In the lab: SteelSeries’ Rival 700 gaming mouse

Early this year, SteelSeries showed off its Rival 700 mouse at CES, and it's now finally available for purchase. Thanks to SteelSeries, we have our hands on a Rival 700 now, and we're ready to put it to the test.

The Rival 700 has a number of interesting features that help it stand out from the competition, but its two most prominent features are an OLED display and tactile alerts. The small OLED screen is positioned on the front left corner of the mouse, and it can display 128px x 26px black-and-white images or animations. More functionally, the OLED screen can display mouse settings or game stats like the user's kill/death ratio.

While the OLED screen seems like a bit of a gimmick, the haptic feedback seems quite useful to me so far. The mouse can vibrate with varying strengths and intervals to notify the user of ability cool-downs, low health, or switching tools. Unfortunately, both the OLED screen and the tactile alerts only currently support Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and Minecraft. I hope to see the list of supported games grow—I'm not a CS:GO or Dota 2 player, but I'd love to have tactile alerts for the games I play.

Another feature of the Rival 700 is the customizability. The sensor, nameplate, and back cover can all be replaced with other parts from SteelSeries or with custom 3D-printed parts of the user's own design. It also features customizable RGB LEDs, as well as three programmable side buttons. The default optical sensor has a DPI range of 100 to 16,000 and a polling rate of 1ms. This may be the most intriguing mouse we've had in our hands in some time, so stay tuned for a full review.

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    • Oriflamme
    • 3 years ago

    This mouse is awesome and very well built. It doesn’t feel like cheap crap. It has a good weight to it and all of the features work. It will be very interesting to see what other application supports get added to Game Sense in the future. You can add your own, but I haven’t done it.

    The OLED is fine, and yes it’s gimmicky but when you’re spending $99 USD, does it matter?

    It has some plug and play ability but nearly all actual features, require the Steel Engine Software.

    And no mouse acceleration at all, though there is an option for it.

    Razer Mice, never again.

    The full review for this mouse, is going to be a delight for me.

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]Razer Mice, never again.[/quote<] Amen, brother. Got back into online gaming recently, so dug up my old Razer Orochi (had been using a generic dell OEM mouse). The razer was a few years old, and the "rubberized" coating had turned into a tacky, disgusting mess (this was not the first razer this has happened to. I had attributed the last ones to the heat in Australia but now I live in the PacNW and this still happens? wtf?). razer's synapse driver requires you to log in to load (wtf). And the deal-killer was that for some reason, the mouse would become unresponsive for a second or so after lift-off, which made it completely unsuitable for online play. Ordered a roccat kova ($49), eagerly anticipating it.

    • tanker27
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]The Tactile Alerts have been carefully placed in the center of your mouse, so you feel the pulse strongly in your palm. [/quote<] Hmmmm But what if you are a claw grip user? The palm rarely rests on the mouse. And also is it a 1:1 mouse?

    • flip-mode
    • 3 years ago

    Amazon Basics wireless mouse = $11. Has two buttons and wheel with button. Has off switch. Ambidextrous. Comfortable. Accurate. A little on the small side but not “travel mouse” small.

    • DrDominodog51
    • 3 years ago

    Nothing existing can ever replace my Intellimouse Optical USB and PS/2 Compatible. But the shape looks similar on this mice so…

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 3 years ago

    Does anyone know why the name is SteelSeries? As a Sensei Raw owner for about 2 hours, I found the mouse incredibly cheap and plastic like. I think PlasticSeries is more accurate.

    • rahulahl
    • 3 years ago

    Wonder what the feedback in csgo is for.

      • ColeLT1
      • 3 years ago

      Health, ammo, and headshots according to this video:

    • thanatos355
    • 3 years ago

    Nice rodent. Looking forward to the review.

    The little lady picked me up a G900 for father’s day. Hope the ambi design doesn’t screw with its ergonomics.

    • anotherengineer
    • 3 years ago

    Hey Nathan,

    Remember to tear that thing apart and let us know what switches and confirm the sensor it uses!! Sad I have seen mice saying uses this sensor only to find out it doesn’t, but I guess they could always chalk it up to a different revision.


      • Gyromancer
      • 3 years ago

      I’ll look into the specifics as much as possible. Thankfully, SteelSeries is super open about most of their specifications, but I might have to do some digging for confirmation. I can tell you from using it most of today that it is incredibly sturdy, though the main button clicks feel slightly off, I’ll have to investigate that further.

        • anotherengineer
        • 3 years ago


        If these guys can go all out nerd, I know the Wasson’s can do it to 😉


        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago


        I never wanted to be a sensor nerd, but bad sensors ruin my gaming and there are so many “gaming mice” with bad sensors. With the high price of RBG-lit, feature-creep, software-customisable mice and the minefield of sensor issues, choosing a mouse is now an exercise in frustration. I’m still not 100% pleased with my recent G303 but it’s better than the previous three I tried.

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