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Review: Steelseries Rival 300 gaming mouse



Manufacturer: Steelseries
Price: R1,200
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Comfortable | Buttons in well-designed positions


No DPI indicator

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The Rival 300 is a solid ergonomic mouse, for a right-hander.

Posted August 1, 2016 by

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It is back to being a right-handed mouse user for me. The Steelseries Rival 300 has opted for an ergonomic design and one of the easiest ways to do that, it seems, is to make the mouse for a single hand orientation.

The Rival 300 seems to be for those participating in esports, with a place for a 3D printed nameplate. Considering that the plate is almost always covered by your palm when in use I can only see this as useful for exhibitionism or maybe to prevent theft. The “pro-grade performance” that the mouse promises is much more useful to anyone who likes a good mouse that goes where you want it to. It is also pretty large, accommodating those with slighter bigger mitts, while having enough curvature to work in both claw and grip.

The best thing about the mouse has to be the thumb button design. The two buttons are spaced a fair bit apart, leaving a little textured area for you to know where your thumb is in relation to the buttons. Whether using them to activate abilities in games or for push-to-talk it is pretty difficult to miss-click. There is also just enough space for your thumb to grab the mouse without pressing a button by mistake during operation.


This mouse can be adjusted from 50 and 6,500 DPI in steps of 50, allowing you to get your mouse just right for that quick 180º turn. The Steelseries Engine 3 also lets you save profiles and assign games to them, removing the clutter of having a profile for every game. People that switch between work, MMOs, FPS and RTS will be pretty happy to not have to change the settings every time they enter a new program.

That being said, my least favourite thing (besides it being a mouse just for right-handed people)? The DPI selector have no indication which option you are using. If you perhaps set it high for one task and low for another, there is no way to tell which one is selected without moving the mouse. It isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker but after using so many mice with a DPI indicator, it becomes a pretty nice thing to have.


Laser Depth: 2.5 mm
DPI: 50 – 6,500
Size: 130 x 68 x 40 mm
Weight: 129 g
Connection: Wired
Grip Type: Palm/Claw

In a sea of ergonomic mice with two side buttons, the Rival 300 does little to stand out from the crowd, but there is value to some in using a mouse that doesn’t seem to have been designed with a 13-year-old in mind.

Garth Holden

I like so many things that it would take me several lifetimes to get through them all. So I tell you about them, so you can choose where your time and money gets spent.