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Roccat Kone Pure Gaming Mouse Review (w/ Hiro Gaming Surface)

Roccat doesn’t supply a driver disc with the Kone Pure, forcing users to download the latest version of the mouse’s software from the company’s support website. The Kone Pure’s latest driver can be obtained here.

The Kone Pure’s critical settings such as DPI, double click speed and sensitivity can be accessed via the software’s first-to-load, main control page.

15 of the Kone Pure’s 17 input functions can be customised via the button assignment tab. Roccat provides users with a plentiful array of options for differing button functions.

If Roccat’s provided button functions aren’t enough, the macro manager can be used to create a user-definable set of inputs.

Polling rate and increasingly complex settings can be adjusted via the Kone Pure software’s advanced control subsection.

Roccat’s feline logo can be set to glow with a user-customisable colour – 16.8 million of them, to be precise.  The Kone Pure’s lighting effects can be set to fully lit, breathing or, if you aren’t a fan of a glowing mouse, switched off.

Interesting usage statistics are displayed in the Roccat Achievements Display (R.A.D.) section. Users are provided with unique trophies for reaching certain milestones such as 30,000 scroll steps performed or 10,000 inches of mouse movement.

Online support and mouse drivers can be accessed from links provided in the Kone Pure’s software.

Notice: We have worked with Roccat to discover a resolution to the Kone XTD’s slow software issue. The same workaround is a viable option that can be used to prevent the Kone Pure’s software from operating slowly. Adding an exception to the mouse’s software in your system’s security program should resolve the issue. The exception path should look as follows: ‘C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\ROCCAT’ where ‘username’ is your individual username (e.g. KitGuru or John).

The Kone Pure’s user-friendly shape with its ‘humpback’ design allows one’s palm to curve around the mouse’s body. Even those of us with large hands will be able to quickly adapt our palm-style grip to suit the Kone Pure’s medium form factor. Claw grip users shouldn’t have a problem adapting to the Kone Pure, either; the widened click areas of both the left and right main mouse buttons make pressing firmly with the grip’s vertical finger orientation a comfortable process.

Both of the side buttons are positioned in what we consider to be almost ideal location. A slight movement or bend of one’s thumb provides a simple route to both buttons without losing orientation of the section of mouse to where the digit should return. The scroll wheel also promotes efficient general usage by being placed in a quick-to-access area between the click buttons – not too far towards the mouse’s rear.

A wide variety of time-saving inputs can be configured using the Kone Pure’s Easy-Shift[+] functionality. We were especially fond of the default-set page backwards and volume adjustment abilities, but if these don’t appeal to you, simply change the function via the mouse’s software.

Roccat’s Kone Pure performed excellently in the variety of games that we tested it with. First person shooters made effective use of the precise and accurate tracking offered by the Tracking & Distance Control Unit (TDCU) and 8200 DPI Pro-Aim R3 sensor. The Kone Pure’s design also helped to make fast-paced shooters more enjoyable by the easy-to-access location of the DPI adjustment buttons.

We did notice some instances where the mouse’s soft-touch surface wasn’t able to offer the appropriate level of friction required to maintain our grip, although these occurrences were uncommon. Perhaps Roccat aimed for superior comfort while compromising on some of the grip.

With sizeable dimensions of 350 x 250mm, the Roccat Hiro gaming surface has the ability to seat even the largest of mice on the market, such as Roccat’s own Kone XTD.

As advertised by Roccat, a silent mouse glide is achievable thanks to the surface’s friction-reducing silicone material. Smooth edges and a non-slip rubber base help to promote comfort while also preventing unintentional movement. The Kone Pure’s Tracking Control Unit (TCU) was able to effectively calibrate itself by quickly identifying the Hiro’s material properties.

Another positive for the Hiro is the surface’s ‘Force Field Protective Coating’ that makes it easy to clean and water-resistant. The dust, dirt and grime that build up during everyday usage can be simply wiped or brushed off without leaving any meaningful surface marks.

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  • Leo

    looks like a good mouse again, but yeah a bit expensive….

  • Xtreme

    I like the design, but I agree, the pricing seems a bit ‘out’ – especially when compared to their flagship model.