Roccat Kone Pure Testing & Results
The Roccat Kone Pure was tested over a period exceeding 100 hours. The main programs and games used during testing consisted of: Adobe CS5, Dreamweaver, StarCraft II, and Warframe.
- Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M
- Processor: Intel i5 3570K Ivy Bridge @ 4.0 GHz
- System Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1600 MHz
- Video: Gigabyte Windforce GTX 670 TI (2GB)
- Audio: HT Omega Claro Plus
- PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M700 (Gold)
- Monitor: LG 27EA83-D 27″ 5ms IPS @ 2560 x1440
- Operating System: Windows 7 (64 bit)
Roccat’s Kone Pure has the ability to change global polling rates to 125 / 250 / 500 / 1000Hz (global per each of the five profiles). The maximum polling rate of 1000Hz was used for all tests. According to two separate polling tools, Direct Input Mouse Rate for DirectX and Mouse Rate Checker, the Kone Pure easily exceeded the peak advertised polling rate.
Desktop Applications: With a native desktop resolution of 2560×1440 the DPI setting mostly used was 4200, which seemed to be the sweet spot for the Kone Pure. Working with Photoshop was a bit problematic due to the physical dimensions and form factor (even though this mouse is designed for the claw technique, it was difficult to gain any masterful control); of course, those with smaller or daintier hands may not find this a problem. On a more positive note, the tracking on the Kone Pure was dead on and one of the best experiences to date, even over it’s larger, previous iterations.
Gaming: StarCraft II was implemented for the Omron button torture test. The switches seem a little too sensitive at times, with a lot of accidental clicking. This only applies to the main mouse buttons and not any of the other switches. To directly contrast this the Titan Wheel was truly a joy to use, being fluid and smooth with just the right amount of notches for a very positive tactile feedback (16 notches to be exact). In dealing with particular aspects of the free-to-play FPS/RPG game Warframe, the DPI needed to be kicked down to 3200 DPI to even snipe anything. With a little practice though, the natural high sensitivity and superior laser sensor of the Kone Pure proved to be more then worthy.