SteelSeries Debuts the Imbues Rival 700 Gaming Mouse – Sports Haptic Feedback, OLED Display

Posted by at 11:05 am on May 24, 2016


SteelSeries is pushing the envelope with its Rival 700 gaming mouse that offers, among other things, a tactile pulse to give you in-game cues and a little OLED display that can show game stats or flair.

Haptic Alerts

You can customize both the vibration types–the pattern, duration, and so on–and the in-game events that trigger them.

“You have complete control over how each one feels,” reads the Rival 700 product page. “Health, ammo, mana, disables, headshots, and stuns can all be individually set to start a Tactile Alert. For example the moment you get stunned, you can set an alert to go off and stop the instant the duration of the stun ends.”

Precision gamers may be concerned that the constant buzzing could throw off their movements, and that may well be a serious issue with the Rival 700, but SteelSeries, at least, is aware of it and attempted to adjust.

The product page states, “The Tactile Alerts have been carefully placed in the center of your mouse, so you feel the pulse strongly in your palm. By directing the pulse to only move up through your hand, as opposed to left and right, Tactile Alerts will never impact your mouse’s tracking so you can keep your pixel-perfect aim.”


OLED Display

Even assuming the haptics on the Rival 700 are as useful as SteelSeries claimed, the OLED display could just being taking it over the top or very beneficial.  We will need to test it first to make the call The screen is located on the lower left side of the Rival 700 mouse, right where your thumb rests. Although SteelSeries stated that you can see in-game stats “in between rounds and while waiting to respawn,” it also seems keen to promote  your gamer name, logos and animated GIFs.
On the other hand, it can also display mouse settings, and you can adjust them on the fly without software.

Other Features

Beyond the headline features, the Rival 700 features SteelSeries Switches (rated for 30 million clicks) with L/R buttons “built with a special reinforced plastic.” You can swap out the rear palm rest piece with a 3D-printed nameplate, and the palm rest itself can be exchanged for one made with different materials.

Under the hood is a PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor with up to a 16,000 CPI resolution. This is a hefty mouse at 135g–unsurprising given the extra components inside. It has seven programmable buttons, too.

You’ll pay for all of the aforementioned extras; the Rival 700 comes in at $99.99. You can buy one now directly from SteelSeries.

SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse
Sensor PixArt PMW3360 optical gaming sensor
Resolution 100-16,000 CPI
IPS 300
Acceleration 50g (no hardware acceleration)
Switches -SteelSeries Switches (30 mil clicks)
-Reinforced L/R clicks
Ambidextrous No
Polling Rate 1000 Hz / 1 ms
Onboard Memory Yes
Programmable Buttons 7
RGB Lighting Yes
Interface USB
Cable -Includes two cables, short and long
-Removable cables
-Short: 1 meter, braided
-Long: 2 meter, braided
Dimensions 124.85 x 68.46 x 41.97 mm (HxWxD)
Weight 135 g
Software SteelSeries Engine 3
Misc. -OLED display (10 fps refresh rate)
-Rear palm rest-mounted 3D-printable nameplate
-Can swap palm rest covers
OS Support (Did not state)
Price $99.99 MSRP



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