ROCCAT Kiro Modular Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse - Testing and Final Thoughts

Article Index
ROCCAT Kiro Modular Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse
Installation and Software
Features and Specifications
Testing and Final Thoughts

Testing:

As we all know, looks don't mean a thing if you don't have the performance to match, and that is what we are going to be looking at now. The mouse itself fits in the hand nicely, although I have fairly long fingers and wouldn't have minded it being a bit longer. For the average person it would be fine, and the main material on the body feels great.

The Kiro slides across the mouse pad with ease and tracks superbly thanks in part to its Pro-Optic R2 Sensor along with the distance control unit. The distance control unit is an interesting addition and you will definitely notice a difference on how the mouse behaves if you change it. For instance, when I first started testing, I had it on the default setting of "high" while playing FPS games and every time I picked up the mouse to move it, the sensor picked up enough pad below to cause the mouse to move in-game. When I changed the sensitivity to "low" it actually had some issues tracking on my current pad. When I selected "medium", I was able to reach peak performance. This kind of adjustment is useful if playing on different surfaces as well as just finding the spot that is right for you. I also tried it on a variety of different surfaces and it tracked well on each one.

Kiro Top Down

The main mouse buttons have a rewarding press and feel as a good mouse should. As for the side buttons on two for the side modules, they seem to be good as well with button clicks being responsive and this shows that ROCCAT uses some good switches.

While speaking of the side modules it is prudent to say that this idea works 100%. They are completely hot-swappable, remove easily and fit great. They remain well-seated for combat and the fact that ROCCAT will soon be releasing 3D Printer schematics is pretty awesome.

The backlighting and color control work very well for this mouse and it has such a varied array of colors that it should be able to go with any other peripheral in your arsenal. I found the software simple to use and actually quite useful, although once I have things the way I like them I never change them.

It's not all roses and there are a few negative things to cover. My first beef has to be that the USB cable isn't a braided cable. This is not a big deal but I feel that a braided cable adds a bit more quality. Another minor complaint is that the plastic on the modules is different than the main body of the mouse. I find this disappointing as the different materials feel different and this also feels like a sacrifice in quality. My final complaint is with the software. I don’t see an option for more than one profile and I think this would have added value to the Kiro bundle.

 

Conclusion:

There are some negative points to the Kiro - the feel of the plastic used for the modules being one - but those small things are overshadowed by a lot of positive elements. The terrific sensor and the ease of use when configuring the software – as well as the general feel of the rest of the mouse make it an easy choice. Overall, the ROCCAT Kiro is a very good – not quite great mouse. It won’t break the bank or leave you feeling disappointed, but a few little tweaks could’ve made this good mouse absolutely fantastic. The price won’t kill you either, and you should be able to find it online for less than $60.

In the end I do recommend the ROCCAT Kiro!

 

I'd like to thank ROCCAT for sending over the Kiro for us to review and for their support of our recent VulcLAN event. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them in the forum right here.