PC Gaming peripheral makers are going to need to step up their recreation, as SteelSeries proves for the third time in underneath a yr that it is aware of easy methods to make a virtually unbeatable gaming mouse.
At $59 (about £45, AU$70), the SteelSeries Rival 310 is the mid-priced accomplice to the equally priced Sensei 310. These two sit under the higher-end Rival 600 at $79 or £79 (about AU$100). The worth additionally places it competitively near the $69 (about £69, AU$99) Logitech G Professional Gaming Mouse and the $49 (£34, AU$59) Cooler Grasp MasterMouse MM520.
On the time of writing, the SteelSeries Sensei 310 and Rival 600 each sit on the prime of our rankings for greatest gaming mice. And, after spending a while with the Rival 310, it’s secure to say that SteelSeries is the corporate to beat with regards to gaming mice, as a result of the Rival 310 joins its siblings on the entrance of the pack.
The Rival 310 has a easy, clear design. And, it has nearly all the pieces one ought to count on from a gaming mouse: two important buttons, a clickable scroll wheel, two thumb buttons, and a CPI change. There’s even two zones of RGB lighting, with the SteelSeries emblem and the scroll wheel each being independently lit. Nonetheless, the sunshine is only aesthetic, as it may well’t be set to replicate CPI settings or in-game statistics.
Matte black plastic covers many of the mouse, with a grey silicone used for the aspect grips and scroll wheel. Whereas a lot of the mouse’s type is clean curves, a couple of areas have sudden angle modifications that add a little bit aggression into the aesthetic. However, even these angles are rounded off to maintain snug. The plastic is described by SteelSeries as “Fingerprint Resistant” and does a surprisingly good job of hiding palm sweat or finger grease.
The development is strong. The plastic feels gentle, however after giving it some some onerous squeezes, we’re satisfied it’s a tricky little mouse. Even the silicone aspect grips really feel sturdy, as we are able to’t simply pry them out or scratch them with our fingernails.
The one simply breakable elements we suspect are the principle mouse buttons, the place a sizeable hole on the entrance leaves a bit an excessive amount of house for one thing to jam its method in and pop the buttons off (regardless that we guess they will simply pop proper again on). We’re unsure concerning the USB cable both, which is barely bolstered, but it surely’s onerous to inform simply how effectively.
In our hand, the Rival 310 feels a tad too small for a correct palm grip, as our fingertips lengthen previous the entrance of the mouse. However, now we have fairly massive fingers. And for large-handed claw grips, the mouse is an efficient measurement. Most avid gamers will possible discover the scale snug.
Luckily, no matter grip fashion, the silicone siding is a unbelievable help. They don’t really feel gummy and provide wonderful grip to select the mouse up throughout liftoffs. Although the appropriate aspect is slanted downward, the Rival 310 continues to be simple to elevate confidently with even a mild squeeze.
The Rival 310 is a bit on the sunshine aspect, weighing simply 88.Three grams. For some this will likely really feel too gentle. Although we usually like a hefty mouse, we really feel good with the burden because of the sturdy development. The rubber cable could annoy some who’d hope for braided, however we’ve had sufficient braided cables fray from rubbing on the sting of our desk that we’re not so involved with rubber over braided cable.
We had a pair weeks away from critical gaming earlier than testing the Rival 310, so we weren’t certain how issues would go, however the unbelievable monitoring of this mouse made it simple for us to dive proper again into a number of the best video games.
We will solely say the Rival 310 delivers on each facet of efficiency. For one, SteelSeries actually is aware of easy methods to put a button on a mouse. Irrespective of the place we click on on the first mouse buttons, the actuation feels constant. The identical is true for the thumb buttons. Having continuously blown key moments in Overwatch by popping our final due to an unintentional thumb click on, we’re pleased to say that’s a lot simpler to keep away from on the Rival 310.
When it comes to uncooked specs, the Rival 310 boasts as much as 12,000 counts-per-inch (CPI), accuracy at speeds over 350 inches-per-second and as much as 50Gs of acceleration, and a 1ms polling fee. That’s topped off with one-to-one monitoring at as much as 3,500 CPI. Whereas we don’t have a lab the place we are able to put these numbers by way of a scientific take a look at, we don’t see any hitches, hiccups, or inaccuracies in our intense firefights in PUBG, Rainbow Siege Siege, CS:GO, or Overwatch.
And, after all, the gaming expertise is basically what issues.
In each recreation we play with the Rival 310, we are able to really feel how constant our mouse actions are. We discover it extremely simple to snap onto a goal in the entire video games we play, even when our potential to regulate our recoil just isn’t fairly as nice (however that’s under no circumstances the fault of the mouse).
Our solely grievance concerning the efficiency is a small one, and that’s the the CPI change can solely toggle between two settings, and there’s no indicator of which is chosen. In fact, anybody seeking to benefit from one-to-one monitoring is probably going going to stay with one CPI setting for nearly all the pieces, through which case the CPI button can simply be remapped to do one thing else completely.
We haven’t been enjoying a lot R6 Siege, Overwatch, or CS:GO not too long ago, however what higher video games to check the TrueMove Three sensor on. Fairly to our shock, we have been on hearth. We nonetheless battle to win when simply the very tippy prime of somebody’s head is peeking out, however that’s as a result of we’re not that good.
In every single place else, we really feel like our performs are figuring out nice, and solely impeded by our personal shortcomings. We will lead our group to victory in a CS:GO gungame. We often earn top-frag in a recreation of R6 Siege, even getting some kills we are able to’t consider. We will even pull an ace proper by way of our rustiness (although for the one we bought, the enemy group was down one participant, so it was an asterisk Ace).
Going for a couple of aggressive placement matches in Overwatch, and to not dismiss our teammates effort, we’re a critical menace enjoying DPS. Even flailing round with a mace as Brigitte feels nice, understanding the place every swing would go even when we have to draw our mouse over a bit to get the hit.
Is the Rival 310 the right mouse? Possibly. If funds is an element, then it’s completely a prime choose in its worth vary. In fact, the feel and appear is probably not to everybody’s liking, but it surely’s gaming efficiency is nearly as good as you may get for about $50.
We will consider only a few causes to not choose the Rival 310. Two of these causes are the Rival 600 and Sensei 310, and that choice comes down to cost and private desire. The one sturdy cause we are able to see to select a special mouse is that if wi-fi is a precedence. The Logitech G305 Wi-fi appears promising, however till we evaluate it, we are able to’t say there are any wi-fi mouse at this worth level which might be aggressive.
With Rival 310, Sensei 310, and Rival 600, SteelSeries continues to point out that it’s making the most effective mice for the most effective costs.