SteelSeries Rival 700 aims to be more than just a mouse


— 2:29 AM on January 7, 2016

Generally speaking, I'm content with a mouse that simply does what I tell it to. If it tracks accurately and the switches in the buttons trigger reliably, that's all I really need. Of course, mice come in many shapes and sizes with all manner of button layouts. Form factor preferences aside, the basic goal remains the same: translate user input to the PC. SteelSeries believes that its Rival 700 mouse can do more than just the basics, though.

The headlining feature of the Rival 700 is the OLED display positioned in front of the thumb buttons. Using SteelSeries' Engine software, users can customize the display to show anything from a running kill count, macro settings, DPI level, or even a clan logo or your online handle. The customization options extend to the Rival 700's hardware. This mouse features a modular Pixart PMW3360 sensor, swappable cables, seven programmable buttons, an adjustable DPI range from 100 to 16,000, a 1-ms polling rate, and 1:1 tracking with no added hardware acceleration.

The Engine software also allows for configuration of the haptic feedback functionality of the mouse. Haptic feedback from a mouse isn't new, but it hasn't become mainstream during its existence, either. SteelSeries seems to think that notifications are the killer app for such feedback. Its software lets users program their mice to alert them when an ability is ready to use again in a game, for example, or when a player character is low on health. If you're in the zone and lose track of that information onscreen, a haptic reminder from the mouse could make all the difference.

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