Fan Starts Petition for an HD SEGA Dreamcast

Petitions used to be political tools as a show of strength by the proletariat, signing one’s name to a formal document in protest at, say, a local park being sold off to Barratt Homes. The age of the internet, though, has turned the humble petition into a medium for spoilt children to throw their toys out of the pram.

Do you want a sarcasm font on social media because the concept of the absurd flies over your head? Start a petition! Think that Taco Bell should give a minimum of two hot sauce packets with each meal? Petition away! Have an irrational hated of sporks? This is what petitions were made for! Want your favourite band, S Club 7, to reform? After all, there ain’t no party like an S Club party. You know what to do…

In that vein, Australian gamer Ben Plato has launched a petition for SEGA to release a Limited Edition, HD version of its Dreamcast console, because there is a massive void in the world that only such a box can fill.

“The new console should have a new but similar design, wifi, wireless controllers (4 maximum) 720p or 1080p HD upscaling and HDMI output, internal 500g Hard Drive and a GD-Rom drive,” Plato writes.

“The console should be able to play original Dreamcast GD-Roms and also have the ability to connect online to a Dreamcast Classics Store to purchase and download classic Dreamcast titles in digital form where it can be played directly from the Hard Drive,” he adds.

It should also have a cup holder, a picture of my favourite fictional dog (Snoopy, by the way), and tell me that I’m lovely every 30 minutes. Are you listening, SEGA?

The petition already has 19,273 signatories on Change.org.

“By making the console made to order,” Plato asserts, “there is less risk of financial loss.”

Cue a second petition when SEGA releases its Limited Edition HD Dreamcast with Go-Faster Stripes for £2,000 in order to claw back the R&D costs of producing such a console for only 20,000 people.

Sony Teases Limited Edition Star Wars Darth Vader PS4

In sync with the release of The Force Awakens, Star Wars Battlefront and Disney Infinity 3.0, Sony is partnering with Disney to release two limited edition Darth Vader PS4s console bundles. Each of the bundles come with a special Darth Vader lid, a special DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller inspired by Darth Vader’s control panel and other Star Wars related games and items.

Set to coincide with the release of Star Wars Battlefront in November, the first bundle is not surprisingly, with a copy of Star Wars Battlefront, and the second is with Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition. The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition is a Walmart exclusive for some reason which probably means some regions won’t get it as well. The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition also gets a Rise Against the Empire Play Set Pack (featuring Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa figures, as well the Rise Against the Empire Play Set piece), and the Boba Fett figure.

Both bundles also get 4 additional titles, with remastered versions of classics like Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter and Star Wars Bounty Hunter. All 4 titles also feature improved trophy support for those that are into collecting them. For those that are interested in these 4 classics and the PS4 bundle, but no Battlefront or Disney Infinity 3.0, there is a separate bundle with just the Darth Vader PS4 set and the 4 classic titles available. There is no word yet on pricing and you can watch the reveal trailer below.

Pip-Boy Production was at “Maximum Capacity”

Anyone who is anyone in the gaming industry, be it as a gamer or maker, knows about the Fallout series; if you haven’t, get from under your rock. In the recent announcement of Fallout 4, the limited edition featured a real life Pip-Boy which interacts with your mobile phone thanks to a slot in the top. The limited edition sold out almost instantly; after crashing retailers websites of course.

Bethesda marketing Vice President Pete Hines has stated that the company tried to make as many of the product as possible, selling out instantly in both waves of shipments. The problem it seems is that the factories tasked with producing the iconic plastic shroud were at maximum capacity with pre-existing orders.

“We reached a point where we’d go back to the factories and they were like, ‘Guys, this is it, sorry. This is as long as we can run the lines and as many of them as we can make,'” Hines told GameSpot. “We’d go back to [the factories] and say, ‘Demand for this is insane, we’ve got to make more.’ And they’d move other projects off or shift stuff to other factories and it just came to [them telling Bethesda], ‘Final answer: sorry, this is as many as we can make.’ And we sold every single one of those that we could.”

Before you go shouting on social media that you have a good chance of buying a brand new Pip-Boy, think again, Hines during a conversation with a fan:

We could be seeing more remaining stock of Pip-Boy editions hit the shelves, but likely in very small quantities. If you want to get your hands on one; keep your eyes glued to your local resellers and eBay for the possible second-hand purchase.

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information.

Batman Arkham Knight Limited Edition Delayed

The soon to be released Batman Arkham Knight is a game that has had anything but a smooth start for Rocksteady and Warner Interactive. There have been a lot of delays and just last week we saw the cancellation of the Batmobile edition of the game due to faulty figurines. They just didn’t live up to a quality standard that could be sold.

Now the next version of the game is in trouble and this time it is the Batman Arkham Knight Limited Edition sold exclusively by the online shopping giant Amazon. The Limited edition won’t be cancelled, but it will be released with a delay.

Ironically the issue is close to the one for the Batmobile edition, although not as bad. The figurines might be up to the quality standard that is needed, but they lack the CE certification that they need by law within the EU. This is a double face-palm for both companies and I’m pretty sure that there is some screaming on the phones and harsh words in the emails between them and the figuring manufacturers.

The Limited Edition will now ship on the 14th of July instead. Amazon knows your frustrations and will be providing game codes for a download on the 23rd of June so customers can enjoy played the game right away. So the good news for those who pre-ordered is that you can play upon release, but you will have to wait for all the extras.

MSI GS60 2QD (Ghost) 470UK Gaming Notebook Review

Introduction


MSI have been busy lately, dishing out their latest range of MSI Gaming notebooks and they’re keen to show that they have a gaming notebook offering for virtually every budget range. Today we are looking at their mid-to-high range offering, the GS60 2QD (Ghost), and MSI kindly offered us a chance to review a red limited edition version instead of the usual black. A 15″ full HD 1080p screen, high-end i7 processor, PCIE storage and the brand new Nvidia GTX765 under the hood, we should be in for an interesting review!

Specifications
  • Name: GS60 2QD(Ghost)-470UK-
  • CPU: Sharkbay Core i7-4720HQ (2.6GHz – 3.6GHz)
  • RAM: 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 1.35w (8GB*2)
  • SSD: 128GB PCIE M.2 SSD
  • HDD: 1TB 7200RPM
  • GPU:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB
  • LAN:10/100/1000/Gigabits Base T
  • WLAN: Killer DoubleShot Pro 11ac Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
  • Monitor:  15.6″ FHD, Anti-Glare (1920*1080) eDP Wide View Angle
  • Keyboard: SteelSeries FULL back lit keyboard with SteelSeries Engine
  • I/O: 3x USB3.0, 1x HDMI,1x Mini Display Port, SD Reader, Mic-in, Headphone-out, line-in, line-out, 1x 1Gb LAN, FHD Webcam
  • ODD: None
  • Battery: 6-Cell Li-Polymer(4840mAh 52Wh)
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Dimensions: 390 x 266 x 19.9mm
  • Weight: 1.9kg(w/ battery)
  • Warranty: 2 YR’s Collect & Return (1 YR Global)
  • Price:£1,299 Inc VAT

Packaging & Accessories

It arrived well packed and undamaged I’m pleased to report; nothing more to say, so lets open it up!

On opening the outer box we can see it has been divided into 2 sections

The smaller section contains a protective case, featuring the MSI shield logo.

Close Up, it wont protect the GS60 from drops much, though it should keep all normal wear and tear to a minimum.

The notebook box itself is very nice…

With the lid lifting straight off to reveal the sheathed notebook.

Putting the notebook to one side for the minute and exploring the rest of the box, there are 2 wide compartments under the notebook and a long compartment running alongside the notebook.

The left wide compartment contains various Warranty and documentation information, the right wide compartment contains the power brick, and the long compartment contained the 3pin to clover power connector.

Power brick close up

CPU-Z

GPU-Z

Sony Releasing Limited Edition Batman PlayStation 4

The 20th Anniversary limited edition PlayStation 4 released last year was pretty chic, but Sony has thankfully realised that things are infinitely cooler with added Batman, so that’s exactly what they’ve done. Behold, the limited edition Arkham Knight PS4:

The grey and black beast will be released as part of a bundle with the Batman: Arkham Knight game which, after two delays, will be released on 23rd June.

Sony unveiled the console on its blog, saying, “This special bundle will be available for $449.99 (MSRP) and will include the limited edition Steel Grey PS4 system chassis with a custom Batman: Arkham Knight faceplate, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller in Steel Grey and the explosive finale to the award-winning Arkham trilogy, Batman: Arkham Knight.”

Source: Engadget

Limited Edition Black and Gold BlackBerry Passport Revealed

BlackBerry’s flagship Passport smartphone is getting a limited edition black and gold model – featuring real gold trim and black leather case – to join the conventional black, white, and red models already on the market.

The handset, limited to 50 numbered units, will cost $899 which, BlackBerry stresses, is a bargain compared to the customised BlackBerry of Canadian rapper Drake, who reportedly paid $3,000 to have his phone plated with 24-carat gold.

Its aesthetic is all this limited edition BlackBerry has to offer over a standard Passport model – strip away the gold and leather facade, and it’s just a bog-standard BlackBerry passport.

The exclusive handset was released on Wednesday but, according to the BlackBerry blog, has already sold out as of 12:45 ET.

Source: The Verge

Creative Unveils Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition

As if the original Sound Blaster X7 wasn’t impressive enough, Creative had to knock it up one more nudge with the limited edition pearl white version. It was already teased in the presentation video, but it looked like just a limited edition colour choice.

During CES 2015, Creative presented the new limited edition and revealed that it comes bundled with a 144W power adapter that is capable of delivering up to 100W output to passive speakers and has a very low headphone amplifier output impedance of 1 ohm to effortlessly drive even the more sensitive in-ear monitors on the market.

“The Sound Blaster X7 is the most technologically advanced Sound Blaster we have ever created. We combined our decades of expertise in audio with the finest of the finest audiophile-grade components to deliver the most powerful high-resolution audio experience for games, music and movies. The original black edition of the Sound Blaster X7 comes with a headphone amplifier output impedance of 2.2 ohms which is good enough for most IEMs in the market. Now, our engineers have pushed the boundaries further by specially engineering the headphone amplifier circuit with an even lower output impedance of 1 ohm,” says Low Long Chye, General Manager of Sound Blaster. “The limited edition Sound Blaster X7 can accommodate both extreme ends of headphones in the market – from the most demanding high-impedance studio headphones to the most sensitive low-impedance in-ear monitors – with minimal distortion to audio content caused by variance in frequency response.”

The 144W (24V 6A) power adapter bundled with this limited edition is capable of harnessing the full potential of the built-in Texas Instruments TPA3116D2 Class-D amplifier to efficiently deliver up to 100W (2 x 50W RMS @ 4Ω) to passive bookshelf and tower speakers.

The normal version is available for $399.99 now while the new Pearl White Limited Edition will be available at the end of January for $499.99 at Creative’s online store.

Thanks to Creative for providing us with this information

In Win 901 Mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


 

In Win are no stranger to unique and premium quality chassis. Over the last couple of years the company has come back time and time again with a stunning new product that is unlike anything else on the market. The 901 is no exception to that rule, albeit only slightly. This is in fact the smaller version of their stunning In Win 904 chassis. It’s been cut down to size to support mini-ITX motherboards, ideal for those who want a more compact system, but still want all of the style of the full-size 904.

I absolutely loved the 904, it’s one of the slickest looking chassis on the market today. While it can be a little expensive at around £160, you got a vast amount of high quality brushed aluminium and tempered glass for your money. The 901 isn’t exactly budget friendly either, clocking in around £120 despite it’s greatly reduced form factor. If previous specialist In Win cases are to go by, the 901 will be worth every penny. Of course there is only one way to find that out, so let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.

As you can see from the specifications, things are pretty straight forward. There is a slim optical bay, room for an ATX PSU, mini-ITX motherboard, a long graphics and a range of cooling fans/radiators; more than enough for a decent gaming rig.

In the box you will find all the usual components required to put your system together. There’s even some 3M backed cable management clips and a microfiber cleaning cloth to help keep everything looking neat and tidy.

In Win S-Frame Open Air Limited Edition Chassis Review

Introduction


It was only a few weeks ago that I was in Taipei to attend one of the technology industries largest trade shows Computex. While eTeknix were attending the show we were lucky enough to be invited to the In Win factory, where we got to see the many stages of product development and manufacturing, as well as being part of a small group who were the first to see their new D-Frame Mini and S-Frame chassis. While attending the tour we were also awarded the awesome gift of a one of a kind S-Frame of our own, of which only fifteen will ever be produced. The retail edition of the chassis comes in a stunning black and red colour scheme and only 500 of these will be made, each one branded with a special serial number, as too are the 15 models sent to the technology industries review media, such as our selves. The model we were given comes in a blue-tinted colour scheme and I’m sorry to inform you that this colour isn’t available to the public, but the core design and feature set of our model is identical to the retail release, so it shouldn’t have any effect on our review.

In Win have come from being just any other manufacturer, to somewhat legendary status in the last few years. Their passion for creating some truly unique and awe-inspiring products has given them a reputation for creating chassis that are borderline works of art. With products such as the H-Frame, D-Frame, Tòu and the 904 being prime examples of how In Win are literally thinking outside of the box these days and it looks like the S-Frame is one of their boldest designs yet.

Manufactured from a single piece of 4mm thick aluminium, the metal work of the S-Frame is folded 15 times by two people who feed the metal into a special machine, giving the chassis manufacturing process a real hands on approach that is very different from the often automated production lines we’re used to seeing create PC cases. It is then finished off with two 5mm thick panels of tempered glass, which means no expense has been spared in the construction.

As you can see from the specification below, the chassis will handle ATX and MicroATX motherboards, large PSUs, comes with four USB 3.0 ports on the front and room for up to 3 340mm expansion cards. Cooling is an interesting mix as the chassis features a semi open-air design, but you’ll still find room for 3 120mm fans in the bottom, or up to a 360mm radiator, and the chassis can also handle a CPU tower cooler of up to 160mm in height. You’ll also notice the dimensions, this chassis is super wide and long compared to your average ATX chassis.

The box for the chassis is nothing short of massive, one would think their is an American style double fridge in here, but its size is actually a side effect of several inches of soft foam padding protection, designed to keep the tempered glass away from harm in transit.

A few bullet points down the side of the box detail the major selling points of the chassis.

In the box I found a few extra components, including a multi connect SATA cable, 4-from-1 hard drive power cable, motherboard 4+4 pin extensions and a USB 3.0 to USB 3.0 adaptor.

Ultra-Rare Nintendo Game Hits eBay, Bidding Already Passed $22,000

A rare Nintendo game named Nintendo World Championships is to be auctioned on eBay, bringing a significant amount of cash flow to both eBay and the seller himself. Why is it so rare and why eBay? Well, eBay is known for being one of the best online auction platforms on a worldwide scale, and as for the game, there were only 116 game cartridges ever manufactured.

It was designed for a game competition that would play out across multiple cities and states in 1990. 90 of the 116 cartridges were of the official grey cartridge seen on most NES games, while the remaining 26 were golden. While the grey ones were given away to semi-finalists of the original competition, the golden ones were given away in separate Nintendo Power magazine competitions. The eBay cartridge is one of the grey oldies, in bad condition however, having its label torn off and written Marion on it with a pen.

Nonetheless, it is still valuable to Nintendo collectors, even in its current state. The motherboard appears to be fine, which is a good sign. Taking a look on eBay, we’ve seen the current bid going from $20,000 to $22,000 in just a few minutes and there is still 1 day of auctioning left. The bidding will be fierce, and what the actual value will become at the end, it is everybody’s guess. But you are welcome to check it out here.

Thank you Tech Spot for providing us with this information
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Wireless Earphone To Be Launched By Yurbuds At CES 2014

Yurbuds is transforming the athlete experience with its new Inspire Limited Edition Wireless earphones. Launching at CES 2014 in Las Vegas this January, athletes and tech enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the first-ever Stereo-Bluetooth wireless earphones guaranteed to never hurt and never fall out.

While designing the new Wireless product, yurbuds gathered consumer feedback. Responses helped the team to understand what user needs were not being met by current stereo wireless solutions. The development of the Inspire Limited Edition Wireless addresses the three key issues uncovered, including existing solutions hurt, they fall out and they do not provide optimal sound.

“We’ve cut the cords so fitness enthusiasts have less in the way of achieving the perfect workout,” said Daniel DeVille, Director of Marketing for yurbuds. “Designed based on user feedback, we are excited to deliver best-in-class wireless earphones that solve the needs not currently met by other wireless earphones and meet the rigorous standards of even the top professional athletes.”

With 15 mm drivers, the Inspire Limited Edition Wireless Sport Earphones more than double the driver size of many other stereo wireless earphones. This means bigger and better sound, while allowing for best-in-class comfort and fit with yurbuds ergonomic TwistLock design. They are sweat resistant and also come with a lifetime warranty. Seamlessly integrating volume, track and call control, the noise cancelling dual-microphone system also allows for optimal response during calls.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
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CM Storm QuickFire TK Cherry MX Green Limited Edition Released By Cooler Master

Cooler Master has released the CM Storm QuickFire TK Cherry MX Green keyboard, having embedded the Cherry MX switches to this Limited Edition masterpiece. Also, each keycap on the QuickFire TK is UV coated, making them extremely durable.

This version of QuickFire TK utilizes Green Cherry MX Switches that provide force feedback with high resistance, requiring more pressure to actuate and allowing key presses with a click feedback noise. There’s full backlighting with green LEDs that have 3 modes and 5 brightness levels. The keyboard also comes with NKRO through USB Mode, which means every single keystroke will be registered and permits virtually unlimited keystrokes. Also, an embedded green steel back plate rests underneath the keys, giving you maximum stability and durability.

The CM Storm QuickFire TK Cherry MX Green has 7 easy-access multimedia shortcut keys which save you time by allowing you to quickly toggle commonly used functions such as volume and music controls. A complete numpad is also present, which lets you get work done when not gaming, incorporating directional arrow keys into the numpad while maintaining the smaller, ergonomic form factor. The slim and lightweight size of QuickFire TK gives you plenty of room for your mouse and allows you to keep your shoulders squared in a more comfortable position.

They CM Storm QuickFire TK Cherry MX Green Limited Edition is priced at around $122 and enthusiasts can buy this Limited Edition on Amazon at this link.

Features:

  • Mechanical Cherry MX Green key switches – lifespan of up to 50 million keystrokes while providing high resistance and “click” feedback
  • Compact and ergonomic layout with an integrated numpad section
  • Fully backlit with green LEDs – 3 modes and 5 brightness levels
  • NKRO through USB Mode for unlimited simultaneous keystrokes
  • Embedded green steel back plate for maximum stability and durability
  • 7 easy-access multimedia shortcut keys
  • Super grip pads and keyboard standoffs with rubber feet for increased stability
  • Windows keys can be disabled for uninterrupted gaming

Thank you Guru3D and Amazon
Images courtesy of Amazon

Enermax Ostrog Limited Edition Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


today we take a look at the limited edition release of the wonderful Enermax Ostrog. I’ve always been a fan of this case so I’m happy to see Enermax haven’t given up on it yet. The product originally came to market about a year ago now and what better way to spark some new life into the range than to bring it out in a new colour, because it never hurts to have more choice when your on the market for a new chassis.

The big difference here is that the limited edition release is pink, not your typical colour choice for a limited edition and while I’m sure many won’t be interested in such a product, I bet there are plenty out there that will. Many will be thinking “ahh a case for girls” but nope, not really, lets not be stereotypical about the colour pink here, well not too much anyway!

The standard edition of the Ostrog comes in at just £45, a nice mid market price range and about in line with the competition when looking at specifications. The Limited Edition isn’t available at a lot of places just yet, but I wouldn’t expect to pay more than £50 for the pink model.

As you can see from the spec, the chassis has room for a reasonable amount of storage and cooling, more than enough for any mid to high end gaming system. The only thing that concerns me is that there is only one fan pre-installed, but we’ll take a look at that further in a few minutes.

The packaging is neat and tidy, featuring three bright images of the chassis.

The back of the box has more detail on it, lots more pictures and a quick run down of some of the major features such as the CPU cooler support, USB 3.0 support and modular HDD bay.

In the box I found a pile of cable ties, user’s manual, a few screws for installing our PSU and motherboard and finally a small collection of HDD clip-on rail mounts.

The Sims 4 To Arrive In Fall of 2014

Electronic Arts has announced that the next installment in the wildly popular Sims franchise, The Sims 4, will be shipping worldwide in the autumn of 2014. The game is currently in development at Maxis’ “The Sims Studio” and will bring a lot of new features.

“The Sims franchise has the best fans in the world and their passion and enthusiasm is at an all-time high,” said Rachel Franklin, VP and General Manager of The Sims Studio. “Those millions of voices will fuel our development process, helping The Sims 4 to be the most ambitious and the best game our studio has ever made. We can’t wait to see our fans reaction when The Sims 4 comes out in autumn 2014.”

The game will feature new creative tools, new Sims with enhanced emotion and intelligence and “a gaming experience where players control the mind, body and heart of their Sims to bring their stories to life like never before.”

Fans can pre-order The Sims 4, right now, at the game’s website. It comes in Limited Edition and Digital Delux.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Origin.

Roccat Kone Pure Color Gaming Mouse Mini Review

Roccat are an extreme gaming brand who have forced themselves into the market in a big way. They are one of those companies who seem to be making all of the right decisions and it paying off. It all goes back to their roots of the company being aimed at gamers and being developed by gaming enthusiasts including the owner Rene.

Their initial product release consisted of the Roccat Kone; a mouse aimed at general gaming, allowing you to get the very best performance from your gameplay with a 3200 DPI pro-aim gaming sensor, a tracking control unit and 128KB of onboard memory allowing you to save gaming profiles and macros for your desired functions.

With the Kone being an extremely successful product for Roccat and propelling them into the very crowded market, we found Roccat developing on its successes and releasing the Kone[+] which incorporated a 6000 DPI pro-aim laser sensor while still keeping the fundamental aspects that made the Kone an industry leader.

With Roccat not being content on ending things there, the Kone Pure was born and offered the same Kone form factor that gamers love, while reducing the size of the mouse down to 91% of its original Kone[+] size, making it more versatile with its new sleek look and design while also improving some of its key features, including the increase to an 8200 DPI pro-aim laser sensor (R3).

As you can see, Roccat has relied on its roots and stayed true to it as they developed further upon some already amazing products, but with all of this development, what becomes the next logical step in the Kone life cycle? How about some funky new colours?

To celebrate 5 years of Kone awesomeness, Roccat have developed some limited edition colours of the Kone Pure to spice things up from the original black colour scheme. To add with this, we find the following colours being added to the range:

Phantom White

Inferno Orange

Hellfire Red

Polar Blue

As you can see, the new colours certainly breathe a new lease of life into the product and look absolutely fantastic. We even reviewed the “Inferno Orange” edition a little while ago and saw it leave with our Editor’s Choice award, showing that we really liked it then, and love it even more now.

We even stopped by with Roccat’s Tim Krause to take a look at the new colours and what it means for Roccat.

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As you saw in the video, we do mention a giveaway, and if you’re interested in finding out exactly how to win one, we invite you to click on the button below:

Roccat Kone Pure Limited Edition Mouse Review

This week I’ve been playing around in my favourite games, working and wasting time on the internet, just like any other week then! The difference this week of course is that I’ve been using the Kone Pure Inferno Orange mouse from Roccat, the latest in a range of colour options as well as the latest addition to the extremely popular Kone mouse range.

These new limited edition colour editions of the Kone Pure were created to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the original Roccat Kone release, which has already gone on to win multiple award, including awards from eTeknix that I awarded myself. In Roccats own words “The Kone series includes some of the most successful gaming mice ever made, and has pioneered breakthrough design innovations such as Easy-Shift[+], Talk®, and Talk® FX – and tons more.” and they’re absolutely right, Roccat are doing some really exciting stuff with their products this last few years and its certainly set them apart from the competition.

It was only last August that I reviewed the premium grade Roccat Kone XTD, awarding it with our Editors Choice Award. Its a product I still use to this day and I personally regard it as the best gaming mouse money can buy, or its at least the one I’ve been most happy using on a day to day basis. So what new does the Pure Inferno Orange have to offer to the party?

The main impact here is definitely its design, this mouse has already proven its self to the gaming community, and this is Roccats way of saying thankyou and giving you a little more choice of style from the range. Just remember that the Kone Pure is a little smaller than the regular Kone, 91% of the size in fact, but still offers many of the same great features, so lets dive right in and see just what this funky little number can do.

The Kone Pure comes nicely packaged in a well designed, custom shaped box and it features plenty of information on the major features and functions, such as the high quality sensor, easy-shift[+] technology, multi-colour lighting and more, but of course well be taking a closer look at those features in a moment.

 

The box folds open to give us our first look at the mouse its self, which as you can see features a stunning black and orange chassis design. The inside of the box features a few bits of marketing and feature description.

In the box I found the mouse its self, which comes hardwired with a high quality braided cable and I also found a simple to understand setup and owners manual, not exactly a lot in the way of extras, but it keeps things simple and what else do you really need anyway!?

To my eyes, the first thing that really stands out is that fantastic colour scheme, sure its not going to be everyone liking, but I think it looks stunning. Both the orange chassis and the black top plate and made from a soft-touch plastic that gives a really smooth and premium quality feel to every surface of the mouse. Of course its not just about colour and there are plenty of practical things going on here too, down the left side of the mouse we have two high quality switches that function as back / forward tabs, although all buttons are customisable in the Roccat software.

The right side of the mouse features no buttons, but here you can see the ergonomic curves of the mouse chassis, its really well balanced too and both these combined make it really comfortable to hold.

The front end of the Kone Pure features some pretty hardcore components, such as the click Master switch tech – powered by Omron. These feature the world’s most advanced switch components (According to Roccat), that ensure extreme precision and a really nice tactile feedback (according to me). Between these two epic switches is the + / –  controls that are used for DPI settings, although as with everything else on this mouse, these buttons can be configured from the included software.

The mouse wheel is pretty epic too, featuring the Roccat Titan Wheel, said to be build of the Earth’s highest quality components, with the world’s strongest axis shaft and most advanced encoder, making it strong, accurate and reliable. With 24 steps per rotation, rubber grip coating and 3KG push force in every direction, I have to agree with Roccat that this is one seriously high quality wheel.

On the underside we have the 8200dpi Pro-Aim R2 laser sensor, the same found in the Kone XTD mouse, lag free and extremely accurate thanks to its TDCU (Tracking and Distance Control Unit) that allows you to customise to your current gaming surface and more.

The other end of the cable, we find that the mouse comes with a nicely moulded USB connection that sits nicely with the style of the braided cable.

Setup & Installation

Just like any other mouse, you can plug in the Kone Pure and get gaming, it’ll work straight out of the box, but the real magic is in the Roccat software, as this gives you more customisation options than you can reasonably comprehend. Customise buttons, DPI calibrations, macros, extensive lighting colour customisation with 16.8 million colours, as well as lighting effects to choose from, and you can even have the mouse work in unison with other Roccat products such as the Isku Keyboard, combining macros between the two devices.

Gaming Performance

I’ve been using the Pro-Aim Laser Sensor in this mouse for a week and just as it was in my normal mouse (Kone XTD), its incredibly accurate. With 8200 dpi, a 10.8mp sensor, 1000Hz polling rate (effective 12000fps) and 30G acceleration its no wonder the mouse has never missed a beat, the only reason I miss a headshot these days is when I get it wrong, not the mouse.

The ergonomics of the mouse lend them selves well to gaming too and its easy to flick between the major buttons, dpi switches and deploy macros without missing a beat. Its a little smaller than the mouse I normally use, but I quickly adjusted to that after half hour on Borderlands 2.

The mouse buttons are very responsive and give great feedback that allows for some seriously fast paced clicking, switches are easy to press, but no so much that you find your self accidentally clicking them.

General Performance

Day to day use of this mouse is where it really shines, it gaming performance is right up there with the best on the market but that’s something that really translates into other tasks that demand accuracy. I do a lot of work in photoshop and other multimedia applications so its important to have something that is pin point accurate, but also comfortable over long periods of time, both of which I get with the Kone Pure.

Roccat really has gone the extra mile with the Kone range and its very easy to see why the product has been proving popular for them over the years, not only with gamers, but also with those that just want a rock solid and reliable product for day to day use, not forgetting the part of the market who just want something that looks cool, and the Kone Pure certainly does look cool.

The only issues I’ve had with the Kone Pure is that its fairly light weight, this isn’t an issue of course this is my personal preference and unlike the Kone XTD, the Pure doesn’t feature additional chassis weights. This comes with one benefit though as it means the mouse glides beautifully on a multitude of surfaces, from the hard cloth of the Zowie Speed TF to the thick padding of the TteSports Dasher, all of which work wonders with the Kone Pure, even more so thanks to the laser calibrations that ensure you get the best settings for every surface.

The mouse also packs quite a performance punch of its own, featuring a 32-bit Turbo Core V2 processor that gives it snappy computing speed of its own, perfect for handling the multitude of customisation options, macros and functions without any lag or delay. This is backed up by 576KB of on-board memory, giving the mouse plenty of headroom to store all its macros and profiles, giving you instant access to your profile and settings in the heat of battle.

Priced at around £60 its certainly great value for money, even though £60 is for many (including myself) a lot of money, you do get quite a lot in return. There are many mice on the market within this price range that are great value for money, but don’ offer half the feature that Roccat has managed to pack into the Kone Pure. The addition of the funky colour scheme makes this one seriously cool product to own, the performance makes it cool to use, and the build quality ensure that you can enjoy both for a very long time indeed.

Much like the Kone XTD, the Kone Pure Inferno Orange is deserving of our Editors Choice Award, easily one of the most flawless peripherals on the market today.