SteelSeries - Rival 500 Wired Optical Gaming Mouse with RGB Lighting - Matte Black

Break into the tournament scene with this SteelSeries gaming mouse. Its revolutionary 15-button design conforms to the contours of your hand, letting you access all other buttons with a flick of the thumb. The rubbery thumb rest of this SteelSeries gaming mouse provides optimum comfort, and its downloadable software lets you customize the buttons and sensitivity.

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What's Included

  • Owner's manual
  • SteelSeries Rival 500 Wired Optical Gaming Mouse with RGB Lighting

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (31 out of 34)


RGB illumination

From one-click lighting effects to complex light shows, the RGB lighting feature gives you the power to level-up the style of your setup.

Optical technology

LED lights scan the surface beneath the mouse to detect movement with a fair amount of accuracy, suitable for computing, browsing and gaming.

Wired connection

This mouse connects to your computer using a USB port.

15 button MOBA/MMO mouse

Offers maximum customization through the SteelSeries Engine application. Gamers can personalize the functions of all 15 individual buttons, select RGB illumination patterns with millions of colors and lighting effects.

Tactile alerts let you feel the game

Transforms alerts from an input-only device to a weapon that gives you feedback to help dominate opponents.

Intuitive design

Engineered for comfort and performance, this mouse replaces the squeezed buttons in a grid format with a next-gen side-button layout that makes identifying, clicking and combo clicking precise and easy.

Maximum of 16000 dpi

Lets you find the perfect sensitivity.

1000Hz polling rate

Provides ultrafast responsiveness.

Compatible with most Windows and Mac computers

Works across a wide array of computers.

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend

Expert Rating




  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Almost a homerun but flawed

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    First, I need to say the shape of this mouse is perfect for me. I have medium sized hands and grip the mouse with what I call a hybrid palm/claw. The slope on the right side of the mouse doesn't cause pain in my small finger with extended use like many other mice with sharp edges or tight radius curves. I really wanted to like this mouse. Also, the 3 button mousewheel is better than most. It's quiet with enough scroll resistance that allows the left, right, and down mousewheel buttons to be used without accidentally scrolling. A bit more scroll resistance would be even better. Now the negatives: 1. The Rival 500 grip surface. I'm coming from a Rival 300. I use a lowish sensitivity so I often lift the mouse to recenter. The Rival 300 is lightweight with sticky rubber grips. There is never any slip when lifting the Rival 300 to recenter its position. On this Rival 500, a much heavier mouse with more buttons, the grip material is harder offering less grip when lifting. I feel like i have to deathgrip the mouse to keep it from slipping when I lift. This mouse needs better grip material. 2. The lower left thumb buttons. When not locked and used as a thumb rest, these buttons are far too easy to accidentally click. The problem is the mechanical leverage the thumb rest shape of the button creates on the switch. A much stiffer switch needs to be used below these thumb rest buttons. 3. I love the addition of more buttons on the top surface next to the standard mouse1 and mouse2. Although the top left forward button is a long reach to click. Steelseries has developed a wonderfully shaped mouse. In the future I would like to see a lighter version of this mouse with better grip. Standard single click mouse wheel. Keep B4, B8, B9 and B13 they are perfect. Combine B11 and B12 to a single long button (matching B13). Maybe a single thumb rest button with a stiffer click.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not for "true" gamers, or any for that matter!


    I'll save you the trouble of reading a long-winded explanation and just get right to it: 1) It's HUGE! If having small hands is defined by NOT being able to palm a basketball, then I must have small hands. So, unless you have large hands, or freakishly long fingers and thumbs, the buttons near the index finger, and the thumb buttons on the side, are extremely difficult to reach. 2) You know how you "drag and drop" a file from one folder to another by holding down the left-click button? You can't do that with ANY non-standard button on this mouse. ie... You rebind the thumb buttons to represent key presses, like while playing WoW or GW2. You can NOT "hold" the button down and actually have it "hold" it in the game.... they all "click" regardless of settings. In other words, that spell or ability you have to "channel" by holding down a button... yeah... not going to happen with this mouse, it's just not allowed in the programming. There is a "repeat while pressed" option, but it's a rapid-fire type of repeat, where it click-click-click-click with whatever amount of delay in between that you choose. You can't set the thumb buttons to be your "fire" button in CoD/BF games, it just fires 1 or 2 rounds and that's it.... no sustained fire rate because it just doesn't work like that. One last thing, the cord, it's one of those high-oxygen rubber/silicone coated cords, stiff, has a lot of grip/traction to it, and if your cord is bent out-of-the-box in just the wrong way... it causes significant drag when moving your mouse, and there is no "relaxing" this cord either! Buy at your own risk, but be warned!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse, great features for a solid price.

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    The mouse has great build quality, and the click for this mouse is very unique and nice. Its not to loud, my roommates cant really tell which is great. I really like my buttons when it comes to mice, I moved from a G700s, however the buttons were too sensitive, and I kept on miss clicking the side buttons every time I picked up the mouse. The button placements are very intuitive, however this is even better if you have long thumbs, (which I do). This not meant for people who have short fingers. The two bottom buttons are great, and responsive and have never misclicked them when I was in an intense mode. My most favorite feature is the tactile feedback, and it has a huge amount of versatility. I use it for MMO's and games like Overwatch, where managing your cooldowns is important. Furthermore, you can have different types of tactile feedback so you can use it for different buttons and different functions. RGB is nice and subtle, nothing too much. Software is also great, can auto-detect what games you are playing so you don't have to manually switch profiles, however for some reason it does not detect origin games, hopefully this is fixed in a later patch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Feels good, good buttons.

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Got this while I was walking around the store, thinking i could use a new mouse since my old one was starting to act up. I had an old MMO style mouse with the buttons on the side, some of which I actually used for different abilities or for in game push-to-talk communication. So, when I was looking for a new mouse, I wanted to have buttons on the side for a few things, but not so many that there was a grid of stuff to push. This mouse is smart. There are over 10 buttons on it, but they're placed all around. There are 8 on the side, above and below where your thumb naturally rests. The rest are on the top, around the edges of the mouse, easily pressed by your index of middle finger. The software that goes with the mouse has settings to have macros connected to the keys and it's easy to work with.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Mouse! Buttons are easy to click

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

    Although your hand size may affect if all the buttons will be easy to use or not, to me with 6" tall it is a good comfortable mouse. If you come from other MMO mouses you might want to give yourself a week or two to get used to it, and then it is fantastic. One of the things I like the most is are the extra buttons by left and right click. Another good thing is that there is no question which button you're pressing as each is unique in the movement you need to do. Software is also great and allows for full customization, including macros. Only downside I would mention is that the one button right behind the thumb rest may not be so easy to "click", but that is it. Overall great product. We got one for my wife, then a week later I got one for myself. Definitely recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great gaming mouse

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    For people with shorter thumbs, you may not be able to easily hit button 6 (the front down thumb button), but it is reachable. It only has two DPI settings. Overall, it is comfortable, but wider the most mice. I came from using a G700 Logitech for 5 years, and this was equal or a better upgrade. The button next to the right mouse button (13) has many potential uses in games. I found it better than the three compact buttons on the left mouse button of the G700. I have used this mouse in FPS and RPGs and it is a comfortable mouse that is fit for any type of gaming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Mouse

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I had been using my G502 for around 6 months. I thought that once I got used to the narrow mouse my hands would stop hurting. It only got worse. The Rival 500 have been a HUGE relief for me. Definitively would recommend to fellas with big hands like me. Also, the amount of buttons on the mouse is a great plus for gamers like me. My only complaint is the lack of a braided cable and that the materials used tend to get dirty/oily real quick. It may just be my luck that I haven't found the need to clean the mouse all that often.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse, easy setup

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

    This is my first SteelSeries product. Bought it based on design and friend recommendations. Left and right click feel substantially more tactile. More like a cherry mx switch than a light mouse click. The software is an improvement over that of my Razer software. Easier to use and setting up different profiles for different programs is more intuitive. Only reason I gave 4 stars is although its heavier than most mice, I wish there was a way to make it heavier like the other mice with various weights. Will definitely be giving other SteelSeries products a chance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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