Page 4 - Conclusion
There is no review conclusion about SteelSeries products without talking about both the hardware and the software, and this time around, it is no exception. But since the TrueMove3 sensor is the thing the company talks about the most, let us start off with the hardware. Was the 1:1 ratio in 2017 as big of a deal in your Rival 310 as it was on your AMD system back in 2004? In some ways, yes; but in other ways, no. SteelSeries' TrueMove3 is no doubt one of the best optical sensors I have ever used; featuring razor sharp handling, no lag, no jitter, and simple all-round excellent tracking. However, it is an enhanced version of the PixArt PMW3360 sensor, which, at its core, is still a PMW3360 sensor -- best in the market, but not what I would call revolutionary when it became the TrueMove3. Sensor aside, the Rival 310 has a great design, featuring great button placements for easy accessibility without accidental activation in a right hand biased shape. (If you are looking for an ambidextrous mouse with the same hardware under the hood, check out the Sensei 310.) The switches under the buttons are of excellent quality for a responsive feel, while its textured fingerprint resistant semi-rough matte top finish and textured silicone grip feels great in the hand. Combined with its super lightweight 88.3g package, there is a lot to like about the SteelSeries Rival 310. Further enhancing the user experience is SteelSeries' excellent Engine 3 software. My only complaint is there is no braided cable, and it would be nice if more settings can be saved directly to the mouse. For $60 at press time, if you are looking for a high-performance gaming mouse that feels great in your hands and tracks like a king, the SteelSeries Rival 310 is surely a tier one pick.
SteelSeries provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
APH Review Focus Summary:
8/10 means Definitely a very good product with drawbacks that are not likely going to matter to the end user.
7/10 means Great product with many advantages and certain insignificant drawbacks; but should be considered before purchasing.
-- Final APH Numeric Rating is 7.7/10
Please note that the APH Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other sites.
The SteelSeries Rival 310 is a high-performance gaming mouse that feels great in your hands and tracks like a king.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look - Hardware and Software
3. Subjective Performance Tests