I would say rival is a good one, but not close to Xai or Sensei
5 December 2014
Summary: Okay,first, I am a FPS player, and I came from a steelseries sensei. I would say rival is a good one, but not close to Xai or Sensei. The new SS engine 3 doesn't allow you to change either X or Y axis sensitivity. Rival on default setting is okay on X axis, but Y axis is off. SS did not use the gold USB connector used on sensei on rival, and it overall felt cheap. If you are moving from Xai, Sensei or even razer deatheadder, dont go for this one.
Summary: I have the Steelseries Sensei RAW rubberized and I prefer the coating on that more than the coating on the Rival. The ergonomics are worse and the sensor isn't as good, but the coating just feels better and side grips didn't wear down. The logo led also isn't good on the RAW...
Pros: This mouse feels great. The ergonomics fit my hand well especially in palm and semi claw grip. The coating feels decent, but it attracts dirt after extensive use, easy to clean up and feel great again! The scrolls are defined and feels good. The clicks are satisfying and also feels good. The sensor if to be top of the line with no acceleration or angle snapping at all. The only issues I have with this mouse are with the grips and the lighting... Pros: -Ergonomics for ...
Cons: The lighting is not perfect on the mouse. The plastic covering the led has a certain hue, most notably on the logo lighting zone. Some people have a pinkish hue while I have a light bluish hue. It is very obvious when you set the led set to white, which my setup uses. The next major issue is the side grips. The rubber grips on the side of the mouse wear down after a few months of daily use. I have worn it down all the way to the glossy plastic below it on the left sid...
Summary: This mouse is very close to being a great mouse, but questionable design decisions ruin it. Pros: *Excellent tracking *Pretty lights *Great customization options (DPI, polling rate, etc) Cons: *It's a big mouse, which is what I like, but the front end is too narrow to be comfortable. It's basically the same shape as the Intellimouse, but the front end is much more narrow. It makes it difficult for me to grip the mouse comfortably.
Summary: This is a great mouse performance wise. It made my shooting accuracy much better (coming from a microsoft wireless mouse) and looks cool too. The lights and all the mouse functions can be customized in the steelseries software. One thing you will have to consider is that this mouse is huge. My hands are slightly smaller than average for a male. When I first put my hands on the mouse, it felt way too big.
Summary: Awesome mouse in general, quite big though. Occasionally though, the mouse fails to switch profiles when I change programs which makes me have to open the program and do it manually. The Steelseries software is said to be lightweight, which it is, but for some reason it takes a good 20 seconds to open, and I'm running an i7-4770k.
Summary: just a quick background on my history with gaming mice, here are the mice I owned so far. Corsair m90, mionix avior 8200dpi, Madcatz Rat 7 and logitech g700. I play all kind of games from FPS to strategy, this is supposidly my latest mouse and the one I am currently using, I was out for an optical mouse, the choices I had locally were the rival and logitech g400, but I choose the rival fearing that the g400 switches won`t be that great.
Summary: Mionix 7000 has same sensor more comfort for medium hand people and claw grip people can use them, and no sweat pads on the sides and braided cable and mouse surface analyzer to check the wear on your mouse pad, and it has all the features of a Sensei without a lcd screen. 2 stars off because fail side grips and no braided cable.
Pros: Palm grip, anti-sweat coating, 3310 sensor, 30mil clicks, better positioned thumb buttons... Cost less than competitors.
Cons: Rubber grips make my thumb sweat if gaming a few hours, not sure how easy they'll be to clean, thinking of selling mouse because of this.