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ROCCAT Kone Pure Optical Gaming Mouse Introduction:
ROCCAT was first introduced here on OCC in review form back in October of 2011, and as it turns out, it was one of my reviews as well: the ROCCAT Kulo 7.1 USB Headset [+]. At the time, I had never heard of this German-based company even though it had already been around for four previous years! I think back on all the products I have reviewed from ROCCAT and get a bit of deja vu as I look at the ROCCAT Kone Pure Optical Gaming Mouse. In May of this year, I took a look at the ROCCAT Kone Pure, the laser version of this mouse. The mouse has the same body shape, so at first touch I'm having familiar feelings on this mouse already.
The ROCCAT Kone Pure Optical is similar in design to the well liked Kone Pure. The addition to this version is the ultra-precise, true 4000 DPI Pro-Optic (R3) optical sensor. It's been a full five years since the original Kone series was born and as a "hat tip to community feedback" the Kone Pure Optical was birthed. Of course, the now well-known Easy-Shift[+], Talk, and Talk FX features are rolled into this new addition to the lineup. With a sleek two-tone body color and pre-approved light-up logo, the Pure Optical comes to us today for further scrutiny. Let's see whether this mouse, nearly five years in the making, is the purest Kone?
ROCCAT Kone Pure Optical Gaming Mouse Closer Look:
ROCCAT, at least from my personal time with its products, has come to be known for its fancy packaging. The boxes are almost always in full color with an image of the product right on the front of the box. You tend to know more information about the product before ever opening the box – let alone before ever taking it to the checkout line. Though I generally despise this over-done style of boxing and applaud the very plain Janes, I do see how this could be extremely useful if I were actually buying it in-store.
The ROCCAT Kone Pure Optical doesn't stray from this style one bit. The front shows off the mouse along with some of its dominating features: 4000 DPI, EASY-SHIFT[+], Multi-Color, and the newer ROCCAT Titan Wheel. The back of the box goes to show off a bit more of the mouse with a near isometric view. More key features of Kone Pure Optical jut off from the image; a braided cable, soft-touch surface, and 32-bit Turbo Core V2 Processor are just a few of such items. The text below rattles off more details and is followed up by nine boxes of translated text. The side reads off more detail of the mouse itself along with supporting images. The optical sensor is glorified among the color lighting options, software achievements, and ROCCAT Talk features (which is really neat if you have other ROCCAT products). The other side of the box is cut inward for a flap, which has a blue arrow and word "OPEN" pointing to it. I think I should listen to such commands.
Opening up the flap reveals not only the mouse in a formed plastic shell, but again more images and key points of the mouse. You can actually fit your hand on the mouse to get an almost "real-feel" for the mouse before ever opening the box itself. If nothing else, you at least get an idea of size. The images detail the 7+2 EASY-SHIFT[+] feature, as well as plausible examples for both media use and the ever popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. The box reads "Fearless Design: Sleek, clean and muscular. A joy to hold and behold." It's a nice little tag to go with the mouse – but I will have to argue the "muscular" claim even before I pull it from the box, as this mouse is a baby in size! However, you could argue that it has a lot of muscle internally – I guess we will see. Without weights or any extra items to include, the out-of-box shot is quite simple: a mouse and its install guide. Keep reading to see more!