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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Friday, 23 November 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming Mouse
Closer Look: ROCCAT KONE Pure
ROCCAT KONE Pure Detailed Features
ROCCAT Hiro 3D Gaming Surface
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming Mouse Review

Manufacturer: ROCCAT
Product Name: KONE Pure
Model Number: ROC-11-700
UPC: 4250288117006
Price As Tested: $69.99 (Newegg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by ROCCAT.

For those of you out there that are looking for a nice basic but high spec gaming mouse, the ROCCAT KONE Pure Core Performance Gaming Mouse might well be just right for you. By stripping away some of the gimmicks and not so useful features of the KONE XTD, ROCCAT have been able to build a sleek beast with the KONE Pure and here at Benchmark Reviews we aim to test it to its fullest.

First of all it is smaller than both the KONE[+] and the KONE XTD, and it also does away with the LED strips and weight adjustment system, leaving a gaming peripheral that is a great pleasure to use. The KONE Pure uses the same Omron switches and R3 Pro-Aim laser sensor found in the KONE XTD but lovingly packs them into a more compact package. Think of the KONE Pure as more of a brother than a replacement to the KONE XTD and KONE[+].

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During the course of this review we will take a look at the aesthetics and features of the ROCCAT KONE PURE and also test it in our usual mix of software and games. We aim to be thorough here at Benchmark Reviews but we still need reader interaction to tell us where we might be coming short, if you have any queries or suggestions on how we can improve our articles then please don't hesitate to comment below..

Features & Specifications

ROCCAT KONE Pure Features

  • WORLD FAMOUS KONE DESIGN
  • In a 9% slimmer format
  • FULLY-ADJUSTBALE 8200 dpi PRO-AIM (R3) SENSOR
  • With 41 DPI settings ranging from 200 to 8200
  • ROCCAT TITAN WHEEL - 2D
  • The world's toughest and most accurate 2D scroll wheel
  • 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

ROCCAT KONE Pure 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



 

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# RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseJoe 2012-11-25 15:11
no mats !?!? what are you gaming, pinball?
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# RE: RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-11-25 15:28
Sorry, I don't understand what you are trying to say.
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# RE: RE: RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseIain 2012-11-30 03:30
He's saying you don't move your mouse very much! :-)

I sort of agree about mouse mats. You don't really need one these days. I never use one at work, but the mouse feet get dirtier quicker without one and that certainly affects performance. For me, the sooner the mouse glides the better it is. I actually have this mouse and it flies over my roccat mat like hot buttered butter.

I agree with a lot of the review. The pure is perhaps a little on the small side for me but the design certainly does bridge the gap between claw and palm. The build quality is certainly excellent and the performance is on a par with the brilliant Sensei.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming Mousemeandertal 2013-02-05 10:32
Unless you game on a concrete slab...
Nope marble... Lol Salvage recovered and repurposed fireplace mantle piece. Works a charm no pad required, I concur.
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# ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseBig J 2012-11-27 14:32
When & Where can we BUY the MOUSE In (Usa EtA)!! Please Been waiting for ever to BUY It (Throws Funds at Screen) :) I seen it was sappose to be out in september then i seen that it was sappose to be out at the end of november 2012!! Well its the 27th of november with 3 days to go till end of the month :( Hope its is OUT soon here in the USA wanting to buy it for christmas :)
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# RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-11-27 14:51
Hi Big J.

We are still awaiting this information from ROCCAT ourselves, as soon as we know we will update this article and post a reply here. There are places online that are selling these, but at well over the MSRP so hold out if you can.
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# ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseBig J 2012-11-27 15:13
OKies KOOls Thx for all the info & keep up all the good work U Guys ROCK!!!
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# RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseSkidmarks 2013-02-05 10:31
For me personally this is the best mouse I've ever used & I've used 100's literally of all different makes & models. It would be wise to buy a spare because I never want to change this mouse.
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# RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseSheoVhan 2013-02-15 05:58
can you change the led into white color for this mouse? cause if it can then i'm gonna buy it.
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# RE: RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2013-02-15 09:46
Unfortunately not. The only way you will get white is if you change the LED's out.
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# RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseIain 2013-02-15 06:28
Here's a long-term review of the Roccat Pure.

I've been using this mouse in the UK for a few months now. I've generally used it as my laptop mouse for work (CGI, Photoshop etc), and sometimes for gaming.

The build quality of the mouse really is superb. One of the best quality mice I've owned in fact. The lighting scheme is also extremely impressive. The Cat logo looks as if it's made from reflective foil rather than an LED. It looks great in any colour too.

Performance-wise, the mouse is good. Roccat do great mice and this matches the performance of their best. I used a Kone for two years as my main mouse and had zero complaints about it.

So why not use it as my main gaming mouse? It's too small for a start. If you're a child or growing teenager or you have small hands, then it will probably be okay. If you're a medium-sized adult male, then I'd say this mouse is too small for a main devise. It's great as a travel mouse, but you'll find your fingers making a lot of contact with the tabletop. If you game of a hard surface, that'll get cold quickly.

The other problem with the Pure is that while it's performance is good, it's nothing special and certainly not a patch on the Steelseries Sensei's performance. I undertook a series of tests over a few months with different gaming mice. The Sensei quickly became the benchmark mouse. The mice that came closest to it in terms of performance were the Q-Pad gaming mice, (especially the red L.E edition) and the standard Roccat Kone. The Pure lost out because of it's small size and the fact that (like all other gaming mice except the Sensei), you have to manually increase/reduce the sensitivity. The Sensei has the ability to recognize careful aiming and automatically adjust the DPI on the fly. If you're serious about Black Ops 2, Battlefield 3 (or my favourite, Red Orchestra 2), then the Sensei will genuinely increase the quality of your performance. In numerous side by side tests with 6 other gaming mice, the Sensei consistently notched up higher kill counts.

The Pure is a really nice mouse with great build quality, but the small size could be a real problem, and it won't improve your gaming over your current mouse.
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# Lain^Tim 2013-02-26 23:00
Lain, how did the sensei match up to the death adder? it seems you've done what I am in the process of doing, finding the best mouse you can, and after a g700, rat 7 mmo7, and a Razer naga the death adder is just simply better, I just wish it had more buttons. I'd really like to know if the sensei was better in your opinion than the death adder, and why.
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# How to change the lights color of the mousLars 2013-04-28 06:05
I just bought it today there is an app for it to change the color lightings right?But i dont know how to change it,where do i download it
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# RE: How to change the lights color of the mousSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2013-04-28 06:23
Visit the Roccat website @ roccat.org/Support/Gaming-Mice/ROCCAT-Kone-Pure/

Download the driver, install and run, and you will be good to go.
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