Roccat Kone Pure Review
It is a testament to the excellence of the Roccat Kone's design that it's barely changed since it first appeared four years ago. Whilst other manufacturers have been adjusting their ergonomics and feature sets on a regular basis, the Kone has only had two sensor upgrades and the addition of the Easy-Shift since its inception.
With the Kone Pure you have all of the benefits of the full-fat, top line Kone XTD, but in a smaller package. That 10% size reduction has really made a difference with the mouse not only feeling nimbler to use, but obviously it fits better in the palm of those with a more average size hand.
That smaller size doesn't mean a reduction in features though. You still get 6 customisable buttons which, when combined with the Easy Shift and plenty of profiles, gives you enough possibilities to ensure you're never having to make hard decisions about what you'd prefer to have near to hand and what you'll have to place elsewhere. The software is the regular Roccat combination of functionality and ease of use. Macros are well catered for with an array of options and if you own a Roccat keyboard then they two will combine into a harmonious whole.
The lighting is capable of running the full gamut of colours and. although obviously the difference between FFFFFF and FFFFFE is too much to realistically ask, you can be certain of getting a the colour of your choice. The logo supports the breathing option too, or if you prefer a stealthier approach you can just turn it off. The coating is soft and tactile, providing a nice feel beneath your fingertips whilst giving good control and grip. It's that fabulous blend of grippy without being sticky, which is hard to achieve.
The heart of the Kone Pure is what will really sell it though, with the same 8200DPI laser sensor that is in their XTD. There is an option with the Pure to have an optical sensor, if you prefer the more responsive, lower DPI that they provide. Equally if you want a plain black one the regular Pure will suffice, and if you want red, white, blue or orange then the Pure Color is the one. Although the Pure Color is only available with the 8200DPI R3 laser sensor.
We love the Kone, and always have. In Pure guise it's perfect. We can't think of anything we don't like about it. The sensor is amazing, it's really comfortable, hugely customisable with the excellent software and, at around £50, perfectly priced. Unhesitatingly a Gold Award winner.