SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Gaming Mouse Review - Performance and SteelSeries Engine

Performance

Upon leaving our day-to-day applications and diving into some actual gameplay, the Kinzu's lack of side buttons becomes painfully apparent. As more and more highly programmable mice with dedicated software hit the market, it's hard to say why SteelSeries did not slap some extra switches onto this 'Pro' model for our benefit. Another potential drawback for some is the limited number of CPI settings. The maximum sensitivity of 3200 CPI should satisfy a good chunk of speed freaks, but the fact that the pointer can only be scaled to 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 left us wanting a greater level of choice. If you want maximum control, an upgrade to the Ikari or the newly announced Sensei [RAW] might be in order, as they both support scaling in CPI increments of 1 all the way up to 1600 for a $15 premium. We did manage to confirm the v2 Pro's advertised polling rate of 1,000Hz by using the application 'Mouse Rate Checker.'

 

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Navigating across a multi-monitor setup or practicing 'twitch' gaming becomes effortless when your mouse has UPE Teflon feet and tips the scale at a mere 77 grams. Having a Pixart PAN3305DK optical sensor with a maximum speed of 65 inches per second and 30 G of acceleration doesn't hurt either. All of these features worked together to launch our cursor across the screen at an impressive 5.5m/s. By comparison, that is 0.7m/s faster than what the Logitech G500 is capable of. Keep in mind that the SteelSeries Kana pairs a PAN3305DK-H sensor with a 0.5x lens as opposed to the 1x lens on the Kinzu. This yields double the speed or 130IPS.

 

SteelSeries Engine

The SteelSeries Engine makes it extremely easy to adjust CPI levels, change the polling rate, and assign macros. Once the two CPI settings are dialed in, you can switch between them on-the-fly by depressing the mouse's top button. Setting macros on a 3-button mouse isn't something we see many people doing, but the option is there if you want it. A separate pane shows a heat map of you mouse usage. Another feature with questionable practicality, but nice to have nonetheless. We used it to test the effectiveness of the much touted Omron switches, managing to register 76 clicks in 10 seconds with great tactile feel. You can read more about our impressions of the SteelSeries Engine in our reviews of the Kana and Sensei mice.

 

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# David 2012-04-20 10:16
Nice review, thx!