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.