The SteelSeries Rival 300 optical gaming mouse is the latest in the Rival range, which is being marketed more on its precision and its recognisable design seen in the other Rival mice but with improvements.
The Rival 300 uses an optical sensor over a laser one and is long suggested from various tests that optical sensors perform better than their laser cousins. When actually using the mouse, there was no noticeable difference in using an optical sensor over the laser one in my Logitech G502. Skipping and lack of precision in mice are a thing of the past, or a feature in cheaper mice.
With a 6500 dpi sensor, the Rival 300 can be tweaked to play any game you want. Even with a high dpi, it really does make you wonder how many people play their video games on the highest possible setting and how functional it is in practice. When trying the mouse on the 6500dpi setting, it was useable but did feel unnatural and mouse movements had to be kept to a minimum in order to stop the cursor flying off the screen. As someone who plays Battlefield 4 regularly, I use a lower dpi setting, so this really is down to preference. The option to tweak your DPI settings is there in the form of software, and although not the highest DPI mouse on the market it is slightly higher than the average. As far as precision and response goes, it is quick as a flash with its 1ms response time that won’t let you down whatever settings you decide to use.
The Rival has always pushed its ergonomic design but the first let down of the Rival 300 is the one-handed build as it is only moulded for right-handed users. Don’t get me wrong, as a right-handed person, the mouse is insanely comfortable to use for long periods of time and has textured rubber in all the right places to give you the grip you need in any game. It is just a shame that hardware companies are still making mice just for one hand. There is no reason why this mouse could not be “flipped” and have a left hand oriented design.