|ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Friday, 23 November 2012|
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ROCCAT KONE Pure Final Thoughts
For me, the ROCCAT KONE Pure is a really good addition to the KONE line-up, it's a smaller simplified version of the KONE[+] and just as powerful as the KONE XTD. ROCCAT have done away with some of the unnecessary bells and whistles and made a more refined tool of gaming, I think that the KONE Pure will be the serious gamers choice as it has the right balance of looks and features. One problem I have observed while testing all of the KONE mice was with the waiting period between making changes in the software and them being applied to the mouse. As I stated earlier it takes approximately 28 seconds between clicking apply for the settings to be active on the mouse. In an age where my computer can boot up in less time I expect such relatively small changes to be more instantaneous. Once you are happy with your load out this will of course become a non issue, but if like me you have only just got the mouse and you want to experiment with settings these 28 second periods feel like they are taking an age and will soon mount up.
There are some great features inherent to the KONE line-up that really make this series stand out. They are EasyShift[+], EasyAim and Roccat Talk. Used in conjunction these features really will take your game to another level. As with all gaming peripherals you won't get immediate improvements, to think such a thing is silly. Over time, as you learn to use the KONE Pure properly, you will really start to appreciate what it can do. Pair the KONE Pure mouse with the ISKU keyboard and you can enjoy the benefits inherent to Roccat Talk, both of these devices have EasyShift[+] buttons and you can assign these buttons to either device and they will communicate seamlessly. EasyAim can also be assigned to a button on the keyboard so you will have more precise control with your mouse hand.
ROCCAT KONE Pure Conclusion
In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the Roccat KONE Pure - Core Performance Gaming Mouse a rating out of 10, a high score does not necessarily mean that it is better than a similar mouse which has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have received a lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the KONE Pure is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
The Roccat KONE Pure performs extremely well in all tasks, the 8200 dpi R3 laser sensor really takes it to another level in FPS games, but takes a bit of getting used to. It's quite amusing to watch a noobie family member trying to use my PC at this level when they are used to the basic 800dpi of a normal mouse. The software utility is very intuitive and gives a lot of options for customizing the KONE XTD
I'm very impressed with the appearance of the KONE Pure, it can normally a touchy subject but the KONE Pure just looks the part. The KONE XTD and [+] models both had the light strips down both sides where the Pure just has the light up logo at the rear, Thee KONE Pure is much more subtle and doesn't try to cater for everyone, it just works. You can choose a pre defined color for the logo or you can choose a custom color of your choice.
The construction of the KONE Pure is of exceptional quality. There is no doubt in my head that this mouse will last a long time and it can take a bit of a beating along the way and remain in good order. The materials used are of high quality which is expected in a gaming mouse of this level. It is about the right weight for my preference and fits very comfortably into my hand, I couldn't really ask for any more than that.
Functionality is top notch, EasyShift, EasyAim and Roccat Talk really set this mouse out from the rest, the issue of the waiting time when changing settings is almost moot next to these. It used to be the case that DPI was the only highlight of a gaming mouse, it does play a massive part but it is not a deal breaker. The KONE Pure does not disappoint with its 8200 DPI R3 laser sensor, it takes some time to get used to but when you have got to grips with it you will love every minute of gameplay.
As of January 2013, the Roccat KONE Pure Core Performance Gaming Mouse is available for $69.99 (Newegg / Amazon), although Amazon's pre-release price is over $100, so wait until it is officially released to grab a great bargain. Not everyone can afford to throw $60 at a gaming mouse and I understand that but consider that the KONE Pure has features that not all other mice have. For that reason Roccat could have easily charged more (like others often do) but they played it just right I think.
The Roccat KONE Pure is a great all around mouse. If you are an FPS gamer then you will really appreciate the 8200 dpi R3 laser sensor and the EasyAim function. MMO and RTS gamers will really appreciate the EasyShift[+] and Roccat talk capabilities that will surely increase your APM to all new level. ROCCAT did away with unnecessary features to bring you a powerful yet inexpensive gaming mouse. Unfortunately they left out one of the more important features inherent to the KONE line-up - the 4D scroll wheel that I had become so accustomed to, such a shame.
+ 8200 dpi Pro-Aim R3 Laser Sensor
- Drivers not included - Must be downloaded from Roccat website
Final Score: 9.20 out of 10.
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