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ROCCAT Kone Pure Owl-Eye Optical RGB Gaming Mouse Review (Page 1)

ROCCAT Kone Pure Owl-Eye Optical RGB Gaming Mouse Review

ROCCAT's Kone Pure Owl-Eye Optical RGB gaming mouse enters the labs and we put it to the test.

By Chad Sebring | Oct 31, 2017 08:13 pm CDT
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: ROCCAT

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing


With fourteen mice to offer ROCCAT shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Many of the mice we have seen from them in the past have passed through our labs with flying colors, in fact, we have never run across any review that puts them down for that matter. This is a rare occurrence, as peripherals are a hands-on product, where each model may not please everyone, but somehow ROCCAT can pull this off, and deliver gaming peripherals that are not just top of the line but are those that make users gravitate towards them.

The reason for this is that there are a few things we have come to expect from ROCCAT. First off, there are the top-tier components used on the inside, and ROCCAT is not afraid to surpass what others in the market build into their mice. Then, and likely most important, there is the shape and build quality of their mice. All of them take ergonomics into account, and not one of them will fall apart or offer a lackluster feel in your hand. The EasyShift+ System is also something that sets ROCCAT apart from all others, so that with the press of a button, you can then double the ability of the product, adding in whatever sort of actions or commands you see fit. We also have grown fond of the ROCCAT SWARM software, which has always operated properly, is intuitive, and offers the utmost in customization for their goods.

By now it is highly likely that you have seen the Kone [+], Kone EMP, the Kone XTD, or may have seen the Kone Pure. Today we bring you one of the latest in the series, where the Kone Pure has had a refresh. Unlike the original, which sported a laser sensor, this time the mouse features ROCCAT's new Owl-Eye optical sensor. Not only is there a new sensor to be had, but the switches have been upgraded, with no remains of pad style switches, and the main pair now offers a much longer lifespan, and also the MCU has been changed as well. With a whole new interior to the Kone Pure, the Kone Pure Owl-Eye us a whole new bird. Stick with us as we have a look at the similarities and well as the major differences, so we may deliver our verdict on this latest submission from ROCCAT.


Contained in the chart we found on the product page, ROCCAT is sure to divulge everything there is to know about the Kone Pure Owl-Eye mouse. With the name it has, it only makes sense for it to sport the ROCCAT Owl-Eye sensor, and while optical, delivers 12,000 DPI. In the software, you can adjust the polling rate, which tops out at 1000Hz, as well as make adjustments to the response time, which is set to 1ms by default. Using the top of the line Omron switches, the main buttons are good for fifty million clicks, while the rest of the switches are either TTC or ALPS which is used for the scroll wheel. This sensor can register movement at fifty times the force of gravity, and at speeds of up to 240 inches per second. There is no acceleration built in, and there is no angle snapping built in either. There is an adjustable lift off distance setting, and all of this is controlled via a 50MHz ARM MCU with 512kB of onboard memory, and the Kone Pure Owl-Eye connects to the PC via 1.8 meters of braided USB cable.

The Kone Pure Owl-Eye, on first glance, looks identical to the Kone Pure, as it should. Both are made from black plastic, they have the same features and general shape, but there are minor discrepancies. The 70mm width is the same as before, but the height has increased 4mm to an overall height of 39mm this time. The length of the new Kone Pure has been lengthened 3mm to a new 118mm overall length, and the weight has dropped to only 88 grams this time around. The Kone Pure Owl-Eye will work with Windows 7, 8 or 10, but you will need an internet connection to obtain the drivers and an open USB 2.0 port to make it function.

As we attempt to hunt down the Kone Pure Owl-Eye RGB Gaming mouse to get an idea on pricing, we see that it is widely available in many outlets. The two that concern most buyers is the listings on Amazon, where this mouse is priced at $69.99, or at Newegg, where you can save seven percent, and pay only $65. Of course, Prime and Premier Memberships have the advantage of free shipping too. Compared to many other mice we get sent to us on a regular basis, this is right in the middle of the pricing scale. It is not super cheap, but then again it is nowhere near the $100 or more we have seen some mice require for use. Out of the gate, ROCCAT is a step ahead of the pack, but let's see what else they have in store before we go jumping to conclusions.

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Chad Sebring


Jumping into computers for just the aspect of gaming is how it all started for me. After a solid year of gaming, I caught the overclocking bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and I have had both air and water setups to tinker with. With a few years of abusing computer parts, I looked for something new. I then decided to take my chances and try to get a review job with a online site. As an avid overclocker, I am always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals technology.

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