SteelSeries Rival 110 Gaming Mouse Review

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Clean, lightweight, and ordinary. Save for the glowing SteelSeries logo near the base of the mouse, the Rival 110 is a companion for those who desire a mouse without all the bells and whistles that are ever common in gaming peripherals nowadays. SteelSeries has a stellar reputation for winning peripherals, often rated by tech magazines to be among some of the best in terms of features and quality.

The Rival 110 is like most mice, featuring 30 million click durability guaranteed. The design is actually quite comfortable, with ergonomic features that are designed for use with different grip styles. It also comes in at a very light 90 grams. I’m using a Logitech MX Master by comparison, and the Master feels like a small brick compared to this. The Rival has a rubber scroll wheel and is connected via a wired USB connection. The cable is long, able to reach my PC under the desk with ample cord left over. It’s a matte black mouse with a gray bottom, with six buttons. There isn’t any rubber on the side grip areas, which is a bit of a shame as I’ve come to feel that this should be standard on most mice, but the return is a lower price point.

There is software that is included with the mice that allow for some customization, which includes changing the color of the logo and the scroll wheel. I was a bit disappointed that the color has to be the same for both. The software is designed to allow the player to customize the buttons and their features. One thing that I do like about the software is that it’s very easy to use. It’s a lot easier than its competition, and it’s neatly organized. The software is also useful because you can set up profiles that launch with certain applications. Features like DPI sensitivity can be adjusted per program basis, and this definitely saves a bit of time. The DPI settings can go from what I consider “sluggish-feeling” to almost insanely sensitive. It’s very precise.

The Rival 110 is a great office companion. As somebody who converts between the student life in pharmacy school to the more office-related environment and especially as I get closer to rotations where I’ll need to be more mobile, it’s a treat. It feels nice in the hand and has no lag in inputs. The lightweight factor lets me just leave it in my bag in the event that I need a mouse, and even with some other objects in the bag, it has maintained its condition, thanks to its flat matte black surface. The upside here is that it’s not pricey either, so in the event that I lost the mouse, it wouldn’t be a huge loss to swallow. This product, at the end of the day, is a solid recommendation for those who just need a budget mouse that works without all the bells and whistles, but just enough to express their own individuality.