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SteelSeries Rival 110, Optical Gaming Mouse, RGB Illumination, 6 Buttons, PC / Mac, Black

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Onboard memory allows the user to save settings, so gamers don’t need to reconfigure their settings for the mouse on different computers. The mouse is also compatible with SteelSeries Engine Apps like Discord, PrismSync and GameSense lighting to provide synchronized lighting effects across SteelSeries devices and display reactive illumination responses to in-game events. Admittedly, this will probably happen if you're right-handed as well, as I often caught my thumb on the top edge of the nearest, larger side button when reaching for the other one. It's not sharp, per se, and certainly won't result in any open flesh wounds like the Logitech G603, but it's got just enough of a point on it that I can see it becoming an annoyance over long-term use.

If not for the pair of buttons on the left side, it would be an ambidextrous mouse. The symmetrical shape features sculpted sides that create natural resting spots for your thumb and fingers. The textured plastic on the side grips helps you maintain a firm grasp of the mouse, but they aren’t as grippy as the textured rubber grips you get with the Corsair Harpoon RGB or the Razer Abyssus V2. One thing that does make the Rival 110 stand out, however, is the fact you can both accelerate and decelerate its sensitivity to reflect your own natural hand movements, allowing it to reach up to twice or half its current CPI speed depending on how fast or slow you typically move it around your mouse mat. On the RGB front, the Rival 110 has basic customisation that can be done through Steelseries Engine 3. You can have your choice of colour on the Steelseries logo on the body of the mouse and the colour of the lights on the scroll wheel. This is a great touch as you can personalise your mouse to match the colour scheme of your rig, although note that you can’t have different colours for each area – they will be the same colour.With a max of 7,200 DPI, the Rival 110 is one of the more sensitive budget gaming mice on the market. By comparison, the Razer Abyssus V2 tops out at 5,000 DPI and the Corsair Harpoon RGB tops out at 6,000 DPI. At 8,000 DPI, the Logitech Prodigy G203 is the only budget gaming mouse in recent memory to exceed the Rival 110’s max of 7,200 DPI. After using the jumbo Roccat Kone Aimo for a couple of weeks at the end of last year, Steelseries' Rival 110 comes as quite a relief. Not only is it a much more petite kind of mouse that's infinitely better suited to the overall size of my hand, but it's also significantly lighter and easier to move around a mouse mat, weighing just 87.5g as opposed to 130g.

The SteelSeries Engine 3 software also lets you configure different profiles for the Rival 110, which you can set to auto-launch with an application or game. The mouse also features onboard memory, which lets you take your current settings with you to another PC. And if you have the SteelSeries software installed on that other PC, then you can access your various profiles, too. The durable texture on both sides of the Rival 110 provides maximum grip. It was built with lightweight and ultra-durable materials to reduce the weight of the mouse to 87.5 г, allowing for fast and natural hand movement. The Rival 110 also features RGB illuminated on the scroll wheel and logo with incredible lighting options as well as settings customization through SteelSeries Engine. SteelSeries Engine Software title=More%20Expert%20Tech%20Roundups&type=articles%2Cvideos&tags=tech-roundup&count=6&columnCount=6&theme=article This includes keyboard buttons, macros and media keys, as well as the ability to launch specific applications, OS shortcuts, configuration options for other Steelseries products you might own as well as Engine apps for CS:GO, Dota 2, Discord and Steelseries' PrismSync lighting software to name just a few available options. You can also deactivate any button you please and record your own macros.With a length of 120.6 mm (4.7-inches) and a width of 68 mm (2.7-inches) at its widest, the SteelSeries Rival 110 is a mid-sized mouse that should fit comfortably in most people’s hands, unless of course you’ve got hams for fists. Personally, we had no issues using it for long periods of time.

Meanwhile, the Rival 110's polling rate (how often your mouse tells your PC what it's doing) is pretty typical for a wired mouse, ranging from 125-1000Hz. Again, not something you'd probably notice in daily use unless you're a high-level esports-er (in which case you're probably not looking for an entry-level gaming mouse), but good to have nonetheless. The driver software for the Rival 110 is Steelseries’ Engine 3 which accommodates most of the new products from the brand. The software is very user-friendly and intuitive making optimization very simple but ultimately no simpler than the other branded software out there. The RGB settings are relatively simple but do have both a breathing and colour scheme function which looks kind of nice. You can customize the polling rate, CPI and angle snapping settings with the minimum of fuss but we would highly recommend against that if you want to be competitive. Buttons can be bound easily via the configuration tool and once you have established your favourite setup you have the ability to save the profile to the on-board memory for on the fly usage. At LAN’s for example. Meaning you only need to set the mouse config up once then you can uninstall the software if you wish. Our VerdictThe sensor is really impressive for such a compact mouse, I definitely recommend this mouse for its impressive and accurate performance too. One thing I feel that lets the mouse down a smidge is for people like myself, with hands on the larger side, it feels quite small in the hand but this doesn’t affect how well it performs! It handles well in the usual day to day tasks as you’d expect but when the games come out it doesn’t have any trouble keeping up with the fast moments gaming usually brings. Design This is the first mouse equipped with the SteelSeries TrueMove1 sensor, but it certainly won't be the last. It is a cheap, yet effective sensor model that may be featured in upcoming budget models made by the manufacturer. The only con I could find was the lift-off distance being a bit too high, which isn't a fatal problem as it can be fixed with some DIY methods. The sensor's position, however, is pretty low, so you may have to adjust your sensitivity settings if you come from a sensor that is placed in a more central position. As standard the mouse is compatible with Windows, MAC and Linux so suitable for the mainstream operating systems; Steelseries Engine 3 is compatible with Windows 7 or newer and MAC OSX 10.8 or newer. The surface on top is a non-rubberized, matte coating that should be grippy enough for most users, but it may become a bit slipper when wet because of sweaty hands. The side grips aren't rubberized either as they are but a textured plastic coated with a smoother material than the top parts. This coating should generally provide enough friction for there to be no accidental slips. The build quality is decent, but not perfect, though in this price range, I cannot really expect anything better. There are no huge issues, only some minor, almost negligible QC errors.

The SteelSeries Rival 110 will have you mousing about as soon as you plug it in, but you’ll need to install the SteelSeries Engine 3 software to customize the mouse. The software is well designed and easy to navigate, with most settings laid out on a single panel -- only the lighting options are in a separate window. On the left, you can reassign any of the mouse’s six buttons as well as what scrolling up and down do in case you're a rebel. This section, for me at least, is the important bit finding out how well the SteelSeries Rival 110 performs in gaming and day to day tasks. I’ll also cover the SteelSeries Engine here that allows DPI/CPI and macros editing as well RGB customisation. Out of the box the SteelSeries Rival 110 is plug and play so you can get going straight away, I would however highly recommend getting the SteelSeries Engine as this will aid you in getting macros mapped, RGB lighting tweaks and of course getting the mouse up to date with the correct drivers. The durable texture on both sides of the Rival 110 provides maximum grip. It was built with lightweight and ultra-durable materials to reduce the weight of the mouse to 87.5g, allowing for fast and natural hand movement. The Rival 110 also features RGB illuminated on the scroll wheel and logo with incredible lighting options as well as settings customization through SteelSeries Engine. SteelSeries Engine Software On most budget mice I've tested only the logo has a lighting effect, but the Rival 110 adds a bit of flair by also including lighting for the scroll wheel. Though it's technically "two zone" lighting, the color is linked between the two of them, so there's no way to set them up with two different colors.

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We’ve used a number of SteelSeries gaming mice in the past, so we're used to how they feel. But even if you’ve never held a SteelSeries mouse before, you’ll likely find it very comfortable to use from the get-go. Unlike some gaming mice with their futuristic angular edges and edgy designs, the Rival 110 is smooth and well-rounded, creating a very comfortable device.

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