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SteelSeries Rival 310 and Sensei 310 mouse review

Written by Millo

SteelSeries Rival 310 and Sensei 310 mouse review

TrueMove3 is a new optical sensor with a resolution of up to 12,000 CPI introduced by SteelSeries & it has bought revolution for SS. Its increased accuracy delivers high resolution work. Rival 310 and Sensei 310 feel almost identical, but the case, the grip style and the number of buttons are diverse.

 

Equipment

This couple of mice is packed well. Everything inside is minimal. Open the box, pull out the mouse and get the user manual in different languages.

Appearance

Razer is well reputed for their attractive designs. Both new items had rough plastic, the upper part is divided into two halves – the main buttons and the backrest where the logo is placed. The clickable scroll wheel is rubberized and also backlighted. An additional function button is placed behind. Side portions are textured with silicone inserts.

In case of the Sensei 310, there are two more keys on the right which gives it a symmetrical design & adds more versatility. Rival 310 is made for right hand users.

Software

If you have encountered with SteelSeries products, then issues with mastering the proprietary utility Engine will not arise. Everything is familiar and in proper places.

You can change key values, record macros and adjust the backlight like before. There is no option to change its brightness though. The sensor sensitivity is changeable with a minimum value of 100 CPI reaching to the maximum of 12 000 CPI, there is enough headroom even when working with 4K-monitors.

The software includes a number of applications, including PrismSync (effect synchronizer for the company’s devices, whether it’s a keyboard, mouse or headset), Discord (VoIP for players), Audio Visualizer (backlight changes with the rhythm of sounds and music), and others. In the applications section, you can add or change programs. However, at the beginning the profile will change automatically.

The software for the SteelSeries Engine has been maturing in recent years, now it gets updates automatically, without downloading the installation file, of course it will offer to download new firmware for the device.

Exploitation

The initial impression of the new wear-resistant plastic is twofold. After soft-touch it may seems rude, but you quickly get used to it. The main advantage of the new material is that it does not leave traces of fingerprints. The company itself promises significantly higher wear resistance and durability. Silicone sides do their job well, no doubt, the grip turns out to be reliable. Wide inserts on the bottom provide excellent glide on the carpet.

Using a cable with a rubber braid is a little puzzling. On the other hand, the cable is noticeably more flexible than the tissue variant. 2 meters length is enough with the head.

Rival 310 is a fairly large mouse, great for gripping your palm. The form is time-tested, the main buttons are informative as well, have a small stroke and a stock of 50 million presses. The scrolling wheel is quiet and clear, although due to the larger space inside the case it turned out to be a bit noisier than the counterpart. The side keys are large and well positioned, so it’s not difficult to reach it.

We have already mentioned the highlights. In addition, there are 2 zones (a scroll wheel and a logo on the back), which can be adjusted independently. In games, both mice showed themselves on the good side, the sensor work is clear, the scroll wheel is informative, you just need to choose the most suitable form factor for yourself.

Let’s sum up

In general, the Sensei 310 was an excellent replacement for the time-worn Diablo III. A similar shape but with a minimal adaptation time, a more advanced stuffing and, Hurray!!! a quiet scroll wheel. Worthy replacement.

Of course, Rival 310 will also find its audience – if you prefer larger mice with a palm grip, this will be an interesting option.

Pros:

Time-tested design is even better.

A better-quality sensor.

Convenient and practical software.

Minuses:

Cable without fabric braids.

SteelSeries Rival 310 Technical Specifications

• Number of buttons: 6.

• Dimensions: 127.6 × 70.1 × 41.98 mm.

• Weight: 88.3 g.

SteelSeries Sensei 310 Technical Specifications

• Number of buttons: 8.

• Dimensions: 125.1 × 70.39 × 38.95 mm.

• Weight: 92.1 g.

 

 

About the author

Millo

When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Australian outdoors, you can find Millo on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place.

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