On this page I’ll be comparing the SteelSeries Rival 310 vs Logitech’s G403. The two mice are fairly similar at first glance so I could see it being tough to choose between them. Being that they were made by different companies, there are a few notable differences to consider. Both SteelSeries and Logitech are known for making high-quality gaming peripherals, these mice are no exception. Hopefully this page will help people decide which of these two mice suits them better.
SteelSeries Rival 310
Quick review: 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 professionals across the world and was voted best all-round mouse by NordicHardware. Compared to other high-end mice the price of the Rival 310 lies somewhere in the middle, not cheap but I wouldn’t call it overpriced. It has everything you would expect with a mouse aimed at FPS or MOBA gameplay.
Shape and design
Having a mouse that has the right shape and size for your hands and grip style is extremely important. If you’re not comfortable while using your mouse then you won’t be able to play at your full potential.
The mouse has a nice ergonomic shape primarily aimed at people who play with a claw or palm grip style. It’s a medium to large-sized mouse which is important to consider if you’re someone with small hands. The mouse weighs 88g making it quite lightweight for its size. The left and right sides of the mouse are rubberized and textured to improve your grip for lift-off or swiping gameplay. The shell of the mouse is made with a semi-rough matte material which SteelSeries claim is fingerprint-resistant. If you’re someone with medium to large hands and play with a palm or claw grip, the Rival 310 should be a very comfortable choice.
If you’re not sure about the shape then you could check out the Sensei 310 instead, it shares all of the Rival’s qualities while having a slightly different shape.
On the left side of the mouse, there are two side buttons. These side buttons are larger than some others I have seen, although this shouldn’t be an issue as there is enough room below them for your thumb. The left and right-click buttons are equipped with mechanical Omron switches, these are said to last for up to 50 million clicks. Below the scroll wheel is the DPI button, using this you can shift through multiple DPI profiles on the fly. The DPI button is slightly raised and is out the way to avoid misclicks.
The Rival 310 has a 12,000 DPI optical sensor. SteelSeries claim the “TrueMove3” optical sensor has zero tracking errors, no acceleration, and no lag. The DPI can be set from 100 to 12,000 DPI in increments of 100 using the SteelSeries Engine. When you’re buying a gaming mouse from a big company like SteelSeries, you can safely presume the sensor is near perfect, and this is certainly the case for the Rival 310.
Lighting and software
This mouse has full RGB lighting in two locations, the SteelSeries logo on the bottom of the mouse, and the scroll wheel. These two RGB zones are independent from each other, this means you could set two different colors or effects at the same time. When it comes to RGB lighting the Rival 310s is quite minimal, this could be seen as a bonus depending on your taste. The Rival 310 is prism enabled meaning the lighting can be synced up with other SteelSeries prism enabled gear.
Using the SteelSeries Engine software you can customize all of the usual important mouse settings. In this software, you’ll be setting your DPI profiles, lighting options, and keybinds. Thanks to the 32-bit arm processor your settings can be stored on-board the mouse, this makes it plug and play wherever you are.
Quick review: Logitech G403
Logitech gaming mice are extremely popular and they continue to push the standards every year. The G403 is a medium to large mouse with a safe ergonomic shape. Logitech promise supreme comfort, quality, and durability when using this mouse. With a safe shape, RGB lighting and a high-quality sensor, the Logitech G403 is definitely a mouse to consider. A wireless version of the mouse is also available at a slightly higher price.
Shape and design
As I said the Logitech G403 has a safe shape, this means it should be suitable for all grip styles depending on your hand size. The mouse weighs 90g or 100g with the additional weight. It’s a medium to large mouse which is important to consider if you have small hands. The left and right sides of the mouse are rubberized to improve grip. Both left and right-click buttons are slightly grooved which I’m a big fan of. The G403 has a braided cable, not only do braided cables look cool, they should be more durable than regular ones.
The G403 comes with an additional 10g weight which can be placed in the bottom of the mouse. This is a great feature for people who prefer a heavier mouse. Although a lot of people are seeking out extremely light mice, there are still many people who find heavier mice improve their aim.
There are two extra buttons on the left side of the mouse, they are large but still leave more than enough room for your thumb to rest. Below the scroll wheel is a DPI button, using this button you can switch between multiple DPI profiles which can be set in the Logitech Gaming Software. The DPI button is quite small but this should help avoid unwanted misclicks. Both of the mouse clicks are made with mechanical switches which makes them extremely responsive. This is the most common button layout for gaming mice for a reason, it’s extremely practical and does a great job.
The Logitech G403 uses the renowned PMW3366 gaming mouse sensor, used by esport pros across the world. The DPI can be set from 200 to 12,000 in steps of 50. A high-quality sensor is very important if you’re trying to play games at a competitive level. Thankfully Logitech mice have near-flawless sensors, whether you’re a casual or professional you shouldn’t be having any issues.
Lighting and software
When you buy a high-end gaming mouse nowadays RGB lighting is almost expected. The G403 has full RGB lighting in both the Logitech logo as well as the scroll wheel. Using Logitech’s LIGHTSYNC technology you can sync up the RGB lighting with other Logitech products, for example, a Logitech RGB keyboard. You can choose between static lighting or a cycle effect.
It’s important to download the Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) in order to unlock the mouse’s full potential. Using this software you set your keybinds, lighting effects and DPI profiles. Once you choose your settings they can be saved on-board the mouse, this means you could plug and play wherever you are.
Overall these two mice are pretty similar, and that’s probably why people would be deciding between the two. Both are medium to large mice with RGB lighting, high-quality sensors, and an ergonomic shape. As of writing this they are similar in price, although that could change in the future.
Both mice have RGB lighting on their logos as well as their scroll wheels, but these lights are independent for only the Rival 310 and not the Logitech G403.
The cable for the Logitech G403 is braided whereas the Rival 310’s cable is not.
A wireless version of the Logitech G403 is available at a higher price, the Rival 310 is only available wired.
The Logitech G403 has a smoother design than the Rival 310, although the Rival 310 has textured grips on the sides which the Logitech G403 does not.
And finally the Logitech G403 has an extra 10g weight, the Rival 310, on the other hand, has no extra weight options.