In order to play various games on your personal computer, the mouse is perhaps one of the most important pieces of equipment that you need. Without a decent mouse, it will be very difficult for you to navigate through the cyber battlefield and hit a target. Competitive FPS, RTS, and MOBA games all require a decent mouse with great accuracy and performance.
Today, we are going to take a look at two great mouse models released by SteelSeries, which are SteelSeries Rival 300 and SteelSeries Rival 700. Of course, the Danish manufacturer has become a well-known name in the gaming industry. Besides producing high-quality keyboards, mice, and headsets, it has also sponsored various professional eSports teams. So, what are the differences between SteelSeries Rival 300 and SteelSeries Rival 700? How do they compare against each other, and which is the best mouse for the money? See below.
SteelSeries Rival 300 vs. SteelSeries Rival 700: Design
Even though SteelSeries Rival 300 and SteelSeries Rival 700 seem to have somewhat similar shapes and designs, they are actually quite different from each other. Both have orange glowing lights that appear really cool. Nevertheless, SteelSeries Rival 300 is actually larger but somewhat lighter. On the other hand, SteelSeries Rival 700 is smaller but heavier. The shapes are also different. SteelSeries Rival 300 is particularly suitable for medium and big hands, and has been designed for palm and claw grip types. The mouse uses soft rubber for the grip. Many people consider SteelSeries Rival 300 to be more comfortable.
On the other hand, SteelSeries Rival 700’s shape is very different. Though it has been designed to suit palm, claw, and finger-tip grip types, it may feel more comfortable to some people due to the smaller size and not for others. In addition, it uses a new type of rubber that is more durable and holds up better, though the new rubber may feel uncomfortable at first if you have been used to the soft one. Plus, the primary mouse buttons of SteelSeries Rival 700 are actually segmented (rather than blending with the shell like SteelSeries Rival 300’s), allowing for more tactile and accurate feel.
Both SteelSeries Rival 300 and SteelSeries Rival 700 have customizable nameplates. You can pry out the nameplate with a fingernail or the tip of a pen, and replace with your own. However, that is pretty much the only swappable part of SteelSeries Rival 300. You should note that SteelSeries Rival 700 comes with a modular design that enables you to swap and replace the cable, top cover, and even sensor. You can choose the most suitable cable length for your specific gaming environment or change the top cover – there are various options with different materials and designs available. The optical sensor it comes with, Pixart 3360, is considered as one of the best in the market, but you can also swap to a laser sensor if you prefer so. The replacement top cover and the laser sensor are sold separately.
SteelSeries Rival 300 vs. SteelSeries Rival 700: Features
SteelSeries Rival 300 comes with 2 RGB zones and a total of 6 buttons. You can assign specific commands or macros to the additional buttons. In general, the additional buttons are decent. The build quality is just fine.
However, SteelSeries Rival 700 comes with even more features. It still features 2 RGB zones, but it now has a total of 7 buttons. Having more additional buttons can be very useful for some games that use lots of complex commands and key sequences. However, if you are the type that rarely uses mouse macros and prefers keyboard macros, the extra buttons will not be very useful.
Both models are compatible with SteelSeriesGameSense, which is a framework in SteelSeries Engine that enables games to send status updates to the software and drive the illumination capabilities of the connected compatible devices. So, the lighting of your mouse will adapt and change according to the in-game events. That’s cool. But SteelSeries Rival 300 does not have the OLED display and Tactile Alerts that SteelSeries Rival 700 has.
The OLED display takes advantage of SteelSeries Engine to show real-time game stats, such as respawn timer, headshot percentage, and gold per minute. The mouse can also send vibration alerts for specific in-game events. You can customize what in-game events that trigger the tactile alert, the vibration patterns, and the duration. Don’t worry; the vibration pulses to your palm instead of going left and right, so the vibration will not affect your mouse tracking and accuracy. The tactile alert is particularly useful in games that require intense timing, macroing, and microing skills. For example, you can set the tactile alert to inform you whenever your ultimate ability is ready, or when your barrack is ready to produce military units. You can also set the alert to go on the moment you get stunned, and to go off the moment the stun is ended.
SteelSeries Rival 300 vs. SteelSeries Rival 700: Speed and Accuracy
Contrary to the popular belief, a good gaming mouse does not need ultra-high sensitivity. It all comes down to your playing style and preference. Of course, a higher DPI setting allows smaller movements to be detected; however, some people hate high DPI settings because they make the pointer to move way too fast. SteelSeries Rival 300 has a maximum sensitivity of 6500 CPI, whereas SteelSeries Rival 700 has a maximum sensitivity of 16000 CPI. Still, you can adjust the sensitivity levels of both mice to suit your particular preference.
A mouse with an optical or laser sensor has a maximum speed at which it can be moved before it becomes unable to track the movement. The measurement is usually in IPS. A higher IPS would allow the mouse to move more quickly and the movement to still get detected. SteelSeries Rival 300 has 200 IPS, whereas SteelSeries Rival 700 has 300 IPS.
Even though SteelSeries Rival 700 comes with a lot more features, it is not always better than SteelSeries Rival 300. If you prefer a large mouse, SteelSeries Rival 300 would be more comfortable for you. Nevertheless, if you are fine with a small but heavy mouse, you can choose SteelSeries Rival 700. You may need some time to get used to the design, but it is awesome afterwards. It is highly customizable. It has more additional buttons, and the tactile alert is especially a cool feature.