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SteelSeries Rival 3 Review

The SteelSeries Rival 3 is a great wired gaming mouse. It feels very comfortable to hold, and any hand size should be able to easily reach all the buttons when using claw grip, while only small hands will have a difficult time with fingertip grip

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SteelSeries is a Danish gaming peripherals and accessories company competing at the top with big names like Logitech, Corsair and Razer in a constant battle to bring the best performing peripherals to market.


Unboxing of SteelSeries Rivale 3

The SteelSeries Rival 3 is a great wired gaming mouse. It is very comfortable to hold, and any size hand should be able to easily reach all the buttons when using the claw grip, while only small hands will have a difficult time with the fingertip grip.

Although the maximum CPI is not as high as that of many other gaming mice, it is more than enough for most people, and the sensor is mostly consistent whether you move the mouse fast or slow.

The mouse is very light, and its software is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, which is great. Unfortunately, the side buttons start flush with the body of the mouse, making it a bit difficult to press unless the thumb is resting on the right spot.

The contents of the box can therefore be summarized as:

SteelSeries Rival 3 Design

The Rival 3 is a beautiful and comfortable gaming mouse with an ambidextrous design. It only has the essential buttons of a mouse, it does not allow to adjust the weight or any other type of adjustments. It is just a simple mouse.

Its ambidextrous design makes it versatile, as it does not have any specific curvature, which combined with its slightly reduced size, makes it easily adaptable to the hand of any player with a claw or fingertip grip. It is a mouse that can be used by both right and left handed users, however the fact that it does not have buttons on the right side does not make it the best option for a left handed player.

Like other recent SteelSeries products, the Rival 3 is made from high-quality polymer, giving it a very premium feel. We were surprised not only by its excellent build quality, and even superior to some much more expensive mice, but also by its weight of just 77g.

We have RGB lighting in the brand logo, but we also see a line at the bottom, which runs almost all over the mouse. This line can be individually customized in 3 different color zones, further increasing the RGB customization options.

The Cable

As is usual with SteelSeries products, the cable is made of rubber, measures 1.8m, is very soft and offers little resistance, although if you are going to play, we always recommend getting a Bungee.


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Like the other SteelSeries products, the Rival 3 is compatible with SteelSeries Engine 3, which, as we mentioned in previous reviews, is one of the best peripheral management software on the market, being compatible with Windows and macOS operating systems.

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Its interface is simple and easy to use, and we quickly configure CPI levels, RGB lighting, macros, buttons, and other types of settings, and we can even sync all of our settings to the cloud using a SteelSeries account.

The Rival 3 has internal memory, so settings, such as the refresh rate, and even a maximum of 5 CPI levels, can be saved directly to the internal memory of the mouse, which is useful for those who need to carry it around. one side to the other.

The Engine 3 also has some cool game integration features, which allow you to change the lighting, depending on in-game variables of games like CS: GO or Minecraft. This program is also essential for updating the firmware of the mouse, thus correcting possible malfunctions, or even adding new features.


The SteelSeries Rival 3 is the best low-cost mouse we’ve tested so far. It has everything that we can consider essential in a mouse, and it goes further with its RGB lighting more “robust” than usual in this price range.

It is the ideal mouse for all those who want a balanced and cheap mouse. The True Quality-Price Mouse on the market.

If you are looking for a cheap mouse, with an ambidextrous shape, excellent performance and lightness, then we have no doubt that at € 39.99, the SteelSeries Rival 3 is one of the best options. On the other hand, if you like the Rival 3, but want a slightly larger and heavier mouse, or the buttons on the right side are essential (for a left-hander), then the SteelSeries Sensei TEN is certainly a good alternative, despite be more expensive.

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