SteelSeries Rival 310 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jun 19, 2020 at 08:36 am
SteelSeries Rival 310 Picture
7.7
Mixed Usage
7.7
Office/Multimedia
5.3
Travel
8.1
Video Games (FPS)
8.6
Video Games (MMO)
7.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The SteelSeries Rival 310 is a great wired gaming mouse. It looks and feels similar to the SteelSeries Rival 500, but with a less bulky design and less programmable side buttons. It's very comfortable to use with a palm grip for all hand sizes and has a low click latency. Its max CPI isn't quite as high as the Rival 500 but is likely more than sensitive enough for most people, and the mouse is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, which is great.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The SteelSeries Rival 310 is a good wired mouse for mixed usage. It's very comfortable and has two side buttons which can be programmed within the excellent SteelSeries software on both Windows and macOS. It's a great gaming mouse thanks to its low click latency and fairly wide adjustable CPI range. It's suitable for palm grip with any hand size.

Pros
  • Fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.
  • Very comfortable.
  • Durable and well-built.
Cons
  • Bulky wired design.
  • No L/R tilt or horizontal scroll.
7.7 Office/Multimedia

The SteelSeries Rival 310 is a good mouse for office use. Thanks to its right-handed ergonomic shape, it's very comfortable to use for extended periods, and the two programmable side buttons can help you navigate work software quicker. It's also fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, so you can use it on your work PC as well as your laptop, even if they use different operating systems.

Pros
  • Fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.
  • Very comfortable.
  • Durable and well-built.
Cons
  • No L/R tilt or horizontal scroll.
5.3 Travel

The SteelSeries Rival 310 isn't recommended for travel. Like most wired gaming mice, it's quite bulky and won't fit into most laptop cases. It's also fairly heavy, and its wire is cumbersome when using in a tight space, like a plane.

Pros
  • Fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.
  • Durable and well-built.
Cons
  • Bulky wired design.
8.1 Video Games (FPS)

The SteelSeries Rival 310 is a great FPS gaming mouse. It's very comfortable to use for extended periods and its wired connection ensures low click latency. While its max CPI isn't as high as some other options, it's still likely more than sensitive enough for most people, and its CPI can be adjusted by increments of 100. Unfortunately, some FPS gamers may find it a bit heavy, and its rubber cable is somewhat rigid.

Pros
  • Very comfortable.
  • Low click latency.
  • Durable and well-built.
Cons
  • Max CPI isn't as high as some other options.
8.6 Video Games (MMO)

The SteelSeries Rival 310 is a very good mouse for MMO games, though it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as dedicated MMO mice. It's comfortable enough for long gaming sessions and has low click latency. You can also install the SteelSeries software on both Windows and macOS, which is great if you like to play WoW on your MacBook.

Pros
  • Very comfortable.
  • Low click latency.
  • Durable and well-built.
Cons
  • Not as many side buttons as dedicated MMO mice.
  • Max CPI isn't as high as some other options.
7.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

The SteelSeries Rival 310 is a fairly heavy mouse that isn't nearly as lightweight as dedicated ultra-light gaming mice. It's a good gaming mouse thanks to its low click latency and excellent sensor performance, but fans of very lightweight mice will likely want to look elsewhere.

Pros
  • Very comfortable.
  • Low click latency.
  • Durable and well-built.
Cons
  • Not nearly as light as dedicated ultra-light mice.
  • Max CPI isn't as high as some other options.
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.7 Office/Multimedia
  • 5.3 Travel
  • 8.1 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.6 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The SteelSeries Rival 310 has a straightforward design that looks very similar to the SteelSeries Rival 500, but with fewer buttons. It has textured rubber on each side and RGB lighting on the scroll wheel and rear logo. While our unit is all-black, this mouse is also available in PUBG or CS:GO color variants.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
128 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
95 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
95 g

The SteelSeries Rival 310 gaming mouse is fairly heavy and has no weight optimization options.

5.5
Design
Portability
Length 5.0" (12.8 cm)
Height 1.7" (4.2 cm)
Width 2.8" (7.0 cm)
Volume
22.94 Cu. Inch (376 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

As with most wired gaming mice, the SteelSeries Rival 310 isn't the best for portability. This likely won't be an issue for most people, as it's designed to keep with your gaming setup at home.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the SteelSeries Rival 310 is excellent. The entire mouse feels very sturdy with no loose or squeaking parts. It's made of good quality plastic, with a matte finish and rubber grips on either side. The PFTE feet are okay but aren't as good on some other mice, like the Glorious Model O. Overall it feels as well-built and solid as the SteelSeries Rival 500.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Grip Width
61 mm

The SteelSeries Rival 310 is very comfortable to use. It has a right-handed ergonomic slant that allows it to fit very well in the hand. Overall it feels like the SteelSeries Rival 500 but with less bulk.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

The SteelSeries Rival 310 is very well-suited for a palm grip. Anyone should be able to use it comfortably with this grip, regardless of hand size.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
No
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is suitable for a claw grip for everyone except those with small hands. People with small hands will likely find it difficult to comfortably reach the scroll wheel and front side button.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse isn't recommended to use with a fingertip grip. People with very large hands may be able to use it with this grip, but they'll likely find it uncomfortable and difficult to game with.

0
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None

This is a wired-only mouse.

6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Braided
No
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable of this mouse is the same as the one found on the SteelSeries Rival 500, and is only mediocre overall. It's coated in rubber and maintains some kinks from the packaging.

Design
In The Box

  • SteelSeries Rival 310 mouse
  • Manual

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
7.9
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
15 ms

The click latency of this mouse is quite low and most people likely won't notice any lag.

9.1
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
12000 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
6.0 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The performance of this mouse is excellent. While its max CPI isn't quite as high as the SteelSeries Rival 500, it's still likely more than sensitive enough for most people, and can be adjusted by increments of 100, which is good. The polling rate can also be set to 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, or 1000Hz. The sensor tends to overshoot a bit, but it's fairly consistent.

8.3
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Programmable Inputs
8
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

This mouse has two additional side buttons, for a total of eight programmable buttons. While you can set a button to switch profiles, it will switch to a specific one so you'll need to set multiple buttons and can't simply scroll through your various profiles.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

The mouse wheel is decent. Like with most SteelSeries mice, it's fairly low profile and doesn't stick out much. It's incremented with soft bumps, but unfortunately, there are no L/R tilt buttons.

Operating System And Software
10
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name SteelSeries Engine 3
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
Yes
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The software for this mouse is superb. It's fully compatible with both Windows and macOS and allows you to fully customize your mouse. The mouse also has on-board memory to save your settings between computers, though unfortunately, our settings didn't save when switching the mouse from Windows to macOS, and we had to reprogram the mouse on the Mac.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

This mouse is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS as the software can be installed on both.

Compared to other mice

The SteelSeries Rival 310 is a great wired gaming mouse. It's similar to the SteelSeries Rival 500 but has fewer programmable buttons and a smaller and less bulky ergonomic design. Check out our recommendations for the best gaming mouse, the best wired gaming mouse, and the best mouse overall.

SteelSeries Rival 3
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The SteelSeries Rival 310 and the SteelSeries Rival 3 are both great wired FPS gaming mice. The Rival 3 is a bit lighter and has a more ambidextrous design that's best-suited for a claw grip. On the other hand, the Rival 310 has a slanted right-handed design that's better-suited for all hand sizes with a palm grip. The 310 also has a wider adjustable CPI range, but we measured a lower CPI error with the Rival 3.

SteelSeries Rival 600
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Rival 310 and the SteelSeries Rival 600 are both very good wired gaming mice but with different designs. The Rival 600 is bulkier and heavier and has more aggressive styling. It also has three side buttons, compared to two with the Rival 310, and has more RGB lighting. Both mice perform very similarly, but the click latency is slightly lower on the 600. While the 600 can be used with any grip type by people with medium or larger hands, people with small hands will likely have an easier time holding the 310, especially with a palm grip.

Logitech G502 HERO
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Rival 310 is a better wired mouse for FPS gaming than the Logitech G502 HERO. The SteelSeries is quite a bit lighter, is more comfortable, and is better suited for people with small hands, as they can still grip it well with a palm grip. On the other hand, the Logitech has more programmable buttons, including L/R tilt buttons on its scroll wheel. It also has a lower lift-off distance, a wider and more adjustable CPI range, a lower click latency, and a lower CPI error.

Razer DeathAdder Elite
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Rival 310 and the Razer DeathAdder Elite are both great wired FPS gaming mice. The Razer has a wider CPI range that can be fine-tuned by increments of 1, which is excellent. It also has a lower CPI error and lower lift-off distance. On the other hand, the Rival 310 has a slightly lower click latency, and is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, while the Razer is only partially compatible with macOS.

Razer Basilisk
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Rival 310 is a better wired gaming mouse than the Razer Basilisk. The 310 is lighter-weight and slightly more comfortable thanks to its slanted, ergonomic shape. It's also fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, while the Razer is only partially compatible with Mac devices. However, while the click latency is slightly lower on the 310, the Razer has a wider adjustable CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and more programmable buttons.

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