Page 4 - Conclusion
SteelSeries has created many peripherals with varying degrees of success. For the most part, their products perform well and are built for excellence. They have also been able to make their mark on eSports with many of their products being used by professionals. The SteelSeries Rival 600 boasts excellent performance with its new dual sensor design. It also actually fills my requirements quite well, too. Design wise, it looks good, although I find the RGB to be a little overkill, but that is just my opinion. Otherwise, the weight customization is some of the best I have seen. On top of that, the soft touch rubber is glorious to use, ensuring a comfortable experience throughout. In my opinion, this mouse is one of my favorites, but what about the rest of it? Starting with the materials used, the SteelSeries Rival 600 is built really well, with soft touch rubber for the main body and a silicone compound for the sides. Unfortunately, this makes it a fingerprint magnet. Although SteelSeries advertises a comfortable grip for claw and palm, the Rival 600 is definitely more suited to palm grips than to claw grips. Its design is traditional, but with a modern change to it mainly due to the LED lights flowing towards the back. The Rival 600 features the most customization I have ever seen on a mouse when it comes to RGB LEDs. The software to customize all of this demonstrated no issues. It was easy to use and made customizing the mouse further a breeze. When it came to performance, the SteelSeries Rival 600 comfortably passed the tests in various environments. Only at ridiculously high sensitivity did we experience any jitter. The dual sensors make the mouse more accurate when it is lifted as well. Overall, the SteelSeries Rival 600 is robustly built and its performance cements it as a contender for enthusiast gaming, and the price reflects this. The SteelSeries Rival 600 comes in at $80 USD, which is actually pretty good for a mouse with all these features. It comes in at the higher end, but the tag is well justified if you ask me.
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.
-- Final APH Numeric Rating is 8.0/10
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 600 is a mouse that looks the part and performs the part, whether you are a professional or a casual gamer.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look - Hardware and Software
3. Subjective Performance Tests