ROCCAT Kone Pure Optical Gaming Mouse ReviewBluePanda - October 30, 2013
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ROCCAT Kone Pure Optical Gaming Mouse Testing:
The ROCCAT Kone Pure Optical Gaming Mouse was put through over a week of use and testing. During this time, it was used it in everyday use, surfing the Internet, Photoshopping, and of course some gaming. As a mouse is personal to each and every individual, how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one mouse to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a mouse through words rather than leaving it to you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.
- Processor: Intel Fourth Generation Core i7 4770K
- CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H100
- Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
- Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Series 2x8GB DDR3-2400
- Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 770
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart 750W
- Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD
- Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
ROCCAT Kone Pure Optical Gaming Mouse Results:
Everyday use is always hard to argue negatively in a mouse review. Usually everyday use consists of Internet surfing, reading some email, and occasional Flash games. The idea is that it is something your mother or grandmother could use without complaining about it (other than perhaps why it looks that way). This mouse lacks anything to complain about in everyday use. It is rather comfortable for my smaller hands, has a nice smooth grip for sweaty hands, and is color customizable (BLUE!!!). The buttons can be set to my usual forward/backward setup and makes surfing the net super easy. Navigating Explorer applies the same for Windows users and I can't leave out the wonderful scroll wheel. The scroll wheel is literally tight. It doesn't wobble around in its housing and clicks smoothly through the discrete 24 clicks per full roll. In general, it feels like a solid build that will last every day, for many days to come.
Working takes on a little more effort than good scrolling and web page clicking. Using Photoshop for example requires a bit of precision and good tolerances on clicking. The scroll plays a big roll (no pun intended) for me. I use the scroll-to-zoom feature, as a preference, and hate when I can't feel the click or the wheel is too loose to get just one more pixel closer. That's not a problem here; the really tight scroll wheel plays perfect to zooming in or out with complete confidence in exactly how many clicks I want. The tracking seems to be fairly accurate as well – I wish I had a more precise measurement for precision rather than "I thought it was good" but that's the best I can do. Overall, control of the mouse felt great and lead to very clean work and comfort over long hours of use.
Gaming is what most of you care about. Will it help you achieve headshots in your favorite FPS, improve playability in your favorite MMO, etc.? Really. I'm no fan of most MMOs or using too many macros (especially on a mouse), but I did find it rather easy, software-wise, to set up silly macros, change button bindings, and adjust DPI/sensitivity to what I needed for different games. Having five profiles made it nice, as so many games play differently with your in Windows mouse settings. I wouldn't go as far as to say that I could kill more enemies or perform a whole lot better in a game, but I did feel like I had a little better control of my mouse pointer. Whether it be a gun, cross-hair for walking or talking to NPCs or picking up goodies, I just felt like I was pointing at what I wanted without as much effort. I really attribute this to the various available settings to really narrow down how the mouse flows. It comes down to individual preferences, and when you can control most variables of likeness, it ends well.