Features and Performance
The features of the Rival 310 are unlocked via SteelSeries’ customization software, the SteelSeries Engine. Via the SteelSeries Engine, you can create macros, customize togglable CPI sensitivity levels, edit button behaviors, and set LED behaviors. The macro editor behaves as most other macro editors do, allowing you to record your actions and double-back to tweak key press timings and delays. The SteelSeries Engine holds onto the all of the macros you create so can then apply them to any button on your applicable SteelSeries mouse or keyboard. In that sense, the SteelSeries Engine is pretty straightforward in its peripheral control, allowing for easy use and profile management.
Where the SteelSeries Engine and Rival 310 excel is in how the software allows you to tweak the behavior of the TrueMove3 sensor. Aside from just CPI tweaks, you can control the sensor’s polling rates, acceleration and deceleration levels, and angle snapping. Prefer that the software clean up your quick mouse swipes so that it moves in a straight line? Or would you rather that angle snapping be left off so that your slower swipes are tracked as tightly to your movements as possible, recording even the most distinct movements. The control of the Rival 310 and the TrueMove3 sensor is up to you via simple use of slider bars.
On top of all that, the SteelSeries Rival 310 has onboard memory. This of course allows you to create a custom profile, apply it to the mouse, and use the Rival 310 with those saved preferences on any PC, even if the PC is not running the SteelSeries Engine. Being able to make detailed tweaks and have it stored on the mouse itself makes the Rival 310 an excellent professional gaming tool, even when you’re using it on tournament-issued PC’s. Personally, I preferred that the sensor tracked as closely to “natural” as possible. So I went with what I normally do with gaming mice – leaving angle snapping off, having polling on max, and keeping acceleration and deceleration off.
I was not disappointed with performance of the Rival 310 as movement tracking felt nice and smooth. While playing Gears of War 4 on Windows 10, popping 180 degree turns to remove faces with the Gnasher shotgun felt clean and natural. Handling the mouse was that much easier thanks to the Rival 310’s silicone side grips. Not once did I experience any jitter or undesirable behaviors. Overall, commanding the Rival 310 in-game was comfortable and satisfying. If you lose with the Rival 310, it just may be your fault. (Or lag… definitely lag)
For only $59.99, you get a brilliant product in the SteelSeries Rival 310 and the new TrueMove3 sensor. Lightweight mice have quite the following when it comes to gaming mice preferences. With the Rival 310, you get an comfortable righthanded mouse that’s both light and easy to grip with both palm and claw grips. You get a new-age sensor that tracks exceptionally well and can be tweaked to conform to any sensor behavior preference that you’d care about in a gaming mouse. The SteelSeries Rival 310 is an excellent gaming solution for right-handers that comes at a more than reasonable price point.
SteelSeries has themselves a winner with the Rival 310. You should definitely check it out for yourself here.
You can also check out our Sensei 310 (ambidextrous gaming mouse) review here.
†SteelSeries Rival 310 review unit provided by SteelSeries PR.