SteelSeries Rival 700$73.99
Sensor Performance10.0 /10
FPS / Shooter10.0 /10
- INCREDIBLE optical sensor performance provides TOP NOTCH precision!
- Modular design allows you to customize the hell out of it. Even the sensor is swappable!!
- OLED Display and Tactile Feedback exclusive features are probably existing only on a few gaming mice like SteelSeries Rival 700!!
- Durable and ergonomic design - great surface materials and good fitting ergonomical shape.
- Price is relatively higher - around $70.
- Weight is a little high, so people who don't like heavy mice should reconsider buying it.
- Right-handed only.
SteelSeries Rival 700 Review
Hey there!! Tyler here 🙂 SteelSeries Rival 700 review was a must in a website like GMP and there was a decent crowd who was demanding the SteelSeries Rival 700 review for a long time. That's why I'm back with the deepest desires of gamers 🙂 Today in our SteelSeries Rival 700 Review we will get to explore ALL the features that make this gaming mouse UNIQUE and you will get to know and you will find out all the REASONS TO BUY yourself a SteelSeries Rival 700.
It's one of the BEST GAMING MICE that has ever been manufactured and it's one of the top choices of the most furious hardcore gamers. SteelSeries Rival 700 is the kind of a mouse that gives EVERYTHING back that was invested in it and it's meant for people who want all the performance and all the extra bells and whistles they can get out of a gaming mouse. You will find out EVERY SINGLE REASON why it's one of the best in the gaming mice industry and what it can offer you while reading our SteelSeries Rival 700 review.
ARE YOU READY TO GET STARTED?? Well, I am..
Let's get started... The list below presents the general topics of our SteelSeries Rival 700 review. It's a little bit long, that's why you can click on the specific subject to shift directly to it:
- Who Is It For??
- Technical Side Of Things
- Should You Buy It?? - My Personal Opinion
- Where To Buy It From??
- SteelSeries Rival 700 Review - Conclusion
- Do you want one of the BEST GAMING MICE that the industry can provide you??
- Do you want a gaming mouse not only to make you better but boost your performance SKYHIGH??
- Do you want extended precision and 1:1 accuracy from a gaming mouse??
- Do you like extra features on gaming mice which makes it look much cooler??
- Do you appreciate modular design which allows you to change parts of your mouse to fit your taste??
- Do you like heavier than average gaming mice??
- Are you willing to invest around $70 for a good gaming mouse which is at TOP NOTCH quality and will provide you a pro-level performance for a long long time??
If your answers to most of these questions are yes, then you can go and buy a SteelSeries Rival 700 IMMEDIATELY!! There's a fact that this mouse is not for everyone. If you want a budget mouse or not willing to spend a good amount of money around $70, then it's not for you... SteelSeries Rival 700 is a gaming mouse suitable for gamers who want the BEST PERFORMANCE that they can get out of a gaming mouse.
It comes with every possible high-end feature available in the gaming mouse industry and even more!! It's one of the most signature gaming mice in the mouse industry that is well known to many seasoned gamers.
We will check out Rival 700 more in detail now!!
SteelSeries Rival 700 is EPIC in so many ways... But I will talk about the OLED side screen which is the signature feature of SteelSeries Rival 700. That’s right, SteelSeries Rival 700 actually has an OLED screen which displays MANY things, be it team logos or animations, your current in-game health or kill count, your own personal made logo and MANY MORE…
This was the main feature which made a BANG on the gaming industry when it first came out. It definitely is a great feature for the ones who want more eye-candy on their gaming mice. But there are also people who find it useless.
My personal opinion: It’s fun to have the OLED Display indicating parameters of your personal choice or your favorite logos. I’m not against it. But there’s also the fact that the OLED display makes the price of this mouse go up. And the OLED display screen is actually small that you won’t be clearly seeing unless you aren’t focused or took a closer look.
Also, the in-game information that you can display is limited to SteelSeries Engine 3 Software supported games, some of which are CS: GO, DOTA 2, Minecraft and etc.. You can actually create your own GameSense games by getting your hands dirty with some coding, but it’s a little bit complicated process for people who aren’t into computer programming. But still, you can check it out by CLICKING HERE.
This is the image of downloadable OLED animation examples which you can get from the website of SteelSeries:
Unless you’re willing to write your own game customization program, you will be limited by the SteelSeries Gamesense that SteelSeries Software provides you.
I think that no one will probably stop and stare at their OLED Display while gaming on a fast-paced shooter, which is SteelSeries Rival 700 and other Rival mice are designed for. You’ll be too concentrated on the game that you probably won’t notice much what’s on the OLED Display.
So, it’s kind of a cute and cool detail but it’s totally up to the end-user (gamers who will buy it) to decide whether is it necessary for them or not. I liked it, I’m not against it, but you are the one who’s going to decide where to spend your own money on. At the end of the day, IT’S COOL!!!! And not every gaming mouse can offer you this feature. You will become the “Cool Kid” of LAN parties 🙂
Imagine that you could track specific game events with your senses, such as touch. Think that your gaming gear would alert you when your health is low, your cool down time coming to an end and etc.. Rival 700 has a feature that stands out and it’s the “Tactile Alerts”. The back of Rival 700 will vibrate during certain game events if you program it to alert you.
It’s not actually a new concept, many people who play console games are aware of this alert system, so-called “Haptic Feedback”. But in the gaming mice industry, SteelSeries Rival 700 is one of those mice who has implemented this technology.
You can customize your tactile alerts from SteelSeries Engine 3 Software and the good thing is that SteelSeries Engine hosts some of the most popular games’ settings. If you’re a CS: GO, DOTA 2, Minecraft and etc.. player, then you may be very happy with a Rival 700 because those games are a few of the pre-arranged games that are command-ready inside the SteelSeries Engine Software.
SteelSeries Rival 700 hosts the classic Rival series signature ergonomics in its design and I LOVE IT! It shares almost the same asymmetric ergonomics design that previous SteelSeries Rival mice have. Maybe it’s a little bit improved with every higher model of Rival.
But when I held the Rival 700 under my palm and compared it with my other Rival experiences, this one shares my higher personal “Rival ergonomics” rank with Rival 600. SteelSeries Rival ergonomics have never let me down and this one also feels great. I have relatively large hands and Rival series are probably one of the few mice series that has been able to satisfy my large palm and long fingers.
It can be a GREAT alternative for people who think that Rival 300 is too big. If you have experience with Rival 300 or already a user of it and you think that it’s a little big for you, then you can switch to a Rival 700 without ANY DOUBT. It’s a maxed out and better-tailored alternative. Also, I don’t even have to mention that Rival 700 equips ONE OF THE BEST OPTICAL SENSORS EVER!!!! Well, there you go, I’ve mentioned it already.
Dimensions of Rival 700 are:
- Lenght - 124.85mm / 4.92in
- Width - 68.46mm / 2.70in
- Height - 41.97mm / 1.65in
And my hand sizes are around 8-9 cm / 17-18 cm (Palm Width / Palm Length). I used the Rival 700 pretty comfortably with a Claw Grip, which is my usual grip style. People with even larger hands can use it as fingertip grip, but I have a feeling that it will be most suitable for a Claw Grip unless you have REALLY large hands, I mean on a gigantic level when compared with average hand sizes.
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Here are the dimensions which are referring to the hand sizes that usually suit the specified grip type:
- Palm Grip: 16 -19 cm / 6.3 -7.5”
- Claw Grip: 16 -19 cm / 6.3 -7.5”
- Fingertip Grip: 19-20 cm / 7.5 – 7.9”
These values may not reflect the exact personal outcome for you, but you can get an overall idea about your probable type.
The only bummer about the ergonomics of Rival 700 is that it’s right-handed only. Unfortunately, Rival series, including Rival 700, are designed for right-handed gamers only and this fact may make our left-handed mutant friends a little sad. So, if you’re a left-handed gamer, you can send your hate-filled complaint letters to SteelSeries executives 🙂
SteelSeries Rival 700 is relatively heavy when compared to other gaming mice - 135g, 0.3lbs. Almost the same weight that Corsair Scimitar has. I’m so happy with the weight because I like my mice HEAVY. It gives me a feeling of control over the mouse. Light mice are good for fast-paced movements, but I personally prefer heavier mice. I’m also working out, that’s why I don’t feel the weight much and it gives me the optimum weight balance.
If you don’t like heavy mice, then you may reconsider about buying the Rival 700 because it’s actually heavier than standards. You can’t adjust the mouse weight unlike Logitech G502 and it would have been a good feature if it was possible, but due to the modular design, there isn’t any space left fort he additional weights.
My personal thoughts – I LOVE THE WEIGHT. I’m totally fine with heavier mice but if you don’t like heavy gaming mice than you should think twice.
Modular Interchangeable Design
SteelSeries Rival 700 is particularly unique when compared to other Rival mice (and probably most of all gaming mice) with a feature that separates itself from the crowd and makes it stand out. That’s the modular and interchangeable design!! That’s right, the parts of Rival 700 can be swapped for the sake of your personal preferences and customization purposes!! Its concept is so much like the epic Corsair Glaive RGB mouse, but this one’s a little better with more options 🙂
You can swap the top cover, which is the part that stays under your palm, with a glossy black plate and a matte black backplate, depending on your choice. The only downside of these swappable parts is that you have to additionally purchase these parts for $14.99 because they don’t come inside the box. They’re separately sold. But I’ve personally never had the need or the burning desire to change the cover, but it’s an option for the ones who would appreciate a change.
Also, you can EVEN CHANGE THE SENSOR ITSELF!! I know it’s a bit too much of customizable options but more has never hurt anyone J About the sensor I will talk in detail in our “Technical Side of Things” Section, so, be patient and keep reading 🙂
And the last of the modular parts is the rear “RIVAL” Logo. Are you handy with a 3D printer?? Then you can create your own 3D printed rear logo and place it on the back of your Rival 700. This 3D printed rear logo feature can be encountered in SteelSeries Rival 300 and Rival 500.
It’s a nice detail for gamers who like to customize the hell out of their gear and shine out separately from the crowd. My personal opinion: I find it a little bit useless. It doesn’t affect your gaming performance anyhow, but it’s there. If you want your own customized personal rear logo, it’s a plus.
SteelSeries Rival 700 comes with 2 cables in the box – one of them is shorter and plastic coated, the other one is longer and braided.
The longer braided one has a length of 2 m / 6.5 ft while the shorter and plastic one extends 1 m / 3.28 ft. In my opinion, two separate cables weren’t too necessary for Rival 700, but obviously, they come in handy for people who don’t like the long snake-like mouse cables which float around their gaming/working space. Want less cable on your desk?? Remove the long cable and plug in the shorter one. Else of that, there’s no doubt that it’s a marketing and sales campaign.
This might be some good use for people who game or work on laptops. I use my laptop with a mouse frequently and I literally hate when the unnecessarily long parts of the mouse cord lie around the table. But I’ve found a solution for that, and it’s called a “Mouse Bungee” 🙂
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SteelSeries Rival 700 has 3 side button, which is a good addition when compared to the 2 side buttoned SteelSeries Rival 310, and 4 buttons on top of the mouse which are Right/Left Clicks, Scroll Wheel and the rear button which is usually used for DPI shifting.
The third side button, which is right next to the OLED Display, is not hard to press at all, but that’s my personal opinion. Some people have been talking that it’s getting a little bit challenging sometimes to press the third side button, kinda like they need to alter their grip a bit. It wasn’t an issue for me, but everybody is different and maybe you can find out that pressing the third side button requires you to push your hand a little forward.
If that’s the situation, you can easily avoid this by setting that button macro to a command which you won’t be using so often. Maybe a DPI shift, or throwing a grenade? You call it. I usually set it to DPI shift or grenade throw.
But my personal experience was that I didn’t have a hard time with buttons.
The click buttons are SteelSeries custom switches and they’re rated for a lifespan of 30 Million Clicks!! This is a pretty long lifespan that probably can even last longer than you 🙂 There are actually mice with higher click lifespan rates such as 50 million clicks, but this one is also a decent number and you can be sure that it will be accompanying you through your gaming adventures for a long long time.
I don’t even have to mention the overall durability of SteelSeries Rival 700. You can feel that it’s rock solid just by holding it in your hands.
But I have to admit that there is a gaming mouse which is as durable as Rival 700 and has a higher click lifespan of 50 million clicks. And it’s CHEAPER!! Performance of that gaming mouse is TOP NOTCH, equivalent to the performance of Rival 700. That mouse is LOGITECH G502, one of my PERSONAL FAVOURITES!!
If you want to know why many gamers (me included) prefer Logitech G502 as a personal favorite, CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT Our Logitech G502 Review!! You won’t be disappointed 😉
The scroll Wheel of Rival 700 performs just fine and I didn’t have any issues with it. It’s a little bit stiff, but I love stiff scroll wheels and it performs pretty well. And the rear button is usually assigned to a DPI shift, but you can customize Rival 700 in the EXACT way you want.
Now that we checked out EVERYTHING about the overall design, let’s skip to the technical side of things!!
Technical Side of Things
SteelSeries Rival 700 equips one of the BEST OPTICAL SENSORS that has ever been created till now. PixArt PMW3360 – it’s the same epic sensor that has become a legend with the epic Logitech G502 gaming mouse. I remember the first time when I used a Logitech G502 and damn, the precision just sucked me in.
This one hell of a BADASS OPTICAL SENSOR is definitely one of the most logical reasons to get yourself a Rival 700. There aren’t much gaming mice around equipped with the PixArt PMW3360, just a few Logitech high-end mice and a couple of mice from other brands. It provides TRUE 1:1 tracking accuracy and you can never miss a shot with this baby unless your hands are shaky.
Here are the specs of PixArt PMW3360:
- 100 to 16,000 CPI adjustable range ( 100 CPI increments)
- 300 IPS
2mm to 3mm lift detection
- 50g acceleration
- 1ms (1000 Hz) polling rate
- Zero Hardware Acceleration
- 1:1 Tracing Accuracy
There is NO JITTER at the usual gaming diaposone – which is under the 4000 CPI range - and the sensor actually provides 1:1 tracking.
When you increase your CPI to unrealistic levels such as 16,000 CPI of course yo uca expect tiny deflections, that’s the case with even the best sensors, but when compared to other conventional optical gaming mouse sensors you are WAY AHEAD OF OTHERS. Also, you probably won’t ever use your Rival 700 at 16,000 CPI unless you have ulta super duper multiple hd monitors gaming setup.
Here is a proof of how well the optical sensor of Rival 700 tracks. Check out the analysis of jitter and some other tracking parameters:
If you’re not adjusting it for auto smoothing, you probably will drastically increase your headshots with this baby.
Now you know the probably best sell out of Rival 700, and it definetely deserves some reputation for the choice of it’s optical sensor.
And there is one more surprise for you. Don’t you like optical sensors? Or do you have history with laser sensors and you prefer the laser one? Well, SteelSeries has thought about this issue and they designed the Rival 700 in a specific way that it can operate with both optical and laser sensors. How is that possible?? MODULAR DESIGN….
But the laser sensor doesn’t come inside the box. It’s an additional itemthat you have to purchase seperately if you want to use it. What a bummer, huh?? I didn’t have the laser ensor to demonstrate, but I always prefer optical over laser. That’s why I didn’t even consider getting the laser sensor seperately. But if you prefer the PixArt ADNS-9800 over PMW3360, then you can always get an additional one for yourself.
You can ACTUALLY swap the sensors of Rival 700!! By unscrewing the bolts of the optical sensor underneath the mouse, you can detach the optical sensor and swap it with a brand new PixArt ADNS-9800, which is also a high quality laser gaming sensor. Here are the specs for PixArt ADNS-9800:
- 100 to 8,200 CPI adjustable diaposone ( 50 CPI increments)
- 1mm to 5mm Lift detection
- 150 IPS
- 30g acceleration
- 1ms (1,000 polling rate)
- 1:1 tracking accuracy
I don’t feel the need to purchase an additional laser sensor, but it’s there if you want to and this feature is unique. You don’t see gaming mouse equipped with a swappable gamin sensor every day.
Rival 700 has a 2-step DPI shift. The only thing that I didn’t like about Rival 700 was probably the low number of adjustable DPI levels and this design choice was applied on SteelSeries Rival 310 too. I’m totally fine with 2 levels of shiftable DPI, but from a high-end gaming mouse like Rival 700, I would have expected it to have at least 3 DPI levels.
Corsair Glaive RGB is one of the BEST gaming mice for FPS / RPG / Shooter genre and it comes with 5 switchable DPI levels. Also, the design is SLICK!! CLICK HERE To Check Out Our Corsair Glaive RGB review.
You actually don’t need more than 2 or 3 DPI levels for a RPG / Shooter game, but for the price and taking into consideration all the other high-tech features , I would expect more. You can adjust DPI from 100 to 16,000 with 100 CPI increments. A pretty wide diapsone/
SteelSeries Rival 700 uses the SteelSeries Engine 3 gaming mouse software, hich is one of my personal favourites. Rival 700 brings you the ultimate customization options with the SSE3 Software. You can CUSTOMIZE THE HELL OUT of this baby and every feature that we’ve discussed till now is programmable with SSE3 Software. Be it mouse macros, sensor tracking settings, RGB lighting and many more.
Best thing about the SSE3 Software is that it’s ULTRA USER FRIENDLY!! It’s so easy to use and understand what’s going on and that’s the main reason I like it so much. If you have any experience with other SteelSeries Rival mice, the first difference that you will notice with Rival 700 is probably the OLED Display and Tactile Feedback sections in the software. By clicking on the OLED Display icon at the left side of the mouse you will be opening the OLED customization window. You will find everything you need to know there.
Else of OLED and Tactile Feedback Sections everything is the same as the previous Rival series mouse customization, but Rival 700 offers much more when it comes to technical parameters.
The CPI, Acceleration / Deceleration, Angle Snapping, Polling Rate and Button Macros are the features that you can personalize in the way that you desire.
You can customize the illumination options of Rival 700 and you get to choose from the wide color diapason of 16.8 million RGB colors. The best thing about Rival 700 illumination is that you get to create YOUR OWN COLOR GRADIENTS through SSE3 Software. You can create any psychedelic unconventional color gradient of your personal taste, determine color shift time and you get to choose a variety of color animation options.
YES YES YES!!! HELLYEAH. If you want not only a simple gaming mouse but a deadly weapon which will drastically improve your performance when compared to other standard gaming mice, then SteelSeries Rival 700 DEFINITELY is a GREAT BUY!!
When it comes to performance, durability and overall design quality, SteelSeries Rival 700 is one of the top tier class gaming mice which no doubt will make you more than satisfied. It will be sticking around and accompany you through your long gaming journeys for a long long time.
Also, the little extra details such as the OLED Display and Tactile Feedbacks are the icing on the cake. They’re so cool and unique features which can make you the “Cool Kid” of LAN parties. Rival 700 has EVERYTHING and even MORE THAN EVERYTHING YOU NEED!!
Cons – there are some details of Rival 700 which seem unnecessary to me such as modular sensor and plate covers which you can obtain by paying some extra at the side. They seem like obvious marketing campaigns and efforts of making extra money on Rival 700. But these extras are not charged with Rival 700 when you buy it. So, it’s up to you whether you need them or not. If you want them, they’re available to you any time.
Final Thoughts – If you want one of the best gaming mouse in the gaming peripherals industry, you can BUY IT WITHOUT DOUBT. If you are not on a budget and spending around $70-80 is not an issue for you, then GO GET IT! It’s a member of the TOP-TIER gaming mice which will never let you down.
Best place to buy the SteelSeries Rival 700 is Amazon. I’ve bought almost ALL of my gaming peripherals from Amazon and I couldn’t be more satisfied with it. You will encounter mostly the BEST prices around internet and there’s also a great chance that you may come across some huge discounts from time to time.
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What Others Think??
One of the best ways to evaluate a gaming mouse is to look at other real user reviews. I always check out other real user comments before I buy a gaming peripheral and this method has always been useful for me.
On Amazon SteelSeries Rival 700 has a rating of 4.0 stars over 5 and %75 of the real user voters have voted minimum 4 stars!! Means that %75 of real users are pretty satisfied with it.
Let us check out some other real user reviews to obtain a better understanding about Rival 700:
We’ve come to the end of our SteelSeries Rival 700 Review and now you know EVERYTHING about this epic gaming mouse. You know all the pros and cons and you also know where to buy it if you decide that it’s the right choice for you. A little tip: you can’t go wrong with it 🙂
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Tyler, Founder of GMP