The Rival 650 Wireless Mouse Is Still A Leading Powermouse

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Kyle Blooicide

Publish Date:

14 May 2021

2 years ago SteelSeries released their top-performing wireless mouse, the Rival 650. In terms of market competition, this mouse is up against some expensive and absolutely beastly wireless mice! Things such as the Razer Viper Ultimate or the Logitech G502 Lightspeed. Now let’s be clear here, the Logitech Lightspeed Hero is probably one of the best wireless mice on the market right now, but with a price tag of £130, you’d expect that, right. So where does the Rival 650, at a price point now of £99 tally up, against that competition?

Well for an average of £30 less, you are going to get so little difference between the devices that, you might as well just save yourself some money and jump in with the SteelSeries. So, In terms of raw performance, both Mice actually score very closely averagely, but where the Lightspeed pips the lead is by having a minor lead in clicking latency. Now don’t get me wrong, for those competition moments this is incredibly important, but the difference we are talking about here is less than ‘milliseconds’ difference. I mean, untraceable by a human difference. If you aren’t a sponsored gamer, hoping to get that victory on counterstrike at an Esports event, where you are going to need that little bit extra, then there really is no need to pay more.

Here is a list of features that gamers get with the Rival 650:

  • Quantum WirelessTM offers lag-free 1000Hz (1ms) gaming

  • 15-minutes of fast charging delivers 10+ hours of gameplay

  • True 1 to 1 tracking precision with TrueMove3 optical sensor

  • Dedicated secondary depth sensor for instant lift-off detection

  • 256 centre of gravity weight tuning configurations

Another minor area worth discussing is the wheel on the mouse. On some of the competitive mice, there is a free-wheel function, which feels incredible to just spin. But honestly again it’s a function that I think meets a very particular demographic. The notched wheel is how most people spend their time using their mice, so again isn’t too bad of a feature loss for the Rival 650, which lacks the Free-Wheel feature.

Look I know I’ve spent this article explaining what it doesn’t do as well as all the other mice it's up against. But what I mean is, the SteelSeries mice is a cheaper option to Wireless Gaming mice, which when compared to its competition it actually performs so well against them. It feels like the area’s it falls shorter than the rest was to make it much more affordable, over the rest.

This article isn’t a sponsored sale, or even an affiliate thing, 3Bit doesn’t make any money at the time of writing this article and therefore does not enter any advertising contracts. We genuinely love this mouse option and wanted to share it with you. If you’re interested in learning more or even picking one up, check it out on the SteelSeries website here.

Also, Did you know that we have an active Discord Channel in which we have both Developers and Gamers mixed? It is a nice little community where we can all talk gaming, without judgement and genuinely have some really good conversations! Joining our community is free! No special requirements, so what are you waiting for? Click here to join! 

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