SteelSeries Rival Review

👤by Richard Weatherstone Comments 📅04-06-14

Product on Review: SteelSeries Rival
Manufacturer: SteelSeries
Street Price: £51.95 inc VAT

The differences between laser mice and optical have blurred over the past couple of years. While many will opt for a laser mouse because a laser mouse is much more precise, in theory at least, and is much better at tracking on a wide range of surfaces while the optical mouse are generally cheaper while retaining much of the laser mice qualities. Both technologies are 'optical' in nature with the difference being the illumination type; laser mouse use a laser to illuminate the surface while optical mice use an LED. Enhancements in both technologies are such that the differences are very difficult to measure in real world use. After all, can anyone really make use of a DPI (or CPI as SteelSeries prefer to call it) higher than 3 or 4k? We doubt it. With DPI's on high end devices now going well beyond 6k, the battle is fought not with manual articulation but merely with numbers.

The SteelSeries Rival is an optical mouse but could quite easily be mistaken for a laser device for the figures match up to many laser devices. Couple this with SteelSeries know how when making a gaming device and the Rival presents us with, on paper at least, a very well specced peripheral suitable for any gamer from any level.

About SteelSeries
Put simply, SteelSeries does not claim to invent or reinvent the gaming industry. Nor do we focus on one specific product, copy other companies or follow the crowd.

Instead we leave it to you, the gamer, our customer/partner/inspiration, to decide if we are deserving of such declarations and accolades. What we do promise, however, is to remain committed to you. We will continue to work with you and the gaming community to make the best products possible and give you that competitive edge. We will continue to do our best to support the growth of the professional gaming industry and give back to the gaming communities. By doing so, we don’t just talk a good game, we win!

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