SteelSeries Rival 5 review – a lighter Logitech G502

SteelSeries Rival 5 review – a lighter Logitech G502

Gamers are currently obsessed with shaving off every gram in order to have the best gaming mouse, but this doesn’t leave much room for the Logitech G502 lovers burdened by a hefty weight to keep the elongated style and assortment of macro buttons. Thankfully, the SteelSeries Rival 5 is a fantastic lightweight alternative, and it’s only a wireless dongle and unlockable scroll wheel short of becoming my ideal gaming mouse.

You’d be forgiven for mistaking the Rival 5 for the Rival 600 at first glance, but their similarities are skin deep. It’s still a right-handed rodent that features what I’d consider the most beautiful RGB lighting on the market, but SteelSeries does away with the adjustable weight system, rolls the dual sensors into a single, one-to-one tracking beast, and shifts the side buttons to a layout Logitech fans will recognise.

At just 85g, however, the Rival 5 is 30% lighter than the wired G502 and all the better for it. It even shifts the garish G7 and G8 macro buttons that sit on the G502’s left clicker to a more intuitive switch above the back and forward buttons, which still has a bit of a learning curve, but I find myself using them far more.

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