Conclusion: As it turns out, the SteelSeries Rival's biggest rival may all boil down to the firmware it runs on, and the software it runs with. Now don't get me wrong -- the SteelSeries Rival is undoubtedly excellent hardware -- there is not a whole lot of question about that. What we have here is a shell built with relatively conservative right handed curvature; while designed mainly for a palm grip, can easily accommodate those who prefer to handle their mouse with their fingers,...
Summary: The SteelSeries Rival is a well-built, deadly accurate and highly customizable precision gaming mouse that should satisfy a variety of users. The ability to customize the dual-zone lighting is very cool and the overall button feel is excellent. It is certainly a "back to basics" mouse in the sense that it only has six buttons. If you're a user who has grown accustomed to seven or eight buttons that can be mapped to various macros, you may want to look elsewhere.
Excerpt: SteelSeries have long been established as one of the major players for enthusiast gaming peripherals. When we reviewed their Sensei mouse a while back we found it to be one of the best gaming mice around and they had huge success with their World of Warcraft devices, the first edition selling so well that manufacturing couldn’t keep up.
Conclusion: We labelled the SteelSeries Sensei the best mouse on the planet bar none. We should amend that title to the best laser mouse on the planet because with the Rival the Sensei is not quite the master it once was. Now, we are not for one moment saying the Rival is a better mouse, it isn't but it does offer a very capable alternative to SteelSeries flagship offering.
Pros: + Very comfortable in prolonged use (right handers), + Highly Customisable, + Textured, rubber non-slip surfaces, + Fairly priced