Steel Series Kana Gaming Mouse Review

The Kana is one of three ambidextrous mice that SteelSeries introduced at CES 2012. Designed with lightness and adaptability in mind, the Kana occupies the space in between the 4% smaller Kinzu and 4% larger Sensei. Along with oversized buttons and a color scheme decided upon by 300,000 Facebook followers, the Kana aims to please the masses. So is the Kana a jack of all trades but master of none? Read on for our conclusion.



The Middle Child

In size, features, and buttons the Kana is more than a Kinzu and not quite a Sensei.

Counts Per Inch

Scalable pointer speed up 3200 in increments of 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 CPI.

You Voted, We Listened

Mouse 1.1 is the SteelSeries Kana. You chose its design, now it’s ready to play.

Side Buttons

Ambidextrously placed side button on each side of the mouse.

Lighting With Purpose

Scroll wheel LED intensity can be assigned to indicate which CPI profile is enabled.

Double Braided Cord

Improved durability and tangle-free via its double braided nylon cord.

Toggle On-The-Fly

CPI toggle for on-the-fly high/low sensitivity adjustments.

The SteelSeries Engine

Program your buttons, optimize your sensitivity, and create unlimited profiles.



  • Weight: 72 grams (0.16 lbs)
  • Height: 37 mm (1.5 in)
  • Width: 64 mm (2.5 in)
  • Length: 124 mm (4.9 in)
  • Frames per second: 3600
  • Inches per second: 130
  • Mega pixels per second: 3.7
  • Counts per inch: 400 - 3200
  • Maximum acceleration: 30 G
  • Sensor data path: True 16 bit
  • Liftoff distance: 2mm
  • Maximum polling: 1000 Hz
  • 2 XL-sized side buttons for easy rapid-fire
  • Tournament grade optical sensor capable of 3600 fps
  • Gaming grade UPE teflon glide pads
  • Support for the SteelSeries Engine



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