SteelSeries Rival 3 Review Rundown

SteelSeriesPublished on 25 Mar 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*


Photo of SteelSeries Rival 3 Mouse
Neoscore* 73%
  • Excellent performance for a $30 gaming mouse
  • Very bright tri-zone RGB lighting
  • Lacks wireless connectivity


A super affordable gaming mouse for just $30, the Rival 3 offers very bright tri-zone RGB lighting in a lightweight package. On the down side, there is no way to adjust the brightness of its lights. Still, the SteelSeries Rival 3 is an excellent gaming mouse for anyone looking to save money without compromising on quality.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Gizmodo have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Rival 3 has pretty much everything you could want. Its new TrueMove Core optical sensor features 8,500 CPI (counts per inch) and true one-to-one mouse tracking. The mouse is relatively light, weighing in at 77 grams, while its matte plastic body helps cut down on fingerprints and smudges.
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  • Lightweight, lightweight design
  • Three-zone RGB lighting
  • Easy to use
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
SteelSeries' Rival 3 gaming mouse packs a modern optical sensor in an attractive design. It has a traditional "tear-drop" shape that conformed nicely to the shape of my hand. Colorful and customizable RGB lighting outlines the bottom of the mouse and matches a glowing SteelSeries logo on the palm rest.
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  • Elegant design with customizable RGB lighting
  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable click switches
  • Not ambidextrous


Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Rival 3 is the quintessential entry-level gaming mouse, a smallish six-button right-hander with a matte-black plastic shell. SteelSeries has a new low-end optical sensor, dubbed TrueMove Core, that can track at up to 8,500dpi. At 2.7 ounces without cable, it's actually lighter than SteelSeries' ambidextrous Sensei Ten.
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  • Lightweight, ambidextrous design
  • Comfortable palm-style grip
  • Three customizable lighting elements
  • Moldy ridge on the right-hand side of the mouse


Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Rival 3 is a great ultra-light gaming mouse. While small hands may have a tough time with fingertip grip, all hand sizes should have no problems with claw grip. The SteelSeries is an ambidextrous mouse. The Razer DeathAdder Elite is best for all sizes of hands when used with palm grip.
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  • Very comfortable for long periods of time
  • Low click latency
  • Good sensor performance
  • Small hands may have trouble with fingertip grip


Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Rival 310 is a great wired gaming mouse. It's very comfortable to use with a palm grip for all hand sizes. Its max CPI isn't quite as high as the Rival 500 but is likely more than sensitive enough for most people. The SteelSeries is quite a bit lighter, is more comfortable, and is better suited for people with small hands.
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  • Good build quality
  • Fully compatible with both Windows and macOS
  • Good sensor performance
  • Lacks programmable buttons


Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Steelseries Rival 3 may just be one of the best budget gaming mice we've used in some time. It sports a six-button configuration on an ambidextrous body. The mouse is built around SteelSeries' TrueMove Core, which is a low-tier optical sensor.
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  • Comfortable ergonomic design
  • 1-to-1 tracking of TrueMove Core
  • Comfortable thumb buttons
  • Lack of symmetrical buttons


Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Rival 3 features a sleek design, programmable buttons and gorgeous RGB lighting. The sensor isn't as refined as it could be, the profile is surprisingly small and the design isn't ergonomic or ambidextrous. Still, the mouse is such a good value that we're naming it to our best gaming mouse list.
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  • Sleek design
  • Gorgeous RGB lighting
  • Comfortable, sweat-resistant material
  • Not ergonomic or ambidextrous


Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
SteelSeries newest entry-level gaming mouse only costs $30. The Rival 3 looks a lot like the SteelSeries Sensei Ten released in late 2019. The mouse is light enough to use for extended periods but not so light that it's easy to accidentally fling it across your mouse pad.
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  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Three-zone RGB lighting
  • Easy-to-use software
  • Cable drag is annoying
  • Lacks side buttons


  1. 1. ^ SteelSeries' Rival 3 Has Everything You Want From a $30 Gaming Mouse. Gizmodo. 2020-02-05. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ SteelSeries Rival 3 review. Laptopmag. 2020-02-09. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ SteelSeries Rival 3 Review. Pcmag. 2020-02-11. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ SteelSeries Rival 3 Mouse Review. Rtings. 2020-02-17. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ SteelSeries Rival 310 Mouse Review. Rtings. 2020-06-19. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ SteelSeries Rival 3 review. Techradar. 2020-02-28. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  7. 7. ^ SteelSeries Rival 3 review. Tomsguide. 2020-03-09. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  8. 8. ^ SteelSeries Rival 3 Gaming Mouse Review: Entry-Level Without (Much) Compromise. Tomshardware. 2020-01-22. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  9. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  10. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  11. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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