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 2020. 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 Sensei Ten
The iconic ambidextrous gaming mouse has returned under a new name, the SteelSeries 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.
- Iconic Sensei shape
- New TrueMove Pro sensor
- Ambidextrous design with side buttons on both sides
- Mechanical primary click buttons
2. SteelSeries Rival 600 / 650
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 claim 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.
- Impressive weight tuning options
- Available in both wired and wireless versions
- Voted #1 mouse for 2018 by Tech Radar
3. SteelSeries Rival 710
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 completely in your control. 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 makes 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.
- Customizable OLED display
- Tactile alert system
- TrueMove3 sensor
- Mechanical switches
4. SteelSeries Rival 110 – #1 Budget Choice
Cheap gaming mice from high-end brands are not always easy to come by. Thankfully, the Rival 110 is relatively cheap (less than $30!), and made by a top gaming brand (SteelSeries!). It’s a simple gaming mouse with a safe, ergonomic, and universal shape. Like a lot of SteelSeries mice, the Rival 110 has two thin side buttons on the left, and a small DPI button below the scroll wheel.
It’s a relatively small mouse and therefore is pretty lightweight, it weighs just 87 grams making it one of the lightest mice SteelSeries sell. As for the sensor, it uses the TrueMove1 which was engineered with competitive gaming in mind. While their newer mice now have the TrueMove3, I wouldn’t worry, modern gaming sensors are a lot better than they truly need to be.
Overall, the Rival 110 is cheap, small, and lightweight. And for me personally it ticks all the right boxes. If you’re looking to get a gaming mouse but have been put off by the high prices, a slightly older mouse like the Rival 110 could be the choice for you.
- Relatively cheap
- Safe, ergonomic, and universal shape
- TrueMove1 sensor
5. SteelSeries Rival 500
The Rival 500 was specifically designed with MMO gaming in mind. Having a mouse with a lot of extra buttons can help you deal with the many keybinds MMO games require. Instead of doing the usual row of side buttons, SteelSeries have opted for a more unique layout. There are 5 extra buttons on the side, 4 on top, and the scroll wheel can be clicked both left and right. This unique button layout allows you to grip the mouse firmly without accidentally clicking any extra buttons.
Like all SteelSeries mice, the Rival 500 has a top-quality optical sensor. It has a max DPI of 16,000 and should be effective at all speeds, it’s certainly fit for MMO gameplay. The mouse has RGB lighting in multiple locations including the SteelSeries logo and the scroll wheel. Once again, you can customize all of the usual settings using the SteelSeries Engine Software.
The unique button layout probably takes some getting used to, especially if you have been using other MMO mice in the past. Although, I could see this button layout being more comfortable than the grid design after enough practice. So if you’re a fan of both SteelSeries and MMO games, the Rival 500 should be the perfect mouse for you.
- Unique 5 side button layout
- Scroll wheel can be clicked both left and right
- RGB lighting in multiple locations
6. SteelSeries Sensei 310
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. This makes it a fairly lightweight mouse relative to its size.
It’s equipped with a high-quality sensor perfect for competitive gameplay, the SteelSeries TrueMove3. 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.
- Large size while remaining under 100 grams
- Mechanical Omron switches
- Ambidextrous shape with side buttons on both sides
- Two RGB zones
7. SteelSeries Rival 310
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 enabled 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.
- TrueMove3 sensor
- Relatively lightweight
- Mechanical Omron switches
- Independent RGB lighting in two locations
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 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.