Our Review of the SteelSeries Rival 110 Gaming Mouse and Qck+ Limited Gaming Mousepad

Ah, SteelSeries! Yes, you are a great maker of video gaming accessories, and man, was I pleased that I had the opportunity to review more of them! This time, it is the Rival 110 gaming mouse, as well as the Qck + Limited mousepad.

The Rival 110 is made to be a gaming mouse for true 1 to 1 tracking with 7,200 CPI and 240 IPS. I am totally and completely unaward of what that means, but it certainly makes the cursor go fast on my screen. I suppose that means that those who play some MMOs have some serious game.

Although you can’t see this in the picture, but it actually has six buttons. There are two left and right click switches on the top. On the side, there are some awesome forward and backward switches which come in handy for surfing the net.

The other features include its lightweight design, and I love to see the SteelSeries logo glowing on it. It is available on the SteelSeries site for $39.99. While we are talking about what is available, let’s talk about a great mousepad with the Qck + Limited.

This is part of their Qck series, and I am guessing that this is some kind of limited edition, maybe? I am assuming that the unusual pattern is made so the mouse will recognize it, and that cursor will soar on the screen.

Part of it is the micro-woven cloth surface with a high thread count. By the way, SteelSeries has had 15 years of experience, and it shows. I like how the Qck Limited has a squishy feeling.

The Qck Limited is available for $22.99, and that is a reduced price from the SteelSeries site.

SteelSeries Stratus XL Controller and Rival 700 Gaming Mouse

steelseries-1So, it has been quite a while since I have reviewed a SteelSeries gaming product, but I finally had a chance to try out two of them with the Stratus XL for Windows/Android and the Rival 700 Gaming Mouse.

The Stratus XL looks like a controller for a console, but it is made for mobile and PC. Best of all, it is completely wireless. If you have any Steam games that you play, you can pair the controller and play over 2,000 titles.

When I tried it out, I decided to use it on my son’s phone. Needless to say, he was able to play Minecraft before like nothing else.

As far as the power is concerned, it is good for 40 hours of power with two AA batteries. By the way, the batteries are included, and it doesn’t look like there is any kind of mobile battery.

Well, if this is one you are into, then you can get it on the SteelSeries site for $59.99.

steelseries-2Now it is time to talk about the Rival 700. This is one of those gaming mice that has an optical gaming sensor that is one of the best laser gaming sensors on the market: the Pixart 9800.

You can customize the mouse to switch in between settings for different games or weapons. The left and right click buttons are reinforced with plastic, and it has some frictionalized grip. I’m not certain if “frictionalized” is a word, but I hope that you understand what I mean.

What is interesting is it has an OLED display. Yes, you heard me right. This particular guy has a screen on it. With this thing, you can have in-game stats, sensitivity, or alerts. You can even download GIFs for it like a spinning Nicholas Cage head. Yeah, I’m serious.

In addition to the OLED screen, it has a Prism RGB illumination with over 16.8 million colors on the mouse wheel, palm rest, and you can customize it with the SteelSeries Engine 3. By the way, you can also switch out the cover.

There is even some tactile alerts available in a game. So if you are running low on health, you will feel a nudge. If you are low on ammo, you will feel a different nudge.

You can purchase the Rival 700 Gaming Mouse on the SteelSeries site for $99.99.

The Siberia V3 Prism and the Rival Optical Mouse

Steel Series V3 PrismI’ve reviewed a lot of SteelSeries products in the past few years. The last time I reviewed a pair of Siberia headphones, it was the Siberia Elite, this time it is the V3 Prism Gaming Headset. Oh, I’m also reviewing the Rival Mouse, but I’ll get to that.

The V3 Prism headset has “Upgraded sound”. I am not certain what this is, but it has these cool almost spring-loaded earcups, and it fastens to my head very well. Now, a lot of headband headphones tend to hurt my ears, and I solve the problem by not wearing them for too many hours. I have no idea how long I could wear them, but I like the bass with them.

Just to let you know, the V3 Prism doesn’t connect into your headphone jack, but right into the USB port. I had to tell my computer to recognize it to get it to work. It does work, and work really well with my laptop.

By the way, there is a pull-out microphone that is flexible as well, so you can adjust it for proper trash-talking. You can put your mouth over it and talk real deep bass.

You might notice that the V3 Prism has some lights on the side, and this is fully customizable. You’ve got to like that. Anyway, you can get it on the SteelSeries website for about $139.99.

Steel Series RivalOkay, now that we’re finished with the V3 Siberia, it is now time to look at the Rival Optical Mouse.

I suppose it should be called the Rugged Optical Mouse, because it feels like the handlebars of a bicycle. SteelSeries says that Rival’s shape is molded from “the most iconic gaming mice of the past”, which means that it is designed to contour my hand as good as it does.

Of course, the Rival is fully customizable with all of its buttons. You know those moves you make in your game to really frag? Well, if you set one of these buttons as a macro, you can really bust some heads. Also, there is a light on it in the shape of the SteelSeries logo, and it is very much customizable.

One somewhat unusual feature is a 3D Printable Nameplate. It comes with two that are different colors, presumably so you don’t get it mixed up with another. You can even make a 3D name plate if you have a 3D printer. I guess we are there now.

By the way, remember when I said I had a hard time getting the V3 Siberia to work? I had a slight problem getting the mouse to work as well. It did it on the third try, though. Hmmm.

Well, there are definitely great products for gamers, and I will recommend them. You should be able to get the Rival mouse for $59.99 on the SteelSeries site.

My Review of the Siberia Elite from SteelSeries

siberia EliteEver since I heard that SteelSeries was releasing the Siberia Elite from SteelSeries, I have been wanting to review them myself. I finally got the chance, and I can tell you that if these headphones won’t get you into your game, I am not certain what will.

I believe that this is designed for PC gaming, and it comes with a USB sound card with digital processing. The user is required to plug in the headphones into this card, and then plug it into their computer via USB. I had a hard time working with this, and wanted to simply use the other mic/audio port. Instead, I decided to install the software and realized I would have to tell my computer to default to the Siberia Elite headphones.

Now the software allows you to set levels for the Dolby sound, which is nothing short of lifelike. It can also allow you to set the colors for the headphones. You can see in the photo here that they are orange, but they can be up to 16.8 million colors.

The Siberia Elite fits on my head comfortably, and I wonder how long I can wear it before feeling the basic discomfort that comes from over-the-ear headphones. Since the earcups are padded along with the headphones, I am thinking that I can game all day. From here, I have an active noise cancellation microphone that reduces background noise, and even has an LED on the mic to tell when it is muted. To turn it on, just turn the left ear. The volume control is on the right ear, and it is convenient to have the dials on the ears.

In short, I recommend these headphones for all you gamers out there. You can get them on the SteelSeries site for about $199.99.

The 3HV2 and 5HV3 Gaming Headphones from SteelSeries

SteelSeries 3HV2SteelSeries has been putting out a lot of cool gaming accessories for quite a long time, and I had a chance to review, not one, but two of their headphones.

Let’s start with the 3HV2 gaming headset. SteelSeries prides in four distinctions for this model that include performance, convenience, durability, and comfort. Right now, I am trying it out, and there are a lot of cool awesome sound going on. It certainly is a step above headphones, and part of it is the audio drivers and the extra-padded leather cushions.

Although you can’t see it, the 3HV2 has a retractable microphone. Whatever the mic is mounted on is flexible to, so you can adjust them to talk trash on your game. What is also interesting is how it folds up for easy storage, as well as the volume controls on the wire for easy access. It is a good gaming headphone for its price, and if you want it, you can get it on the SteelSeries site for about $39.99.

SteelSeries 5HV3As for the 5HV3, it may look pretty similar, but it is not. It has the retractable microphone, but it is built with a little better construction. Then there is the wires, which are double-braided nylon.

Now, let’s talk about the sound. While the 3HV2 had good sound, the 5HV3 has incredibly excellent sound. The earcups make the difference as the 5HV3 are really sound isolating, and they also have leather ear cushions. Of course, this good sound doesn’t make for good folding, but if you like big headphones, then the 5HV3 is the one that you want.

If you want the 5HV3, you can get it on the SteelSeries site for $79.99. They make some very interesting gifts.

SteelSeries, Part 3: The Free Mobile Wireless Controller

SteelSeries FreeToday I will conclude our SteelSeries series with the Free Mobile Wireless Controller. This does not mean that it is free, but it is a wireless controller called the Free.

I can’t help but compare it to the Nyko PlayPad Pro, as I just reviewed that one particular controller for Android just recently. The Free is for multiplatform control, which means it is good for iOS, PC, Mac, as well as the aforementioned Android.

I will have to say that these controllers are better for the serious mobile gamer. I have noticed that the few games that I have don’t really work with devices such as these. Still, I like the size of this particular Mobile Gaming Controller as well as its dual analog sticks, Dpad, 2 trigger buttons, and 4 other buttons.

This Free hooks up with Bluetooth on a mobile, and use that wireless connection method for the PC and Mac. You can find the over 10 plus hours of nonstop wireless play and 20 plus hours of casual play time. You can charge the controller and play at the same time, by the way.

You can pick this up on the SteelSeries site for about $59.99.

SteelSeries, Part 2: Sensei MLG Edition Gaming Mouse

Sensei mouseOkay, this is the second part of my SteelSeries series. Yeah, that doesn’t sound good, does it. But today is the Sensei MLG Edition Gaming Mouse.

The MLG stand for Major League Gaming. I don’t know if the professional gamers have a league of their own, but if they did, this is quite cool and would be the standard. I definitely have to say that it would require a major league gamer to figure out how to work it. Don’t get me wrong, it is cool, but a lot of cool things are complicated.

First of all, let’s talk about how it is billed: the most customizable mouse. I figure that this has got to be true because there are menus on the bottom of the mouse. Seriously, there are menus that can be read on the bottom. I have never seen anything like it, and I love it.

Sensei mouse 2Then there are stats of 8,200 CPI with a potential of 16,400 DCPI sensitivity. Yeah, I don’t really know what that means either, but hey, I never miss an opportunity to give a stat when I am reporting on something cool. Like the Apex that I reported on in part 1 of this SteelSeries series (still sounds bad), this has programmable illumination with 16.8 million color options. This Sensei gives this illumination in three zones.

Okay, let’s talk about the 7 programmable buttons. I set mine up so the two buttons on the side have a scrolling effect, which I like. There is also 5 profiles with built-in memory.

It is quite cool, and you should be able to get it on the SteelSeries site for $99.99.

SteelSeries Part 1: The Apex Gaming Keyboard

ApexThis week, I am going review a lot of interesting products from SteelSeries, who makes “professional gaming gear”. I will start with the Apex, which is a keyboard designed with PC gamers, specifically MMO ones, in mind.

I will start with the color colors. Not only does it have the cool side lights, but sections of the keys can light up. You can use 5 independent color zones, and each is capable of 16.8 million combinations. This lead to over one trillion of possible colors, somehow, and they are cool to access.

You’ll need to download the software to use the MMO macros, but it is worth it. After all, there are not many keyboards that have 22 macro keys capable of 4 layers.

There are some other cool features, such as the two USB ports on the back as well as the cool swappable rubber feet. Then there is the other cool feature like easy-to-find WASD keys.

All in all, it is quite a cool keyboard, and I would recommend it for the coolness factor alone. It can be purchased on the SteelSeries website for about $99.99.

SteelSeries announces the Siberia Elite

Siberia EliteI have reviewed a lot of SteelSeries products before, and I will probably review more of them in the past. They have recently announced Siberia Elite Gaming Headset with Dolby technology for 7.1 virtual surround sound.

The Siberia Elite has a self-adjusting suspension system connected to a sandblasted steel arc. It has leather earcups, and there are these illuminated light rings around each earcup that can be customized and controlled to show 16.8 million different colors. The earcups also have intuitive dials for volume and mute.

In addition to these cool features, the Siberia Elite will feature SteelSeries Engine 3, an enhanced software suite that allows for even more customization of the headset that is easy to navigate. Another bonus is the microphone, which uses active noise-cancelling, auto mic compression, and mic feedback.

The Siberia Elite is available for pre-order starting in September, and you can find out more information on it here.