SteelSeries have been making high-quality gaming peripherals for almost 20 years. They have fueled the gaming industry by creating new innovative products, designed for esports and passionate gamers everywhere.
On this page, I’ll be reviewing and comparing the 7 best SteelSeries mice for 2021. Although this list is ordered, there is no such thing as a “perfect mouse”, each person has their own unique preferences. Thankfully, SteelSeries have a wide range of gaming mice to choose from.
1. SteelSeries Prime / Prime+ / Prime Wireless
69g • TrueMove Pro sensor • 125x59x42mm • Super Mesh cable
There are three versions of this mouse to choose from; Prime, Prime+, and Prime Wireless. All three versions share the same medium-sized dimensions and ergonomic shape. The lightest version is the regular Prime at 69 grams, the Prime+ is a close second being only 3 grams heavier. The only notable difference is the Prime+ having an OLED screen and a slightly improved sensor. The question to ask is whether these extra features are worth an additional 3 grams as well as a 30% price increase.
All three versions have a flawless sensor, a detachable super mesh cable, RGB lighting, and a textured matte finish.
SteelSeries Prime Wireless
The Prime Wireless is the heaviest version coming in at 80 grams, still relatively lightweight for a wireless gaming mouse. The Quantum 2.0 Wireless is flawless and indistinguishable from a wired connection. SteelSeries have 1-upped the competition with a 100 hour battery life, just 15 minutes of charge time will net you 40 hours of gameplay. For some reason, the Prime Wireless is also the only version of the mouse to have 100% PTFE mouse feet.
2. SteelSeries Aerox 3 / Wireless
57g • TrueMove Core sensor • 121x58x38mm • Super Mesh cable
SteelSeries have successfully entered the ultra-light meta with their release of the Aerox 3 and the Aerox 3 Wireless. The wired version weighs 57 grams making it easily the lightest mouse we’ve seen from SteelSeries. Like most mice in the under 60 club, the Aerox 3 has a slim honeycomb shell. SteelSeries stated that they managed to shave off 18 grams on the shell alone. You won’t have to worry about any hole-related damages as the Aerox 3 is the first gaming mouse to be entirely IP54 water and dust-resistant.
It’s equipped with a top-tier sensor as well as three-zone RGB lighting, PTFE mouse skates, and a high-quality cable. The new Super Mesh USB-C cable is lightweight, flexible, and detachable.
Aerox 3 Wireless – 66 grams
There’s also a wireless version available with all of the same specs and qualities of the original, the only difference being the weight and price tag. The Aerox 3 Wireless weighs 66 grams, making it 9 grams heavier than its wired counterpart. It’s still one of the lightest wireless gaming mice on the market and is certainly an ultra-light mouse. Although that comes with a cost, It’s 50% more expensive than the wired version as of writing this review.Top-tier wireless mice are no longer considered worse for performance, and this includes the Aerox 3. The Quantum 2.0 Wireless is stable, reliable, and efficient. It boasts an 80 hour battery life in the 2.4GHz mode and up to 200 hours in Bluetooth.
3. SteelSeries Rival 600 / 650
96 – 153g • TrueMove3 sensor • 131x62x43mm • rubber cable / wireless
First of all, this mouse is available in two versions, the Rival 600 and the Rival 650. The 600 is the wired version and the 650 is the wireless version. The 600 has a weight range of 96g to 128g, while the 650 has a weight range of 121g to 153g. Like most wireless mice, the 650 is significantly more expensive than the wired version.
The key feature of the mouse is the weight tuning options. The left and right sides of the mouse are removable revealing 8 weight slots. The way the slots are laid out makes it easy to maintain the right balance, you wouldn’t want all of the weights on one side for example.
SteelSeries stated the rival 600 was developed with three basic principles: performance, durability, and flexibility. The mouse has received some impressive reviews including being voted the best mouse of 2018 by Tech Radar. With an ergonomic shape and practical weight tuning options, SteelSeries have succeeded in making a flexible mouse.
4. SteelSeries Sensei Ten
92g • TrueMove Pro sensor • 126x63x39mm • rubber cable
The iconic ambidextrous gaming mouse has returned under a new name, the Sensei Ten. It shares the same beloved shape as the original version with some new tech under the hood. The medium-sized mirrored shape makes the Sensei Ten suitable for all grip styles. Much like the original, the Ten has a premium matte finish with an all-black design.
SteelSeries have put side buttons on both sides to compliment the ambidextrous design. On top of this, both primary click buttons are fully mechanical with a 60 million click lifespan. As for the tech, the Sensei Ten uses the new TrueMove Pro sensor, which is claimed to be their best sensor yet.
“Designed exclusively by SteelSeries and PixArt to outperform any mouse on any mousepad, with pinpoint precision like never before.”
While the 92-gram weight would be considered lightweight in the past, compared to modern gaming mice It lies somewhere in the middle. Overall, the Sensei Ten is a relatively simple mouse with a high-quality sensor, RGB lighting, and an ambidextrous design. If you were a fan of the original then there’s no reason you won’t be a fan of the Ten.
5. SteelSeries Rival 710
135g • TrueMove3 sensor • 125x73x42mm • rubber cable
The Rival 710 is a small to medium-sized mouse with an ergonomic right-handed form factor. Despite its relatively small size, the 710 is a heavy mouse weighing a hefty 135 grams. A lot of people would consider this too heavy for low-sens FPS gameplay. There are two unique features responsible for this extra weight, the OLED screen, and the tactile alert system.
On the left side of the mouse you’ll find an OLED display, what is shown on this display is totally up to you. As far as I know, this feature is exclusive to SteelSeries gaming mice.
“Access on-the-fly sensitivity settings, in-gaming statistics, button mapping, and personalize the display with your gamer tag or favorite team’s logo.”
Another equally unique design choice is the Tactile Alert feature. When set up correctly, the Rival 710 is able to give you tactile alerts for in-game events. For example, your mouse could vibrate when your ultimate ability has come off cooldown.
Last but not least, the mouse has swappable modular parts allowing you to swap out the sensor, cable, or cover. Gaming mice are developing and changing at an extremely fast pace, having swappable parts could make this mouse future-proof.
With no shortage of unique features, a TrueMove3 sensor, and mechanical switches, the Rival 710 is another solid mouse from SteelSeries. So if you want a small to medium-sized mouse and are not put off by the weight, the Rival 710 could be the mouse for you.
6. SteelSeries Sensei 310
92g • TrueMove3 sensor • 125x61x39mm • rubber cable
The original SteelSeries Sensei was extremely popular but it had some downfalls, the main issue being its laser sensor. The Sensei 310 is a new and improved version with an optical sensor and a modified shape. It’s a large ambidextrous mouse that weighs just under 100 grams.
It’s equipped with the SteelSeries TrueMove3, a high-quality sensor perfect for competitive gameplay. The DPI can be adjusted in steps of 100 with a minimum of 100 and a max of 12,000. As for the buttons, there are two side buttons on each side of the mouse, as well as a DPI button below the scroll wheel. Having side buttons on both sides really compliments the ambidextrous shape. The mouse uses Omron mechanical switches, known for their 50 million click lifespan.
The Sensei 310 has a great ergonomic shape with rubber side grips, subtle curves, and two RGB lighting zones. Overall, it’s a solid choice for anyone looking for a large ambidextrous gaming mouse.
7. SteelSeries Rival 310
88g • TrueMove3 sensor • 128x70x42mm • rubber cable
The Rival 310 is a popular mouse with an ergonomic shape, high-quality sensor, and Omron mechanical switches. It’s used by several esport pros and was voted best all-round mouse by NordicHardware. Weighing just 88 grams, the Rival 310 is relatively lightweight for a medium-sized mouse.
The TrueMove3 optical sensor has zero tracking errors, no acceleration, and no lag. When you’re buying a gaming mouse from a company like SteelSeries, you can safely presume the sensor is near perfect, this is certainly the case for the Rival 310.
It has full RGB lighting in two locations, the SteelSeries logo and the scroll wheel. These two RGB zones are independent of each other, this means you could set two different colors or effects at the same time. The Rival 310 is prism enabled meaning the lighting can be synced up with other SteelSeries prism gear.
Overall, the Rival 310 has everything you would expect from a mouse designed for FPS and MOBA gaming. If you’re not sure about the shape then you could check out the Sensei 310 instead, it shares the Rival’s qualities with a slightly different shape.
Best SteelSeries Mouse – Summary
While this list is ordered, none of these mice are necessarily better than each other. There are a lot of great SteelSeries to choose from, which one you prefer will come down to your personal preferences. The most important factor to consider is the shape, if you’re not comfortable using a mouse then your gameplay will suffer. Try to consider your grip style, your hand size, and what kind of games you’ll be playing.
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How to choose a gaming mouse
Mouse shape and grip styles
A mouse is only good if you find it comfortable. While all mice aim to have an ergonomic shape, it’s not possible for a mouse to be perfect for everyone. You have to consider the size of your hands as well as how you grip the mouse itself. Having a comfortable grip on the mouse is important for both casual and pro gaming.
There are three main grip styles that people use: palm, claw, and fingertip. You should try and work out which grip style you are using and go from there. A lot of mice will say which grip styles they are built for in their specs.
Once you know what grip style you use you can start to consider the shape and size of a mouse before buying it. For example, it’s easier to use a fingertip grip on a small mouse rather than a large one. If you’re left-handed then you might want to look for an ambidextrous mouse.
There are gaming mice with no extra buttons and there are gaming mice with 12+ extra buttons. Some games require a lot more buttons than others, World of Warcraft for example. Some people say that extra buttons just get in the way. Think about what kind of games you’re going to play and how many buttons are really necessary.
Build quality and price
You want a mouse that is going to last a long time. All of the mice on this list are well built and this shouldn’t be an issue. 90% of the time the more you spend, the higher quality the product will be. This doesn’t mean that cheaper gaming mice are not good mice, there’s no need to overspend if you don’t feel like it.