SteelSeries Rival 650 Quantum Wireless Gaming Mouse

Last updated date: July 18, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 94 expert reviews, the SteelSeries SteelSeries Rival 650 Quantum Wireless Gaming Mouse placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 19, 2019:
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Expert Summarized Score
8.6
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.1
496 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The sides of the mouse snap off to reveal slots for its adjustable weight system. The sides attach via magnets, which do an admirable job of keeping the sides steadily in place even during the most furious of gaming action and yet still make it easy to snap them off to add or remove weights. The mouse includes eight 4g weights inside a handy rubber case, and you can put four on each side of the mouse, which gives you some flexibility on how you want the weight distributed, from left to right and front to back.
- IGN
February 26, 2019 | Full review
Fast charging has finally hit mice, or at least this mouse. I’m honestly surprised it’s taken so long, but the Rival 650 features charging capabilities similar to those found in modern phones. SteelSeries claims that 15 minutes plugged in provides the Rival 650 with 10 (or more) hours of battery life.
- PC World
December 21, 2018 | Full review
The design features SteelSeries’s signature blending of smooth curves and hard lines, but it remains comfortable in the hand. That’s thanks in part to the Soft Touch paint applied onto the palm and primary mouse buttons.
- Tech Radar
April 4, 2020 | Full review
The SteelSeries Engine is among the cleanest, neatest, and most user-friendly interface that we’ve seen and tried. You’ll be able to readily customize specifics for the mouse like its CPI, polling rate, and the lift-off distance of the Rival 650. This is quite a special feature since it has a second sensor that is designed for the lift-off detection. Not only that, but it will also allow you to further customize the RGB lighting, while each of the zones can be independently customized based on your liking. You’ll get to choose from the preset effects available such as pulsing, or blinking while simultaneously syncing them to your other devices from SteelSeries.
- The Streaming Blog
November 22, 2018 | Full review
This gets 10 hours of charge in only 15 minutes and it has an accurate sensor.
- Tech Spot
Instead of including a couple of weighted disks that users can insert into the bottom of the mouse, the Rival 650 includes eight 4g weights that can occupy up to four hard points on each of the detachable sides of the mouse. This not only allows users to adjust the overall weight of the device, but now they can even direct where that weight is dispersed to their personal taste. With almost 256 possible configurations available at the user’s disposal, there is definitely a specific profile that will fit your needs exactly.
- CGM
January 14, 2019 | Full review
Wireless mice are fine, but inevitably become wired again when they need recharging. You are then presented with a choice: keep using the mouse while it recharges meaning a longer charge time, or step away for what could be hours while it recharges more quickly. The Rival 650 solves this problem by reducing charge time to just 15 minutes.
- PC Magazine
October 3, 2018 | Full review
SteelSeries come to the table with another slightly unique wireless feature… fast charging. That’s right if you have USB 3.0 ports then you can now achieve 10 hours of charge in just 15 minutes! The 650 features not 1 but 2 sensors. The main sensor is SteelSeries TrueMove3+ optical sensor with precise 1 to 1 tracking and the second detects lift off. Its shape is designed ergonomically for a right-handed gamer similar to the DeathAdder or G703.
- Gaming Verdict
February 13, 2019 | Full review
Other features offered by the SteelSeries Rival 650 includes a built-in ARM processor for saving device configurations, embedded RGB lighting, and a customizable weight between 4.2 ounces and 5.4 ounces. The 650 is molded for right-handed players and features an ergonomic grip with a black, soft-touch finish.
- Digital Trends
October 2, 2018 | Full review
If you want a heavier mouse than the G703, get the SteelSeries Rival 650. Included weights can take the already heavy 121-gram mouse up to 153 grams, making it the heaviest mouse we tested. (The G703 weighs 107 grams and comes with an optional 10-gram weight.) The Rival 650 has an accurate sensor, and its wireless performance is good, with no dropouts or lag.
- New York Times Wirecutter
February 25, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
However, the Rival 650 Wireless is a heavy mouse.
- IGN
February 26, 2019 | Full review
There’s only one issue: DPI is tracked separately in wireless and wired modes, for whatever reason. When I plug the mouse in, it immediately changes my DPI, which can have disastrous results mid-match. Seems like an easy fix, but we’ll see.
- PC World
December 21, 2018 | Full review
Our love of the performance is somewhat limited by the hard to reach thumb buttons. While not every game benefits from extra thumb buttons, we often find they can be handy, and the Rival 650’s aren’t.
- Tech Radar
April 4, 2020 | Full review
This is expensive and heavier than rivals.
- Tech Spot
My complaints with the Rival 650 are trivial at best, but are ones that I think SteelSeries can quickly improve upon with their next generation of mice. The included micro USB charging cable is plastic sleeved instead of braided unlike most mice of this price point, I’ve already addressed the need for a larger battery capacity for prolonged use, and I would have loved for there to be a compartment to store the small wireless USB adapter inside the mouse for those situations where users want to take their mouse with them on-the-go to LAN events or tournaments.
- CGM
January 14, 2019 | Full review
The left side of the mouse has 3 thumb buttons which can be programmed to your gaming specs but for us, they didn’t feel functional. The buttons felt high quality but no matter what grip style I used only the back thumb button felt viable while the others felt slightly out of reach.
- Gaming Verdict
February 13, 2019 | Full review
The Rival 650’s large size and weight aren’t comfortable for everyone.
- New York Times Wirecutter
February 25, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Rival 650 Wireless gaming mouse features Quantum Wireless lag-free performance paired with the world's most advanced dual sensor system, TrueMove3+ for uncompromised freedom. With 24+ hour battery life, rapid charging and, custom center-of-gravity tuning with 256 weight configurations, the Rival 650 Wireless is a must-have for competitive gaming. Low-latency performance is delivered by the powerful 32-bit ARM processor and life-long durability is guaranteed by 60-million click mechanical switches and durable silicone side grips. The Rival 650 Wireless was engineered for professional esports athletes and a must-have for competitive gaming.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Redragon M901 Wired Gaming Mouse
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 7
3. Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 13
4. Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 10
5. Logitech G703 Lightspeed Gaming Mouse
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
6. Logitech G502 HERO
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
7. SteelSeries Rival 650 Quantum Wireless Gaming Mouse
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 10
8. UtechSmart Venus Gaming Mouse
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Logitech G203 Prodigy Wired Gaming Mouse
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 6
10. Havit Wired Mouse
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On PC Gaming Mice

Don’t let your game slack because of a low-performing PC mouse. Take your game to the next level with the best PC gaming mouse on the market.  Take a look at what is out there!

So maybe you are getting into gaming and wondering exactly what you need to get the best performing gaming mouse for your PC. There are countless things to think about such as weight, size, lag, wireless versus wired and so much more. Most of the process of choosing a gaming mouse is personal preference. However, there are a few features in a mouse that most PC gamers want. Start with a checklist of features to consider, and put them in order of importance to you and the style games you play.

The following are several design options to consider. The size of the mouse is very important. You want the mouse to accommodate your hand. This goes along with the shape of the mouse. You really need the mouse to contour to your palm, so you don’t irritate your hands, potentially causing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Next, get a feel for the weight of the gaming mouse. The weight will determine how well the mouse glides around the mouse pad. The new and improved units have adjustable weight options. If you like to use your palm to grip the mouse, you’ll want a heavy mouse such as the Logitech G602 Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Mouse with 11 Programmable Buttons. If you are a fingertip gamer, a very lightweight mouse will be your best option. The lightest mouse on the list is the Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse at just 4.6 ounces. For a claw grip, your best bet is a medium-weight option.

As with any purchase, the materials used to make the product are very important. There are two main materials used to make good quality mice: plastic and metal. You’ll find pros and cons to both materials. Both can get slippery when wet from sweating hands. Rough finger grips or wavy ridges where your palm rests are ways of avoiding that slippery problem. Deciding what material to use is really a personal preference.

Perhaps one of the most important factors to think about is the glide quality. Depending on the games you play, you will find the glide factor can impact your decision immensely. When you are looking into getting a new mouse, the glide quality is often noted as a coefficient and the larger the number the more friction or resistance you’ll find in the mouse. Keep in mind the quality of your mouse pad can contribute to the glide factor as well.

There are also mice being made now with extra buttons. This can either be a deterrent or an advancement. You’ll really want these types of mice if you play and MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) game such as Age of Empires or WOW. If you choose a mouse with extra buttons, just make sure the positioning is exactly where you need it to be or you’ll get frustrated with clicking the wrong buttons all the time.

Another feature that gamers care about is the scroll button. There are freewheel scrolls, horizontal scrolls, vertical scrolls and ratchet stop scrolls. Again, this is a personal preference and really depends on the type of games you play.

Then, you have the option of a wireless or wired mouse. As technology leans more towards the wireless trend, gaming mice that are wireless can present a bit of lag. As a gamer, lag is bad! You do not want any lag when you are playing an intense PC game. Therefore, most serious gamers will opt for a wired mouse.

Are you left-handed? There are mice for you! The left-handed mice, or more commonly seen, ambidextrous mice, offer symmetry in the design. In addition, they tend to have buttons set up for left-handed users. With a few of these mice, you’ll find blank buttons to play around with.

Finally, you’ll have fun choosing an aesthetically pleasing mouse for your gaming setup. There are modern designs, neon lighting options, LED fading colors and so much more. For example, the Redragon M901 Gaming Mouse, Wired MMO RGB LED Backlit Computer Mice has 16 million RGB LED color choices and effects. Make your gaming mouse personal with these fun features.

Now to think about the technicalities of the mouse. There are a few things that are common to the best PC gaming mice. These are the features you will see listed on the description of the mouse when you go to purchase it, and you’ll want to know what it all means.

There is a sensor in a mouse that can be one of two types. The mouse can have a laser sensor or an optical sensor. A laser sensor has a superb tracking but only on a smooth, hard mouse pad. The optical sensor is not as accurate as a laser sensor’s tracking but can be used on multiple surfaces. The sensor can also be positioned in different places in the mouse. Most gaming mice have centered sensors for accuracy.

One number you’ll see in the description of a gaming mouse is the DPI or dots per inch. This is the measurement of the sensitivity of the mouse. When you see a high DPI, this means the cursor on your screen will move farther when you move the mouse. Small movements of the mouse will cause big movements on the screen when you have a mouse with high DPI. Some mice have options to adjust the sensitivity to the type of game it’s being used for. The description will then list several DPI levels such as the Havit HV-MS672 3200DPI Wired Mouse that has four different DPI levels.

Do your research and know what to look for before you buy your next PC gaming mouse. The options are endless, but the technology is where you want to put your money. Read the reviews, decide what works best for your games, set your budget and you cannot go wrong. You’ll find a fantastic gaming experience with the right mouse for you.

DYWM Fun Fact

Douglas Engelbart and Bill English were the pioneers in developing the computer mouse back in the 1960s. They finally had it patented by Nov. 17, 1970. The first mouse was made of wood with two metal scroll wheels underneath and a circuit board inside.

Xerox Alto computer systems were the first to pick up the mouse in 1973. Towards the end of 1994, the first FPS video game, Marathon, was released by Bungie for Apple Macintosh users. Along with this game came the “mouselook” technology that allowed players to use their mouse to look up and down. In 1991, a news report informed consumers that if their computer mouse failed to work, their mouse balls would need to be replaced. This could only be handled by trained professionals because of the tricky process it entailed.

Ben Gottemoller designed the Steady Mouse particularly for his father who was a Parkinson’s Disease patient and had such shaky hands, he couldn’t control his mouse. The computer coding in the software reduces the effect that the user’s shaky hands has on the response of the cursor from the mouse. It is still available for free today.

When you hear the term “Mickey” used in reference to a computer mouse, it is referring to the unit of measurement for the speed and direction of a mouse. The horizontal mickey count and vertical mickey count is referring to the directional movement of the mouse. DPI or dots per inch is the modern terminology for this measurement.

Solitaire came standard in Microsoft Windows Operating Systems from the very beginning. The intent was to offer a relaxing game for intimidated PC users. What happened naturally was that the game increased the users’ familiarity with the mouse functions, so they became much more comfortable using a mouse.

How did it receive the name “mouse?” The first computer mice were designed with the cord coming out the back end of it and it aesthetically gave the image of a mouse. The name stuck and has been used ever since.

The PC Gaming Mouse Buying Guide

  • Hybrid wireless and wired mice are a great option for those gamers who are undecided about which they prefer.
  • Always read the descriptions of the mice to ensure they will be compatible with the operating system on your PC.
  • Remember aesthetics such as LED backlighting will drain a battery-operated wireless mouse much quicker than a non-lit mouse.
  • Make sure the mouse you purchase has a very detailed manual in case you run into any issues.
  • Always look for a mouse with a warranty.