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SteelSeries Rival 110 Gaming Mouse Review

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The Company’s $30 Gaming Mouse for Everyone.

SteelSeries brought the World’s first 1 to 1 tracking for the professionals with the Rival 310. Now, the Danish gaming peripherals manufacturer is bringing it for the people.

The company is pretty famous for their fleet of eSports-geared mice. Experts across the industry favor the bright legacy of Rival products. To meet the current demands of the customers along with maintaining quality, they had to revolutionize computer peripherals. SteelSeries launched the SteelSeries Rival 110 in September of 2017.

It is the cheapest gaming mice fabricated by the company, nevertheless, it carries the core essentials for a good enough gaming experience. The mouse is probably the most personal gaming accessory.

We use it for nearly everything, scrolling through Twitter, highlighting text and most importantly, getting those fine headshots on Counter-Strike.

There are numerous companies like Razer, Logitech, SteelSeries who focus on bringing the finest gaming mice to gamers. There are many producers who even center around making products that match gamers and even the broad public.

SteelSeries is pretty famous for making the best of both the world products.

The SteelSeries Rival 110 focuses on just the essentials rather than adding a bunch of random buttons and design aesthetics. SteelSeries Rival 110 is a modernized, sleek gaming mouse masterminded with the new TrueMove1 optical sensor.

It boasts lifelong durability with confirmed 30-million clicks. It doesn’t vary a lot from its predecessor. The only noticeable difference being the TrueMove1 sensor under the SteelSeries Rival 110’s hood.

The company has taken a risk a huge risk at making a gaming mice at a smaller form factor than normal.

It is definitely designed for everyone, but does everyone demand gaming mice? Let’s find it out.

Design

The Rival 100 was good, not the best. There were a lot of gaps to be filled and SteelSeries Rival 110 is the answer.

It is basically the same when it comes to product design and layout but it has a pretty dope sensor that takes it to a whole another level.

For starters, the shape of both the SteelSeries Rival 110 is still the same. They now have a better scroll wheel pattern and a more tangible DPI button. It is still a wired gaming mouse and there is a slight difference in the rubber eyelet in the cable.

It now makes it look more durable. We noticed a different material and finish on the SteelSeries Rival 110, this makes it look more premium. It feels like rubberized plastic and has a bit of texture to it.

The left side of the mouse is likewise, textured plastic for grip and a couple of buttons. Observing closely, you can see some detailed curves that let your palm rest comfortably on it. It still has the light-up SteelSeries logo which looks really classy.

There is the same grip on the right side of the device too. It might have a smaller form factor but it has enough room for your fingers to rest on it. Overall, it does feel comfier than the 100s.

Coming to the base of the SteelSeries Rival 110, it retains the ambidextrous design. It has got three rubber pads just like the 100s placed exactly at the same spot. The mouse feet felt scratchy and loud in the 100s, it is not the case here.

It feels a lot smoother and it does feel like they’re floating on your desk. Looking at the other side of the coin, SteelSeries could’ve added some comfort grooves in the buttons. It doesn’t have an industrial look like that of the Sensei 310 or the Rival 310.

It weighs around 90 grams, equivalent to the 100s. SteelSeries has done a high-grade job balancing the mouse even with the center being moved back a bit.

Focusing on the dimensions, it’s about 5.8cm wide and 11.9cm long. The buttons do feel a little dull when compared to other competitors but they’re still clicky and snappy enough.

The scroll button also has a light, it uses the two-zone effect hence you can’t customize the logo and the scroll lights.

The box of the device says it has a universal grip, meaning it can be either a palm grip or a claw grip. The product design of the Rival 110 focuses on smaller hands but it doesn’t really matter much, it is pretty comfy to use.

The overall looks make it look premium and durable enough for professional gamers. The price point though makes it easier for everyone to get ahold of it.

Software

The SteelSeries Rival 110 is an amazing device itself. But SteelSeries has got something for you to completely utilize the device. The Engine 3 adds steroids to the existing gaming mouse with tailor-made customizations.

Engine 3 is used by a lot of gamers around the world available for Windows and MacOS. It is an all in one place to handle all your gaming peripheral settings that help you focus on the game.

It does a lot of stuff that actually unlocks the full potential of your gear. SteelSeries Engine 3 is built to enhance their products and you can also use it on the Rival 110.

The compact lightweight software solution can be used for numerous activities. For starters, you can customize the logo and the scroll button lights based on your games or choice.

The simple UI makes it easier for the everyday gamer to get their peripherals geared up for a competitive PC play. SteelSeries sells Engine 3 as the true marriage of hardware and software. It sits right on top of the hardware and doesn’t require a lot of memory or power.

Once you’re in the software, you can head over to gears and configuration. Once you select the device you want to customize, a stunning UI will pop up.

You can now customize the illumination, sensitivity, acceleration, and even the vibration pads.

The best thing being, you can add groups of setting instructions based on your games. Let say you want the SteelSeries Rival 110 lit up in Red on Dota 2 and Yellow when you’re killing terrorists in CS:GO, the Engine 3 is at your service.

The idea was to create an ecosystem for MacOS and Windows where gamers would have a hassle-free experience. SteelSeries Engine 3 focuses on those slight changes that might make the SteelSeries Rival 110 more reliable and better.

SteelSeries Rival lineup is created with keeping the Engine 3 is mind. It adds features that allow you to change the acceleration and the deceleration based on how you want to move in the game.

It also allows you to up or down the sensitivity of your mouse which utilizes the TrueMove1 sensor.

Mouse deceleration is useful when you’re AWPing at T-spawn through the double doors, it slows down your hand movement for unrivaled accuracy.

Features

The SteelSeries Rival series is an awesome fleet of feature pack gaming peripherals. Be it the Rival 650 or the 710, SteelSeries makes one of the finest gaming mice.

The device is tailor-made for excellent in-game performance with the SteelSeries TrueMove1. The 200 CPI, 240 IPS, and the 30g optical sensor in the SteelSeries Rival 110 were co-developed with the world’s leading sensor manufacturer.

SteelSeries has packed a lot of features under the 110’s hood that boasts professional level gaming. There are a total of 6 buttons on the device.

There are right-and left-mouse buttons, a clickable scroll wheel, a small button for DPI settings, and two buttons on the left side for your thumb. SteelSeries Rival 110 has a lot better grip than the competition in this price point.

For 30 bucks, there is enough textured plastic grip. It helps to secure a firm clutch of the mouse, but they could’ve made it better.

The SteelSeries Rival 110 is lightweight and ultra-durable and that is just a low-ball estimate. SteelSeries promises a whopping 30 million clicks with great consistency, meeting the demands of every kind of user.

The materials it is made up of reduces the burden of the mouse to about 88-90g, allowing for swift and spontaneous hand movement. With True 1 to 1, SteelSeries Rival 110 is expected to deliver 100 to 3500 CPI.

The company has finally achieved the widest range ever on a gaming mouse with over 3500 CPI. The best thing being, it has zero or no artificial lag when the Rival 110 is used at over 3500 CPI.

The ergonomic design features allow everyone to use the mouse in any way possible with the state of the art universal grip design. The streamlined product design makes it easier to game on it for long and intense sessions. The mouse is equipped with storage.

This allows you to store performance and lighting settings on the go. The RGB lighting is pretty intuitive and lit, no doubt gamers are focusing a lot on them these days.

You can easily customize them with the SteelSeries Engine 3. There are a ton of features packed in this palm-sized mice.

Hardware

On first looks, the whole device just screams durable and stunning. The design aesthetics are top-notch and SteelSeries have also managed the same under the hood.

SteelSeries Rival 110 has got a TrueMove 1 Optical sensor for tracking purposes. This allows you to have perfect precision control. With an extra sensor in the mouse, wherever your hand moves, the mouse moves with you. SteelSeries wins the argument with data.

There is no competition when it comes to the performance of the TrueMove 1 sensors in the Rival 110. This additional hardware acceleration gives you an edge over the competition.

The Rival 110 is the youngest in the Rival lineup, yet it stands shoulder to shoulder with many peripherals from top manufacturers. It has a CPI range of 200-7200 which is really good for budget-friendly gaming mice.

SteelSeries Rival 110 has a 240 IPS, 30g max tracking. The mouse has illuminated Omron switches. They have remarkable switch durability with more than 30 million clicks.

SteelSeries has a single clamshell LMB/RMB (Left Mouse Button and Right Mouse Button) design on the SteelSeries Rival 110.

To experience unrivaled performance, the device has a universal grip. Although most Rival mice have got ergonomic and ambidextrous form factors, the Rival 110 has a right-handed configuration.

The mice features pinpoint experience and pretty cool customizations to the logo and the scroll wheel. The mouse has zero latency and stunning precision that favors the quick reflexes of gamers.

Bottomline

There are a ton of gaming peripherals in the market that add-on to the existing gaming experience. SteelSeries is a major league manufacturer and their Sensei and Rival series are always appreciated by gamers around the globe.

The SteelSeries Rival 110 is the youngest member in their family. It still has got a lot of features for a pretty less price point. A lot of gamers prefer a bulky and more feature-packed mouse but the Rival 110 sells the core essentials to everyone here.

The quality of the mouse is top class, from the shape of the buttons to the subtle grooves for comfort.

You will have it under control and can play it at a high level for a budget price. You can get better comfort and quality if you chose to up your budget but the Rival 110 beats pretty top mice too.

SteelSeries’ unique selling point is that they’ve made this piece of tech for everyone. With a max of 7200DPI, it beats Razer and Corsairs easily.

Therefore, the bottom line is, we substantially recommend the newest, cheaper device in the Rival lineup.

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