Roccat launches Kone Pure Optical mouse

July 26, 2013 | 09:30

Tags: #gaming-mouse #mouse #optical-mouse

Companies: #roccat

Hamburg-based peripherals specailist Roccat has announced a sibling for its Kone Pure, dubbed the Kone Pure Optical, which features a new sensor capable of a native 4,000 dots per inch (DPI) resolution.

Designed to sit alongside the existing Roccat Kone Pure, the Kone Pure Optical ditches the laser sensor of its predecessor in favour of an LED-based optical unit that maxes out at 4,000dpi native. While that's lower than the 8,200dpi offered by the laser-based Kone Pure, the company claims that the Kone Pure Optical offers a smoother feel that will appeal to gamers who are more about accuracy than twitch speed.

'The new sensor featured in the Kone Pure Optical is the successor to the sensor featured in the famous Savu mouse,' claimed company founder and chief executive René Korte at the launch event. 'The Savu drew praise from gamers and reviewers alike, who complimented the mouse for its accurate and reliable tracking. Building on this success, the Kone Pure Optical has a new and more powerful MCU [microcontroller unit], which features more memory, and two new native DPI steps.'

As with the Kone Pure, the Kone Pure Optical is slightly smaller than the original Kone - 91 per cent of full size, according to the company's measurements - and includes Omron switches on the buttons. Roccat-specific features including the Easy-Shift button duplicator, which allows each button plus the scroll wheel to hold two separate functions, a dedicated driver with micro-manager - storing said macros in the mouse's 576KB internal memory, hanging off the 72MHz 32-bit ARM-based microcontroller - and support for the Roccat Talk interconnection system.

As a high-end mouse, there are plenty of bells and whistles too: the Pro-Optic R3 sensor can be set to 400, 800, 1,200, 1,600, 2,000, 3,200 and 4,000dpi native resolution settings, while the light-up Roccat logo on the soft-touch surface can be fully customised through 16.8 million colours - should you particlarly want to do that.

The Roccat Kone Pure Optical comes with a 1.8m braided USB cable, measures 70mm by 120mm and weighs a claimed 90g. The device is available from selected UK suppliers priced around the £54 mark, with more expected to add the device to their offerings in the coming weeks.
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