SteelSeries has released a new version of its Rival gaming mouse series, the Rival 310, at a more budget-minded $59.99 price point. Does this latest version of the Rival hold up to its predecessors and give gamers a good value for their dollar? Read on to find out!
In terms of its design and layout, the SteelSeries Rival 310 is similar to the older Rival 300 gaming mouse. However, the Rival 310 features some refined ergonomics and futuristic styling that make the mouse a bit more streamlined. This means that the height curve of the Rival 310 is not as acute as was the Rival 300’s. Being a “palm gamer”, meaning I rest the palm of my hand on the mouse when gaming, it is not quite as comfortable as the Rival 300 was. However, it is by no means uncomfortable and I found the enhanced optical sensor to be extremely responsive to my input. Additionally, the SteelSeries Rival 310 is lighter than its predecessor by about 42 grams, meaning that it is a lot easier to move around if you are a twitch-gamer using it for tournament play.
What’s so special about the sensor? Well, the Rival 310 features a SteelSeries TrueMove3 optical sensor, with 100-12000 CPI sensitivity in 100 CPI increments. The sensor claims to feature no hardware acceleration or movement prediction allowing gamers to have true 1 : 1 movement. Does it do this? Well, I think so! It’s a hard metric to test but, in my gaming experiences with the Rival 310 I was not disappointed in the least as far as its performance goes.
The Rival 310 does make use of SteelSeries’ Prism lighting system, which allows the mouse to display colors in two different RGB zones for more customization. Additionally, the mouse is fully-compatible with the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, which allows the user to configure the mouse options. The build-quality of the Rival 310 is also improved over its predecessor by way of SteelSeries providing it with mechnical Omron switches in its buttons rated at 50 MILLION clicks! This is a huge upgrade over the Rival 300, which was outfitted with proprietary switches rated at 30 million clicks. Unfortunately, if you are a left-handed gamer, you better look elsewhere for your gaming mouse needs as the Rival 310 is right-handed only. SteelSeries does make the Sensei 310, which is an ambidextrous mouse and uses similar features under the hood.
I used the SteelSeries Rival 310 through numerous click-heavy rounds of Battlefield 1 and loved it. The biggest issue I had was that the mouse felt a bit too light for my own personal tastes. Even though it might bump the cost of the mouse up slightly, I would like to see some removable weights for the Rival 310. Thanks to the ergonomic design and rubberized grip areas on the sides of the mouse, I never lost my grip on it during even the most furious rounds of combat. I also played several hours of isometric RPG, Divinity: Original Sin 2 with the Rival 310 and it performed flawlessly and comfortably.
Overall, the SteelSeries Rival 310 is an outstanding gaming mouse with a budget-friendly price point. You can find them now at the SteelSeries website as well as other retailers.
SteelSeries Rival 310 Review Score(4 out of 5 Stars)