SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse Review
SteelSeries Engine 3
All of the Rival 700’s fun features require the SteelSeries Engine 3 software to be downloaded and installed. This program allows adjustments to the button assignments, sensor tracking settings, and lighting configurations. The Rival 700 also supports the GameSense feature which allows the mouse to react directly in response to game events. Currently, three PC games are supported: Counter-Strike Global Offensive, DOTA 2, and Minecraft. SteelSeries Engine 3 has both Windows and Mac OS X compatible versions.
To the right are various sliders for adjusting the tracking sensor. These are the two sensitivity banks, pointer acceleration, angle snapping / prediction, and polling rate / latency.
Clicking the small colorful square by the two RGB light zones brings up a menu for Illumination Effects. Each zone can each be assigned a preset or custom color effect. SteelSeries had made the illumination editor very easy to use allowing users to quickly setup their own creative effects.
Going back to the main menu, we take a quick look at the LIBRARY. Here the user can add an application whether it be a game or other program where it will then appear in the LIBRARY. Profiles for each SteelSeries device can then be bound to these applications when they launch.
GameSense takes up its own submenu where the user can configure supported SteelSeries devices to dynamically react to game events. The Rival 700’s RGB LEDs, OLED screen, and tactile motor can be configured to change to several available actions and variables. Currently, only three games are supported which are Counter-Strike Global Offensive, DOTA 2, and Minecraft. Minecraft requires a mod provided by SteelSeries in order to be used with GameSense.
The tactile menu allows customization to when and how the feedback motor reacts to assigned game events. Multiple game events can be assigned to trigger the motor such as low health, low ammo, stun states, and so on.