ROCCAT Kone Pure Gaming Mouse

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Product: ROCCAT Kone Pure Gaming Mouse
Provided By: ROCCAT
Price: ~$69.99 Online

Introduction:

I hope that you get as excited by this product that we are about to reveal to you as I am. Before I reveal what this product is, I want to first tell you about the manufacturer – ROCCAT.  ROCCAT is known for their innovative and awesome gaming equipment such as mice, keyboards, headsets, mouse pads, notebooks and even some cool accessories. You can browse through these treats at their website – ROCCAT.org

The gorgeous creature we received from ROCCAT is none other than the Kone Pure gaming mouse. It boasts swell features such as Easy-Shift[+] button duplication, built-in processor and memory, 16.8 million-color lighting system and others that make this monster what it is!

Package

First Look:

The box is basically black with blue and white spread throughout. Printed on the package are decent pictures of the product as well as some nicely presented features that show up on the front, left side, back and inside flap.  This flap is held closed by a magnet, not some funky glue or Velcro.

Kone Pure Open

Contained within the well-packaged box is the Kone Pure as well as the quick installation guide.

Bundle

The mouse itself is made of a nicely finished plastic and is matte black. Directly on top we find that the Pure shows off the ROCCAT logo and later we discover that this logo lights up.  On the left side of the mouse is the brand name and model of the mouse.  Snuggled on the top of the mouse are the traditional mouse buttons and click-wheel and directly below these we find the D.P.I. switching buttons.  Also found on the left are the two additional buttons.

Kone Front Side Profiel Rear

 

Once we flipped this mouse over we glimpse the fully adjustable 8200 D.P.I. “Pro-Aim” (R3) sensor – along with the company logo, name and production stickers.  Looking at the front allows us to admire the 1.8m braided USB cable.

On the next page, we'll take a closer look at the features and specifications of this mouse before we continue.


Detailed Specifications:

Information:

With legendary Kone blood pumping through its veins, the ROCCAT™ Kone Pure delivers a powerful Next Gen combo of core essentials every skirmisher needs to rack up victory after victory.

In designing the Pure, our ROCCAT™ Scientists took the legendary Kone form and slimmed it down to 91% the size of the Kone[+] – while adding even more competition-crushing power – to create a sleek, awesome tool perfectly built for major mass ownage.

The Kone Pure is powered by a killer performance package loaded with the latest 8200dpi Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor, a mighty 32-bit Turbo Core V2 72MHz ARM MCU processor, and the most advanced Tracking & Distance Control Unit around – all working in perfect harmony to deliver unrivaled battle performance.

Add to that a wealth of ergonomic features designed for long-play comfort  – and a suite of the world’s most advanced gaming software for max customization – and it’s easy to see why the Pure is good enough to be called a Kone.

Get your Kone Pure now. Or read on for more info.

Lit Up

 

OWN LIKE A KONE – IN A NEW SLEEK DESIGN
Our ROCCAT™ Scientists built the Kone Pure for gamers who wanted the same killer Kone design – only sleeker – without sacrificing any of the legendary Kone performance. The Kone Pure delivers all the muscle and glory you’d expect from the Kone pedigree – all packed into a new, slimmer profile that’s 91% the size of the Kone[+].
 
COMMAND WITH TOP PRECISION
The 8200dpi Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor in the Kone Pure offers superb tracking, transmitting even the fastest mouse movements with no lag – for incredible precision that delivers amazing gaming control. And thanks to the integrated Tracking and Distance Control Unit (TDCU), you can adjust the sensor precisely to your mouse pad, further improving tracking and minimizing pick-up-flight – and further skyrocketing your command capabilities.
 
ENJOY AN ARMADA OF POWERFUL FEATURES – INSTANTLY 
The Kone Pure runs on a 32-bit Turbo Core V2 processor that delivers lightning-fast computing speed – which means you can take advantage of its plethora of custom gaming functions with absolutely no delay.
 
 
CLICK WITH KILLER PRECISION 
Our ROCCAT™ Scientists built the Kone Pure with ROCCAT™ Click Master switch tech – powered by Omron©. Constructed with the world’s most advanced switch components, Click Master technology ensures that every button press registers with extreme precision. Every click also delivers pronounced feedback, letting you feel your way to successful gaming. And because of its premium materials and rugged construction, ROCCAT™ Click Master tech delivers the longest life of hardcore gaming, click after click.
 
STORE A BOUNTY OF MACROS AND SETTINGS
Packed with a hefty 576KB of on-board memory, the Kone Pure has plenty of room to store all of your macros and profiles. And because it’s packed with a blazing 32-bit Turbo Core V2 processor, you can call up any of your custom settings instantaneously.
 
RULE THE BATTLEFIELD WITH THE PERFECT SELECTION OF TOOLS
With seven fully-programmable buttons and a tough-built 2D mouse wheel, the Kone Pure offers the optimal amount of combat control in a clean, uncluttered space – giving you swift access to all the command options you need to dominate any skirmish.
 
COMMAND FASTER, EASIER AND SMARTER
The Kone Pure comes standard with world famous Easy-Shift[+]™ technology, which lets you set two functions for each mouse button and the scroll wheel – giving you the power to pack a massive amount of quickly-accessible control into a clean, uncluttered space. And the included ROCCAT™ Driver software lets you easily program and fine tune a multitude of settings – and gives you sound feedback with most changes – so you can game exactly how you like. 
 
TREAT YOUR HAND TO SOME SERIOUS ERGONOMICS
Comfort is essential when you’re gaming – and the Kone Pure delivers. In addition to its perfectly-weighted design – allowing for smooth, cozy and   rock-steady gliding – the Pure features a soft-touch, ultra-comfort surface that lets you game long without the slightest irritation.
 
LIGHT UP THE BATTELFIELD – AND YOUR PURE
The Kone Pure offers more than just killer gaming performance: It’s also a fully-customizable atmosphere booster that adds to the mood of every gaming session. It boasts a large ROCCAT™ logo on its back that you can set in your choice of 16.8 million vibrant colors. You can even program the logo to execute cool effects, like a “breathing” function, or color rotation in your choice of shades – eye-catching displays sure to enhance your battle experience.

Features:

 

  • FULLY-ADJUSTBALE 8200DPI PRO-AIM (R3) SENSOR with 41 true DPI setting ranging from 200 to 8200
  • ROCCAT™ CLICK MASTER switch tech powered by Omron©
  • EASY-SHIFT[+]™ BUTTON DUPLICATOR with Easy-Aim + Easy-Wheel functions
  • 32-BIT TURBO CORE V2 PROCESSOR for lightning-fast computing speed
  • TRACKING & DISTANCE CONTROL UNIT for less pick-up flight & more precise gaming
  • 576KB ON-BOARD MEMORY for storing a wealth of macros and settings
  • 16.8 MILLION-COLOR LIGHTING SYSTEM for customizable colors + effects
  • 7 MOUSE BUTTONS + SOLID 2D WHEEL for a full complement of command options
  • SOFT-TOUCH SURFACE for extended gaming in total comfort
  • ROCCAT™ DRIVER + MACRO MANAGER for advanced customization + presets for games & apps
  • ROCCAT™ ACHIEVEMENTS DISPLAY for monitoring gaming performance

 

Specifications:

  • Pro-Aim Laser Sensor R3 with up to 8200dpi
  • 1000Hz polling rate
  • 1ms response time
  • 12000fps, 10.8megapixel
  • 30G acceleration
  • 3.8m/s (150ips)
  • 16-bit data channel
  • 1-5mm Lift off distance
  • Tracking & Distance Control Unit
  • 72MHz Turbo Core V2 32-bit Arm based MCU
  • 576kB onboard memory
  • Zero angle snapping/prediction
  • 1.8m braided USB cable

 

On the next page we'll cover installation and then jump into testing this mouse.


Installation:

Installation is pretty simple and it entails plugging in the mouse and then allowing Windows to install a basic driver.  Once this is done, you can head on over to the support section of ROCCAT's site and download the correct driver and software package.  Once the download is complete, extract and run the package by folling the on-screen commands.

 

Testing:

Now comes the part that you have been waiting for - testing!  I will not lie, I really enjoyed using the Kone Pure for gaming and everyday applications. The first thing that I noticed is that the quality of this mouse is top notch.  It even translates to the click-wheel that is nice and solid.  The wheel feels well-grounded and the materials that make up the body are well built and feel great.  This mouse feels very good in the hand!

The tracking is very good and is assisted by the “Tracking & Distance Control-unit”, although I didn't notice any real difference.  Other gamers who are in a higher league that I am may notice a difference.  I used it on two different mouse pads as well as on my bare desk without a pad – and even used it on my knee.  The mouse tracked and moved beautifully and just confirmed to me once more that I was using a good mouse.  The Tracking Control Unit along with the Distance Control Unit is also a nice feature.

The Omron switches press down satisfyingly and provide decent resistance.

The software was wonderful overall and gives you the ability to change the color or use your custom D.P.I. settings and to set up any of five available profiles.  The amount of things that you can adjust is simply amazing!  Such adjustments also include vertical scroll speed, horizontal tilt speed, double click and various options to improve the user experience.

The on-board memory is a welcome feature and is very handy, especially when changing computers.  The on-board processor is also a pretty sweet feature and helped manage things decently enough.

Rear Lights

 

The macro recorder works decently, although it is the Easy-Shift [+] that I found very useful and innovative. Included in the macros are ones for select games. The thing I enjoyed about it is that you can set your buttons as you normally would, but when you hold down the ES+ button it unlocks entirely different functions.  These functions that are enabled include multi-media functions, macros, sensitivity adjustments and more.  The shear amount of choices is almost intoxicating!  Although it does work well I did find myself using my D.P.I. switch buttons to change between profiles so I could have the normal functions of the two side buttons for gaming and web-browsing.

I was able to optimize this mouse to my electronic lifestyle and was very pleased with its performance.  The lighting options on the Pure are quite astounding.  There are 16.8 million colors.  Wow!  It also allows you to have different colors for each profile!  One of the best things is that you can get all of this for $69.99 from MemoryExpress - a price that I feel is reasonable.

Lastly, we have the ROCCAT Achievements Display - a cool menu in the software that allows you to track you mouse clicks and earn, yes, you guessed it, achievements.

The negatives that I found are very minimal and didn’t really affect my use of the Kone.  One of these negative issues is that the two extra buttons aren’t on the left side.  If they were easier to access this would have added some extra value.  Also, the software could have been faster for my taste – but this slowness is usually because the profiles are written to the mouse hardware itself.  The biggest thing that got me was that the media buttons worked best with Windows Media-Player and not iTunes.

Another downside for me and my long fingers is that the mouse is a bit short.  If it were a bit longer, it would definitely be more comfortable.

Conclusion:

While the ROCCAT Kone Pure has some minor issues – let’s face it – it performs very well.  Tracking is smooth and it picks up well on different surfaces.  The quality of the materials is unmistakably good and the Kone Pure is quite rewarding to use.  One of my biggest questions at the end of the review is “Why would you not get this mouse?”  The price is very aggressive at $69.99 and can be found cheaper online if you shop around.  For a mouse of this quality and with these features, it’s a great deal.

If you are looking for a solid gaming and recreational mouse and can afford the price, I would highly recommend the Roccat Kone Pure.

Pros:

  • Tracking
  • Lighting
  • Button options
  • Software
  • Price

 

Cons:

  • Length
  • Software load time
  • No iTunes support

BCCRating

Silver

 

I'd like to thank ROCCAT for sending over this mouse for us to review.  As usual, they deliver a good product and a decent price.  I know we are excited to see what they continue to offer gamers in the future.

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