasure to hold in your hand.
It has a well built, ergonomic design that is made for right handed gamers. The 2 main buttons on top have high performance (60 million click) mechanical switches and a lovely scroll wheel that is finished in a non-slip rubber material that is extremely responsive.
The button directly behind the mouse wheel changes the DPI settings on the fly, which is pretty common amongst mice nowadays. The Thumb buttons however, are always a touchy subject for me as I rarely find a mouse that I am comfortable with. Alas the SteelSeries Rival 710 has done a great job of putting them in the perfect spot, just above the thumb rest to give a great comfort feel, all while contributing to the overall and ergonomic design of the mouse.
You get two different cables to choose from with this mouse; one being a 1 meter USB Soft PVC Short Cable and a 2 meter non-braided cable, which ever one you desire you can choose I suppose.
Performance and Specs
SteelSeries included the TrueMove 3 sensor that is incredibly accurate and is as smooth as butter. Honestly, it is the best mouse I have used up to this point in time and is an absolute pleasure to game with. The sensor is limited to 12,000 counts per inch (CPI), which is slightly lower in a lot of other mice but honestly, how many people do you know play above 5000? This sensor is allows for 1:1 tracking regardless of what you have the CPI set to and I honestly couldn’t rate the performance any higher. It has a polling rate of 1000Hz and an IPS of 350+ tested on QCK surfaces.
Unique 710 Features
The first ‘unique’ feature that the SteelSeries 710 boasts is of course, the OLED screen, which is situated just next to the three thumb buttons on the side of the mouse. Whilst this OLED screen isn’t very big and some consider it a gimmick, I actually found it great to play around with, I even gave it a personal ‘MEF TECH’ logo of it’s own!
As for a gimmick? well yes, I suppose but so is RGB in my eyes and lets be honest, who doesn’t love that as well. The screen its self can be customized with a number of popular picture files from Jpeg to Gif formats, and if you want some cool images for your self, you can get them from the official page here. The display can also show practical information related to certain games, but I am going to be honest here; I am never going to look at my mouse during an intense online battle, would you?
The second ‘unique’ feature would have to be that of the haptic feedback engine that allows you to set custom vibrations to remind when your cool-down in game is ready, or when your health is low. This is a fantastic addition, but is currently only limited to only a small amount of games.
SteelSeries Engine 3 – Let There Be Light!
The OLED screen, haptic feedback, and 2 zone RGB lighting are all controlled through the SteelSeries Engine 3 software. This software is great, simple to use, and offers all the usual features such as allowing you to change CPI settings, polling rate, control motion smoothing and assign different functions to all the mouse buttons. It also allows you to sync up your Rival 710 with other SteelSeries products such as the Apex 3 or Apex 5 keyboards.
SteelSeries Rival 710
- PERFORMANCE - 95%95%
- QUALITY - 90%90%
- DESIGN - 90%90%
- VALUE - 85%85%
The only downside that will push most shoppers away from buying this mouse is the high price tag of $179AUD, but it has a huge amount of features, excellent performance and luxurious comfort. There are some features that people would consider ‘gimmicks’, but I honestly enjoyed them and still love looking at my custom OLED screen. For me the SteelSeries Rival 710 is honestly one of the best gaming mice on the market and justifies its worth. I guess, if you want the Ferrari of gaming mice, then you gotta pay a little bit extra to get it.
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