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SteelSeries Announces Dual-Surface RGB Illuminated QcK Prism Mousepad

CHICAGO – April 26, 2017 – SteelSeries, brings innovation to its 15-year legacy of engineering the best gaming mousepads in the world by introducing the QcK Prism Gaming Mousepad. Built with purpose, the QcK Prism delivers features that go beyond the aesthetics of illumination and presents performance benefits for PC gaming. The new mousepad provides gamers with dual-sided premium surfaces – the first of its kind, 360 degrees of continuous illumination in 12 separate zones, and interference-free USB cable placement.

The QcK Prism is the world’s first dual-surface RGB illuminated mousepad, featuring a premium micro-textured cloth that adds friction for more deliberate movements and a hard polymer surface for a fast-paced glide. The QcK Prism comes with brilliant 360-degree, 12-zone Prism RGB illumination with advanced lighting effects and supports SteelSeries GameSense, providing reactive illumination to in-game events such as low ammo, health, kills, cooldown timers and more.

Jason Christian, Category Manager for Gaming Surfaces, Mice and Keyboards says “Every aspect of this peripheral was built with purpose. It delivers premium surface performance with brilliant lighting and zero mouse cable interference.”

In addition to the millions of colors and lighting effects, the QcK Prism also supports SteelSeries Prism Sync. Gamers can create dynamic multi-color lighting effects between the QcK Prism and all other Prism-enabled gear, including the Arctis 5 headset, Rival 700 mouse and Apex M800 keyboard.

The QcK Prism was made with a game-tested design. Unlike all other RGB mousepads, the cable housing is positioned out of the way, on the left side, where it will not catch a gamer’s mouse cable.

The QcK Prism is now available at http://steelseries.com/qckprism for $59.99 and online retailers including Amazon and Best Buy.  For more information about SteelSeries’ QcK Prism or SteelSeries complete selection of gaming accessories, visit www.SteelSeries.com.

SteelSeries Announces EvilGeniuses Line of Gaming Peripherals

CHICAGO – April 18, 2017 – SteelSeries, the fastest growing major PC gaming headset brand in the US*, today announced a new line of tournament-ready products in collaboration with its elite esport partner, Evil Geniuses. Winning more tournament prize money than any other esport organization in the world, Evil Geniuses has put their mark of approval on this branded line of SteelSeries professional gaming peripherals.

The Evil Geniuses line combines more than 15 years of SteelSeries esport experience with the hands-on expertise of the best gamers in the world. Outfit your battle station with the gear that’s won millions in prize money – Arctis headset with a custom-designed Arctis headband, and the Evil Geniuses limited editions of the M500 Keyboard with Cherry MX Red keys, a custom-tuned Rival 300 and a QcK+ mousepad.

“For years, SteelSeries has collaborated with Evil Geniuses to test and improve our products to ensure they are tournament ready,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “Their winning culture and pursuit of excellence in esports aligns with SteelSeries’ commitment to supporting esport professionals with products that help them rise to the challenge.”

The Rival 300 Evil Geniuses Edition is based on SteelSeries’ most iconic esports mouse, with a guaranteed 30-million click rating and an esports-focused ergonomic design for competitive, long-lasting performance. It uses a Pixart PMW3310 optical sensor, six programmable buttons and lights up with prism RGB illumination. “The Rival 300 is my mouse of choice.” – Evil Geniuses player, Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg

The limited-edition Apex M500 Evil Geniuses keyboard is the only tournament-grade backlit mechanical gaming keyboard co-designed with the team. Featuring Cherry MX Red switches for ultra-fast clicks and double taps, full anti-ghosting, and compatibility with the SteelSeries Engine, it is built entirely around the needs of professional gamers. “The M500 is simply put, an excellent keyboard; one of, if not the best, mechanical keyboard I’ve ever used.” – Evil Geniuses player, Saahil “Universe” Arora

The QcK+ Evil Geniuses Edition is the tournament-grade gaming mousepad designed and tested by professional gamers. The nearly frictionless surface gives you unmatched tracking accuracy, while the non-slip rubber base and 4mm thickness provide a solid platform for competitive gaming. “The QcK+ is large and has that bit of extra padding to make it comfortable and sturdy. It also has that consistent, perfect glide that just seems natural.” – Evil Geniuses player, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev

The Evil Geniuses Signature Line is now available at http://steelseries.com/eg. The limited-editions of Rival 300 is $59.99, the Apex M500 is $99.99 and the QcK+ is $19.99.

For more details about SteelSeries’ entire selection of gaming peripherals, visit https://steelseries.com.

SteelSeries Arctis Wins Red Dot Award

CHICAGO – April 3, 2017SteelSeries, the fastest growing major PC gaming headset brand in the US*, today proudly announced that its Arctis headsets received the prestigious “Red Dot” award. The jury reached its decision after assessing thousands of products from all over the world. SteelSeries created an outstanding design for the Arctis Headset line that the expert committee for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 has recognized with the internationally sought-after seal of quality.

“Our Danish heritage has never been more apparent than in the creation of the Arctis headset line – where every choice made for building a superior headset directly affected the look and feel,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “Simplicity is what makes this headset truly a force to be reckoned with – the questions asked and choices made were hard but simple – find materials that impact comfort, choose shapes that improve function and stop thinking about a gaming product as a visual stereotype.”

The significance of the international design competition, Red Dot Award: Product Design, is well established internationally. For more than 60 years, an expert team has been awarding the seal of quality for good design and innovation to the outstanding designs of the year.

“The Red Dot winners are pursuing the right design strategy,” said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award. “They have recognized that good design and economic success go hand in hand. The award by the critical Red Dot jury documents their high design quality and is indicative of their successful design policy.”

The Arctis 3, Arctis 5, and Arctis 7 gaming headsets are now available at Best Buy or SteelSeries for $79.99, $99.99, and $149.99, respectively. Arctis headband accessories are available now exclusively at https://steelseries.com/arctis for $14.99.

For more details about the Arctis headset line and accessories, or SteelSeries’ entire selection of gaming peripherals, visit https://steelseries.com.

SteelSeries Details PAX East 2017 Presence

CHICAGO – March 6, 2017SteelSeries, a leader and innovator in gaming peripherals and fastest growing major PC gaming headset brand in the US*, announces its upcoming activation at PAX East.At the SteelSeries booth, attendees will have the opportunity to try SteelSeries’ products, meet various streamers, and enter The Culling tournament for a chance to win exclusive merchandise.

Arctis and Rival Demos
At Booth 11010, gamers and visitors can demo a variety of the best products SteelSeries has to offer. For the first time at PAX, attendees can experience the revolutionary comfort and performance of the Arctis headsets. Visitors will also get to test out the unmatched durability and precision of the Rival mouse line.

Additionally, attendees who purchase an Arctis 3 or Arctis 5 at the show will receive a free headband of their choice and those who purchase a Rival 700 will receive an exclusive back plate for the mouse.

Play to Win
SteelSeries has partnered with developer Xavient to offer PAX attendees hands-on time with the adrenaline-filled battle royale game, The Culling. Attendees can enter daily free-play and quick-draw tournaments for a chance to win exclusive merchandise from SteelSeries and partners, Filthy Casual and Design by Humans.

Streamer Meet n’ Greets and PAX Generated Content Campaign
The SteelSeries booth will be home base for members of the SteelSeries stream team, such as Deejay Knight, LittleSiha and more. Throughout the show, streamers will be hosting community meetups, streaming The Culling with their friends and fans.  Attendees at the booth are encouraged to share their personal gaming journey and will be immortalized on the “I Play Because” story wall and seen on the booths massive LED display, one of the largest displays at the show. More news about SteelSeries booth activities during PAX will be coming over the next week; be sure to follow @SteelSeries and @TheCullingGame on Twitter to find out more.

SteelSeries Announces Compatibility Between Arctis 3 Headset and Nintendo Switch

CHICAGO – March 1, 2017 – SteelSeries, the fastest growing major PC gaming headset brand in the US*, announces compatibility between the Arctis 3 gaming headset and the highly-anticipated gaming console, the Nintendo SwitchTM. Using the Switch’s headphone jack, the Arctis 3 headset brings the same high-quality audio performance gamers have come to expect from the Arctis line with a style anyone would be comfortable wearing while playing on-the-go.

“Arctis 3 is the best headset for everywhere you game, which makes it perfectly suited for the Nintendo Switch” said Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “We designed Arctis 3 with the industry’s best audio drivers, our exclusive athletics-inspired ski goggle suspension headband and AirWeave ear cushions, for performance and comfort at an accessible price for gaming on all-platforms.”

With the Arctis 3, SteelSeries shattered preconceived notions of what a gaming headset should sound, feel and look like. Arctis represents design-forward thinking and the best audio choice for all-platform gaming.  In addition to compatibility with the Nintendo Switch, the analog wired headset is fully compatible with PC, Mac, Xbox, PlayStation, VR and mobile devices.

The Arctis 3 gaming headset is now available at Best Buy, Amazon and SteelSeries.com for $79.99. For more details about the Arctis or SteelSeries’ entire selection of gaming peripherals, visit http://steelseri.es/arctis.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless Headset Review

SteelSeries has a terrific line of headsets in their Arctis series. Designed for both gamers and music fans alike, the Arctis series features a ClearCast microphone, ski goggle style headband, and 40mm drivers. It also features a nice steel alloy structure which feels rugged and strong – not like some headsets out there that are flimsy to the touch. Setting up the SteelSeries Arctis 7 is very easy. Simply install the SteelSeries Engine 3 software package which controls the Arctis 7 (as well as SteelSeries other peripherals). The software is robust and allows for numerous customization options for sound quality.

One huge factor for long-term wear of a gaming headset is comfort. If you play a game for hours on end, it helps if your head doesn’t feel as though it’s going to collapse under the pressure of a pair of headsets. Thankfully, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 features a ski goggle style headband which is very comfortable while also helping the headset stay put. Directing your browser to SteelSeries website, you can find a variety of accessories for the Arctis 7. They sell both velour and leather ear cushions depending on your preference as well as a host of headbands with various patterns.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 features some very nice audio quality, and allows for connection via a wireless USB dongle or 3.5 mm jacks. The microphone boom retracts and extends from the left ear cup and features a handy light on the end to help locate it. The ClearCast microphone does a great job of picking up the wearer’s voice while also not taking in a lot of background white noise. I got the chance to use the Arctis 7 while playing Battlefield 1, Skyrim Special Edition, and a host of other games – each time I was pleasantly surprised with my experience.

Moving to music, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 performs very well and, thanks to the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, you can tweak your equalizer as desired. The headphones provide a decent amount of bass while also not sacrificing sound quality when the volume increases. Its drivers have a 98 dB sensitivity and a frequency response of 20-20000 Hz, meaning that these are some powerful drivers. They chew up whatever you can throw at them and keep coming back for more. Kudos to SteelSeries for crafting such a powerful set of headphones that won’t break your bank account.

Overall, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 gaming headset is a terrific option for about $150 dollars. It features some great sound quality coupled with a good degree of comfort and, of course, wireless connectivity. If you need a wireless headset but are afraid of latency and sound quality issues, worry no more with the Arctis 7. You can find the SteelSeries Arctis 7 wireless headphones at numerous wireless retailers such as Amazon.com and SteelSeries official website.


SteelSeries Arctis 7 Review Score

(5 out of 5 Stars)


 

SteelSeries Rival 500 Optical Gaming Mouse Review

I love testing gaming gear and, in some way, for one of the strangest reasons:  No one else in my house likes gaming gear.  If I give them a headset designed for hours of comfort, maximum sound quality, and perfect voice capturing – they use speakers.  If I hand them a keyboard with 5 memory keys, special ergonomic shape, and ghosting prevention they use it like it was a simple $10 keyboard from Budget Depot. So, I always consider it a challenge to see if I can get the others to like and use a product I bring home.  I kept this in mind when putting the SteelSeries Rival 500 MOBA/MMO Optical Gaming Mouse through the paces.

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Hands On:

When it comes to SteelSeries, we are talking about one of the most well-known and respected names in gaming gear to ever hit the market.  People sometimes complain that with certain companies you are paying for a name or a logo but SteelSeries has yet to be one of those kinds of peripheral-makers.  There products have been used by professional gamers and eSport teams for years and have a history of durability to go with reliable performance.  A SteelSeries headset for the Xbox was one of the first headsets I reviewed over five years ago for GamingShogun.com and I still have that headset hooked up to one of my Xbox 360 consoles.  So I’m not spouting corporate babble, here, just personal experience.

Most gaming mice start to have problems with buttons getting in the way of everyday use to the point where a lot of people will have two mice hooked up to their rig or an easy switch out port to go between program heavy gaming to not accidentally clicking on a button with normal typing.  This can especially become a problem when you get over ten programmable buttons, they just wind up getting in the way or messing up ergonomics by bristling off the mouse.  So first things first you can use this mouse without hitting a bunch of unnecessary function button if you are thumb heavy or palm heavy, the pad of your thumb has a nice ergonomic rest right in the middle of the buttons with sliding it up, down or back to hit buttons and the palm rest area is clear right up to the left/right buttons.  If you are thumb and pinky heavy on the mouse (some of us are) the pinky is completely clear so a thumb/palm/pinky lock on the mouse allows you to access all the buttons without losing your grip, all this with 15 programmables.  This mouse is designed specifically to avoid missclicks in any use and it works.

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The most exceptional way it is designed to avoid miss-clicks is both inspired and simple, they created an on/off switch on the bottom of the mouse to turn off the buttons under the thumb to create a normal ergonomic thumb rest.  Being able to slide a switch to turn off buttons and turn them on?  It’s so straight forward that I would love to see on future models one more switch that can turn off all extra buttons to make it a normal mouse for everyday use!  This mouse immediately shot to the top of the gaming mice in my house with that so that in case a family member got on my rig for some reason (how dare they!) they feel more comfortable with the mouse right away.

So having solidly pointed out how gamers and non-gamers in the house will be able to work with the SteelSeries Rival 500 and not hit buttons the next point is what if you want to.  Most surround your thumb with a few located on the sides of the left and right button.  The general idea is that your thumb will be most free during action yet at the same time you don’t want a pad full off little buttons that are hard to tell one from the other.  So the buttons are all different shapes and sizes with most being around the thumb and some being able to be shut off if not needed.

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Internally, the SteelSeries Rival 500 has a butt-kicking PixArt PMW3360 Optical Sensor with a 1:1 tracking accuracy.  If you don’t know what that babble means then just stick to the fact it is “butt-kicking” and you should be fine.

As for software and hardware interactions the mouse includes the SteelSeries Engine 3 that provides everything from tactical alerts and button assignments to changing the color of your illuminations.  The GameSense software makes it so that you can get custom lighting, vibration and duration effects from such things as stuns and health damage it does zero recoil on your tracking.

Last Click, In My Hand:

After years of reviewing gaming mice the SteelSeries Rival 500 is the first one that after trying it out, Mrs. Ripper requested to be her new gaming rig mouse.  In my household, that is a stamp of approval which I have been trying to achieve for years.  Knowing the quality of SteelSeries I know it will be a mouse in our house for years to come too.  Do yourself a favor and pick up the SteelSeries Rival 500 for all your computing and gaming needs.


SteelSeries Rival 500 Optical Gaming Mouse Review Score:

(5 out of 5)


 

SteelSeries Arctis 3 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset

SteelSeries makes gaming gear with longevity and versatility, from mice to keyboards to headsets.  So I was more than happy to give their latest entry level headset, the Arctis 3 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset, a run through its paces.  Does it meet up to the expectations of entry level gaming headsets?

Heads On:

First off we announced the Arctis line of headsets a while back and there was a comparison chart to give readers a general idea of the differences between them and some of the standout features that all three possess.

steelseries-arctiscompAll three have ski goggle suspension bands which, at first hearing, might be confusing but that just means that the Velcro adjustable bands like the ones that are used on many ski goggle models are the same type that are used on here with many designs to choose from and interchange as a result as well as maybe even using the same design as your favorite set you use when hitting the slopes.

steelseries-arctis-e-800x445This adjustable design instead of a static stretch one allows a consistent fit no matter how much you use it and the ability to clean it if it begins to get a bit dirty which built-in bands tend to lose elasticity over time and apply the pressure of the stretching to your head as well as just being wipe cleanable.

steelseries_arctis_headsets_3Adding to the comfort and the sound isolation is the AirWeave Ear Cushions which are so comfortable they feel like memory foam for your ears.  I recently did an extremely long, almost all night gaming session and had the headsets on the entire time and they never got uncomfortable to the point I had to remind myself they were on so that I didn’t talk too loud to myself and or head to the bathroom with them on (they have a long cord with the included extension but not that long).  On ear audio controls of both volume and mic on/off made it so that if I did need to listen for a sound I could turn it down or with the cups I can turn both sideways if I need to which is great to listen to someone or to set the headser flat down on a desk.  When I didn’t feel like wearing them this came in particularly handy to make them double as speakers so that I could still hear stereo sound on the desk.

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Like the other Arctis headsets when wearing the Arctis 3 you get 7.1 surround sound you just get it with SteelSeries version instead of DTS which is no doubt a cost saving tool while still maintaining the sound directional ability that you would want in most FPS games in particular. At the end of the day they are also nice just to close your eyes and listen to some music or atmospheric relaxations sounds and SteelSeries 7.1 Surround Sound is solid enough that it would probably be hard to tell it from DTS.

One of probably the weakest points on entry level headsets is the microphone quality. This is a problem in general with most except the highest end headset systems usually so one of the most notable parts of the Arctis series has to be the SteelSeries ClearCast microphones.  Located on a retractable, very flexible boom the microphone is encased in a very sturdy housing and is designed with a noise cancellation system built-in that also works in tandem with audio software. The clarity is surprising, with only a little bleed from the room ambient noise.  They are definitely up to the task of team chat or Twitch broadcasting and depending on your perfectionist level they would probably due for YouTube videos.  If you are going for a walk with them plugged into your phone SteelSeries ClearCast system is handy, since all you have to do is pull out the practically hidden boom and take your call.

In my case I have nerve issues and other medical issues that prevent me from being able to hold a phone up to my ear for long periods of time.  This way I can set this headset up to my cellphone and be able to carry on 2 hour catch up sessions with my mother who has hearing issues and has a hard time sometimes understanding me if there is too much background noise. It really is easy to change between setups, since it has two types of plugins on the headset it is literally a matter of changing cables.

steelseries-arctis-3When it comes to the headset there is really only one question and that is whether or not to spend another $20 and go from entry level to mid-range, which when you consider the small amount of money difference does come into play. I haven’t tested the Arctis 5 (hopefully I will get the opportunity soon, you never know) but on the list above it seems to give you a lot more for that little amount, DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound (probably not that noticable), Illuminated Wired with Prism RGB Illumination so that you can change the glow color of the headset which has a nice illumination ring, LED indicator on the mic, and probably one of the biggest things the USB ChatMix control that allows you to increase your chat levels if you have a soft speaker without blowing your eardrums out by the game on the fly.  It comes down to if you think you would use those features, if you don’t find yourself wishing to adjust chat much or like light up headsets then you might as well save your money and go with the Arctis 3 which has much more than the usual entry level mics would ever aspire to add on.

Last Listen:

The SteelSeries Arctis 3 is one of the most impressive entry level headsets to ever hit the market giving many mid to high end features at a more affordable price.  This headset will work for you universally around the house and on the go, the only question being whether you want the next model up with a few more bells and whistles for just a few more dollars.
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SteelSeries Launches Arctis Headset Line

CHICAGO – October 4, 2016SteelSeries, leader and innovator in gaming peripherals, unveils the Arctis line, a selection of three gaming headsets that shatter preconceived notions of what a gaming headset should sound, feel and look like. The Arctis lineup reimagines the gaming headset through a complete overhaul of traditional gaming designs and headset technologies.

With Arctis, SteelSeries questioned everything about gaming headsets and challenged the features that have become gaming headset stereotypes. The company is taking a stand and making a promise to gamers that Arctis will always:

  • Deliver great audio quality for gaming, music, movies and more
  • Represent design-forward thinking and timeless style, instead of looking like a bulky toy
  • Include a microphone that delivers exceptionally clear and natural-sounding voice communication
  • Deliver the best technology in every model of the line, regardless of price

“Arctis is not a gaming headset. It is a headset line for gamers,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “That is how we approached the new audio line-up – with a fresh perspective as to who our customers really are and what they want. Brands have been distracting gamers for far too long with meaningless specification races and options that encourage spending more in order to get gaming-level quality. Arctis changes that.”

The Best Sound and Microphone in Gaming

Arctis emerged from the belief that gamers should only have to choose between the features that best suit them, and not sacrifice the quality of the product. SteelSeries challenged every past industry decision and set a new standard of excellence by incorporating the company’s flagship speakers and the new ClearCast microphone.

Every headset in the Arctis family features SteelSeries’ award-winning speakers, which are also found in their $300 headsets. Powerful, low-distortion speakers combined with 7.1 surround sound deliver total immersion while gaming.

The ClearCast microphone found in each Arctis headset is another leap forward in gaming technology;

“Even the most popular gaming headsets on the market featured gaming microphones that have been mediocre at best,” states Rabbani “We truly believe that the industry has been approaching headset microphones completely wrong, so we questioned it. Why not look into a different type of microphone that would exceed gamers’ expectations?”

All Arctis models feature a re-engineered, retractable bi-directional microphone called ClearCast – a SteelSeries exclusive noise-canceling microphone that delivers incredibly clear voice communication, focusing on the user’s speech while acoustically eliminating virtually all background and surrounding noise.

Comfort Without Compromise

SteelSeries questioned everything when developing the Arctis line. The result is a new ski goggle suspension headband and ear cushions with exclusive athletics-inspired AirWeave fabric.

“We took inspiration from athletic brands and incorporated elements that performed exceptionally under stressful circumstances,” says, Ehtisham Rabbani, CEO of SteelSeries.  “Our exclusive AirWeave material combines the breathability and moisture-wicking ability of athletic fabrics with the sound isolating qualities of leather – it’s the best of both worlds.”

Every Arctis headset comes with the new ski goggle suspension design, featuring an adjustable and removable headband that comfortably stretches to fit heads of all shapes and sizes.  The patented headband design evenly distributes weight across the top of the head to prevent pressure points, even after prolonged use.

Celebrating a New Generation of Gamers

The desire to acknowledge that gamers are dynamic individuals with different personalities and interests was a driving force behind the product development. The Arctis lineup celebrates the passions that drive each gamer by providing them with an elegant canvas to customize and personalize.

“Gaming alone does not define gamers,” adds Rabbani.  “The Arctis does not impose preconceived notions of what gamers like, but offers a blank canvas that allows them to express themselves and dictate what gaming should look like for them.”

SteelSeries’ award-winning suspension design also becomes customizable on the Arctis headsets, exchanging the traditional Siberia suspension with a new ski-google suspension headband. SteelSeries will offer a variety of different colors, patterns and an artist-series of headband styles that can be purchased exclusively on SteelSeries.com.

Unique Selection

Arctis features three unique headsets with the same outstanding comfort and performance, allowing gamers to choose their model based on additional features.  Arctis 3 outperforms all other headsets in its class. The analog wired headset is equipped with 7.1 surround sound and is fully compatible with PC, Mac, Xbox, PlayStation, VR and mobile devices.

The Arctis 5 is an illuminated wired headset with customizable Prism RGB illumination and a USB connector cable with a ChatMix Control dial for quick access to in-game chat volume. Featuring DTS Headphone:X 7.1 digital surround, the Arctis 5 is also multiplatform allowing gamers to switch effortlessly from the USB connection on their PC to a 3.5mm connection for laptops, tablets, mobile gaming listening to music and more.

The lag-free wireless Arctis 7 is also equipped with DTS Headphone:X, volume, mute mic and Chat Mix Control on the headset, and showcases a full-wrap ski-goggle suspension design to further highlight the headband. Its steady, low-latency wireless connectivity is engineered for gaming, while a rechargeable 15-hour battery and a 40ft range elevate the headsets prime wireless features.

The Arctis 3, Arctis 5, and Arctis 7 gaming headsets are now available exclusively at Best Buy for $79.99, $99.99 and $149.99 respectively. For more details about the Arctis or SteelSeries’ entire selection of gaming accessories, visit www.SteelSeries.com.

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SteelSeries Releases Rival 500 Gaming Mouse

CHICAGO – September 12, 2016SteelSeries, leader and innovator in gaming peripherals, announces the availability of the Rival 500, a revolutionary multi-button gaming mouse that was designed from the ground up around the gamer’s thumb and hand movements to increase efficiency, accuracy, and performance.

“The Rival 500 is the first true multi-button gaming mouse engineered to maximize gaming efficiency, while keeping the gamers movement and comfort in mind,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “We created a MOBA/MMO mouse that fits your hand and not the other way around.”

Intuitive Design

SteelSeries’ Rival 500 reimagines the traditional multi-button grid layout by incorporating natural hand movements into the design.  Engineered for comfort and performance, it replaces the squeezed buttons in a grid format with a Next-Gen side-button layout that makes identifying, clicking and combo clicking precise and easy.  The Rival 500 showcases gaming’s first flick down switches, the fastest way to make a move since it responds to your thumbs natural flick motion instead of having to press it.

Tactile Alerts

The Rival 500 gaming mouse features SteelSeries’ innovative tactile alert technology, transforming it from an input-only device to a weapon that gives feedback to help dominate opponents.  Gamers can fully customize and feel in-game events and alerts through subtle pulses, helping them make split-second decisions during crucial times.  The Rival 500 can notify gamers when cooldowns are up, ammo is out, health is low, or any other important-to-the-gamer in-game action occurs.

Maximum Personalization

SteelSeries Rival 500 is armed with the Pixart 3360, the most advanced optical sensor available, with up to 16,000 CPI, and offers maximum customization through the SteelSeries Engine application.  Gamers can personalize the functions of all 15 individual buttons, select RGB illumination patterns with millions of colors and lighting effects, and even optimize intensity of tactile alerts and select vibration patterns.

The Rival 500 offers extreme durability with a reinforced key design that evenly distributes the force of each click, achieving a 30 million key-press rating.  In addition to long-lasting durability, the new key design delivers a more consistent click feeling than ever before.

The SteelSeries Rival 500 is now available for $79.99 / €89.99. For more information about the Rival 500 or SteelSeries’ entire selection of gaming accessories, visit www.SteelSeries.com.