SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅13-03-18
Performance Testing
First and foremost, the sensor. SteelSeries have produced some epic sensors over the last couple of years, with the Rival 310 and Sensei 310 both being incredibly impressive with the TrueMove3. Things have been stepped up another level with the TrueMove3+ with the inclusion of the depth sensor. The lack of any kind of acceleration, jitter, lag or any other distracting sensor issues are truly appreciated while using the Rival 600, especially when relying on the device to nail a headshot or get yourself out of a tight situation. It took such a small amount of time to become accustomed to the device, due to the 1:1 sensor tracking at anything less than 3500 DPI, which most people tend to stick to anyway. Lifting the mouse and placing it back down results in a tiny amount of mouse movement during the exercise, but once the mouse is placed back down, there’s no deviation whatsoever, resulting in a much more precise experience.

The Rival 600 is on the larger side of the market, being better suited for someone with larger hands, but due to the extensive use of grippy silicone patches, the mouse can be used by a variety of different grip styles. One issue which effected myself was the DPI switch – whenever I was scrolling up a page, my finger would knock the DPI switch every time, making it pot-luck as to which DPI setting I ended up being assigned – the fix was to set both DPI options at 2600 – not ideal but it worked.



The weights system allowed a range of customisation to the mouse which is unlike anything we’ve tested recently. The two banks of the weights allow an additional 32g to be added, starting off with a mouse at 96g and resulting in 128g, giving the user a choice between a stripped down racing machine or a heavy behemoth of a mouse. The placement options also allow you to fine-tune the balance of the mouse, if you so wish.

As is the case on pretty much any peripheral on the market, RGB lighting is a must-have; The SteelSeries Rival 600 does not disappoint on this front, with incredibly bright and vibrant colours with excellent diffusion. The software also backed this up, allowing a great degree of customisation of both colours and effects.

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