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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Friday, 23 November 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming Mouse
Closer Look: ROCCAT KONE Pure
ROCCAT KONE Pure Detailed Features
ROCCAT Hiro 3D Gaming Surface
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ROCCAT KONE Pure Detailed Features

Now that we have had a look at the ROCCAT KONE Pure mouse it's time to look at what drives it. In this section we look at the KONE Pure utility to see what level of customization and adjustment we have available.

Roccat does not bundle the software with the device so you must download it from their website. After downloading and installing the software it will automatically flash new Firmware to your device.


Opening the Roccat KONE Pure mouse settings utility can be done in one of two ways, either by clicking on the KONE Pure icon in the windows notification area or by pressing an assigned button (function must first be assigned). The first screen you will see deals with the sensitivity options, wheel speed, DPI stages and double click speed. Adjusting the various options doesn't require explanation and sliders make changing settings super easy. The contrast of blue on black neatly matches the color theme of the company.

The KONE Pure can have up to five different profiles set to activate when a certain game or application is launched. You can also set one of these profiles as windows profile (by clicking the WP button on any of the five profiles), as soon as you exit any application or game that has a profile assigned to it, the settings utility will automatically switch back to your defined windows profile so you don't need to worry about (or check) which profile is active


Next is the button assignment tab, pretty much self explanatory I think you'll agree. Settings on the left are the default functions and settings on the right are the functions executed when each button is used in conjunction with the EasyShift[+] key. By default the EasyShift[+] key is assigned to button 5 as seen above, and can only be assigned to buttons 4 or 5 unless you have the Roccat Talk compatible ISKU illuminated gaming keyboard which can also have a key assigned as the EasyShift modifier for the KONE Pure.

Creating a macro should be simple but unfortunately it isn't, at the same time it isn't a difficult task it's just more long winded than anything. Fist you must select or create a macro set before you can create a macro, or create new macro's in existing sets. From here it is quite simple but the steps up to here were unnecessary in my eyes.


Next up are the advanced options and here we have a couple of options unique to Roccat, known as the Tracking and Distance Control Units. These two features really take the KONE Pure to a new level when used in conjunction and give you great control of the mouse. Lift off has long been an issue with some well known brands and Roccat's distance control unit goes a long way to alleviating this problem. Tracking on a wide range of surfaces can also be a big issue for some laser mice and the tracking control unit allows the KONE Pure to adapt the laser sensor to track at its best on nearly any flat surface. It is recommended that the surface should be one uniform color for the most optimal results. the TCU (Tracking Control Unit) setting didn't seem to make much of a difference to me but I am playing on a laminated wood effect surface so I wasn't expecting too much. The DCU (Distance Control Unit) set to extra low really had an impact on cursor movement during mouse lift-off, keeping it very low indeed. I'm not sure who would want cursor movement during lift-off but leaving the setting to default (off) or on normal will see some movement for sure.

You can have a sound (voice) play when you change various options as shown above in the top right corner, this is really helpful when you are in game to get aural feedback rather than visual feedback as the latter will definitely distract you more.


Next up is color control, from here you have a plethora of color choices guaranteed to suit any preference. The lighting effect is quite intense and very vibrant. There are three light effects to choose from, you could have the lights stay on or turn them off altogether or you have a breathing (fade on and off) mode.


A new addition to the ROCCAT KONE utility is the R.A.D tab, which stands for ROCCAT Achievements Display. Pretty much self explanatory this one, the utility tracks your usage and awards you godlike abilities virtual achievement trophies and also gives some stats on your usage. It's a bit of a gimmick but interesting all the same.

As was the case with the ROCCAT KONE[+] and KONE XTD, after applying any changed settings there is a ~28 seconds wait from clicking apply to the changes actually taking place on the mouse. While 28 seconds might not seem like a long time, imagine you are experimenting with colors, these 28 seconds each time can soon mount up. Changing settings, configuring buttons or trying different color combinations can become a time consuming and laborious task.

Note from ROCCAT regarding malware/antivirus scanners

This issue (above) has to do with the malware scanner/software on the particular PC. The software scans the driver and that's what makes it slow. If users contact ROCCAT support with this issue, they are given this answer:

When the driver is taking very long to open or to accept changes then please make sure to create an exception rule for it in your anti-virus program. In case you use Microsoft Forefront please also follow this process:

  1. Settings -> Excluded files and locations
  2. Write into locations: C:\Program Files\ROCCAT
  3. Click on "add"
  4. Save changes



# RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseJoe 2012-11-25 15:11
no mats !?!? what are you gaming, pinball?
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# RE: RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-11-25 15:28
Sorry, I don't understand what you are trying to say.
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# RE: RE: RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseIain 2012-11-30 03:30
He's saying you don't move your mouse very much! :-)

I sort of agree about mouse mats. You don't really need one these days. I never use one at work, but the mouse feet get dirtier quicker without one and that certainly affects performance. For me, the sooner the mouse glides the better it is. I actually have this mouse and it flies over my roccat mat like hot buttered butter.

I agree with a lot of the review. The pure is perhaps a little on the small side for me but the design certainly does bridge the gap between claw and palm. The build quality is certainly excellent and the performance is on a par with the brilliant Sensei.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming Mousemeandertal 2013-02-05 10:32
Unless you game on a concrete slab...
Nope marble... Lol Salvage recovered and repurposed fireplace mantle piece. Works a charm no pad required, I concur.
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# ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseBig J 2012-11-27 14:32
When & Where can we BUY the MOUSE In (Usa EtA)!! Please Been waiting for ever to BUY It (Throws Funds at Screen) :) I seen it was sappose to be out in september then i seen that it was sappose to be out at the end of november 2012!! Well its the 27th of november with 3 days to go till end of the month :( Hope its is OUT soon here in the USA wanting to buy it for christmas :)
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# RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-11-27 14:51
Hi Big J.

We are still awaiting this information from ROCCAT ourselves, as soon as we know we will update this article and post a reply here. There are places online that are selling these, but at well over the MSRP so hold out if you can.
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# ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseBig J 2012-11-27 15:13
OKies KOOls Thx for all the info & keep up all the good work U Guys ROCK!!!
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# RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseSkidmarks 2013-02-05 10:31
For me personally this is the best mouse I've ever used & I've used 100's literally of all different makes & models. It would be wise to buy a spare because I never want to change this mouse.
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# RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseSheoVhan 2013-02-15 05:58
can you change the led into white color for this mouse? cause if it can then i'm gonna buy it.
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# RE: RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2013-02-15 09:46
Unfortunately not. The only way you will get white is if you change the LED's out.
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# RE: ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming MouseIain 2013-02-15 06:28
Here's a long-term review of the Roccat Pure.

I've been using this mouse in the UK for a few months now. I've generally used it as my laptop mouse for work (CGI, Photoshop etc), and sometimes for gaming.

The build quality of the mouse really is superb. One of the best quality mice I've owned in fact. The lighting scheme is also extremely impressive. The Cat logo looks as if it's made from reflective foil rather than an LED. It looks great in any colour too.

Performance-wise, the mouse is good. Roccat do great mice and this matches the performance of their best. I used a Kone for two years as my main mouse and had zero complaints about it.

So why not use it as my main gaming mouse? It's too small for a start. If you're a child or growing teenager or you have small hands, then it will probably be okay. If you're a medium-sized adult male, then I'd say this mouse is too small for a main devise. It's great as a travel mouse, but you'll find your fingers making a lot of contact with the tabletop. If you game of a hard surface, that'll get cold quickly.

The other problem with the Pure is that while it's performance is good, it's nothing special and certainly not a patch on the Steelseries Sensei's performance. I undertook a series of tests over a few months with different gaming mice. The Sensei quickly became the benchmark mouse. The mice that came closest to it in terms of performance were the Q-Pad gaming mice, (especially the red L.E edition) and the standard Roccat Kone. The Pure lost out because of it's small size and the fact that (like all other gaming mice except the Sensei), you have to manually increase/reduce the sensitivity. The Sensei has the ability to recognize careful aiming and automatically adjust the DPI on the fly. If you're serious about Black Ops 2, Battlefield 3 (or my favourite, Red Orchestra 2), then the Sensei will genuinely increase the quality of your performance. In numerous side by side tests with 6 other gaming mice, the Sensei consistently notched up higher kill counts.

The Pure is a really nice mouse with great build quality, but the small size could be a real problem, and it won't improve your gaming over your current mouse.
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# Lain^Tim 2013-02-26 23:00
Lain, how did the sensei match up to the death adder? it seems you've done what I am in the process of doing, finding the best mouse you can, and after a g700, rat 7 mmo7, and a Razer naga the death adder is just simply better, I just wish it had more buttons. I'd really like to know if the sensei was better in your opinion than the death adder, and why.
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# How to change the lights color of the mousLars 2013-04-28 06:05
I just bought it today there is an app for it to change the color lightings right?But i dont know how to change it,where do i download it
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# RE: How to change the lights color of the mousSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2013-04-28 06:23
Visit the Roccat website @

Download the driver, install and run, and you will be good to go.
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