SteelSeries - Rival 300 Wired Optical 6-Button Gaming Mouse with RGB Lighting - Black/Gray/White

Featuring an optical sensor with Zero Hardware Acceleration, this SteelSeries Rival 300 62351 optical mouse delivers pinpoint accuracy. The ergonomic design is made for right-handed users for optimal comfort.

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What's Included

  • Owner's manual
  • SteelSeries Rival 300 Optical Gaming Mouse

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (370 out of 392)


Resolution up to 6500 cpi

For precise operation.

Optical sensor

With Zero Hardware Acceleration offers highly accurate tracking on a wide variety of surface types.

Scrolling wheel

Simplifies navigation.

6 programmable buttons

Let you quickly access frequently used functions.

Right-handed, ergonomic design

Ensures comfort use.

2-zone, RGB illumination

Allows you to personalize the appearance of the mouse.

6.5' cord

Permits a flexible range of motion.

USB connectivity

Enables simple connection to your compatible PC or Mac.

Customer rating

would recommend to a friend

Expert rating




  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Mouse!

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This mouse is a great gaming mouse. The software it comes with is pretty good, but lacks some integration features with your phone like Logitech's ARX Control. The mouse has 6 buttons as follows: *Left Mouse Button *Right Mouse Button *Middle Mouse Button *Top Mouse Button *Forward side button *Back side button Mouse Physical Properties: The mouse feeling is a smooth rubberized paint on the top. The sides have a rubberized paint with circles to give you a firm grip of the mouse. The mouse is light weight. The USB Cable is not sleeved so it might get worn on the edge of the desk going down to the computer if your system is setup that way. -The stroke of the left mouse button and right mouse button are pretty short which is perfect for FPS and any game in general where a fast reaction time is necessary. -The scroll wheel has a rubberized feedback as you scroll with it. I'm not a huge fan of it because it feels a little sloppy; however I've gotten used to it and it doesn't make the infamous loud scroll sound that makes you want to punch your co-worker in the face. -The side buttons have a deep stroke which prevents accidental button presses when bumping into the side of your keyboard or grabbing your mouse. I hate when that happens because sometimes my macros are up to 30 seconds long an I have to wait-out for it to finish. -The scroll wheel also does not tilt which prevents you from scrolling left or scrolling right when trying to throw a grenade or anything else you bind to the Middle Mouse Button. (this is a welcome feature since I use the middle mouse button to Pan through drawings when I work from home) Mouse Software: The software for the mouse is called SteelSeries Engine 3. It is very user friendly and the user interface, or UI, is much better than others out there for someone who wants to just install it and make their changes quickly, without needing a manual or tutorials to explain what to do. You can make game specific profiles, Macro's, bind keys, set the color of the scroll wheel glow and base logo glow in thousands of combinations. I had never used this piece of software before and I was making changes without any issue. Absolutely stand up job on the software UI Steel Series! The mouse acceleration and deceleration control is the best I've seen with a visual graph. The polling rate can be set from as low as 125 all the way up to 1000. There are two sensitivity settings you can make for this mouse and by default switch between them on the top of your mouse. (useful for switching to scope while sniping and in-vehicle controls). Tons of configurations can be made for game to game binding settings or switching defaults when you feel like changing the mouse lights to the seasons; or even to match new case lights, keyboard lights, etc. The lights can breathe, multi-color breathe, color shift, stay constantly on, or be turned off. The lights on the mouse even have some game features through GameSense that allows the lights on the mouse to Change colors or blink for things such as Ammo reserve in CS:GO, Hunger in Minecraft, Tool durability in Minecraft, etc. Just checkout GameSense on SteelSeries website! Would I buy this mouse again? Yes! Especially for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse for any gamer


    I bought this product a little over a year ago now. It is the first gaming mouse that I purchased and used. I play my games on a laptop and I previously used to use a generic wireless mouse for both general purpose and gaming. I consider myself a casual gamer; I mostly play RTS games with my friends so I never needed anything serious. I decided to finally get an actual gaming mouse when I started playing games for longer than an hour or so at a time. I have been very satisfied with this product ever since I plugged it in for the first time. It feels very nice to hold on to. My previous mouse was small and mainly supposed to be used for casual use and to be more convenient than a trackpad. It became uncomfortable to use for extended periods of time, but with the Rival 300 I have not had any problems with extended use. Some other nice features of this product are that is has two fully customizable RGB locations on the mouse that can be set to any color that you like. It also has a few preset lighting choices built in with the software if you are like me and have a hard time committing to one single color all the time. It has 4 buttons on it, 5 if you include the scroll wheel. The normal right and left click as well as two more next to your thumb. I am a big fan of the buttons next to the thumb spot because they are also function as forward and backward buttons when using my laptop for general use. While in games I can keybind different functions to these buttons as well. The mouse also allows you to adjust the CPI as well as the acceleration to further increase the customizability of the mouse to fit the users liking. The Rival 300, just like all other Steelseries devices, comes with Steelseries engine functions. This is where the user can adjust all the different settings and customizations that I spoke about above and many more. Overall, I would give this product a 5/5-star rating. For the price of the product and the functions that it comes with and allows you to do it is totally worth the price whether you are just getting into gaming, a more casual gamer like myself, or you are looking for a cheaper mouse to get the job done. This is the product for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Overall Good Mouse

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have been using this for several months now (I do not exactly remember how long.). All that I can say is that it is a very good mouse for the price. This was before I became a Best Buy Member, I just created this account today. The design of the mouse feels very comfortable, and the sides have a decent grip on them. The two forward and back buttons on the right side of the mouse are easy to reach, I have found them useful for web browsing. The CPI button switches between two customizable CPI settings (250 - 6400), I personally don't use this as much unless I am sniping in games. The software seems very easy and simple to use. It allows you to customize six of the buttons on the mouse. The RGB lighting is very subtle in my opinion and has three effect types: steady, breath, and color shift. The lighting is customizable for the wheel and the logo. Something to note is that the cable is not a braiding type of cable unlike other mice, however I usually do not find this to be such a huge issue. Now, the rubber grips on the side of the mouse did wear away after a few weeks of usage. This did not exactly effect the performance in anyway, but the look just bothered me a little bit. Overall, this mouse is a very nice mouse for it's price. The software is simple to use, and the mouse itself feels very nice to use. It maybe different for others, but this was just my personal experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything I could want from a gaming mouse.

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    In search of a more reliable mouse for gaming, I left the realm of bluetooth and wireless mice for one for a cord and a better fit for my hand. The result of my search was the Steel Series Rival Gaming Mouse. It fit all of my requirements and fulfilled my needs perfectly. The shape of the mouse, for one, is perfect for my hands which are slightly larger than most. Having the two extra buttons near the thumb is a plus, but what really helps is how they stay out of the way when you don't intend to use them. I've yet to hit one accidentally, and they are handy for game controls that fall just short of primary importance. I really think that it's the Steel Series Software that really makes this product shine though, with EVERY button able to be customized for any purpose, the option to store an unlimited amount of custom button and CPI settings is complimented by the ability to link your settings with any game you play. Better yet, you can set a glowing color scheme for each mouse setting that can just be cool or can confirm that you're using the setting you want. The CPI settings are great, I've used this mouse with the following games and more: -ARMA 3 -Assassin's Creed: Black Flag -Spec Ops: The Line -Goat Simulator -Minecraft -Just Cause 2 -DAYZ -ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead -Banished -The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim -And More... Throughout all the games I've played, the CPI settings on this mouse complimented each game very well and I didn't have to change any settings before starting a game because the software will automatically use the settings linked to a game once you start it. The only complaint I have is the cord, I'd feel more comfortable if it had a woven lining, allowing it to slide easier on surfaces, and perhaps it would make me feel like it's better protected, but otherwise, I have no complaints.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    good mouse nice ergonomics

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I feel like that the mouse overall is a very good mouse. The tracking feels very nice and the ergonomics of it is quite good also. The only downside is that in very long sessions the mouse grip can be a little fatiguing and I saw myself readjusting the grip every minute or so. (for a reference point regarding grips I use a full palm grip which your hand makes full contact with the mouse. And I prefer mice that are more back heavy than front heavy meaning that i prefer mice that have higher backs than fronts or middle). Lifting this mouse can also be problematic because it doesn't really lift that well with a relaxed hand. I have to have a more secure and forced grip on the mouse for lifting which makes the mouse quite uncomfortable. Another thing that i felt that was a little uncomfortable is the switches that the mouse feel a little stiff, but this is not a great issue because once you get used to them they feel quite nice. I feel like the weight is also nice, it's a little on the heavy side vs a mionix naos. The feet of the mouse glide quite well in the two mouse pads that i have which are both cloth. In conclusion it's a good mouse with very smooth tracking that I like a lot, with pretty good ergonomics that could be improved by a lot and pretty nice switches that may take time to get used to.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Product!

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this product for pc gaming (csgo) and i love it the dpi and illumination controls are fairly easy for everyone. Anyone could change the settings on the amazing SteelSeries engine (which they update fairly) Also customer support on twitter is very fast if you need any help. Looked at some reviews on the rival vs. the famous "Razer DeathAdder" and saw some cons on the rival that i was worried about like palm sweat getting stuck on the rival for playing continuous hours but from my experience it goes away and it doesn't effect the mouse or game play. If you guys are interested in how i improved my game play on csgo (read on)... i improved a lot after this purchase i was a gold nova 3 with my previous mouse which was a default hp mouse but a couple weeks after i purchased i got used to the rival and started seeing marvelous improvement in my game play i went from gold nova 3 to distinguished master guardian (DMG) in under a month. For people that care My setting is 450 dpi and 2.33 in game sensitivity. I recommend this product go for the pros not for the cons!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Deathadder Alternative

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My last mouse was a Razer Deathadder and I never thought I'd want a different mouse in my life, but when it started having left click issues about 3 years after buying it I knew it was time for something new. I wanted to go with Razer again, but knew their products didn't have the best lifespan, as shown by the Deathadder, so I tried going with Logitech, but none of their stuff really fit my hand. Having never bought a Steelseries mouse before, I was somewhat skepticle, but after using the mouse for nearly a month now, I don't regret my decision in the slightest. The mouse conforms perfectly to my hand when gaming and casually browsing the web as well, and there are just enough buttons for my needs. The software is unobtrusive and easy to use, and setting the mouse up with my macros was a breeze. If you're coming from a Razer or Logitech and you're not completely satisfied, then I would highly recommend giving Steelseries a try with this bad boy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic gaming mouse. Great value.


    I've been searching for a new mouse for quite a long time. I've finally found it. I have large hands and have very few options. This mouse is extremely comfortable. The rubber side grips are fantastic and the rubberized top serves its purpose. The features are very comparable to other mice in the same price range. I like the larger and well placed side buttons. If you are looking for a gaming mouse with insane customization this is not the one for you. It has no customized weight kit and is a bit on the lighter side. It has a pretty standard button layout out and does not have all the options of the Sensei. This setup fits my preferences. I prefer to have a lower cost for a more streamlined product. I'm more concerned with comfort and great responsiveness. If you are looking for a larger ergonomic gaming mouse as an alternative to some of the other brands, I highly recommend the Rival.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 9 reviews

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  • Computer ShopperBarry Brenesal on May 14, 2015
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    This right-handed FPS mouse is ergonomically sound, with a strong optical sensor, great precision, and separate profiles for each game or application you run.Full Review
  •, 5 out of 5Ben Mansill on October 3, 2014
    Labs Brief: Steelseries Rival optical mouse
    We recently reviewed the wireless version of the Rival mouse, and at the time were particularly impressed with the actual wireless implementation, but as far as the pure ergonomics and function of the mouse itself goes, this is the pure version.Full Review
  • Vortez (UK)Richard Weatherstone on June 4, 2014
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  • Expert Reviews (UK)Rating, 5 out of 5Kat Orphanides on April 12, 2014
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  •, 2.5 out of 5David Hollingworth on January 23, 2014
    Review: Steelseries Rival
    Steelseries has a reputation for no-nonsense, solid gaming performance. Recent keyboard efforts may not have lived up to our expectations, but we've always had a strong respect for its mice, especially the Sensei, which is one of the most precise,Full Review
  • HardwareHeaven.comStuart_Davidson on December 24, 2013
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    SteelSeries have long been established as one of the major players for enthusiast gaming peripherals. When we reviewed their Sensei mouse a while back we found it to be one of the best gaming mice around and they had huge success with their WorldFull Review

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