Steel Series Rival 650 Review
Steel series has long put out respectable products in many different forms of peripherals, but somehow their gaming mice have gotten overlooked over time. Today I’m going to be digging into one of their more recent weapons; the Rival 650.
Perhaps one of my favorite wireless gaming mice, the Rival 650 has many great features to its character, as well as some speed bumps in the road too.
This wireless gaming mouse boasts 24+ hours of battery life, which is even more impressive when you learn that only 15 minutes of charge time delivers 10+ hours of gameplay (RGB disabled). It comes with a soft rubber charging cord, somewhat flexible to avoid wired gaming complications. The mouse has channels along the outside of the charging port to keep the wire securely in place while you make that 180 flick shot across your mouse pad.
The Rival 650 has seven programmable buttons; left and right click, three thumb buttons, scroll wheel, and a button just behind the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel has a satisfying tire tread-like feel to it and feels well made. The left and right clicks have a somewhat heavy actuation weight to them, which I enjoy for I avoid misclicking much easier. Unfortunately, the thumb buttons are where I have my problems with the mouse. Mouse “4” and mouse “5” buttons are okay, slightly small, but they feel nice. The extra thumb button though is out of reach. I may have small hands, but I am the most dedicated of palm style grip, and I can tell you now that it’s a stretch to hit that button.
I can’t think of anything negative to say about this mouse as far as performance goes that isn’t my fault. I play it until it dies mid-game after a solid few days of long gaming sessions: My mistake. It’s truemove3+ dual sensor 12000 CPI sensors makes tracking effortless. It has a minimum liftoff detection distance of 0.5mm, which for those of you who don’t know is EXTREMELY low to the table. Most mouse pads will not even detect the mouse at the distance, but it is adjustable up to 2mm. Flawless performance comes with the rival 650.
This steel series installment comes in at 121g, minus the cable. The cool thing is that it also comes with (8) 4gram weights, with 4 zones on each side of the mouse to put them in, making this mouse very customizable.
In my opinion, the pros outweigh the cons by far in this particular case. If you specifically NEED 3 thumb buttons on your mouse, then this mouse may not be for you, as one of them is all but accessible. But if you’re looking for a pixel accurate, wireless, sleek, versatile extension of your right arm, then I highly recommend this mouse as it will be a part of my collection for years to come.