The ROCCAT Kone Pure Owl-Eye RGB Gaming mouse is better than the original. Not only does it deliver a larger range of usable DPI, we feel it is more accurate comparing them at the same DPI levels. ROCCAT also upped the game by changing out the internal components too, and not just the move to an optical sensor over a laser sensor. Gone are the pad style switches the original offered, and are replaced with an assortment of TTC switches. The main switches, while still made by Omron, they get an upgrade too, not only to the lifespan but with a slightly stiffer actuation force than the standard white Omron switches. The MCU is also updated, with a faster processor, but is still 32-bit. We also like the change from metallic gray on the top to an all-black design this time, and the carryover of the RGB LED logo is something many will appreciate.
The mouse is small, and that could be an issue for those with larger hands. Also, the weight may be of some concern, as there is not an additional weighting system to play with, like the original had. What you are left with is a feather-light mouse that slides around like an egg in a well-buttered skillet. Minimal effort is needed to move the Kone Pure Owl-Eye around, which is pleasing after testing a few heavy mice, like the LEADR for example. Accuracy is on point, as long as you do not surpass your capabilities with the DPI setting. The indentations on the sides are a plus when it comes to moving this mouse, and with the LOD set to low, there is very little sensor movement when this is done. All of this combined with the software gives you a mouse that is battle-ready out of the box and only gets better the more you play around with it and customize it to your every whim.
At $65 we do not feel ROCCAT is asking too much of their customers. For anyone with smaller hands or those with medium hands who prefer claw or fingertip grip styles, the Kone Pure Owl-Eye mouse is right up your alley. With medium sized hands and a relaxed grip on the mouse, we did feel a bit like a giant, but with time it was overcome, and we were left with a mouse we are sad to see replaced with the next product in line for testing. Due to its size and light weight, it is also great for traveling, and with the 512KB of onboard memory, anything you set at home will stay with the mouse on the go, even without the software installed. For us, the Kone Pure Owl-Eye RGB Gaming Mouse is the way you reintroduce a device to the masses. Improvements all around, yet still stays true to everything we expect to see when it comes to peripherals made by ROCCAT.
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Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: ROCCAT's Kone Pure Owl-Eye RGB Gaming Mouse may be too small and light for some, but for those that can handle it, be prepared to experience awesomeness! It is feature rich, it is a nice upgrade from the original, and the price isn't out of bounds. It's a simple mouse with amazing software.
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