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The 3 Best SteelSeries Mice of 2022 Mouse Reviews

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Best SteelSeries Mice

SteelSeries is a Danish company specializing in gaming peripherals and is one of the most recognizable names in the world of esports and professional gaming. Their mice typically stand out for their great build quality, good comfort, and exceptional performance. They're highly customizable and have superb software support for Windows and macOS. We've tested 21 SteelSeries mice, and below are our recommendations for getting the best SteelSeries mouse for your needs.

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Best SteelSeries Mice


  1. Best Wireless SteelSeries Mouse

    7.9
    Office/Multimedia
    8.3
    Video Games (FPS)
    7.8
    Video Games (MMO)
    8.5
    Ultra-Light Gaming
    7.6
    Travel
    Connectivity Wireless
    Type
    Standard

    When a wired connection just won't do, the best wireless SteelSeries mouse that we've tested is the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless 2022, an updated version of the popular SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless, which first launched in 2020. This new model looks nearly identical and has the same ambidextrous shape, but it has much larger and higher-quality mouse feet. It also has an overall sturdier-feeling build quality compared to the original. At 68g, it's very lightweight and is the exact weight of several other popular ultra-lightweight options. Its CPI range is very wide, and you can adjust the set CPI by increments of 100. It also has a very low lift-off distance, so the sensor isn't as likely to register unwanted movements if you frequently lift and repositions your mouse. It also has robust software that lets you remap all the buttons, set macros, customize sensor settings, and adjust the RGB lighting zones.

    Unfortunately, its sensor is quite inconsistent, and some players may notice it undershoot more during slower movements. Also, the rear side travels pretty deep into the body when you press it, which may not be to everyone's liking. Despite those minor shortcomings, this update makes some welcome changes to an already well-established favorite, and it's an easy recommendation for anyone interested in a standout wireless gaming option.

    See our review

  2. Best Versatile SteelSeries Mouse

    7.3
    Office/Multimedia
    8.2
    Video Games (FPS)
    8.3
    Video Games (MMO)
    8.1
    Ultra-Light Gaming
    5.3
    Travel
    Connectivity Wired
    Type
    Standard

    If you need your mouse for a variety of uses, including gaming, office and productivity tasks, and day-to-day browsing, the best SteelSeries mouse for your needs may be the SteelSeries Rival 5. It's somewhat lightweight, especially compared to heavier, full-featured options. It has a comfortable, right-handed shape, feels very sturdy, and is well suited for all grip types. However, it isn't a good fit for smaller hands. It has five buttons on its left side, including a toggle switch with up and down inputs and a sniper button that allows you to shift to a different CPI setting. This feature can be helpful when setting up precise shots in FPS games or when trying to make pixel-perfect changes in editing software. That said, you can also use the SteelSeries GG software to remap this or any other button to work best for you. The software lets you set up macros, change RGB lighting settings, and dial in the sensor settings to your preferences.

    Unfortunately, while you can save settings to onboard memory, there's only room for one profile, and it only saves specific settings. Also, while its cable feels high quality, it's somewhat stiff compared to similar mice on the market. That said, this is a great wired gaming mouse that's versatile and performant enough for Battle Royales, MMOs, MOBAs, and FPS games, but also the best SteelSeries mouse adaptable enough for productivity tasks and everyday use.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget SteelSeries Mouse

    7.2
    Office/Multimedia
    8.3
    Video Games (FPS)
    7.8
    Video Games (MMO)
    8.3
    Ultra-Light Gaming
    5.4
    Travel
    Connectivity Wired
    Type
    Standard

    The best SteelSeries mouse in the budget category that we've tested is the SteelSeries Rival 3. It feels very solid and impressively built for the price while also being very comfortable and lightweight. Most hand sizes should easily reach all the buttons while using a claw or fingertip grip, but it may bit a bit too small for larger hands using a palm grip. It has excellent performance with almost no CPI variation, very low click latency, and a high maximum polling rate that results in smooth cursor movements. Also, the mouse and its companion software are fully compatible with both Windows and macOS. If you prefer a wireless mouse, the SteelSeries Rival 3 Wireless is nearly identical, with some slight performance differences.

    It has a total of six buttons, including two buttons on the left side. Unfortunately, these side buttons start flush with the body and raise slightly in the middle, so some users may find them difficult to press down. That said, all the buttons are programmable, and there's onboard memory to save your settings in case you want to switch to another computer. Overall, it's a great budget-friendly option that's sure to satisfy most gamers, and it's the best SteelSeries gaming mouse we've tested for those on a budget.

    See our review

Compared to other brands


  • Great and consistent build quality. The build quality of SteelSeries mice is usually great, even in the budget range.
  • Exceptional performance. All SteelSeries mice use optical sensors and have a wide CPI range and high polling rate.
  • Comfortable to use. SteelSeries mice are usually well-designed to provide a comfortable grip.
  • Superb software support/platform compatibility. The SteelSeries GG software has tons of customization options and is available on Windows and macOS.
  • Higher CPI variation. While there are exceptions, the CPI variation on most SteelSeries mice tends to be higher, so their sensors are less consistent.

SteelSeries produces some of the best gaming mice on the market for casual and competitive gamers. They're usually very well-built and comfortable to use. Although they all have wide CPI ranges and high polling rates, they tend to have higher CPI errors than other major brands, which means that the mouse doesn't always perform at the CPI setting that you set it at. They also have some of the best software support and platform compatibility, allowing you to access all customization options no matter which operating system you use.

Notable Mentions

  • SteelSeries Sensei Ten: The SteelSeries Sensei Ten is a good ambidextrous mouse that has side buttons on both sides, but it's a lot more expensive than the SteelSeries RIval 3. See our review
  • SteelSeries Prime: The SteelSeries Prime is a great lightweight wired gaming mouse with a right-handed shape. Like the rest of the mice in the Prime lineup, it has optical-mechanical switches that SteelSeries claims provide more consistent clicks. However, this isn't something we test. See our review
  • SteelSeries Prime+: The SteelSeries Prime+ is very similar to the SteelSeries Prime but has an added OLED Screen on the underside that allows you to change settings without the software. It also has a dedicated secondary depth sensor that SteelSeries claims will allow you to adjust your lift-off distance more precisely. However, we don't test for this. See our review
  • SteelSeries Prime Wireless: The SteelSeries Prime Wireless is a great, sturdier alternative to the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless, but it's heavier, more expensive, and it has a higher lift-off distance. See our review
  • SteelSeries Prime Mini Wireless: The SteelSeries Prime Mini Wireless is the best SteelSeries mouse for those with smaller hands interested in the SteelSeries Prime lineup. It feels much sturdier than the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless (2022), and it has a right-handed shape, which some may prefer. However, like other mice in the Prime lineup, it's also typically more expensive. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 10, 2021: We've swapped the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless as our best pick for the Best Wireless SteelSeries Mouse in favor of the newly updated model, the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless (2022.) We've also added the SteelSeries Prime Mini Wireless to our Notable Mentions list.

  2. Aug 12, 2021: We removed the SteelSeries Rival 500, as it's no longer available. We've also removed the 'Best SteelSeries Mouse For MMO' category and replaced it with a 'Best Versatile SteelSeries Mouse' category, with the SteelSeries Rival 5 as our pick.

  3. Apr 15, 2021: Replaced the SteelSeries Rival 3 Wireless with the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless because it has better sensor performance.

Conclusion

SteelSeries makes many gaming mice for different types of gamers, and the ones that we have tested all have great build quality and exceptional performance, regardless of the price. Unfortunately, they don't make mice specifically for work and productivity tasks, and they don't have as many wireless options as other companies like Logitech and Razer.

If you want to check out other brands, take a look at our recommendations for the best Razer mice, the best Logitech mice, and the best Corsair mice.

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