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Steelseries Rival 300S Gaming Mouse Review (Disassembled)

Steelseries Rival 300S Review

Compared to Rival 300, the mold of Steelseries Rival 300S gaming mouse has not been changed, only the following 3 major improvements:

  1. Change the Steelseries micro switch to Omron D2FC-F-7N (20M).
  2. Change the sensor from Pixart PMW3310 to TrueMove 1.
  3. Change the side skirt from rubber to plastic.

Packaging

Steelseries Rival 300S Packaging

On the back of the package box listed Rival 300S main features:

  • TrueMove 1 optical sensor: 7200CPI, 240IPS, 30G.
  • Omron (20M) switch
  • 2 RGB lighting area
  • onboard memory
Steelseries Rival 300s Mouse Specifications
TypeWired
Dimensions133mm×70mm×45mm
Weight98g
Mouse Grip StylePalm or Claw
Hand OrientationErgonomic Right Hand
Buttons6
Color OptionsFull RGB (16.8 Million)
SensorTrueMove1 Optical
CPI200 to 7200
IPS240
Acceleration30 g
Polling Rate1 ms
Tracking Accuracy1:1

Unboxing

Steelseries Rival 300S Unboxing

The inside of the package is relatively simple, the mouse is fixed by plastic foil and corrugated paper.

Details

Appearance

Steelseries Rival 300S Appearance

Compared with Rival 300, Steelseries Rival 300S has no big changes in appearance: ergonomic 6-button right-handed universal shape, dimension: 133mm × 70mm × 45mm. The weight of Rival 300S is reduced to 98g, which is 22g lighter than Rival 300.

Steelseries Rival 300S Hand Size

PS Rival 300S is a large size mouse and not friendly to middle-handed users. If your hand size is within 18cm, then it is recommended not to consider Rival 300S, Steelseries 310 series gaming mice is more suitable.

Click Buttons

Steelseries Rival 300S Click Buttons

The click buttons of Rival 300S are more stable than Rival 300’s, without empty keystroke and shaking.

Scroll Wheel

Steelseries Rival 300S Scroll Wheel

The rubber scroll wheel’s side is transparent, its scale and the elasticity are moderate, no abnormal noise.

The DPI button is behind the scroll wheel and supports two levels adjustment.

Side Skirt

Steelseries Rival 300S Side Skirt

Although the Rival 300’s rubber side skirt is comfortable, users complain most about its corrosion resistance. Rival 300S directly changed it to plastic material.

Side Buttons

Steelseries Rival 300S Side Buttons

The side buttons design is very reasonable, and you will not worry about accidental touch.

Rear Tail

Steelseries Rival 300S Rear Tail

The nameplate can be replaced at the rear tail, and it can be DIY by 3D printing technology

Bottom

Steelseries Rival 300S Bottom

Four feet stickers on the bottom, 2 small and 2 large.

Cable

Steelseries Rival 300S Cable

The cable of Rival 300S is rubber material and thin.

Lighting

Steelseries Rival 300S Lighting

Rival 300S adopts 16.8 million RGB, with two-zone multi-color Prism RGB on the scroll wheel and logo.

It supports Steelseries’s exclusive PRISM LIGHTING lighting effect. You can set the lighting effects through SteelSeries Engine 3.

Disassemble

Steelseries Rival 300S Disassemble

It is easy to disassemble Rival 300S gaming mouse, unscrew to open the case.

PCB

Steelseries Rival 300S PCB

Compared with Rival 300, Rival 300S have a different PCB and use different firmware.

Sensor

TureMove 1 Sensor

Rival 300S mouse armed with TrueMove 1 sensor, up to 7200DPI, 240IPS tracking, and supports 1:1 tracking.

But, Rival 300S loses its advantage in LOD. TrueMove 1 sensor has a higher LOD, which is more than 3mm, especially when you use Rival 300 mouse on a hard mouse pad.

Micro Switch

Omron D2FC-F-7N Micro Switch

Omron D2FC-F-7N(20M) white dot switch with 20 million click times.

Encoder

ALPS Encoder

ALPS encoder, lighter damping feeling, the sense of scale is still very clear.

Microcontroller

HT68FB550 Microcontroller

HT68FB550 is a flash memory I/O with USB type 8-bit high-performance RISC architecture microcontrollers.

Gaming Experience

If you want to test the gaming performance of this mouse, it is undoubtedly the FPS game.

The lightweight designed Rival 300S has great advantages for FPS gamers, especially in sling guns, fast-moving perspectives, and front sights.

Rival 300S’ Omron micro switch makes the mouse click feel crisper, so it will be more comfortable when shooting.

1 TO 1 tracking optical sensor helps players to further get rid of the impact of gaming peripherals on the game.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Ergonomic right-handed shape
  • Accurate 1 TO 1 tracking sensor
  • Solved the side skirt corrosion problem of Rival 300

Cons

  • More expensive than competitions
  • Low quality side grips
  • Cheap mouse cable
  • High LOD

In Summary

Steelseries Rival 300S gaming mouse is entirely based on Rival 300 improvements. But its price is close to Rival 310, and its design, configuration and grasping experience are also worse than that of Rival 310.

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