SteelSeries Rival 600 Review – The ESPORTS Monster, ALL Time BEST

SteelSeries Rival 600


Sensor Performance









  • TOP-NOTCH sensor performance.
  • One of the BEST performance gaming ice that has ever been manufactured.
  • The BEST WEIGHT customisation EVER! 256 different weight placement options
  • High quality materials - 60 Millions Clicks Lifespan


  • Price is relatively high

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review was one of the reviews that I've wanted to write for a LONG LONG TIME because it's one of my personal favorites and without any doubt, I can count it in any TOP 10 BEST gaming mice list!!!! It's a specific gaming mouse which is tailored for ESPORTS and hosts one of the BEST SENSOR TRACTION QUALITIES that a gaming mouse can ever provide to gamers. This is the REAL DEAL and it's meant for gamers who want ONLY THE BEST!!!

We'll get to explore this baby inside out and I can foresee the results: YOU WILL WANT IT... There's no reason for anyone to be unsatisfied with a SteelSeries Rival 600. You will understand what I mean as you proceed through our review 🙂

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Who Is It For??

  • First of all, are you taking gaming seriously and do you want a gaming peripheral which is definitely one of the BEST that the gaming mice industry can provide you??
  • Are you gaming frequently and sometimes even on a hardcore gamer level??
  • Do you want the BEST OPTICAL SENSOR QUALITY in the gaming mice industry which will put you into a headshot streak??
  • Do you want a gaming mouse which doesn’t only performs beyond epic, but also looks INCREDIBALLY BEAUTIFUL??
  • Do you play FPS/ RPG /SHOOTER games frequently??
  • Would you like a mouse which you can customize ALL of its features and also ADJUST THE WEIGHT for coherency with your own comfort zone??
  • Are you willing to invest some good money for a decent gaming mouse which will last very long and become one of your best friends??
  • Do you even think about taking your gaming to a pro-level?? Or maybe even to an ESports quality level??
  • Are you looking for not just a gaming mouse, but a deadly GAMING WEAPON that can no doubt drastically increase the chances for you to become a champion??


If your answer for most of these questions is yes, then you shouldn’t waste any time and GET YOURSELF A SteelSeries RIVAL 600 IMMEDIATELY!!

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

It’s one of the best gaming mice that has ever been manufactured and it’s specially tailored for extended gaming performance, It equips one of the BEST OPTICAL GAMING SENSORS that has ever been created and I don’t even have to mention the custom design which stands out within other gaming peripherals.


The term “Best Gaming Mouse” is a relative thing. It highly depends on personal preferences. One mouse may seem and feel like the best for you while another obviously higher-end gaming mouse may not satisfy you in the same way. But there’s a rock solid fact – IT’S ONE OF THE BEST GAMING MICE that a gamer can ever have.

It’s one of the competitors in my personal top 10 list!! This TOP-TIER high-end gaming mouse has many things to offer and I think that especially performance and hardcore gamers will get along with this baby so well 🙂

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

We will get to know EVERYTHING about SteelSeries Rival 600 and I will also explain the reason why you should get one for yourself. At the end of this review, I will also tell you where you can buy one for yourself!



SteelSeries Rival 600



Tech Specs

  • OUTSTANDING RGB Strip Custom Design

  • SteelSeries Signature TrueMove3+ Optical ESports Sensor

  • Revolutionary Double Sensor Technology
  • 12,000 CPI, 350 IPS, True 1:1 Tracking
  • Lowest Lift-Off Distance Ever!! Extended lift-off distance customization options.
  • Adjustable weight from 96g to 129g.
  • Comes with 8 pieces of detachable weight blocks
  • 60 Million Clicks Mechanical Switches Durability Rating!!
  • Split Trigger Button Design
  • Revolutionary Silicone Side Grips – Improved Grip Wih a Smoother Touch
  • 256 Center of gravity weight tuning configurations.
SteelSeries Rival 600 Review


As you’ve seen the image of SteelSeries Rival 600, you probably have already realized that Rival 600 is one of the MOST BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED gaming mice. It is the epic ESports specific member of the Rival series family and it has ALL THE RIGHTS to become a TOP-COMPETITOR in Top 10 Best Gaming Mice List.

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review


It’s STYLISH. And the beautiful design is sending out good vibes about this gaming mouse. The first detail that everyone notice is probably the RGB color stripes laying down through the whole mouse. Great details and out-of-the-box- design thinking has granted SteelSeries a reputable first impression.

 A gamer who values great design and high performance would definitely be satisfied with Rival 600 without a doubt. If you are willing to invest around $70 for a high-quality gaming mouse, then it’s the right one for you.

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

This baby is well-tailored and customized for performance gaming and especially ESports. So, if you’re playing FPS / RPG / SHOOTER genres, this bad boy would be one of your best bets!! Its performance-oriented design and fine-tuned almost unmatchable sensor technology WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN!!


Let’s talk about the design features now...



SteelSeries Rival 600 hosts the good old customized Rival design concept, but maybe with little performance gaming oriented touches on it. When I look at Rival 600, I see the mixture of legendary Razer Deathadder with the conventional Rival ergonomics of Rival 310. The perfect mixture of classic SteelSeries branding ergonomics with the all-time legend of gaming mice ergonomics. But this is my personal opinion.

SteelSeries Rival 600 integrates universal grip style, which means that it’s suitable for all grip types. Maybe fingertip grip can’t be applied to it unless you have GIGANTIC hands, but almost ANYONE would be able to find his/her sweet spot with a Palm Grip or Claw Grip style.

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While the ergonomics host the good old Rival series design form, Rival 600 is a little bit more ambidextrous when compared to other Rival mice such as Rival 700. It’s still a right-handed mouse but it comes with a little tweak of ambidextrousness. But this doesn’t make it löse any comfort ratings – it’s pretty comfortable to use it and my hand on Rival 600 felt like I was holding a customized tactical weapon ready to be fired. Always ready to kill, always in shape...

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

SteelSeries Rival 600 is one of the most neatly designed gaming mice, especially in the SteelSeries Rival series. My personal opinion is that it’s the gaming mouse which has the best design of Rival series mice alongside or after SteelSeries Rival 700.


Materials selection of Rival 600 is elite-level and well thought. The core construction of Riva 600 is made from Fiber-Reinforced Plastic and the top surface material is made from a Black Soft Touch.It feels great when I touch the surface and Rival 600 under my palm has always felt silky smooth.

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

Probably the most innovative material customization, when compared with previous Rival models, is the silicone side grips!! In SteelSeries Rival 600 side grips have been changed with smooth silicone grips which feel better and smother. These grips have made me go really long miles with Rival 600 without even getting uncomfortable.

Materials selection of Rival 600 combined with great ergonomics feels like heaven. Customized for ESports and totally guarantees extended support during long and stressful hours of performance gaming!!



SteelSeries Rival 600 masters the split trigger button design which has kinda become the signature design detail of SteelSeries Rival series. The LR click buttons are separate from the body itself, that’s why you don’t have any chance to mistakenly press them. This is AWESOME!! Because accidental presses are one of the most annoying problems with gaming mice and this is NOT AN ISSUE with SteelSeries Rival 600.SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

SteelSeries Rival 6000 is the first Rival series mouse that has adopted the “3-side-buttons” concept in Rival series FPS/RPG mice. This was a real must because previous Rival FPS mice such as Rival 300 and Rival 310 were lacking this extra side button feature. I’m not saying that 2 buttons aren’t enough, I was pretty satisfied with the overall performance of Rival 310, but with the 3rd button added to the side now you can get the most out of Rival series gaming mice!


This is the list of ALL the buttons at your service:

  • Right Left Split Trigger Click Buttons
  • Scroll Button
  • Rear Button
  • 3 Side Buttons


So, in total there are 7 buttons that we can customize in the exact way we want. You can customize all the buttons with your own macros.

SteelSeries Rival 600 ReviewThere is a detail that we all should get familiar with: SteelSeries Rival 600 buttons are EXTREMELY DURABLE and they have a lifespan of 60 MILLION CLICKS!!!! This is INCREDIBLE!! I’ve never seen a gaming mouse with this much click durability… Even the legendary Logitech G502 and G900 have 50 million button lifespan. SteelSeries Rival 600 is taking it to the NEXT LEVEL and buying a Rival 600 is a GREAT LONG TERM INVESTMENT if you want to a long lasting high-quality gaming mouse!!



The 3rd button is placed right in front of the two horizontal thumb buttons. It’s a button design that probably has not been seen before on any gaming mouse, else of Rival 700. But it isn't bad, actually, the 3rd button matches almost exactly with your thumb button placement standing straight. It only takes a little time to get used to the new setup of buttons, just like in every other gaming mouse.





SteelSeries Rival 600 is not wireless, but it comes with a detachable cable which can be plugged in and out. I don’t know the EXACT idea behind this design detail, but it doesn’t actually hurt... And it’s even better if you travel a lot or like to carry your mouse wherever you go. The detachable mouse cables come in real practical when the user wants to pack his/her mouse up and hit the road.

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

The detachable mouse cord is easy to pack up, 2m (6.5 ft) long and made out of soft rubber. It’s not a braided cable and it doesn’t actually matter in comparison of performance. The only plus of braided cables is that they’re more durable. But this won’t be an issue.

The plus of rubber cable is that they’re easier to fit into a MOUSE BUNGEE! If you’re using a corded mouse, I would DEFINITELY advise you BUYING A MOUSE BUNGEE… They’re the tools that transform your whole mouse using experience. A mouse bungee is a device that holds your mouse cord in place and prevents it from floating around giving you a hard time...


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Weights are probably one of the most eye-catching details of SteelSeries Rival 600. Actually, ALL the features of Rival 600 are KICKASS but when it comes to weights, SteelSeries has definitely accomplished a WONDERFUL job!!

You probably have seen mice with adjustable weights before. If you haven’t seen, this one is in the TOP 5 listing of best gaming mice with adjustable weights… So, you got lucky today 🙂

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

SteelSeries Rival 600 comes with 8 PIECES of attachable/detachable weight blocks, each one of which weighs 4 grams (0.141 ounces). This means that you can add 32 GRAMS OF MOUSE WEIGHT to Rival 600 in total!! 32 grams may not sound like tons to you, but when it comes to handling and overall feel of a gaming mouse, 32 grams can definitely make an appreciable change…

This feature makes SteelSeries Rival 600 a GREAT CHOICE FOR ESPORTS. With Rival 600 you obtain a wide array of weight customization option ranging from 96 grams to 129 grams!! I’ve NEVER ever seen this wide of a weight diapason on any conventional gaming mouse... This brings a huge advantage and freedom of choice to the user.

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

The only minus about the weights is that they’re a little bit challenging when it comes to finagling them into place. It’s not an important detail though, once you get used to it and place the weights into place, you probably won’t ever open it up again for a very long time…

You may not see mouse weight as an important variable in the whole equation of a gaming mouse, but it ACTUALLY MATTERS, especially when you are playing frequently on a hardcore gaming level or ESPECIALLY if you’re planning to hop into pro-gaming or ESPORTS...

SteelSeries Rival 600 ReviewAs an example, I like my mice heavy… I like using my own gaming mouse with 110-130 grams of weight but sometimes you may want a change or you may desire a shift to fast-paced performance gaming. You may want a lighter mouse setup to suit your specific gaming needs. This is where SteelSeries Rival 600 comes in as a problem solver!! No matter which weight value you prefer, Rival 600 has them all!!

You can easily adjust the weight by opening up the sides of Rival 600 and inserting weights into the inner slot. If you’re good with math, you can calculate that Rival 600 you can achieve 256 different weight combinations and center-of-gravity tuning. This is the BEST weight adjustment style that I’ve come across on a gaming mouse and I mean it!!


SteelSeries Rival 600 comes with its separate weight storing bag which is made out of a silicon-like material. It’s pretty neat and it also comes in handy to prevent losing the weight blocks.



SteelSeries Rival 600, of course, comes with RGB Lighting where you can choose from 16.8 million colors!! But the revolutionary feature is that Rival 600 comes with 8 CUSTOMIZABLE RGB LIGHTING ZONES!! You can see the zones pointed out in the picture presented above:

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review


You can customize the RGB zones with the self-created custom color gradients of your choice. Also, there are 4 different lighting animations you can choose from which are Steady, Color Shift, Multi-Color Breathe and Color Breathe. All the RGB settings can be customized from SteelSeries Engine 3 Software.

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

Technical Side of Things

TrueMove3+ Sensor

SteelSeries Rival 600 has no doubt one of the MOST INCREDIBLE OPTICAL GAMING SENSORS that has ever been made!! This is one of the most intense and most precise gaming sensors that has ever been manufactured to meet with gamers who desire THE BEST TRACKING QUALITY out of a gaming sensor.

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SteelSeries has been working very closely with Pixart to obtain the highest in-game performance and in-game tracking. You know what, they did it!! SteelSeries TrueMove series optical mouse sensor has been used in different Rival mice such as Rival 110, 310 and Sensei 310. Rival 600 hosts the BEST of TrueMove series optical mouse sensor.


The TrueMove3+ sensor is tailored for 1-to-1 tracking and that’s the main focus of ALL SteelSeries-PixArt collaboration sensors. The main focus of these sensor types aren’t wide CPI ranges, but they’re mainly focused on 1:1 sensor accuracy. And they’re doing HELL OF A GOOD JOB!!

You can see the tracking precision on a horizontal line tracking by checking out the image below:

SteelSeries Rival 600 Review



That’s right, when it comes to True 1:1 tracking it outperforms even the legendary Razer Deathadder!! Rival 600, as I said before, is customized for ESports and the sensor is providing the best performance EVER POSSIBLE.

Else with the true tracking precision, here are the other sensor data worth mentioning:

  • 100  - 12,000 CPI – 100 CPI increments
  • 350 IPS
  • 50G Acceleration
  • 0,5 -2 mm Customizable Lift Off Distance

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CPI range is 12,000 and is MORE THAN ENOUGH. People usually confuse CPI with quality and get baited with this marketing strategy. No, higher DPI doesn’t mean anything. Well, ok, it’s good to always have some DPI packed under the hood, but after some level, you probably won’t ever use it.


Don’t you know what CPI(or DPI) is?? CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT our What Is DPI (CPI)? Article


The 12,000 CPI range was more than enough for me and I’ve never had any issues with it. Good job SteelSeries!


Double Sensor Technology

Rival 600 has demonstrated an unconventional technology and came up with DOUBLE SENSORS!! No joke, Rival 600 actually has 2 sensors J One of them is the epic TrueMove3+ and the other one in the front is the lift-off detection sensor.

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SteelSeries has demolished all the other competitors in lift-off distance by providing top of the industry standards lift-off distance which is 0.5 millimeters!

Lift off distance is a very important factor when it comes to performance gaming because lower lift-off means that your mouse will stop tracking after you reach a specific distance when you lift off your mouse.

Lift off is important especially in performance gaming and ESports. If your mouse has a higher lift-off distance it means that it will keep tracking while our mouse is in the air and you’ll löse the last location or target of your mouse when you lift off your mouse in order to relocate it to its first location.

You can guess that ESports competitors wouldn’t like to miss shots just because they have tidied their mouse location.

So, the quality of the sensor is almost unmatchable and UNIQUE. If you want a deadly weapon which will stick around with you for a very long time, then GO GET A SteelSeries RIVAL 600!

Where To Buy It From????

AMAZON is the best place to buy the SteelSeries Rival 600 due to the best prices, great retail service and the always high-quality customer support. I've always bought my peripherals from Amazon and thank God I've always been extremely satisfied! One of the main reason that I buy from Amazon is that you usually come across the best prices on the internet and there's quite a chance that you may come across great discounts!!!

SteelSeries Rival 600 can be yours for $79.99! I know, it's a relatively higher price when compared to other conventional mice, but believe me, IT'S WORTH IT!! I've seen gaming mice which are higher in price but not even close when it comes to race with the performance of Rival 600...

SO, if you want one of the BEST GAMING MOUSE that you can ever get which will provide you the TOP NOTCH tracking performance and stay with you for a long long while, you should DEFINITELY GET A SteelSeries Rival 600! It's a great long term investment!


SteelSeries Rival 600 Review


What Do Others Think??


SteelSeries Rival 600 has a high rating which is around 4 stars out of 5 and that's a pretty impressive rating. It means that every 4 people out of 5 are extremely satisfied with their Rival 600 mice! And %73 of the raters, which are actually real users, have rated more than 4 stars!!! This is a pretty decent standpoint to understand that there is a huge crowd that has been enjoying their Rival 600 very well...


SteelSeries Rival 600 Review

And here are some real user reviews that can give you an idea of what other real users actually think. Of course not every user comment is 5 stars or positive, you can't make everyone happy, but a giant percent of the comments about Rival 600 is minimum 4 stars!

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SteelSeries Rival 600 Review - Conclusion

We've come to the end of our SteelSeries Rival 600 Review!!! I hope you all enjoyed it and found what you were looking for 🙂 Now you know why SteelSeries Rival 600 is one of the best alternatives of the gaming mouse industry and what this baby can provide you. A personal tip: if you want to get serious in gaming and blow your performance sky high, GO AND BUY A RIVAL 600!!!

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8 Responses to SteelSeries Rival 600 Review – The ESPORTS Monster, ALL Time BEST

  1. Steven Cook says:


    I do like the look of the SteelSeries Rival 600 Mouse, as it has that futuristic look which I think is awesome.

    I always prefer using the mouse on a laptop rather than the pad as I find it to be non-responsive at times.

    You mentioned that it comes with a detachable cable, which I think is a good idea as sometimes the cabling can get in the way when using.

    Great post, lots of information and looks an awesome product to purchase.


    • Tyler says:

      Hey there Steven!

      I’m glad for your interest. I think the opposite I think there are some badass pads such as the epic Corsair Mouse Pad which can provide extended surface tracking.

      Yes, detachable cable definitely makes things easier during some situations. I thank you for your appreciation 🙂 Don’t forget to chec out our other content to eventually find the best suitable peripheral for yourself 🙂

  2. Glenys says:

    Wow that mouse certainly looks beautiful. That was probably the first detail that caught my eye.
    I really like how it has a detachable cable. I can see how that would be great for travelling.
    Double sensors seem really great as well.
    $80 does seem a lot for a humble old computer mouse. I can see how this particular mouse is worth the extra $$ though.
    I was just wondering what sorts of games you enjoy playing with this mouse?

    • Tyler says:

      SteelSeries Rival 600 definitely gives you what you’ve paid for – top-notch quality and a deadly precision… I would have even paid $100 for it without hesitation if it was the actual price. $80 is a pretty reasonable price for a masterpiece like this! I’ve tested it on Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Overwatch. On each of them, it performed great and I can advise everyone to buy a SteelSeries Rival 600 if they’re frequently playing FPS /RPG / SHOOTER games. It’s a work of art!!! Also, you can check out our Steelseries Mice section to find out what SteelSeries offers you!!

  3. Wayne Rokmann says:

    Awsome that mouse really looks cool . That mouse even looks like it is above the crowd
    A detachable cable is a nice touch as well. I like the info you have on it, you have the mouse covered in every way.Dual sensors is also nice makes tracking I’m sure very precise. The price tag for a mouse is pretty steep at 80 bucks but I’m sure it’s well worth it for gaming.
    Question what are your favorite games a mouse like that is needed for better game play,?

    • Tyler says:

      You’re right Wayne! It’s absolutely one of the best variants you can get! Thank you for your nice words 🙂 The price is precise for a masterpiece lilke SteelSeries Rival 600. With this mouse I’ve gamed on Overwatch, Call of Duty, Max Payne and a couple more titles. All of them worked out KICKASS with SteelSeries Rival 600 and if you’re into ESports and competitive gaming I definitely advise you to get one!!

      If you don’t want to pay $80 bucks, then I advise you to check out our SteelSeries Rival 310 Review. It’s also customized for ESports and it definitely delivers outstanding perfromance!! Also, if you don’t want to spend big bucks at all, then you should check out our SteelSeries Rival 100 Review! It’s probably one of the best professional gaming mice that delivers the greatest price / quality ratio. Also, don’t forget to check out our SteelSeries Mice Page 😉

  4. Les Trow says:

    Wow ! An Incredible post.
    Way out of my league but it definitely appears that you really know what your doing.
    All the info., images, links and the way you’ve set it all out seems perfect to me.
    Well Done !

    • Tyler says:

      Hey Les!!

      Thank you for your interest!! I’m glad that you liked it!! I’m trying my best to provide the best experience to my visitors, but it’s still not enough and I constantly keep improving the experience and update the content.

      If you’re interested in more mice like this, I recommend you CHECKING OUT Our SteelSeries Mice Page to find more of the same lineup. Here are also a few alternatives which are near the performance that Rival 600 provides:

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