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ROCCAT Kone Pure Mouse & Sense Military Mousepad

ROCCAT Kone Pure Military Mouse & Sense Military Mousepad

The ROCCAT Kone Pure Military is a gaming grade mouse with a Pro-Optic 5000 dpi optical sensor and lift control while the Sense mousepad gives you the perfect surface for your mouse.

Ease of Use, Performance:  5/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features:  5/5
How much I enjoy:  5/5

Recommendation:  5/5 Stars

roccat kone pure & sense military

The ROCCAT Kone Pure Military is a gaming grade optical mouse that has the usual assorted adjustments and an optical sensor that includes lift control technology. Lift control means you can adjust what height the optical sensor uses from the surface so when the mouse is lifted above this distance the mouse quits reading.

The ROCCAT Kone Pure in military style is available in three color schemes with the stylized ROCCAT logo on the body of each mouse. The logo has LED lighting you can change and 7 mouse buttons along with the scroll wheel that has the middle click button.

The optical sensor onboard the Kone Pure is 5000 dots per inch and adjustable from a low of 50 DPI up to the maximum 5000 DPI for precise adjustment. The sensor range of adjustment makes it great for gaming or other specific uses like image editing or graphics creation.

whats in the box
Whats in the Box

It’s really nice to use a low setting for more precise control in programs like ArtRage for slow controlled movements while drawing. In games you need a good balance between speed and smooth operation while some may prefer the faster movement of a higher DPI.

The Kone Pure comes with a great control program with all the adjustments in four pages while a fifth page has a trophy system and a sixth is for updating. The trophy system rewards the player for clicks and such which is kind of goofy but it is fun and surprising the first time you hear that you won a trophy no matter what you’re doing.

You can turn off this announcement system as well as the verbal notice of settings changes when not using the settings program so you know what settings has been changed. The mouse buttons are all customizable to your particular needs while the settings program has five DPI settings that can be used for quick changes.

ROCCAT Kone Pure
ROCCAT Kone Pure

The ROCCAT settings program can be set up for five profiles for use with specific programs or for button assignments that are specific for different needs. You can also assign a program to a profile so that the program will trigger that profile when you start it up for quick and easy changes to button assignments and other settings.

One technology that ROCCAT has invented that is very handy is Easy Shift[+] which allows an almost full set of extra button assignments. You can assign one of the side buttons as the Easy Shift and when that is held down a new button assignment can be used for the rest of the buttons.

This will almost double the button assignments for more versatility in any program you use but especially ones where a lot of mouse shortcuts would be nice like image editing. The additional button assignments allow you even more features but this is not just for gaming as I found it quite handy for my image editing.

Bottom of Kone Pure
Bottom of Kone Pure

I have found that a gaming mouse is great for use in other programs and really miss the smooth operation and control when I am forced to use other mice. I really like the control and precision I can get form a smooth gaming grade optical sensor in ArtRage while trying to do precision drawing as well.

ROCCAT has also released a line of mousepads that go well with the Kone Pure and match the stylized design of the Military series. The ROCCAT Sense is a 2mm thick 400 by 280 millimeter mouse pad that has a smooth low friction surface and a foam rubber backing.

The Kone Pure pairs well with the Sense mousepad for a fantastic pair of weapons you can use to decimate enemies or to draw them on your choice of art programs. The ROCCAT Sense has remained a smooth surface and does clean well under simple wiping if you do get it dirty.

sense logo and bottom
ROCCAT Sense Logo & Bottom

I have used a general cleaner and paper towels to clean the pad but the mousepad does not collect dust like some other cloth weave fabrics I have had in the past. The ROCCAT Sense performs very well and makes an excellent purchase along with the Kone Pure for a great set of peripherals.

The ROCCAT Kone Pure in military colors costs about $70 while the ROCCAT Sense is a low price of about $20 at stores like GameStop. The ROCCAT Kone Pure is an excellent mouse and easily works well in both gaming and other programs for an easy recommendation in a performance mouse.

Kone Pure @ ROCCAT

Kone Pure @ Amazon

Sense @ ROCCAT

Sense @ GameStop

Pros
Gaming grade optical sensor with smooth control
Customizable buttons with double the available assignments
Lift Control for better usage

Cons
None

Tt eSports Level 10 M Gaming Mouse

Thermaltake eSports Level 10 M Gaming Mouse

Thermal Take has created a division concentrating on gaming products called Tt eSports which has released a unique gaming mouse called the Level 10 M with adjustable height and angle along with an open design for cooler hands.

Ease of Use, Performance: 5/5
Look & Feel: 4/5
Features: 4/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Recommendation: 4.5/5 Stars

Gaming Mouse Tt eSports Level 10 M

Thermal Take has created a division around gaming called Tt eSports that designs and manufactures gaming grade products and sponsors teams in tournaments decked out with their best peripherals and gear. Tt eSports has a unique mouse to go along with their other Level 10 gaming products called the Level 10 M Gaming Mouse that has adjustable polling and adjustable physical characteristics.

The Level 10 M mouse has not only the adjustable height where your palm rests but tilts by about 5 degrees for a more comfortable gaming use but the mouse has more than just an adjustable top section. The Level 10 M Gaming Mouse has the two finger buttons and the top piece coming in Diamond Black, Iron White, Military Green or Blazing Red that are made from rubberized aluminum.

The top of the mouse sports the two large buttons but the right button is smaller than the left by about a quarter inch in width with the left button being an inch wide and two inches tall while the right button is three quarters of an inch wide and two inches tall. The top of the mouse has twelve hexagon holes to allow for cooling toward your hand while gaming but the separate design of the top also helps to keep the aluminum top cool due to air flow under it.

Whats in the Box Level 10 M Gaming Mouse

The gaming grade mouse has a base that includes a front cable mount to help with tension and bending of the cable as it leaves the mouse which is probably the weakest point of mice and where I have had all my mice fail for wired mice. The aluminum base has the two and a half inch by three quarter inch tall sides that bend up and hold the side buttons of the mouse with two on the right and three on the left.

The left buttons are labeled “A”, “B” and “Z” while the right side is labeled “C” and “D” with the front buttons being about half the size of the middle “B” and rear “D” buttons for easy tactile sensing. The front two buttons are your normal back and forward by default but like most gaming mice can be programmed in the software for just about anything while the “Z” button is setup for profiles and polling rate changes.

Right Side of Level 10 M

The “Z” button is not just a single press button but an analog four position switch so you can raise and lower either profiles or the dots per inch setting of the polling to change speed of your cursor across the screen. This is the sole feature that a gaming mouse lives and dies on and the different levels of your cursor speed across the screen means faster turning and more precise aiming for first person shooters.

Having a quickly adjustable DPI speed where you can quickly lower it for more accurate moves like when sniping means you can quickly change from the slower speed and more accurate aiming of a lower DPI to a higher one for fast turning. Having the four levels means you can have a good variety quickly and the side button using your thumb allows for pretty fast changes but you do need to take a pause in gaming to set this.

Left Side of Level 10 M Gaming Mouse

The location is a bit further back so I needed to at least move my hand some to get my thumb on the side of the mouse to adjust the settings of either the profile or the DPI levels. The four level indicators that are on the right finger button does not change colors like the rest f the mouse but remains a steady red for the level it is on with the bars indicating the four levels of DPI you can is set in the program.

The Level 10 M mouse comes with a handy carry bag, the mouse itself, a small Allen wrench, drivers and some manuals but the drivers are also available from the Tt eSports website. The mouse can adjust from side to side for tilt by about five degrees and the back end of the mouse under your palm adjusts up and down by about .19 inches or 5 millimeters.

The tilt goes from the aluminum side on one side to the other so adjusting the tilt of the top section is limited by the two sides of the base and adjusted by the Allen screw on the right side of the mouse. The open top design also allows the interior LED lighting which is adjustable in the software to shine through the holes near your palm as well as the square on the left mouse button and the scroll wheel.

Bottom of Level 10 M Gaming Mouse

The included software is easy to install and allows you to set profiles, lighting, polling or dots per inch rate and every button on the mouse as well as macros which is a common gaming feature for massive multiplayer games. You can set five profiles with various button settings, polling rates and macros but one thing you cannot do is auto switch profiles when a specific program opens.

Many gaming mice programs allow users to automatically switch profiles when a specific program starts but the Level 10 M Gaming Mouse does not do this which was a surprise for me as this is a common function in gaming mice. The other settings in the Tt eSports program works well and gives the mouse the needed settings and functionality you could want but the omission of program launched profile switching is odd.

I found the DPI settings worked extremely well and having the four levels available from the analog side button worked extremely well for switching quickly between the levels and the indicator on the mouse is handy for knowing which level you’re on. Changing profiles using the four position switch is also easy but the switch position is not easy to use without at least pausing a second or two while in game to adjust.

Level 10 M Program

The two side buttons for back and forward work well and the actual contour of the mouse is good but it does take a bit more getting used to than most other contoured mice, especially over the mice that are ergonomically shaped. The Level 10 M Gaming Mouse does take a bit of getting used to but it does work extremely well for gaming and even in real time simulations or RPG games.

The Level 10 M Gaming Mouse works extremely well for first person shooters and makes a fantastic mouse for gamers that works very well for regular computer use things like image editing and working on my websites. The Level 10 M mouse costs about $100 and with the fully featured mouse only missing one feature I would still highly recommend this as a gaming grade mouse which does have a bit more in customization to make up for the lack of program switching.

Level 10 M Gaming Mouse @ ThermalTake

Mionix NAOS 5000 Gaming Mouse

Mionix NAOS 5000 Gaming Mouse

In conjunction with my review of the Mionix SARGAS and ENSIS mouse pads I also received the NAOS 5000 gaming mouse that is definitely a gaming grade peripheral with a special little surprise under the hood.

Ease of Use, Performance: 5 /5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features  5/5
How much I enjoy 4/5

Total:  4.5/5 Stars

Gaming Mouse Mionix NAOS 5000

Have you ever wondered what difference all those various gaming mouse pads and variety of materials really make when it comes to mouse performance and actual use? How about all those claims that a certain weave, microfiber or silicone rubber will enhance your gaming performance or maybe you just want to compare your favorite desk top or countertop to the current mouse pad you use.

The Mionix Naos is an exceptional gaming mouse with adjustable dpi laser, ergonomic design and fully customizable buttons with macros but has a surprise under that rubberized plastic shell. The Mionix Naos 5000 also has a Surface Quality Analyzer Tool built in so you can check the surface you use for mousing and compare it with others and with common surfaces like your desk, coffee table or countertop.

I did a little comparison and was very surprised at the results, my current table I use for my work area scored better than several mouse pads I have received but some of the gaming grade mouse pads did not fair so well. I will include a chart with this review of my results and there is also one attached to the review of the two Mionix mouse pads I reviewed along with the Mionix Naos 5000 gaming mouse.

Whats in the Box Mionix NAOS 5000

 

The Mionix Naos gaming mouse is not just a toy to check the surface roughness of materials though, it is a gaming grade mouse that includes all the features any gamer wants and needs to take their gaming as far as they can personally. The Naos 5000 has a 5040 dots per inch gaming grade laser sensor but you can easily adjust the dots per inch setting from the two arrow buttons on the top of the mouse in gaming.

Being able to adjust this setting on the fly in a game means in a first person shooter you have it set higher for faster turning and movement but when it comes down to precise control for sniper shots you can quickly adjust it down. The Mionix Naos 5000 also has the fully customizable button settings and macros so you can change any button to the keyboard or mouse assignment as well as assign macros for multi button commands in games.

The downloadable software from the Mionix website also has up to five profiles that are stored on the mouse itself for easy use on other computers or at LAN gaming sessions without worrying about the software. One thing I am surprised about is no use of game executables where the mouse automatically switches over to the appropriate profile when a program or game is launched.

NAOS 5000 Buttons

 

This may become available in future updates as the mouse does have the ability to upgrade the firmware on board the mouse itself as well as new updates in the software. The Mionix Naos 5000 has color preferences for the logo, side dpi step indicators and top buttons for changing the dpi along with the scroll wheel but this is just icing on the cake of a pretty tasty gaming peripheral.

The Mionix Naos 5000 is a comfortable gaming mouse with a contoured grip that fits snuggly into my hand when gaming or for general use and the buttons all fit naturally into the top fingers and thumb. The Naos 500o has two bottom openings for weights with eight 5 gram weights for a good assortment that you can set according to your mousing preferences or not use the weights at all.

I found the small doors a bit difficult to open and close but you should not have a problem and only need to use them a few times to change the weight of the mouse. The Naos 5000 has three large and one medium sized Teflon mouse pads on the bottom so you never have to worry about those small dots falling off your mouse in the hottest gaming sessions.

Bottom of NAOS 5000

I have been using the Mionix Naos 5000 for a month and am very impressed with this gaming peripheral and can truly say Mionix has created a gaming grade mouse that is easily the same quality as other peripheral companies catering to the gamer. The SQAT surface quality analyzer is just icing on the cake so you can truly see the difference the surface you’re using makes and this is not a silly last minute feature tossed in.

The analyzer is actually measuring data loss from the laser sensor over the surface it is on so the tool is handy to see how different surfaces compare when using the same mouse on.  The Mionix Naos 5000 has more going for it than the surface analyzer and in games like first person shooters and real time strategy the mouse performs fantastically with its smooth precision.

Cursor and crosshair movement is great and very smooth and the Naos 5000 easily is a gaming grade peripheral at the top end of the gaming peripheral spectrum competing for the gamer dollars. The Naos 5000 does however come at about the same price for gaming grade mice from other more well-known companies such as Razer and Steel Series but with the addition of a handy tool it does set itself apart a bit.

Mouse Pad Data Loss

I highly recommend the Mionix Naos 5000 as a great gaming peripheral that definitely makes itself known as a professional gaming mouse with a bit of an edge over the competition.

Naos 5000 Gaming Mouse @ Mionix