ROCCAT Kiro Modular Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

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Product: ROCCAT Kiro Modular Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse
Provided By: ROCCAT
Price: ~$49.99 Online at time of Publication

 

Introduction:

Anticipation is a word I often use when I get to look at any product produced by ROCCAT. Like many gaming enthusiasts, I enjoy good quality gear, and ROCCAT has a reputation for doing just that. Before we jump right into the meat of the review, let me share with you a little about the company. They are well known for making good quality and groundbreaking gaming equipment; from mice to headsets, keyboards, mouse pads, notebooks and more! Check out their entire product lineup at their site.

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The peripheral we will be breaking down for you today is the ROCCAT Kiro ambidextrous gaming mouse! This mouse boasts a new design and uses ROCCAT TALK as well. There are more great features that make this mouse a fierce competitor in the crowded peripheral market.

 

First Look:

Right off the get-go ROCCAT has winning product design that even includes the box the mouse ships in. The package has great graphics of the mouse as well as stylized art that catches the eye on the retail shelf and will have you picking it up looking for more information.

Once you pop open the box you pull out the mouse covered in its two-piece plastic shell, built well to protect the mouse during transit, under which the user manual was placed. Thankfully, the clamshell opens easily and it won't require tools to pry this mouse of the box. Upon separating these two guards we are greeted by the Kiro and its modular pieces! 

Bundle

 

The Kiro's main body boasts the same beautiful plastic characteristic of most ROCCAT mice. The top of the mouse features the company's logo and name, as well as the mouse's name all of which light up. You also see the two mouse buttons, 2D Titan Wheel and the DPI switch key.

 

Coming out the front is the standard USB 2.0 cable that measures an ample 1.8m in length and even has the ROCCAT logo stamped on the head.

Modular Kiro Cable

The sides are made of a slightly different plastic and have a good shape for gripping. Depending on which inserts you are using, you could have up to four side buttons or simply none. I've seen several mice over the years that include modular grips and thumb rests, but none that offer button removal or addition.

Profile 1 Rear Profile Other Profile

 

On the belly of the beast is the smooth feet for easy gliding and the 4000 dpi PRO-OPTIC R2 SENSOR + OVERDRIVE MODE, along with the company logo and ID numbers.

Bottom's Up!

 

On the next page we'll cover installation and software before we jump into the features, specifications and testing.


Installation:

Installation was simple but required a visit to the ROCCAT website to pick up the latest drivers and Swarm software. Once the Kiro was plugged in and detected, we were ready to go. Very simple.

Kiro Front

 

 

Software:

Software is a big part of many peripherals these days and it is no difference with the Kiro. The Swarm software by ROCCAT works fairly well.  It has three main menus; one for the Kiro, another for ALIENFX and the last for SWARM CONNECT. Within the Kiro's menu you have four sub-menus; the first of which is a pin menu, where parts of the other menus can be pinned to one menu that is an amalgamation of everything you want. It's a great custom feature. 

Software 1

The second sub-menu is the settings menu. This menu contains adjustments such as sensitivity, vertical scroll speed, horizontal tilt speed, double click speed, dpi switcher (from 250-4000) and windows pointer speed.

On the third level we have the button assignment menu. Here we can change the individual function of each button and the scroll wheel. You can also disable or enable the module buttons. You can also create hotkeys here.

Software 2

Lastly we have the advanced settings menu. This menu includes selections of poll rates of 125, 250, 500 and 1000 Hz. It also includes low, high and normal distances for the distance control unit. Below all of this is the "reset settings" button, which you guessed it, resets the settings to stock values. This is convenient if you mess something up, but can be a pain if you live with someone who pranks you by restoring your settings all the time.

Softwarwe 3

 

 

Sound feedback is the next on the list where you can choose if a sound announces when you hit the dpi switch, turn the volume up or down and change the sensitivity. You can also set the volume of the feedback.

Software 4

Lastly, we come to the illumination controls. The ROCCAT Kiro has lighting abilities that include turning them on or off, choosing whether your mouse is fully lit, blinking or breathing. There are multiple color effects (colors can be chosen from an extensive pallet) that include color flow, different lighting effects and more. Below those controls are the effects speed setting.

The last sub-menu is the orientation from left to right hand.

 

Moving on to the next page, we'll quickly cover the features and specifications from ROCCAT before we jump into testing.


 

Features:

The following features and specifications have been taken from the ROCCAT product page and posted here for your convenience. Please remember to take a look at the manufacturers page for all the latest information, firmware and drivers.

Meet the Kiro, the bigger brother of the Lua. With its highly modular, superdextrous build, the game has been changed for ambidextrous mice. Perfectly optimizable for both left- and right-handed gamers out of the box, it ticks all the boxes for gamers who thrive on a highly functional mouse with a clean, ergonomic design. With no-sweat parts comprised of a ROCCAT-pioneered soft-touch surface, the Kiro is the flexible ergonomic mouse that lets you win your way.

SUPERDEXTROUS BUILD
Kiro features an advanced, highly modular build that lets you change the handedness of the mouse right out of the box. Its ergonomic, functional design comes complete with a catalog of four durable SIDEPARTS, including both buttons and blanks, so you can customize your layout rapidly and get in the game right away. Stay tuned for 3D print support that’ll provide an even greater level of customization. Coming soon!

Kiro

 

PREMIUM COMPONENTS
In spite of its relatively small size, the Kiro has a strong focus on functionality and is loaded with a build sporting only the best possible components, for a premium gaming experience. Make no mistake, the Kiro’s attention to detail puts it on another level. OMRON switches, a robust 2D Titan Wheel plus a unique soft-touch surface that nullifies palm and finger sweat provides a platform for solid and reliable, high-comfort gaming.

UNDER THE HOOD
Overdrive mode is what you get when you double up on an already eye-wateringly accurate mouse sensor. The Kiro’s pioneering overdrive mode smashes gaming standards by offering a stable dpi double-up of the remarkably precise 2000 native dpi Pro-Optic R2 sensor. This results in an effective dpi of 4000, with maximum stability provided by the Kiro’s advanced and powerful Turbo Core V2 32-bit ARM-based MCU.

CUSTOMIZABLE ILLUMINATION
Proudly flying the ROCCAT flag high, the Kiro features vibrant logo illumination customizable in a brilliant 16.8 million discrete colors. Complemented by a variety of active effects and color patterns which can easily be configured in the Swarm driver, you can turn your Kiro into your own signature gaming weapon!

ROCCAT® SWARM
Swarm is the software incarnation of ROCCAT’s future ready philosophy. It’ll cover you for all relevant gaming platforms and devices. It’s the next-gen system that keeps on top all games, apps and ROCCAT products in one place. It provides next-level product integration, working as a unified driver suite with an overview of all of your ROCCAT devices. Say goodbye to multiple tray icons – with Swarm you have a veritable gaming command HQ for every weapon in your arsenal.

 

 

Overview:

  • 4000DPI PRO-OPTIC SENSOR R2 - from 2000 native dpi via overdrive mode
  • TALK® FX + ALIENFX™ SUPPORT - lighting effects for your favorite games
  • SUPERDEXTROUS SHAPE - optimized for both left- and right-hand use
  • 16.8M MULTICOLOR ILLUMINATION - customizable ROCCAT® logo light system
  • 32-BIT ARM MCU + ONBOARD MEMORY - for rapid command and shortcut execution
  • EXTENDABLE DESIGN - with modular component compatibility

 

Specifications:

  • Pro-Optic Sensor R2 with up to 2000dpi
  • Up to 4000dpi with Overdrive Mode
  • 1000Hz polling rate
  • 1ms response time
  • 20G acceleration
  • 1.5m/s (60ips)
  • Turbo Core V2 32-bit Arm based MCU
  • 1.8m USB cable

 

On the next page we'll cover testing and wrap things up with our 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.