With the “Rival 710” SteelSeries wants to combine the advantages of the “Rival 700” with the “TrueMove3” sensor and thus provide completely new gaming experiences. Find out what the mouse has to offer and whether a purchase is worth it in our test.
Design and Workmanship
The Rival 710* presents itself in a design dominated by ergonomic features. It is curved and crooked due to the additional thumb rest. Otherwise it looks quite simple. Only the OLED display, on which own pictures and GIFs can be faded in, and the illuminated SteelSeries logo set accents.
Compared to other gaming mice, the model looks quite large, but not clunky or immobile. If we lift it up, we also notice the enormous weight. Like its direct predecessor, it is a real heavyweight, which could be a disadvantage in practical use – but definitely not necessary.
In our test the mouse lies very well in the hand. The ergonomic properties, which will be examined in more detail later, are immediately noticeable. The feel is pleasant, we never have the feeling that the mouse lies badly in the hand. Even slipping of the hands is never to be feared – the Rival 710 has exactly the right grip.
|CPI||100-12000, in units of 100 CPI|
|query rate||1 ms (1000 Hz)|
|Material||Black Soft Touch|
|Form||Ergonomic for right-handed users|
|Number of keys||7|
|switch||SteelSeries switch, designed for 60 million clicks|
|Length of the short cable (not braided)||1 meter|
|Length of the long cable (braided)||2 meters|
|Features||RGB illumination, OLED display, replaceable elements|
|Price||Price not available *|
Equipment and Operation
The equipment of the Rival 710 is extremely extensive. Not only does it offer all the functions of its predecessor version, but it has also been equipped with a “TrueMove3” sensor, which is supposed to be clearly superior to the previously used sensor.
The built-in sensor offers a resolution of 12,000 DPI and does not require pointer acceleration. This makes it particularly suitable for gamers, because it not only offers excellent precision, but is also not modified by software.
The vibration function and the OLED display were taken over from the direct predecessor. While the OLED display is nothing more than a nice, but basically unnecessary extra, the vibration function can offer real advantages. In the software with which the mouse is configured, events can be defined that trigger the vibration alarm. In the game, for example, you can use this to warn yourself when the ammunition is about to run out. The vibration alarm works well in the test. On the positive side, he’s very weak. So we can perceive it immediately, but we are not disturbed by it in the game. Also the accuracy, which is essential in many games, is not affected by the vibration.
The OLED display, on the other hand, offers no real advantages. Images and GIFs can be shown on the display on the left side of the mouse. Your own player name or team logo can appear on the mouse, which is nice, but no further use. Whoever uses the software can also make the appearing text or image dependent on events in the game. Statistics can also be shown on the small display. However, there is no real practical benefit to be seen here either.
The mouse can be operated very well. It reacts without any delay and proves to be a very good gaming mouse in our test. With the help of the software it can be adapted to your own wishes as well as to the requirements of the respective games. Overall, we are very satisfied with the operation and performance of the mouse.
As already mentioned at the beginning, the Rival 710 is ergonomically designed. The ergonomic orientation of the mouse is naturally also reflected in the design. Thus, it is minimally inclined to allow an ideal placement of the hand. Also the attachment of the individual keys is reasonable from an ergonomic point of view.
There is not much more to be said about ergonomics. The mouse is pleasant to use, lies comfortably in the hand and does not lead to cramped postures or similar complaints. Even longer game sessions can be played with it without any problems.
Modularity: Easy Replacement of Individual Components
The modular design of the Rival 710 is also interesting. Thanks to this design, all components can be exchanged at will. Demanding users who prefer to rely on other sensors, cables or keys are thus given the opportunity to let off steam. SteelSeries is therefore particularly suitable for gamers who pursue their hobby more or less professionally. By exchanging individual components, you can not only implement your own preferences, but also make adjustments to certain games or the like. Overall, we rate the modularity of the gaming mouse very positively for the reasons mentioned.
The SteelSeries Engine can be installed as software. The software offers numerous possibilities to influence your own mouse. Different settings can be adjusted, others can even be switched off completely. The configuration of the OLED display and the vibration alarm is also possible in the software.
The personal DPI number of the mouse can be adjusted – also depending on the respective game -, mouse acceleration and mouse correction can be switched on and off and the keys of the mouse can be assigned individually. Intuitively understandable controls and knobs are available for this purpose. RGB lighting can of course also be set up here.
All in all, the software is comprehensibly structured and can be used after a very short familiarization period.
Result of the SteelSeries Rival 710 Review
The Rival 710 is a high-quality gaming mouse equipped with a 12,000 DPI sensor. It can be operated flawlessly, adapted individually and, thanks to its modularity, can also be designed completely according to one’s own wishes with regard to the individual components. As a practical extra, it offers an individually configurable vibration function. In addition there is a less useful, but nevertheless interesting OLED display.
The design is otherwise largely unspectacular and characterized by the ergonomic shape of the mouse. We could hardly find points of criticism. Only the price, which is also driven up by the actually dispensable OLED display, is somewhat high – but the market will certainly lower it a little. Altogether we can recommend the Rival 710*.