Inside the Kone Pure Owl-Eye
Four screws keep this mouse together, and once removed, we can detach the cable and set both halves on the table. We see a small PCB in the top for the side and top button switches, and there is the main PCB in the lower half which contains everything else.
The DPI selector switches are blue TTC switches and are soft in the force needed to use them, and the report form use is quieter than expected. The pair of red TTC switches back the side buttons, they are stiffer in actuation force, and the click is easily heard from them.
What reads the movement of the scroll wheel is the ALPS W switch which is made of natural metal for the housing. Under the left click button, we find an Omron switch, but not your average one. This is a blue Omron with the part number D2FC-F-K(50M)-RT. This offers fifty million clicks, and while the report is similar to other Omron switches, they seem to require a bit more force than the typical offerings.
The basis behind the ROCCAT Owl-Eye sensor is this PixArt optical sensor. What we find inside of the Kone Pure Owl-Eye is the PMW3361DM-T2QU, which is similar to what is used in other 12,000 DPI optical mice.
Rather than using the ST Microelectronics MCU, we found in the original, this time ROCCAT chose NXP as the source. We find here the LPC11U36F, which is an ARM Cortex-M0 processor, which is 32-bit, runs with a clock of 50MHz and offers 512KB of onboard memory.
To register the press of the scroll wheel, we find a red TTC switch resting on a pedestal. In front of that, we find a matching blue Omron switch for the right click button.
Once plugged in, we finally get to see the ROCCAT Kone Pure Owl-Eye in all its glory. A pleasing shape, a clean looking matte finish, and a large backlit log on the heel which can be set to any color imagined, or run various patterns of lighting as well.
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