Decent gaming mice aren’t cheap, and for good reason. The Roccat Kone Pure Ultra is the company’s new entry level mouse that gives its older brothers a run for their money.
Entry level here means £59.99 but that comes with plenty of features for your hard earned cash, the headline being the 16000 DPI optical sensor which tracks movement precisely. The light weight, especially when compared to the Kain wireless mouse I reviewed earlier, frame feels comfortable with its smooth brushed plastic exterior and ergonomic shape.
Only 6 buttons are available; the two main buttons, the two DPI setting buttons behind the scroll wheel and the two on the left for the thumb, but these are programmable through Roccat’s Swarm software which controls all their peripherals in one place. They are well designed with super fast switches and a scroll wheel that feels perfectly balanced with its smooth movement and rubberised coating grip.
For those used to mice that feel weightier, this may well be a step down, it takes a little getting used to if you like the extra weight, but it’s ideal for those who are just getting in to PC gaming and want something easy to use but that will still give them an advantage online or provide the accuracy needed.
The wire is a basic but fairly long standard USB cord. Where the more expensive models are braided, this is just thin rubber. Again, it’s clear that this is on the cheaper end of Roccat’s range but it still does the job.
Finally, the lighting effects of Roccat’s other peripherals aren’t forgotten here. The main logo on the front of the Kain Pure Ultra lights up brightly with its RGB lighting, all controlled from the Swarm software where you can set it to work with other peripherals such as the Vulcan or Horde Keyboard and Roccat’s headsets, producing a uniform effect or just all working independently.
While it’s not as cheap as some of the more throwaway gaming mice out there, the Kone Pure Ultra feels like it has the quality of its elder siblings without their extra price tag. It provides perfect movement and customisable button presses, plus the same Roccat quality and stand-out RGB lighting.