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SteelSeries Rival 3: Small and affordable gaming rodent reviewed

With the Rival 3, SteelSeries offers interested gamers an entry-level gaming mouse that wants to score with a low price. The price is 40 Euros (currently: € 38.56).

Nevertheless, the SteelSeries Rival 3 offers RGB lighting, SteelSeries Engine 3 support and also picks up on the current trend of lightweight mice. The performance of the sensor is acceptable at least on paper. But is it enough to excite gamers and are there any other limitations than a lower CPI resolution? These and other questions were addressed in our review of the SteelSeries Rival 3. You will find the answers below.

Technical details

Ergonomics: Symmetrical (right-handed)
Sensor: optical SteelSeries TrueMove Core (PixArt)
Resolution: 100 – 8,500 CPI, 5 levels
Speed: 7.6 m/s
Acceleration: 343 m/s²
USB polling rate: 1,000 Hz
Primary button: Zippy DF3, 60 million clicks
Number of keys: 6
Special keys: mouse wheel, CPI switch
Software: 5 profiles, fully programmable, macros, internal memory
Lighting: 3-Zones-RGB
Housing: 120.6 × 58.3 – 67.0 × 21.5 – 37.9 mm, matt black ABS plastic
Weight: 77 grams (without cable)
Connection: USB-A cable, 1.8 m
Price: € 38.56

Design and workmanship

Not only the packaging, but also the mouse is immediately recognizable that it comes from SteelSeries. The design language of the various gaming mice like the Sensei Ten, Rival 710 or also Sensei 310 is, despite small differences, just like that of the Rival 3. However, the Rival 3 is to be considered the successor of the Rival 110.

The SteelSeries Rival 3 is a very compact mouse. At 120.6 cm long, 67 cm wide and 37.9 cm high with a weight of 77 grams (without cable), it is not only small but also light.

SteelSeries Rival 3

The matt black housing made of ABS plastic feels pleasant to the touch and is non-slip in the hand. Despite the absence of rubber coating on the sides. Except for the integrated RGB lighting, the mouse housing is very discreet. The RGB lighting on the other hand turns the mouse into an eye-catcher. It is surrounded by an illuminated ring that goes around almost the entire mouse. It is divided into three zones, the rearmost of which also contains the SteelSeries logo integrated into the back of the mouse. This surprised us a little, because most of the time the logos can be adjusted in a dedicated way.

The bottom of the mouse is equipped with three mouse feet. These are comparatively thin and very susceptible to scratches, which means that they probably wear out quickly. However, the gliding properties are excellent.

The gaming mouse is connected with a USB cable with a length of 1.8 meters. The cable is thin and flexible, but unfortunately not fabric-covered, but only rubberized. Pro gamers will certainly also be annoyed by the lower flexibility, but for casual gamers this is completely sufficient.

The workmanship of the SteelSeries Rival 3 is flawless as always.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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