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SteelSeries Rival 650 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 22, 2020 at 08:23 am
SteelSeries Rival 650 Picture
8.1
Office/Multimedia
7.4
Video Games (FPS)
8.1
Video Games (MMO)
5.9
Ultra-Light Gaming
6.9
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The SteelSeries Rival 650 Wireless is a decent gaming mouse. It's the first wireless mouse in SteelSeries' lineup, and it's nearly identical to the wired SteelSeries Rival 600. It has an incredible sensor with a wide CPI range, minimal CPI error, and low click latency. It has a depth sensor that's supposed to reduce the lift-off distance to 0.5 mm, but we don't test for this. Although it's on the heavy side, it comes with eight 4-gram weights if you want to make it even heavier. It's extremely comfortable for any grip type, but it may be too big for smaller hands. Even though it's wireless, you can only use it with its proprietary USB receiver.

Our Verdict

8.1 Office/Multimedia

The SteelSeries Rival 650 is a great office mouse. It's extremely comfortable, but it's too big for people with small hands to use with any grip type. It has a lot of buttons you can reprogram, which helps with your workflow. It's wireless, keeping your setup clean, but you can only use it with its proprietary receiver.

Pros
  • A lot of programmable buttons.
  • Suitable for medium to extra-large hands with any grip type.
  • Fully compatible with macOS and Windows.
Cons
  • Too big for small hands.
  • Wireless connectivity limited to its USB receiver.
7.4 Video Games (FPS)

The SteelSeries Rival 650 is decent for FPS gaming. It's a bit on the heavy side, but you can also remove the side panels to make it lighter. It's an extremely comfortable mouse, and it works well with any grip type, but it's too big for small hands. It has an incredible sensor with a wide CPI range, minimal error, and low lift-off distance. It also has low click latency, which is great.

Pros
  • Wide CPI range.
  • High polling rate.
  • Low click latency.
Cons
  • On the heavier side.
  • Too big for small hands.
8.1 Video Games (MMO)

The SteelSeries Rival 650 is great for MMO gaming. The mouse has a lot of programmable inputs, but it's limited to only three side buttons. It has an incredible sensor with low click latency, a high polling rate, low CPI error, and short lift-off distance. It's also extremely comfortable for medium or large-sized hands, and it's suitable for any grip type.

Pros
  • Low lift-off distance.
  • High polling rate.
  • Low click latency.
  • A lot of programmable buttons.
Cons
  • Too big for small hands.
  • Limited to three side buttons.
5.9 Ultra-Light Gaming

The mouse is disappointing for ultra-light gaming. The SteelSeries Rival 650 is on the heavier side, and even though you can remove the side panels to make it lighter, you also lose the three side buttons by doing so. It has low click latency and a high polling rate. It's extremely comfortable for most grip types and hand sizes.

Pros
  • High polling rate.
  • Low click latency.
Cons
  • On the heavier side.
  • Too big for small hands.
  • You lose three side buttons when remove side panels.
6.9 Travel

The SteelSeries Rival 650 is okay for travel, but it's a bit on the bulky side and doesn't have a slot to place the USB receiver. Sadly, it doesn't have any Bluetooth support. It's extremely comfortable, and the body feels solid, so you shouldn't have any issues tossing it into a bag.

Pros
  • Suitable for medium to extra-large hands with any grip type.
  • Fully compatible with macOS and Windows.
Cons
  • On the heavier side.
  • Wireless connectivity limited to its USB receiver.
  • 8.1 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.9 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 6.9 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 20, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Sep 22, 2020: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 28, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The SteelSeries Rival 650 looks a lot like the SteelSeries Rival 600. It has a gamer-friendly design with RGB lighting on the logo, scroll wheel, and two strips on the body. It's mainly black with some gray accents throughout, and there are grips on the side panels.

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

Despite being a wireless mouse, the SteelSeries Rival 650 is a bit difficult to carry around. It's on the bulkier side, and there's no storage for the USB receiver. If you'd like a wireless mouse with receiver storage, check out the DELUX M800 Wireless.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
196 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
153 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
122 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
Yes

It's heavier than the SteelSeries Rival 600 because of its built-in battery. It comes with eight 4-gram weights that you can add underneath the side panels for weight optimization.

You can remove the side panels to make it lighter, but you lose the three side buttons, and the mouse would likely be less comfortable. We measured the minimum weight with the panels.

If you want a lighter wireless mouse, check out the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The mouse has an excellent build quality. It has an all-plastic body that feels solid and squeaks a bit when you squeeze it. The clicks feel nice and satisfying, but the scroll wheel feels loose. Unfortunately, if you squeeze the left side too hard, you can activate one of the side buttons.

There are reports that the side grips come off over time, but we don't test for long-term durability. The side grips feel nice on our unit, but if you experience any issues, let us know in the discussions below.

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

This mouse feels extremely comfortable. It has a slant designed for right-handed people, and the body has a good, soft feel to it. The side grips feel nice too. Unfortunately, it's big and may not be suitable for small hands.

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

For the most part, the SteelSeries Rival 650 is suitable for a palm grip. If you have small hands, it may be difficult to reach the last side button without taking your hand off the mouse.

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

This mouse is a good choice for those with larger hands using a claw grip. Those with small or medium-sized hands might not be able to reach the last side button easily.

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

The SteelSeries Rival 650 is suitable for those with medium to large-sized hands and using a fingertip grip. Once again, those with small hands might not be able to reach the last side button.

7.0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator Yes

The SteelSeries Rival 650 is a wireless mouse, but you can only connect to it through its wireless USB receiver. The scroll wheel's lighting acts as a battery indicator and you can use it while charging. The battery is rated to last 24 hours, but this isn't something that we test for. If you're interested in a similar mouse that has Bluetooth support, check out the ASUS ROG Pugio II. Or, for a mouse with both Bluetooth support and wireless charging using Qi standard devices, check out the Cooler Master MM831 or the HyperX Pulsefire Dart.

6.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.9 ft (2.1 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB

The included micro-USB rubber cable is decent, but kinks rather easily.

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

  • SteelSeries Rival 650 wireless gaming mouse
  • USB receiver
  • USB extender
  • Micro-USB cable
  • 8x 4g weights
  • User manual

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
-13%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

There are two sensors on the mouse. One is the typical optical sensor for tracking found on all mice, and the other is a depth sensor, aimed at reducing the lift-off distance.

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

The SteelSeries Rival 650 has a ton of programmable buttons, and you can even reprogram the up and down on the scroll wheel. However, this may not be enough for some MMO players. If you want a mouse with a unique joystick on its left side, check out the ASUS ROG Chakram.

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

The SteelSeries Rival 650 Quantum Wireless gaming mouse has an incremented wheel, but sadly, you can't unlock it for infinite scrolling. It moves left and right because it's loose, but it doesn't tilt for horizontal scrolling.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.0
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
17 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
11 ms

The SteelSeries Rival 650 has great low click latency. It's lower when wired, but most people won't notice much of a difference when using its proprietary receiver. If you want a mouse with lower click latency over its receiver, check out the Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO.

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 Engine 3 software is outstanding. It offers a ton of customization options, and it's available on both Windows and macOS. The mouse has onboard memory, making it easy to carry over your settings to another computer.

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

The SteelSeries Rival 650 is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Compared To Other Mice

The SteelSeries Rival 650 Wireless is a great overall mouse that's extremely similar to the SteelSeries Rival 600. Choosing between the two really comes down to personal preference and whether you like wireless or wired mice. However, the Rival 650 is pricey, and it's on the heavy side compared to other wireless mice, such as the Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless.

Also, make sure to check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice, the best wireless mice, and the best SteelSeries mice.

Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED is slightly better than the Steelseries Rival 650. The Logitech is an ambidextrous mouse that's suitable for most grip types and hand sizes. It also has lower click latency, more buttons, and vertical wheel tilt. However, the SteelSeries is a right-handed mouse that feels more comfortable to use overall.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Rival 650 and the Logitech G Pro Wireless are similar mice. The Logitech is much lighter, is suitable for small hands, has a better sensor, and lower click latency. However, the SteelSeries has an extra programmable input, it's a lot more comfortable overall, and you can add weights to it.

SteelSeries Rival 600

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.

Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED performs a bit better than the SteelSeries Rival 650, and they both have very different designs. The Logitech is a wider mouse with an ergonomic shape and a thumb rest. It's a bit lighter, has more buttons, and has a better sensor overall. On the other hand, the SteelSeries is heavier and may feel slightly more comfortable for people who don't like having a thumb rest.

SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless

If you like honeycomb design, the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is a better gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Rival 650. The Aerox is designed for ultra-light gaming and is smaller and significantly lighter. It's well-suited for a claw grip or even a fingertip grip if you have medium to large hands. Performance-wise, it has a wider CPI range with less variation. That said, the Rival 650 feels quite a bit more solid, and its right-handed design is more comfortable, though it's not a good option for smaller hands. It also has one more side button.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro

Overall, the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro is much better than the SteelSeries Rival 650. The Razer is significantly lighter, has lower click latency, and allows you to adjust the sensitivity in smaller increments. On the other hand, the SteelSeries has a better build quality, and its customization software is available for both Windows and macOS.

Razer Mamba Wireless

The SteelSeries Rival 650 is a bit better than the Razer Mamba Wireless. The SteelSeries feels more comfortable, and it's suitable for most hand sizes with a fingertip grip. It also has a lower lift-off distance, and the companion software is available on macOS. However, the Razer is lighter, has a wider CPI range, lower CPI increment steps, and lower click latency over its receiver.

Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless

The SteelSeries Rival 650 is better than the Corsair HARPOON RGB Wireless. The SteelSeries is better-built, feels more comfortable, has more buttons, and has a lower lift-off distance. However, the Corsair has Bluetooth support, it's lighter, and it has lower click latency over its USB receiver.

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