Hey there gamers! I’m back with our SteelSeries Rival 300 review and today we DEFINETELY are going to know this Mouse inside-out. I’ve had the chance to test out SteelSeries Rival 300 myself (thanks to a friend of mine) and I’ll transmit every truth, every pros and every cons about it in this review.
No missed spots. I will be more rigorous during our SteelSeries Rival 300 review because usually gamers (especially comfortable gamers) are sometimes stuck in a dead end when it comes to SteelSeries Rival 300.
Should I pay more and get a mouse with more to give? Or should I stick with it? Or should I get a SteelSeries Rival 310?? This confusion is the main question mark in most of gamers' head and I will give you the answer in this post. We’re going to talk about all of it. So, let’s jump in:
Here is the general outline of our SteelSeries Rival 300 Review:
- Getting Started
- Tech Specs
- Who Is It For
- Design / Ergonomics
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- What Others Think
- Where Can You Get One?
So, LET’S GET STARTED
SteelSeries Rival 300 Review - Getting Started
We will get started by knowing general technicals specifications of SteelSeries Rival 300. Here they are:
- SteelSeries Rival 300
- Zero Hardware Acceleration
- Simplistic and Ergonomic Palm / Claw Grip Design
- 6 Programmable Buttons (CPI Included)
- Configurable DPI up to 6,500 DPI
- 2.5 mm Laser Depth
- Size: 130 x 68 x 40 mm
- Weight: 130 g
- Wired Mouse Connection
- 30 Million Click Lifespan Durable Click Switces
- 16.8 Million RGB Color 2 Zone Illumination
As you can see, SteelSeries Rival 300 is a quite simplistic mouse. Simple but cool design, kickass ergonomics, enough buttons for a comfortable gaming session and more than enough DPI range.
For a more visual start I would like you to pre-introduce you with this video SteelSeries Rival 300 Review:
But not everyone may be acquainted with these technical specs or about mice overall. If you want to know every fundamental about gaming mouse, check out our What's A Gaming Mouse, and Optical vs Lazer Sensor article. Or just click our Get Started Menu Icon or the link image down below to get started with everything 🙂
You may have guessed the crowd which this simple baby addresses to. Let’s define that crowd and after that you can decide for yourself whether you’re going to get this mouse or not. Here we go:
Who Is it For
Let’s define the crowd that would be very happy by buying themselves a SteelSeries Rival 300:
- You want quality and comfort from a gaming mouse and that’s your first priority.
- Precision, responsiveness, accuracy and robustness is a must for you.
- You are a gamer who is more of a comfortable gamer than a hardcore gamer.
- You want simplicity and accuracy to get your job done.
- You want your gaming mouse to be durable and last long.
- You probably play a lot of CS:GO.
- You also want a decent DPI range, enough buttons to program and an easy good software.
- You don’t need a TOP TIER gaming mouse to satisfy your gaming needs.
- You don’t want to spend big bucks on a gaming mouse. You want a mid-price range gaming mouse
If these statements are coherent with your gamig mouse preferences inside your head, then you may get a SteelSeries Rival 300 because it looks like you’re going to get along very well.
As you know, the gaming industry has evolved to a gigantic new level. Back then in old times big LAN parties were a thing, now we have stadium-sized ESports events with big bucks tied to them. As the gaming industry evolved, gaming peripherals followed the lead.
You can think SteelSeries Rival 300 as the grandchildren of old two button gaming mice. SteelSeries Rival 300 has been evolved and now much more better than its ancestors. Design, buttons, new-age sensors. If you’re a fan of quality and simplicity, then this baby will be just about enough to satisfy you.
But if you’re a more hardcore kind of a gamer and willing to spend more Money on complex and high end gaming peripherals then there are much better options you can consider.
Now we all know if you’re a potential SteelSeries Rival 300 owner or not. Are you one of them?? If you’re one of them, at “Where To Buy” section I will tell you guys/ladies where you can get one of these babies for yourself. So, keep reading and stay tight!
Design / Ergonomics
Design and ergonomics are probably the strongest features of SteelSeries Rival 300. That’s the main reason why Rival 300 is one of the best friends of a comfortable gamer. An all-rounder mouse with simplistic and comfortable design with great-enough technnical features and a quality build.
Ergonomic of SteelSeries Rival 300 are specially designed to fit many user types, no matter if you’re a claw gripper or a palm gripper. SteelSeries Rival 300 is a little wider in dimensions when we compare it to other mice and that’s one of the reasons why I liked it more.
When I put my hand on SteelSeries Rival 300 I’ve felt actually pretty comfortble (and I’m a claw grip by the way). It didn’t feel like I’m gripping something but I actually felt like I’m resting my hand on it. When I wanted to grip I could grip easily. It gives you a feeling that most other gaming mice fail to supply you. A feel of being at home 🙂 Well, in a gaming mice kida way 😀
To sum it up, SteelSeries Rival 300 is large enough to provide comfort to palm grippers and curved enough to fit claw grippers smoothly. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Rival 300 is a great choice for people with large hands.
And a little side feature: Rival 300 gives you the ability to customize the rear “Rival” logo at the back of your mouse just under the illumination zone. If you have a 3D printer you can pprint out your own logo to place. If you ask me, it’s an unnecessary feature. How many of you people have a 3D printer?? And your hand will cover the area most of the time that it won’t be visible. But for the ones who want to use this customization, it’s a plus.
After this romance of ergonomics let’s check out other design aspects of Rival 300. This mouse has side grip textures to provide a better side grip and easier mouse movement assisted from non-click fingers. This is good feature and it’s kind of a reference to the epic Razer Deathadder Chroma gaming mouse.
We all know Razer Deathadder (I guess) and how epic it is that it has become one of the signature mice which gamig mice industry is referred by. The side grip textures of Razer Deathadder is a feature that everyone remembers and SteelSeries has obviously inspired from Deathadder while making Rival 300.
Side grips of Rival 300 is good enough, but if you’re acquinted with Razer Deathadder and you want the same side grip quality that it provides you, then you may not get EXACTLY what you wanted. After long hours of CS:GO it may make you feel a little uncomfortable with Rival 300.
Side grips of Steel Series Rival 300 are also providing good quality but they made me feel a llittle lack of resiliency and it wasn’t sticky enough like Razer Deathadder. SteelSeries Rival 300 is good, but if you want better grip from sides you better get a Razer Deathadder.
If we have to sum up all programmable buttons of SteelSeries Rival 300 we can list them as follows:
- Right and Left click buttons
- Scroll Wheel Button
- DPI Shifter
- Two thumb buttons
Maybe I couldn’t get what I exactly wanted from side grips, but Rival 300 has definetely made it up to me at mouse clicks and scroll wheel. In design and ergonomics SteelSeries Rival 300 is a definetely “no worries” gaming mouse. Right and left click buttons stand exactly where they should be and they’re pretty easy to press without any challenge.
Also mouse clicks are made from SteelSeries’ own switches and set up for a lifespan of 30 million clicks. It’s actually quite a long time. It may last even longer than you 🙂
Scroll wheel of Rival 300 is a definite plus because it’s tuned so accurately that it rolls so smoothly and stops where I wanted it to stop. Rubberized coating on the scroll wheel is the icing on the cake. Protrusions on the rubber coating makes it so smooth to direct the scroll wheel and definetely aids accuracy. I wish they could have produced the side grips from the same smooth and soft material.
I hate when mice have a flying off scroll wheel. Especially while browsing the internet I’ve always suffered from mice that scroll the whole page down even with a little spin of the scroll Wheel. SteelSeries Rival 300 is not one of them and I’m pleased with the scroll wheel and buttons design. Good job SteelSeries!!
DPI Shifter is a 50/50 for me. It’s a good sign for a simplistic mouse to have a DPI shifter button but it could have a separate DPI indicator to know exactly which DPI you’re on. Higher end mice definetely have this feature. Also you can program the DPI button for something else like “Throwing Grenade” maybe. There’s a lot of options.
DPI switch is a well attachment but it felt a little challenging for me to press it when I’m in need. DPI button is placed (in my opinion) a little more backwards than where it should have been. DPI button is a little bit small when compared to other buttons of Rival 300 but all other buttons do a GREAT job.
The side buttons though are GREAT. Simple and useful. You don’t usually mix them like you accidentally mix buttons with more complex gaming mice. Front side button is smaller than the rare one and it’s designed that way to be easily pressed with tip of your thumb. Rare thumb button can be easily pressed by bendig the thumb button a little bit.
As I said before, SteelSeries Rival 300 is a simplistic mouse. ZEN is the main concept behind it and if you’re a person who likes simplicity, comfort, quality design and durability then Rival 300 is for you.
Now let’s check out the software:
SteelSeries Rival 300 uses The SteelSeries Engine software and actually the interface is pretty COOL. And you will find a lot of unpredicted options for customization. Just as the mouse its software is also easy to use and user friendly.It’s also attractive and eye-candy for your eyes.
Advantage of the software is that it holds a clean and stylish design. Doesn’t overwhelm the user and reflects to the user the simplicity of the mouse itself.
Also these videos may help you in the process:
Even though Rival 300 is not the “Super Sports Car” of gaming mice, SteelSeries Engine Software makes you feel like you’re tuning a badass sports car with all those speedometer type DPI adjusters and Acceleration/Decelaration equalizers. Good work!
There’s an extra feature of Rival 300 and that’s the feature which goes by the name “GameSense”. It’s a preset of lightning effects which gets active during certain events in certain games. You can configure the mouse to change colors during certain events like kill streaks or low health or etc..
If you ask me, it’s kind of a cool but unnecessary feature, but for the ones who want to show off in a LAN party or a tournament to become the cool guy of the house it can be a great way to stand out in a fun way.
Also the RGB illumination is a plus. You can change the color of scroll Wheel and SteelSeries rare logo light and you get to choose from 16.8 million colors of RGB spectrum. These days usually all decent gaming mice come with RGB illumination and that’s why I approach to it as a neutral feature. Good to have, but not going to give you a candy for having it Rival 300 😀
Lift off distance is well balanced and it’s not large so I think you will be pleased if you are a person of attention for that kind of a detail. The only thing that the software may make you feel empty is the absence of lift-off distance adjustment. You can’t adjust the lift-off distance with SteelSeries Rival 300 with SteelSeries Engine. For me it wasn’t a problem but it’s you to decide.
I didn’t have any issues with SteelSeries Engine Software myself but I heard some rumors from some people that only once in a while it had some USB issues. I’m using a 3.0 USB but some people who were using 2.0 experienced a bug that wasn’t allowng to install an update with muse plugged into a 2.0 USB port. They solved it by plugging the mouse to a 3.0 USB port and obviously it was an odd incident but after the update mouse continued to function fine as before and it was a one time thing.
I don’t think you will face any big problems with SteelSeries Rival 300 and the software, but it’s a true fact that ALL GAMING MICE and I mean EVEN THE BEST of them sometimes come up with odd issues no matter how high end they are. I’ve faced with technical issues even with a Logitech gaming mouse and they’re REALLY GOOD in general.
So, little technical problems once in a while are always encountered with ALL gaming mice and I believe you won’t face any big issue with SteelSeries Rival 300.
Let’s sum it up:
Software interface is slick and easy to use. Also user friendly design and car speedometer DPI adjusters are a cool thing. Cool and simple – this is what sums up SteelSeries Engine.
“GameSense” feature may not be a necessary OUTSTANDING feature but it’s still a plus.
That Sports Car interface is cool. You got me there 🙂
SteelSeries Rival 300 is an entry-level mid-range mouse but still supports two zone RGB illUmination. A plus for the SWAG lowers.
You can’t adjust lift-off distance
From self experience I can say that SteelSeries Rival 300 is a mouse which does exactly what it tells you on the advertisement: Deadly Precision, Pro-Grade Performance and Comfort. It really gets the job done. Promise of precision and performance is actually kept and I don’t have to mention the comfort.
A great choice for gamers who are more simplistic and don’t want to deal with a bazzilion buttons. Features of it are satisfying and ergonomical wide design is a great choice for gamers with large hands.
Also the Angle Snapping feature can smooth out your mouse movement along lines and it can provide comfort while playing games which don’t require precision aiming..You use it or reset to zero depending on your personal preferences.
Is SteelSeries Rival 300 a special mouse?? Well, it’s a great gaming mouse for comfortable gamers who want a quality and simplistic designed gaming mouse but no, it’s not that special. It’s a successfull gaming mouse with a robust build and satisfying features but there are of course better gaming mice out there and I personally think that price for Rival 300 is a little bit higher than it should be.
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Now let’s sum up the pros and cons.
Design is simple, ergonomic and durable. Scroll Wheel is tuned precisely
Software is slick, user friendly and offers many adjustable features including mouse acceleration and angle snapping.
Although sounds unnecessary, GameSense and changeable 3D Printed Logo are features that not every gaming mouse has.
Side Grips are not as great as Razer Deathadder and may not feel that comfortable after very long hours of gaming.
Lift off distance is not adjustable.
Price could be a little lower.
There’s nothing ugly about Rival 100. Rival 100 is actually a quality mouse and it won’t harm you if you get one. The only thing I can say is that you may find a gaming mouse with more features that you can benefit from just by increasing the price a bit more or for a price around the same price range.
Else of that, I’ve already listed the cons above.
What Others Think??
Prior to getting a gaming mouse I always check out the comments of other users and I’m sure that you do the same too. You’ve read my comments and now it’s time to check out the others.
SteelSeries Rival 300 has got 4.2 stars out of 5. That’s MORE THAN GREAT. So, obviously people are satisfied with SteelSeries Rival 300.
Let’s check the statistics:
390 customers (it may be higher now) have rated Rival 300 and these are the numbers:
59% voted 5 stars
17% voted 4 stars
9% voted 3 stars.
I assume that ratings with equal or more than 3 stars are considered “Good Ratings”. A percentage of %86 has rated this mouse positevely and more than half of these ratings are 5 stars. So, what does it mean?? This is the meaning:
IT IS A GOOD BUY
That’s not just me. It’s the crowd talking 🙂
So, go up to our “Who Is It For” section of our review and re-read it. If those statements are defining you, then you can buy a SteelSeries Rival 300 without hesitation. Don’t worry, I will give you an adress where you can buy with best deals available 🙂
AND ALSO here are some real user comments from Amazon:
Where To Buy It From??
The best and probably easiest place you can buy it from is Amazon.com. Great delivery services, good customer care and there’s a great chance that you can come across some DAMN GOOD DISCOUNTS.
Price of SteelSeries Rival 300 was around $50 dollars on Amazon, but check it out yourself to see the latest price. Also there’s a good chance that you may get an Amazon discount if you’re lucky enough 🙂
Now you know SteelSeries Rival 100 inside-out and you’re pretty much in a good condition to decide whether you should get one for yourself or not 🙂
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