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SteelSeries Rival 600 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
SteelSeries Rival 600 Picture
7.4
Office/Multimedia
7.9
Video Games (FPS)
8.1
Video Games (MMO)
7.0
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.3
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The SteelSeries Rival 600 is a great gaming mouse. It has an excellent build quality, but it's a little less portable mainly because it's a wired mouse. It has excellent ergonomics and its weight is customizable. It has excellent overall performance and its software allows for a great level of customization too. Unfortunately, this great mouse may not suitable for people with small hands, as they may have a hard time reaching some of the buttons.

Our Verdict

7.4 Office/Multimedia

The SteelSeries Rival 600 is a very good mouse for office use. It has an excellent build quality and a great degree of customization. Unfortunately, it isn't wireless, but this might not be that important in office environments. The ergonomics of this mouse are excellent, but it's primarily designed for use with the right hand. Finally, if you have small hands, this mouse isn't a good choice.

Pros
  • Great for gaming.
  • Excellent performance.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • Excellent customization.
Cons
  • Not great for traveling due to wired-only use.
  • Not recommended for smaller hands.
  • Rigid cable.
7.9 Video Games (FPS)

This is a great mouse for use with FPS video games. Although the mouse has excellent overall performance and is highly customizable with a large number of buttons, its on the heavier side. Nevertheless, it has a very low latency and has exceptional ergonomics, so you can customize it to your liking, and has excellent build quality. Unfortunately, this mouse isn't suitable if you have small hands.

Pros
  • Great for gaming.
  • Excellent performance.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • Excellent customization.
Cons
  • Not great for traveling due to wired-only use.
  • Not recommended for smaller hands.
  • Rigid cable.
8.1 Video Games (MMO)

The SteelSeries Rival 600 is an amazing mouse for playing MMO video games. It has a few programmable buttons and an excellent build quality. The accompanying software is very versatile, and the ergonomics allow you to customize it to your liking. Unfortunately, if you have small hands, this mouse isn't ideal as you won't be able to reach some buttons.

Pros
  • Great for gaming.
  • Excellent performance.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • Excellent customization.
Cons
  • Not great for traveling due to wired-only use.
  • Not recommended for smaller hands.
  • Rigid cable.
7.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

This mouse is decent for ultra-light gaming. You can reduce its heavy weight by getting rid of all the weights, but it's still heavier than most ultra-light gaming mice.

Pros
  • Great for gaming.
  • Excellent performance.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • Excellent customization.
Cons
  • Not great for traveling due to wired-only use.
  • Not recommended for smaller hands.
  • Rigid cable.
5.3 Travel

The SteelSeries Rival 600 is a poor mouse for those who travel a lot. It's an always-wired mouse that's not comfortable to carry around.

Pros
  • Great for gaming.
  • Excellent performance.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • Excellent customization.
Cons
  • Not great for traveling due to wired-only use.
  • Not recommended for smaller hands.
  • Rigid cable.
  • 7.4 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.9 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.0 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.3 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 28, 2020: We incorrectly indicated that there's a thumb wheel. It has been corrected.
  2. Updated Oct 06, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  3. Updated Sep 30, 2020: We've retested the Rival 600 and changed the hand size recommendations for claw and fingertip grips.
  4. Updated Dec 20, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The SteelSeries Rival 600 has a typical gamer look with a few aggressive angles. It's made of plastic and is a mix of black and gray. The side panels are removable, enabling weight customization, and the mouse has eight RGB zones, including the large logo on the back. There are three customizable buttons on the left side that make the mouse quite versatile but are only suitable for use with the right hand.

Design
Shape
Length 5.2" (132 mm)
Height 1.7" (44 mm)
Width 2.7" (69 mm)
Grip Width
64 mm
5.4
Design
Portability
Volume
24.17 inยณ (396 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

This mouse has poor overall portability. It's slightly bulky due to the lack of provision for bundling the cable.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
170 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
127 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
105 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
Yes

It's highly customizable, as you can remove the side panels and adjust the eight 4-gram weights any way you like. This means that you can achieve a center of gravity that'll satisfy your needs, but still is on the heavier side.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The SteelSeries Rival 600's overall build quality is remarkable. The entire build feels sturdy, as there's no squeaking or shaking. The sides attach magnetically and feel very solid. Finally, the mouse has a very nice click.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The SteelSeries Rival 600 has outstanding ergonomics. The removable silicone-made side panels have a nice grip. While the panels and the buttons are on, the button placement makes this mouse only suitable for right-handed use. If you remove the side panels for lightweight gaming, this mouse becomes ambidextrous. Unfortunately, this mouse may not suitable for small hands with any of the common grips.

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

The palm grip is good for most hand sizes, but may not be suitable for small hand sizes as you may not reach some buttons easily.

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

Update 09/30/2020: We've retested the SteelSeries Rival 600 using a claw grip. The recommendation for medium-size hands has been changed from 'Yes' to 'No', as it can be difficult for some to reach the sniper button.

The claw grip is suitable for most hand sizes, but small hands may not be able to reach some buttons.

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

Update 09/30/2020: We've retested the SteelSeries Rival 600 using a fingertip grip. For medium-size hands, the sniper button is difficult to reach, and it's also hard to keep a good grip on the mouse when moving quickly or lifting. The recommendation for medium hands has been changed from 'Yes' to 'No'.

The SteelSeries Rival 600 is difficult to use with the fingertip grip if you have a small hand, as reaching some buttons might not be comfortable.

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

The SteelSeries Rival 600 is a wired-only mouse. If you want the wireless version, check out the SteelSeries Rival 650.

6.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.8 ft (2.1 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable that comes with this mouse is mediocre. Even though it's detachable, you have to always use it as there's no battery or any other connectivity method. It's probably made like this for easy replacement or transport. Unfortunately, the bends from the packaging are hard to straighten out, and since this is a wired-only mouse, this can be annoying.

7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Rival 600 Gaming Mouse
  • Product Information Guide
  • Detachable USB cable
  • Weight box with eight 4g weights

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
TrueMove 3
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
12,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
1%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The SteelSeries Rival 600 has two sensors: one for tracking, like all mice, and one for depth. This way, the mouse minimizes the unnecessary movement when you pick it up and put it down.

7.7
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Side Buttons
3
Number Of Programmable Inputs
9
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

Update 02/28/2020: We've updated the number of programmable inputs to '9' as we had previously not counted the ability to reprogram both the scroll up and down inputs.

The SteelSeries Rival 600 has a great number of buttons, all of which can be customized. The CPI switching button can only switch between two different CPI settings, which might be limiting in some games or applications. If you want a similar mouse that has more programmable buttons, check out the SteelSeries Rival 500

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

Update 10/28/2020: We incorrectly indicated that there's a thumb wheel. It has been corrected.

The SteelSeries Rival 600 has a mediocre mouse wheel. Although there's wheel incrementation feedback, you can't unlock the wheel to scroll infinitely. This can be annoying if you want to quickly scroll through large documents.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.1
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
13 ms

The click latency of the SteelSeries Rival 600 is very low and it will feel very responsive. Most people won't notice any delay.

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 SteelSeries Rival 600's accompanying software is excellent. It allows you to customize your mouse, and you can save your changes to the onboard memory so that you can use it on another computer. We noticed, however, that the mouse uses the onboard memory as long as the other computer doesn't have the SteelSeries Engine 3 software installed. In this case, the software settings prevail over the onboard memory.

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

The SteelSeries Rival 600 is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Compared To Other Mice

The SteelSeries Rival 600 is a rather heavy gaming mouse and it sets itself apart by its satisfying click. It has superb performance with a great ergonomic design, but people with small hands might feel it's too big for them. You can also reduce the weight of the mouse tremendously, although this might affect the comfort of your grip. Also see our recommendations for the best gaming mouse, the best FPS mouse, and the best wired mouse.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a slightly better gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Rival 600. It has a much better cable that feels lightweight and doesn't keep as many kinks as the SteelSeries' cable. The Razer is also noticeably lighter than the SteelSeries. On the other hand, the SteelSeries has an extra side button and comes with extra weights if you prefer a heavier mouse. Also, it's fully compatible with macOS, which the Razer isn't, as you can't download Synapse on macOS.

Logitech G502 HERO

The SteelSeries Rival 600 and the Logitech G502 HERO are both great wired gaming mice. Both mice should be comfortable with any grip type for everyone except those with small hands, though medium-sized hands may have a hard time with fingertip grip on the Logitech. The Logitech has a slightly better cable, more programmable buttons, and a much better scroll mouse wheel. On the other hand, the SteelSeries is lighter and has better ergonomics.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

The SteelSeries Rival 600 and the Razer DeathAdder Elite are both great wired gaming mice. They feel equally well-made and are both designed for right-handed use. The Razer is better for people with small hands, as you can use it comfortably in a palm grip with any hand size. The SteelSeries will be hard to get a comfortable hold with any grip for people with small hands. You can adjust the Razer's CPI in increments of 1, which is outstanding, while the SteelSeries uses increments of 100.

SteelSeries Rival 310

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 you can use the 600 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.

SteelSeries Sensei Ten

Both the SteelSeries Rival 600 and the SteelSeries Sensei Ten are great gaming mice. The Sensei Ten includes ten programmable buttons, while the Rival 600 only has nine. Both are comfortable, but unfortunately, the Rival 600 may not suitable for people with small hands, as they may have a hard time reaching some of the buttons.

Glorious Model O

The Glorious Model O and the SteelSeries Rival 600 are both great wired gaming mice. While the Glorious is a bit lighter, they're both similar in size and should be comfortable in all grip types for everyone except those with small hands. The cable on the Glorious feels less rigid and stiff, but the SteelSeries has more programmable buttons. The latency is also lower on the Glorious, though they both should feel quite responsive.

Razer Mamba Elite

The SteelSeries Rival 600 and the Razer Mamba Elite are both great wired gaming mice. While the CPI is very low on the Razer, the SteelSeries is still low enough that it shouldn't be noticeably unresponsive. The Razer has more programmable buttons and a more customizable CPI range, while you can install the SteelSeries' software on both macOS or Windows, which is nice. However, those with smaller hands will likely be better off with the Razer, as they should reach all the buttons more comfortably.

SteelSeries Rival 650

The SteelSeries Rival 600 and the SteelSeries Rival 650 are extremely similar mice. The 600 is a wired-only mouse that's lighter, and the 650 is wireless. The two mice have the same sensor, shape, and the same customization features.

SteelSeries Rival 710

The SteelSeries Rival 600 is a better wired gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Rival 710. The Rival 600 comes with eight 4-gram weights, so you can fully customize its weight. Its right-handed ergonomic slant makes it more comfortable than the Rival 710 as well, and it's well-suited for all grip types for everyone except those with small hands. Its click latency is lower than the Rival 710, and it has a lower liftoff distance. On the other hand, the 710 has a higher max CPI, though most people will likely find it too sensitive when used at its highest CPI.

SteelSeries Rival 5

The SteelSeries Rival 600 is a precursor to the SteelSeries Rival 5. The Rival 5 is significantly lighter, has an upgraded cable, better mouse feet, and a toggle switch with up/down inputs in the side button cluster. It also has a somewhat lower click latency and a new sensor with a higher maximum CPI. On the other hand, the Rival 600 includes a set of eight 4-gram weights if you prefer a heavier mouse or want to change the center of gravity. Both mice are ideal for all grip types but only for larger hands.

SteelSeries Rival 500

The SteelSeries Rival 500 is a better wired MMO mouse than the SteelSeries Rival 600. The 500 can be used by all hand sizes with a palm grip, and only small hands will have a difficult time reaching all the buttons with a claw grip, while the 600 is too long for people with small hands with any grip type. While both mice are designed for MMO games, the Rival 500 has more than double the amount of programmable buttons. On the other hand, the Rival 600 is quite a bit lighter, so it may be a better choice if you're a fan of FPS games.

Corsair Nightsword RGB

The Corsair Nightsword RGB and the SteelSeries Rival 600 are fairly similar performing mice, although the SteelSeries has a small edge. It feels more comfortable in hand and can be used with a fingertip grip. Also, its sensor is more consistent, resulting in a more stable control. On the other hand, the Nightsword has 3 more buttons than the SteelSeries.

ROCCAT Tyon

The SteelSeries Rival 600 is a much better mouse for FPS games than the ROCCAT Tyon. The SteelSeries is lighter, has a slightly lower click latency, and has a wider adjustable CPI range. Both mice are too large for people with small hands to use comfortably, but if you have medium or large hands and use a fingertip grip, the SteelSeries is much easier to hold. On the other hand, the ROCCAT has way more programmable buttons than the SteelSeries.

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