I first got my hands on the ROCCAT Kone Pure when I borrowed it during the ACL Open Bracket StarCraft 2 Tournament in which I got completely wrecked because I wasn’t fully prepared for the event because I neglected to bring my own gaming gear. I wasn’t expecting to compete however, I was there with my fellow Sydney Collegiate StarCraft friends to watch the matches that were being played live. It was an exciting event, too bad I couldn’t win because I’ve lost my edge from not practicing and I kept tripping up on keyboards that I wasn’t used to using. After all that, I won the mouse in the raffle and Infurneaux handed it to me. Sadly, I don’t have the box and the other contents that came with the mouse to do an un-boxing.
Well anyway, without any further delay I shall give you my thoughts on it.
Comfort and Feel
The mouse itself is around 7cm in width, 12cm in length and around 90g in weight. The entire mouse is coated in a soft-touch matte or rubberized plastic which feels great in the hands, and doesn’t get too grimy very easily making it a suitable for long gaming sessions. There isn’t any jagged edges that will press against you causing discomfort when you grip the mouse since the mouse is curvy and rounded. There’s an indent on the left side of the mouse where your thumb can rest, with the two thumb buttons just above it so you won’t accidentally press them. The tactile feedback on the mouse is decent as the clicks feel solid, and you can feel the bumps in the scroll wheel which itself isn’t too loose or too stiff.
My hands are around 17cm in length from wrist to the tip of my middle finger, around 10cm in width at the knuckle. So if your hands are around my size this mouse should fit you like a glove. Whether you’re a palm grip, claw grip or fingertip grip user, this mouse is very comfortable to use.
The Driver Suite is downloadable via the ROCCAT website, and it’s full featured. You have all the options you need, and a few options that are nice to have but are not essential such as sensor calibration, lift-off distance, and easy-aim just to name a few. The driver itself feels a bit cluttered however it does get the job done. You have 16 language options for the driver suite other than English which is available by clicking the button on lower left corner of the window. You can have a total of 5 profiles which are stored on the mouse itself.
The driver suite also keeps track of your mouse usage stats and rewards you with trophies for when certain requirements are met. While mouse usage stats may be useful to some gamers, I find it quite unusual that there are achievements just for using the mouse. Another unusual feature would be whenever you switch between profiles, DPI settings, sensitivity settings, volume and whenever you earn a trophy for your mouse achievements, a somewhat creepy voice announces it to notify you. This can be disabled if you find it annoying.
There’s also easy access to update and support and updates and the driver suite automatically updates the firmware on the mouse.
Speed and Precision
The laser sensor itself can sense from 200DPI to 8200DPI which is very excessive for a gaming mouse and you can switch between 5 DPI settings per profile. The sensor is precise at all DPI settings which no noticeable shaking of the cursor which using it and given it is a laser mouse, it can sense on a variety of surfaces however, I still recommend using a mouse pad when gaming just so the sensor itself doesn’t pick up any unwanted interference. If you find that you need more precision from the mouse, there is an option to calibrate the mouse for optimal performance with your gaming surface.
You can also adjust the sensitivity of the sensor and the cursor speed which is a bit redundant considering you can just adjust the DPI instead however if you like having vertical and horizontal cursor speeds at different speeds, you can adjust the X-Y sensitivity. Other speed settings include Vertical Scroll, Horizontal Tilt, and double clicking speed if you have set a double clicking button.
Commands and Macros
The mouse has the standard, left click, right-click, and the scroll wheel which also acts as the middle click and accompanying them are 2 thumb buttons on the left side, and 2 DPI switching buttons below the scroll wheel. You can remap all of the buttons to your liking including the DPI switching buttons if you don’t need to switch DPI settings on the fly. There’s also the Easy-shift[+] feature which acts as a shift key on your mouse and changes up the commands when you press and hold it.
You have your left-click, right-click, middle-click, scroll-up and scroll-down as your standard 5 commands on the mouse, and 4 extra commands bringing a total of up to 9 commands without Easy-Shift[+]. If you’re using Easy-Shift[+], you get an additional 8 commands to play while holding the button which you’ve assigned as the shift button, bringing a whopping total of 16 commands on a 6 button + Scroll wheel right-handed gaming mouse. This is an excellent feature from ROCCAT which you can use for browsing on the computer, multimedia or if you like extra buttons on a mouse for gaming, you will find that this feature will be a great alternative to keypad mice.
Macros are easy to set up for a select number of games which makes it easy to set up most, if not all of your macros for gaming without having to refer to the in-game macro settings. It’s nice to see that ROCCAT has taken the initiative to go that extra mile to make our lives as gamers easier, so good job to the team who came up with this really cool feature. Not all games have their macros are included in the driver suite however, you can still set up custom macros so there’s no worries there.
Here is the list of games and software which the macros are included with the driver suite.
- Age Of Conan
- Battle for Middle Earth
- Battlefield Bad Company 2
- Bioshock 2
- Command and Conquer 3
- Counter Strike 1.6
- Counter Strike Source
- Crysis/Crysis Warhead
- Dragon Age
- Guild Wars
- Left 4 Dead
- Lineage 2
- Lord of the Rings Online5
- Mass Effect 2
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Sacred 2
- Sims 3
- StarCraft 2 (Hell yeah!)
- Warhammer Online
- World of Warcraft
- Internet Explorer
- Microsoft Office
- Team Speak 2
- Team Speak 3
- Windows Functions
The logo can be adjusted to different colours which looks nice by itself however it will be quite useless when gaming since that your hand will be covering it up entirely and not that you need to look at the mouse anyway. You can have the light on, pulsing or turn it off completely however I have found a use for having the light pulsing as I can use it to determine whether if there’s a problem with it.
- If the light stays on all the time without pulsing when the setting is set to pulsing, then there’s something keeping the mouse from doing its job.
- If the light stays off, then the mouse isn’t getting switched on for some odd reason.
- If the light pulses as normal the mouse should be working normally, unless of course there are obvious problems that arise.
The light also helps me find the mouse in complete darkness during those late night gaming sessions.
Driver Installation Issues
I had trouble installing the drivers on different computers. I plugged it in, and it worked perfectly without installing the downloadable driver on the first computer I tried however, when I tried using it on other computers it failed. When I got home the mouse worked perfectly when I plugged it in, and then I installed the driver from the ROCCAT website. Then problems arose when I restarted the computer and the mouse would work for a short while and then become unresponsive. If I unplugged it and re-inserted in, it would not turn on.
After I’ve spent an hour trying to fix it up, and I had to uninstall the other mouse drivers I had on my computer before re-installing the driver suite, and then plugging in the mouse again. It finally worked swimmingly after that with no problems at all. The problem seems to be that it’s either the other drivers are conflicting with he Kone Pure drivers, or that I didn’t install the driver suite before plugging in the mouse. So when installing the drivers, make sure you download the driver suite from the ROCCAT website first before you plug in the mouse. If you experience any problems, uninstall all the mouse drivers before re-installing the driver suite and plugging in the mouse.
The ROCCAT Kone Pure is comfortable gaming mouse that delivers very little nonsense in terms of performance and customization. At AU$75 for the standard black version, and $79 for coloured versions the mouse is on the expensive side. If you really do like the laser sensor and how the mouse fits your hand then by all means, get one, it’s awesome however I do have to point out that there are cheaper alternatives to this mouse that lose some of the non-essential features.
The Razer Deathadder 2013 Edition costs $52 which feels slightly larger in the hand and doesn’t have the DPI switching buttons which doesn’t actually matter much since most of the time the DPI and sensitivity are set and forget. If you prefer a similar feel to the Kone Pure, and have little use for a laser sensor then the ROCCAT Savu which costs $55 will serve you well. Like the Deathadder, the Savu doesn’t have the DPI switching buttons however it also has the Easy-Shift[+] feature like the Kone Pure.
The Easy-Shift[+] feature on the Kone Pure is an intriguing inclusion as it does allow the mouse to compete with the keypad mice offerings such as the Razer Naga series with its 2014 edition slightly more expensive at $85. If you find it hard to become accustomed to keypad mice in roughly the same price range or higher, then the Kone Pure is a great alternative. If you really do like the Kone Pure however you want to use optical, then at $79 the Kone Pure Optical will be your best option.
The DPI switching buttons that can be assigned to different commands is a very thoughtful decision as these buttons can be quite useless if you don’t use them. Just by giving us the option to change what these buttons do adds a whole new purpose for these buttons other than strictly DPI switching like on many other mice.
NOTE – All prices are in Australian Dollars and are taken from PC Case Gear and Mwave, and are correct at time of posting. Prices may be subject to change. So please be mindful to check the prices yourself.
All in all, the Kone Pure is a great mouse that can be used for MMOs, FPS and RTS gaming and is a very comfortable right-handed gaming mouse to use for long periods of time. Other than the problem I had with installing the drivers, I quite like this mouse and I would recommend it to anyone with medium sized hands looking for a gaming mouse jam-packed full of features more than you could possibly use.
Special thanks to ROCCAT for supporting eSports and Sydney Collegiate Starcraft, you guys are awesome! That’s all I have for now.
Good Luck, Have Fun!