Roccat launches Kone Pure Optical mouse

Roccat launches Kone Pure Optical mouse

The Roccat Kone Pure Optical has all the features of the laser-based Kone Pure, but swaps in a 4,000dpi optical sensor.

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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Phil Rhodes 26th July 2013, 10:49 Quote
I'd love to know why they think lasers help.
Gareth Halfacree 26th July 2013, 11:08 Quote
Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
I'd love to know why they think lasers help.
Eh? The Roccat Kone Pure Optical doesn't use lasers; the entire point is that it uses an LED-based optical sensor instead. The Roccat Kone Pure uses a laser, as the article makes abundantly clear.

As for why lasers help (or hinder): a laser-based light source on an optical sensor allows for much finer-grained accuracy. Just look at the figures: the Roccat Kone Pure Optical, with its LED-based light source, tops out at 4,000dpi; the Roccat Kone Pure, which uses a laser-based light source, hits 8,200dpi. That's more than double the resolution.

Some don't like the 'feel' of a laser-based sensor, however, and would prefer the old-style LED light source. It's for these that Roccat has built the Kone Pure Optical.
Phil Rhodes 26th July 2013, 12:17 Quote
The Roccat Kone Pure uses a laser, as the article makes abundantly clear.

Sure, absolutely, the question was more "why does it ever make a difference". I appreciate they have larger resolution figures, but it isn't clear to me why that's necessarily associated with the character of the illumination. Modern optical mice frequently use something like a 4x4 or 8x8 pixel "camera" looking down at the surface on which the mouse is running. I suppose you could take the position that the finer light source of a diode laser casts sharper shadows from the details on the desktop but the resolution of the thing is ordinarily more down to the detector than the emitter.

After all, a diode laser pretty much is an LED, just one about the size of a bacterium.
Corky42 26th July 2013, 12:45 Quote
The reason the DPI is greater with LASER mice is because of the rectilinear quality of a LASER beam compared to the highly divergent nature of all other types of light sources, including non LASER LEDs.
Xir 27th July 2013, 11:48 Quote
Back to the roots.

Next year, a direct-kinetic-driven mouse for those hardcore gamers out know, with a rubber ball in it ;-)
lankymorley 27th July 2013, 22:09 Quote
As a low sensitivity gamer, I've never been satisfied with the tracking of a mouse with a laser sensor. Optical all the way!
jimmyjj 29th July 2013, 22:10 Quote
Voice command is the way to go:

"Left a bit, right a bit - Fire!".
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