The SteelSeries Rival 710 wears a hefty price tag of about $ 99.00. But hol’ up! SteelSeries put in some effort to justify that price. A freaking OLED display on the side and haptic feedback defnitely make this mouse one of a kind. It does have modular support that gives the Rival 710 much space for customization.
Back in 2016 the SteelSeries Rival 700 was already an amazing mouse and known for using quality components. The newer SteelSeries Rival 710 swaps out the standard sensor for an exclusive one to focus on accuracy over sensitivity, while keeping all the other features of the older model.
First things first. Holding it in your hand feels huge (yes, I know). SteelSeries was kind of bound to make a big mouse, especially because of the OLED display, haptic engine and modular components. It’s 4.9 inches (124.8mm) high, 2.85 inches (72.6mm) wide and 1.7 inches (42mm) deep. With a weight of 4.8 ounces (135g) the mouse is quite heavy. While this can be tiring to use in the beginning, the weight actually assists accuracy in the long run.
However, in practice the size isn’t a bad thing: The right-handed mouse feels really comfortable to use. The comfiness can be traced back to the mouse’s ergonomic form and the soft touch material covering almost the entire chassis. Usually the main component of mouse builds are hard plastic, but the soft touch material is just that much more enjoyable, especially for longer sessions.
The size also makes the mouse feel very robust and leaves enough space for your whole palm to gently rest on the mouse. On longer use you might miss the thumb rest, especially since the side buttons are kinda “forcing” your thumb into a certain position.
The Rival 710 has seven buttons, including three programmable buttons. On top you have the standard left- and right mouse button, a clickable scroll wheel and the CPI switch. The two buttons on the side are easily accessible with your thumb and have a beveled edge to easily feel them. The scroll wheel sits quite low in the mouse and has tactile feedback when scrolling. It’s rather slow compared to other wheels but therefor also very accurate.
This system expands the lifespan of the Rival 710. Almost every piece of the mouse is swappable in case of an oopsie. For example, if you’re cable gets worn off a lot, you can easily replace that for a new one. The mechanical switches are also rated to last for about 60 million clicks and feel great to use.
The SteelSeries Rival 710 also has another feature that some people might call “lit”. Right next to the side buttons you can find an OLED display. It doesn’t offer color support, but you can customize it to any image or GIF that is scaled to a size of 128 pixels x 36 pixels. No worries, there are already plenty images tailored for this screen available for download online.
Then there’s also a haptic engine built into the mouse. The haptic feedback can be programmed to be triggered after a certrain time frame or button press. This can be useful in MOBAs or MMORPGs where you have to track the cooldown of important abilities. There are 10 vibrations to choose from and you can also change the length and power of vibrations.
At the end of the day, yes, those features are freaking cool, but don’t really offer much useful utility. There aren’t many direct game compatilites and besides cooldown tracking with haptic feedback we couldn’t come up with much actual use. In some games you get to display remaining health or KDA for example, but the options here are rather limited.
Ultimately the screen’s design purpose is to add to the aesthetics, which it does really well. The OLED display and the customizable RGB lightning of the logo and the scroll wheel make for a pretty damn cool gaming mouse. The design of the ligthning effects is rather subtle, but this makes the unique display shine even more. The lightning effects can also be used for visual alerts, while playing CS: GO for example you get a health indicator on your mouse wheel which makes it flash when you’re below 10% HP. Again, not very useful, but pretty cool.
The SteelSeries Rival 710 isn’t just fancy, it also features excellent performance. The mouse uses the SteelSeries TrueMove3 sensor, which performs fast and reliable. According to SteelSeries even more so on settings less than 3.500 CPI.
Even thouh the sensor is extremely precise, the difference in accuracy above and sub 3.500 CPI is barely noticable. Compared to the earlier used PWM3360, the TrueMove3 sensor has 350 IPS speed and improved tracking from 2.000 to 3.500. This gives the ability for precise 1 to 1 tracking without latency or jitter reduction loss.
One thing to mention for the high-sensitivity-junkies is that the sensor is limited to 12.000 CPI. If you don’t mind that, then you’ll get a top performing gaming mouse. Due to it’s high weight the mouse is best designed for MOBAs, MMOs or RTSs, as you need a rather tight and tiring grip when flicking a lot in FPS. Comparably the Rival 310 is a lightweight alternative and the Rival 600 is a mid-weight alternative to this model.
In the SteelSeries Engine 3 you can create as many profiles to store button mapping, lightning options and sensitivity preference as you want. You also have the ability to store up to 5 profiles on the mouse itself.
The software is available for Mac and PC and is really simple to use. Everything is described very clearly and is straightforward to use. In the app you can also adjust your tactical alerts. For exmaple when playing CS you can get feedback on values like health, ammo, money, armor, headshots or flashbang blindness.
The SteelSeries Rival 710 is an awesome gaming mouse. With the newer TrueMove3 Sensor it performs absolutely well. There are some minor ergonomical flaws and the mouse being so heavy might be a drawback if you’re a hardcore FPS fan.
The whole concept and especially the price make the Rival 710 to kind of a niche product. However, I can see people fall in love with the OLED display, haptic feedback and modular parts very easily.
You can get similar quality sensors for less money, but if you buy the SteelSeries Rival 710 you get a high quality, robust gaming mouse that will guarantee you a ton of fun.