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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

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

Testing an input device is simple, all one needs to do is use it, unfortunately there are no quantitative benchmarks to run, no numbers to compare, and no software used that can test the quality of the hardware. Testing an input device like the Roccat KONE Pure Core Performance Gaming Mouse is going to be based around personal opinion and preference. In this section I will present my unbiased opinion with regards to the use and operation of the Roccat KONE Pure and report back any improvement benefiting directly by its use in various games and programs listed below. Your mileage may vary slightly and as such this should be taken as a guide only.

Test Software

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers
  • Microsoft Office applications
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (mainly zombies)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Battlefield: 3
  • Need for Speed: World
  • GTA IV
  • Just Cause 2

Results

Using the Roccat KONE Pure on its highest sensitivity (8200 DPI) for the first time was like starting all over again, the cursor just ran away from me as I fumbled around trying to find it on the screen. Suffice to say there is a definite adjustment period for getting used to this sensitivity, and I think that it will only really serve as an added edge in professional /competitive gaming where every little advantage will count. I think that the KONE Pure was just about the right size and weight to suit my preference and I didn't miss the extra weight feature available with the KONE XTD.

In the button configurations there is a function called EasyAim, what this does is allows you to assign a different DPI setting to a mouse button that is only active while you hold the selected button down. In my case I used my lowest setting of 800dpi assigned to the EasyAim button, this is really effective for sniping or vehicle control and also really useful for precise movements during image editing in Photoshop.

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As games these days get more complex and require more keys assigned to important tasks, along with having external programs such as Teamspeak etc. running, it is essential to have many commands at your finger tips. It is hard to give a mouse more buttons while at the same time keeping it easy to use but I think ROCCAT may have cracked it with their EasyShift[+] feature. What EasyShift[+] does is it allows you to assign two commands to a single key, with the EasyShift[+] key acting as the modifier.

This feature is expanded further with ROCCAT Talk, a communication protocol between compatible ROCCAT devices. Using ROCCAT Talk allows you to assign the EasyShift[+] and EasyAim keys to either device, the benefit inherent here is that you will have more control of the mouse and/or keyboard in many different situations. The limit is your imagination, pressing the side buttons of a mouse in the heat of action to modify a function isn't the easiest thing to do but controlling two peripherals has become second nature to us now. The benefit also works the other way round. While holding the EasyShift[+] button of the mouse you can change certain keys on your compatible keyboard to perform another task without contorting your fingers. The 4D mouse wheel is another great feature and uses no extra room whatsoever, it takes a little getting used to but is a great addition that should become a standard



 

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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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