We cannot deny that the shape of the Rival 700 makes it undeniably one of the most comfortable mice we have tested so far; we did try it in The Division, Counter-Strike Source, Paladins, Ghost in Shell, Quantum Break but also Paragon and the response to our movements was very accurate, while the top CPI button is easy accessible when we do need to change the current value. While Rival 700 seems initially a wireless mouse offering, it is not but the manufacturer has chosen to build it this way in order for the user to take advantage of the two supplied cables and during travel we can always remove the USB cable from the mouse.
The RGB LED light setup is not as advanced as the one we have seen with Corsair (along with their CUE software), but it is integrated into Gamesense, which means that it reacts to the actions if the current game is supported.
The first novelty element is the inclusion of the OLED screen, which is fully configurable to the user and thanks to the Gamesense feature, it will display different information during the matches (we have support currently for CS:GO, DOTA 2 but also Minecraft). Besides that, we can also set it to display any black/white image we would like in the set resolutions, but also upload animations, which do play quite smoothly at 10FPS.
The second novelty element represents the vibration feature integrated in this mouse, which reacts to the in-game actions (integration with Gamesense), but we can also set cooldown actions ourselves to any other titles from the SS Engine interface.
We also have a third novelty element, which is the interchangeable sensor modules; while the initial module contains a PixArt PMW3360 sensor (optical), we can switch it when needed with an optional PixArt 9800 (laser) sensor.
As optional accessories, the Rival 700 mouse also gets swappable top covers; we can remove the original one in order to replace it with one sleek and glossy version, but also one textured with an anti-sweat finish.
SteelSeries have really outdone themselves with a really innovative mouse which brings a lot of new features to the already crowded gaming market, has great accuracy thanks to the included sensor (with the possibility to exchange it when if needed), a comfortable shape which is suitable for palm, claw or fingertip grip styles, but also well-placed extra programmable buttons.
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We would like to thank again to SteelSeries for making this review possible!