SteelSeries Rival 500 Gaming Mouse Review

Gone are the days of normal gaming mice. These days we have gaming mice that are designed specifically for a certain type or game or playing style. The mouse we are taking a look at today is no different. It is the SteelSeries Rival 500 and it is designed specifically for MMO and MOBA games. So with that you have 15 programmable buttons, a PixArt PMW3360 16000 DPI optical sensor, SteelSeries switches rated for 30 million clicks, and RGB lighting. The Rival 500 also features a unique thumb layout that is meant to resemble the natural motion of your thumb. This makes all of the buttons easily clickable by simply rotating your thumb. Will this mouse give you a competitive edge? Read on as we find out!

Special thanks to SteelSeries for providing us with the Rival 500 Gaming Mouse to review.


The SteelSeries Rival 500 comes in a very nice retail box. On the front there is a picture of the mouse and some of the main features are listed.

SteelSeries Rival 500 Gaming Mouse

Flipping the box over SteelSeries gives you a layout of the mouse highlighting the 15 buttons and they go into detail on many of the features.

SteelSeries Rival 500 Gaming Mouse

Opening the box up and getting everything out we have the Rival 500 gaming mouse and a quick start guide.

SteelSeries Rival 500 Gaming Mouse

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