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Can a budget mouse less than £40/$40 really be considered a competitive gaming mouse? We see what Rival 110 offers.
Rival 110 arrived at the WePC office today. For lack of a better analogy, it can be simply described as Rival 100 on steroids. They maintained the same design and shape as the Rival 100, but changed all the internal game technology to try to bring it to today's standards. It is equipped with Steelseries truemove1 optical sensor with 7200 CPI, one-to-one true tracking, 240 IPS and 1000hz polling rate. The people at Steelseries describe the 110 as a "purely optimized gaming mouse" and I can't wait to see what the new enhancements do to try to achieve this goal.
It is really difficult for consumers today to buy a fully functional and affordable gaming mouse. However, the people of SteelSeries may have achieved this goal with the Rival 110. It is equipped with the latest game modules, which is surprisingly less than £40/$40. We let the brother of Rival 100 run a test to see how it performs. It uses models such as Roccat Kone Pure and Logitech G203 and is widely regarded as the cheapest gaming mouse.
Mouse size and weight
Steelseries makes the box very simple, Rival 110 is designed for its purpose without waste. The box is only slightly larger than the mouse and has a color scheme of white, red and black. Inside the box, you will find the shell of the mouse, which is mainly thick cardboard, which feels very sturdy. When a brand uses decent materials to package their products, I really appreciate it because you know it will not be affected by bumps or drops. 110 is hidden inside the cardboard, and its rope is coiled behind the cardboard. Aside from the mouse and protective materials, the only thing you'll find in the box is your user manual.
I have to say that the size of this mouse feels great in my hand (18.5cm x 9.5cm), and you might be grateful for its excellent ergonomic design. The design itself is 12cm long and feels like the perfect length for the paws and fingertips to grip the user. The 5.8cm width means it belongs in the 2/1 ratio, which seems to have always been popular, and the 3.8cm height creates a fantastic palm feel. The size of the Rival 110 is considered average in today's market, helping Steelseries provide this mouse to more people. The current weight is 87 grams and it is light, but as lightweight mice become more and more popular, I'm not surprised that another mouse under 90 grams is designed for competitive gamers. The mouse has a wonderful center of gravity, which is located in the center of the mouse, but in front of the sensor, creating a feeling of total control. It is worth mentioning that today many professional gamers are using the mouse below 100g, because it helps to control the jet and improve the shot. However, if I want greater precision in remote situations, I would prefer to use a heavier mouse. The
Rival 110's appearance is almost the same as its predecessor, the Rival 100, but there are some subtle differences. The overall shape of the mouse can be said to be smart, but it only has buttons on the left side, which can be a problem for left-handed users. The shell is composed of 3 parts and is treated with matte black, which is slightly rough and feels good, but it may be a minefield that collects sweat and grease. If you want something different, Rival 110 is also available in steel gray and arctic white. There is a subtle bump on the top of the 110, which peaks at about 2/3 of the back, which is very suitable for grasping with paws and fingers. Palm-grip buyers can also use this mouse, but engineers did not take this into consideration when designing. The hump gradually tilts forward and is quite symmetrical from the front, without obvious tilt. It is worth noting that the two main buttons of the mouse have adopted rounded edges, which looks quite elegant, but in the end it will produce an unpopular sense of insecurity. Something more concave like the Razer Mamba Elite has a better finger feel. The 2 side panels are made of textured plastic to provide extra grip and seem to get the job done, but they did not surprise me.
Unfortunately, the buttons on the Rival 110 are where this mouse has received some scrutiny, but this is not entirely negative. The main mouse button is undoubtedly the protagonist here, and it is equipped with an Omron switch with a lifespan of 30 million clicks. It's lower than the current standard, but we'll give up 110 because it's a cheap mouse. Unlike the Rival 310 + Rival 710, which are close neighbors to the 110, they are bombarded and both have a separate main button. For me, when the buttons are built into the shell, I actually prefer the mouse layout, and so far I have not encountered any problems using them. The 2 side buttons have a slim design, which really promotes their use in games. They travel a bit, but I didn't try to use them at all. However, they have a slightly cheaper feel and I can see they have issues. The DPI / CPI button feels very solid and can be customized via the Steelseries 3 product software engine. The scroll wheel is probably the worst button on the mouse, it feels hard to press, I did
rare. In other words, the button feels well constructed, has good penetration resistance, and is equipped with its own RGB area. The
quickly tapped the cable. Steelseries has discarded the braid and provided the 110 with a 2m-long lightweight plastic cable with a standard USB 2.0 termination. The cable is very light, and when I use it on the ASUS Rog sheath, it feels pretty good, with almost no wear. Bungee jumping that is too light is not necessary, but we always recommend that you wear it, especially when you want to push the game to the top. Steelseries has not released a wireless version because it may be twice the price of the 110, but if you are looking for a similar product without a cable, I would recommend Logitech G305.
The Rival 100 is very popular with FPS gamers, so I started the CS: GO benchmark and was not disappointed. As we all know, the sensor is very good and responsive. As mentioned above, the Truemove1 optical sensor - basically the upgraded PMW3325 - has a true tracking of 11, which makes aiming feel very accurate. I mainly use rifles in CS: GO, and I find my bursts and shots to be very controllable and accurate. I decided to see how the sniper would act and to my surprise it was great. The slim design and lightweight construction are perfect for quick shooting and small adjustments, which left a deep impression on me. It is worth mentioning that this mouse is not specifically designed for FPS, it is also very suitable for MOBA and RTS. I also did not experience any acceleration or jitter, which is sometimes a problem with cheap mice, but not here. The LOD is between 1 and 2 CD, depending on which surface you decide to use, but this is not really a problem, even for people who use low sensitivity and need to cover a long distance on the mouse pad. Another problem area for cheap mice is the distortion factor, which can be annoying when it comes to fast 180-degree turns. Having said that, I haven’t experienced any distortion factors. For the mouse, this is an impressive $40/40. The 110's build quality actually feels very sturdy, but what's a bit frustrating is the skates, they're not perfectly aligned and you can hear the friction between it and the mouse pad. Annoying, but not important. RGB works fine, but unlike other brands like Logitech or Razer, it's pretty basic and can be customized with the Steelseries Engine 3 software, which I'll discuss later. If you're a Steelseries supporter, you'll be happy to know that the Rival 110 can sync with your other SS products through Prism. Overall, the performance of this mouse is very good, the combination of great sensors and a great slim design really helps increase its popularity. The driver software of
Rival 110 is Steelseries Engine 3, which can accommodate most of the brand's new products. The software is very easy to use and intuitive, making optimization very simple, but in the end it is not simpler than other brand software out there. The RGB setting is relatively simple, but with the function of breathing and color matching, it looks pretty cool. You can easily customize the polling speed, CPI and angle adjustment settings, but if you want to be more competitive, we strongly recommend that you do not do this. These buttons can be easily linked via the setting tool, once you set your favorite settings, you can save the configuration file to the onboard memory for use anytime, anywhere. Take the local area network as an example. This means you only need to configure the mouse settings once, and then you can uninstall the software as needed.
So we came to the conclusion, does Rival 110 meet the brand's stated goal of bringing high-quality gaming peripherals to the masses? Well, its predecessor was launched in 2015 and is the successor to the Kana series, but engineers did not equip the 100 with the right technology to make it an excellent gaming mouse. Since then, due to strong demand, the people of Steelseries finally started doing business and installed the recently upgraded version with the high-quality gaming sensor Truemove1 Optical, making it a real competitor at an affordable price. However, to keep the price within budget, they have to sacrifice build quality that some consumers may find inexcusable. All in all, if a high-quality sensor in a beautifully designed housing is all you want, the Steelseries Rival 110 is a mouse worth serious consideration. With that said, if longevity and durability are high on your priority list, you may want to consider something a little more expensive.