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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 Hiro 3D Supremacy Surface Gaming Mousepad

ROCCAT also sent along a HIRO - 3D Supremacy Surface Gaming Mousepad (model# ROC-13-410) for testing. The MSRP for the HIRO 3D Supremacy Gaming Surface on the ROCCAT website is €49.99, this is a lot of money for a surface on which to move your mouse around, so it had better be good.

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The box is very informative as one would expect and there is a little cut-out in the bottom left corner so you won't need to rip it open to see what it looks or feels like. In the bottom right corner there is a claim of "Field tested for gaming mice with resolutions of up to 16800 DPI", yet none of the gaming mice listed on the ROCCAT website to have been tested with the HIRO have a sensor anywhere close to that sensitivity. From what little research I have conducted, 8200 DPI is currently the highest sensitivity sensor available right now.

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The ROCCAT HIRO gaming surface is not too much bigger than an A4 sheet of paper, but is more than big enough for the current generation of high sensitivity gaming mice. It is quite heavy as mouse mats go but this adds to stability in the heat of the moment. From this distance the ROCCAT HIRO looks just like any other mouse mat but the detail is only obvious when you look closer. The ROCCAT HIRO has a vulcanized silicon treated surface to make your mouse glide easier and to also be water resistant, which is useful for when (not if) you spill something on it and it ultimately needs cleaning.

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Thee reverse of the ROCCAT HIRO 3D Gaming Surface is made from non-slip shock absorbing rubber, designed to keep it stable in the heat of the moment. Despite this construction I still get a little bit of movement on my laminated wood desk top, not enough to be a problem but I do definitely find the HIRO migrating a little during normal use.

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A nice macro shot here to emphasize the level of detail of the ROCCAT HIRO 3D Gaming Surface, it has a similar look and feel to denim. One thing is for sure though is that the HIRO feels very rugged and durable.

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Another feature of the ROCCAT HIRO 3D Gaming surface that ROCCAT advertise is the "power bonded construction" which, as seen above, gives nicely rounded corners and edges that won't fray.

Before I received the ROCCAT HIRO 3D Supremacy Surface Gaming Mousepad I have never seen the point of using a mouse mat, and haven't used one in all my 12 years of PC gaming. Ultimately, I still think mouse mats are a bit of a marketing gimmick, mouse mats were almost essential for ball mice but the advent of optical sensors did away with the need for them. Unless you are trying to game on a slab of concrete I really don't see the need for one. There may be benefits for ultra competitive professional gamers but it must be marginal at best, average Joe gamer will do just fine without one



 

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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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