Steelseries Rival 600 - A Festival of Colors
|Steelseries Rival 600 official shot.|
I'm a gaming accessories hater-turned-fan, especially after trying Steelseries' Rival 500 (review here). I then bought a MSi laptop (which happens to have Steelseries keyboard), and the next thing I knew, I was already entrenched in Steelseries' ecosystem. Funny how your mind can be changed just by trying out the real-life product.
I'm on the verge of buying their mousepad, but that's a story for another day. What I'm going to talk about today is the latest mouse on their lineup, the Rival 600. Its beautiful design and symmetric streams of colors enticed me into buying it. I've used it for both gaming and working for approximately a week now, and I'm ready to share my experience. Okay, so shall we start?
Packaging and Design
|Steelseries Rival 600 box|
|What's inside. Detailed.|
|The weight blocks|
|The RAT Pro X+ from Madcatz. Frightening.|
|Clean your mouse regularly, boys!|
|The cable is detachable.|
|The tip of the cable will make it harder for you to replace it.|
|The flipside. There are rubber pads and an extra sensor.|
Overall, I'm very impressed with the Rival 600's design. Let's see if its performance gives the same impression.
ExperienceUsing the Steelseries Rival 600 has always been a pleasure, though I needed to make some adjustments. Its narrower, longer, and lighter than my Rival 500. Strangely, I also felt that the buttons are heavier compared to the 500. It took me a few days to get used to it. I also miss the tactile feedback (read: vibration) on the 500. I think Steelseries could've fitted that in the 600, given its higher model number.
As for the advertised TrueMove3+ sensor, when I curiously lifted the mouse then put it back down, the cursor indeed returned to its original position. Honestly, the feature wasn't that useful for me. I don't know, maybe because I don't game competitively that much?
|The Steelseries Engine serves as a hub to all your Steelseries peripherals.|
|You can customize a lot of things in the Engine.|
|Depending on your creativity, your mouse can give away beautiful streams of colors.|
|The Steelseries Rival 600 is a neat-looking mouse that won't disappoint... given the right audience.|
Anyway, despite being a great mouse, apart from the design, I don't feel that the Rival 600 warrants an upgrade, from either Rival 500 or 700. Its price point is kind of a little bit close to each other, and you'll lose that satisfying tactile feedback available both Rival 500 and 700.
- Beautiful design
- RGB. Lots of it.
- No tactile feedback
- The TrueMove3+ sensor isn't really that useful for everyday life
- Pricing is a little bit too close to Rival 500 and 700
- Matte surface is prone to dust and sweat