Purr Power

Roccat have been working hard establishing a name over the last few years and have done so really well. Having not known about the brand at all before, I came across their products with a sigh (here comes another ‘gaming’ brand again) but I quickly took back my words as the Kone XTD was one of my favourite mouse I’ve used. Today, we have another Roccat Kone mouse on the testing bench but this is a newer revision of their Pure range. As optical is becoming more favorable with gamers, it was a smart move by Roccat to create a optical SKU from their current range – meet the Kone Pure Optical.

Specifications

  • Pro Optical Sensor R3
  • DPI: 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 2000, 3200, 4000
  • Polling Rate: 1000Hz
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Acceleration: 20g
  • 16-bit Data Channel
  • 72MHz Turbo Core V2 ARM-based Processor
  • 576KB On-Board Memory
  • 1.8m braided USB Cable
  • Price: $79 RRP AUD

Design/Build Quality

The Roccat Kone Pure has a similar design to it’s bigger brother – the Kone XTD but comes in at a 10% smaller size. While I did like the larger size of the XTD, the Kone Pure feels great and even more precise with the reduction. As a right-handed player, the Kone Pure really fits my hand ergonomically and I have yet to find another mouse that fits me well. The design can be quite subjective as different gamers have different type of preferences but I believe the Roccat’s design is the best among the right-handers. The Kone Pure also features a nice rubberised texture which excels in grip and long gaming sessions.

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With buttons, the Kone Pure packs the simplified setup of having two side thumb buttons and Roccat’s own Titan Wheel. The simple layout is great and is not overfilled with useless extra buttons you won’t use. Using Omron switches, the mouse feels precise on the clicks and the wheel is of the best quality. On the top of the mouse, you do get the standard DPI up/down buttons for easy switching.

Performance

I tested the Kone Pure with a mix of Battlefield 4 and Counter-Strike GO and was pretty much satisfied with the overall performance of the mouse. Coming from a Kone XTD, I really found it hard to find anything different as both mouse performed as expected without any issues.

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Digging deeper with the performance of the mouse, we used Enotus Mouse Test (v0.14) to check the precision of the mouse and it came at 99.6%. Tracking on the mouse overall is better on 1000Hz and I’ll probably stick to this as it drops on the lower settings.

As mentioned previously, the mouse buttons features Omron switches and they are easy to press. They have a nice audible click and sit on the softer side of the scale without being too spongey.

Software

You’ll have to download the latest software/driver from their website as companies don’t pre-packaged their software with products any more. It’s still usable outside the box but the Roccat software comes with plenty of tweak-able features.

There’s lots of settings you can customise with the Roccat mouse. It comes with DPI settings from 400 DPI to 2000 DPI and allows you to assign them to 5 slot. You can also save up to 5 profiles on the mouse thanks to it’s generous on-board memory. For custom look geeks, you can even change the colour of the Roccat logo to virtually any colour you want or if you hate lighting, you can turn it off. There’s lots of things you can play around with and Roccat’s easy install and no hassle setup makes it easier to use without being in your face all the time.

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Overall

If you’re a low sensitivity gamer and want the exact same design and build quality of the Kone Pure than the new Optical SKU is something you should not pass down. Roccat proves again that it knows what the market wants and having this optical addition to their line-up was a good move.

Pros

  • Excellent Build Quality
  • Optical Sensor
  • Great Software

Cons

  • The Zowie FK is slightly cheaper

9/10