The latest addition to the Kone lineup by ROCCAT, the Kone Pure Military, is here. It comes in 3 variations, Camo Charge, Naval Storm, and Desert Strike. We recieved the Camo Charge varient, but as far as I can tell, the only difference between the varients is the color scheme, so this review will cover all three. As an added bonus, we also recieved the new Sense Camo 2mm gaming surface (which I will touch on a little later).
The Kone Pure Military revisits the familiar ergonomic design of previous ROCCAT mice that we appreciated so much. The mouse fits in the hand nicely, and has a rugged rubberized exterior that makes for very comfortable long gaming sessions. The build quality alone of ROCCAT mice puts them near the top of my favorites list, but I digress.
It wouldn’t be a ROCCAT mouse without an Easy Shift+ button, and it is no surprise that we see this awesome feature return once again. If you aren’t familiar with Easy Shift, it essentially doubles the amount of assignable buttons available on any device. If that wasn’t enough, the Kone Pure Military also supports ROCCAT Talk, which enables Easy Shift buttons to be shared across enabled devices, expanding your macro pool exponentially for every ROCCAT Talk device you have (If that’s not a way to increase brand loyalty, I don’t know what is). I have really been enjoying the ROCCAT Talk feature, and suspect I will continue to go back to ROCCAT products when I need macro flexibility.
From a tech spec angle, the Kone Pure Military features an adjustable 50-5000dpi optical sensor, 1000Hz polling rate, and an adjustable distance control unit for calibrating lift. While 5000dpi is pretty high, and more than adequate for my personal use, some gamers may want to note there are some higher dpi sensors on the market. I love the 1000Hz polling rate simply because it ensures pinpoint accuracy; however it may be worth noting that higher polling rates may put some strain on older CPUs (we’re talking ancient here – if you’re a gamer your rig really should be fine).
Last but not least, I have to mention the surprise gaming surface that showed up with the Kone. The Sense Camo 2mm is a massive 400x280mm cloth gaming mousepad with a stylish pattern for each of the three military motifs. While it is slightly larger than my normal gaming area permits, I did test it out on a larger surface with multiple mice and was very happy with its performance. I was a little worried that the patterns might interfere with some sensors, but had no issues whatsoever. I may look into a smaller cloth Taito by ROCCAT in the future, as I really had no qualms with this mouse pad aside from the size.
Overall, ROCCAT showed up again with the Kone Pure Military. It is a fantastic mouse from a line of fantastic mice. I suspect ROCCAT will continue to put out quality products like this one for a long time to come.
Model: Kone Pure Military
Price at time of review: $65
Review samples provided by manufacturer.
Build Quality - 8.5
Features - 9
ROCCAT showed up again with the Kone Pure Military. It is a fantastic mouse from a line of fantastic mice.
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