SteelSeries Rival 3 Review
March 10, 2020

A decently-priced gaming mouse that does the job.

If you’re looking for a decently-priced gaming mouse, have a look at the SteelSeries Rival 3. This gaming mouse that’s part of the company’s Rival line is currently the cheapest in the line-up. But unlike other budget gaming mice, the Rival 3 offers a decent feature set that makes it an ideal companion to your gaming rig.

Rival 3 has a symmetrical design and since other models its product line support ambidextrous usage it is somewhat disappointing to learn that button placement is only on the left side. This means that the Rival 3 is only fit for use on right-handed users.

There are a total of six-buttons placed on Rival 3, which is all within reach and perfectly ergonomic. There are side buttons that can easily be reached by my thumb along with a DPI switch on top and a rubberized scroll wheel. The buttons aren’t intrusive and just small enough to be pressed easily without it getting in the way when you are using the mouse. The Rival 3 is also lightweight though we wish it was a little heavier. Still, the matte finish is great and provides a good grip when it is in use. 

As with other SteelSeries mice, the Rival 3 also comes with customized RGB lighting. The logo on the Rival 3 lights up, and there’s also a cool lighting strip that runs below. Using the SteelSeries Engine software, you can fully customize the lights into any color and pattern that you want.

The Rival 3 features TrueMove Core, a new optical sensor with a DPI range of 10 to 8,500. I used the mouse to play Fortnite, PUBG and some Call of Duty using my own custom-built Windows 10 PC. The Rival 3 performed well, and despite a few missed shots I’d commend the mouse’s design and features considering it’s just priced at $30.

Overall, the SteelSeries Rival 3 ticks all the right boxes and while it isn’t the best gaming mouse we’ve used, it is certainly the first thing we’d recommend if you’re on a budget.

We Love: 

+ Decent price

+ Good lighting options

We Hate: 

– Design is ambidextrous, but button placement is made only for right-handed users

Final Rating: 3.5/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.
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