PC gaming is serious business, sure you can pick up virtually any old keyboard and mouse and make do with what you have, but having the right tools for the job can not only improve your performance while gaming, but also make the whole experience much more enjoyable. Enter the Roccat Kiro, a finely tuned gaming mouse that is designed for both left and right-handed gamers.
“Meet the Kiro, the bigger brother of the Lua. With its highly modular, superdextrous build, the game has been changed for ambidextrous mice. Perfectly optimizable for both left and right-handed gamers out of the box, it ticks all the boxes for gamers who thrive on a highly functional mouse with a clean, ergonomic design. With no-sweat parts comprised of a ROCCAT-pioneered soft-touch surface, the Kiro is the flexible ergonomic mouse that lets you win your way.”
While this mouse is tailored to suit any gamer, it is going to appeal to the eSports crowd too, thanks to its compact and nimble design, as well as its high-end Pro-Optic Sensor R” which offers up to 4000DPI; 2000 native, but 4000 via overdrive mode. It also features RGB 16.8 Million colour illumination, Talk FK, AlienFX, a powerful 32-Bit ARM MCU, onboard memory for storing profiles, a modular design and can even support your own 3D-printed side panels! So what are we waiting for? Let’s take a closer look at what the Kiro has to offer.
“In spite of its relatively small size, the Kiro has a strong focus on functionality and is loaded with a build sporting only the best possible components, for a premium gaming experience. Make no mistake, the Kiro’s attention to detail puts it on another level. OMRON switches, a robust 2D Titan Wheel plus a unique soft-touch surface that nullifies palm and finger sweat provides a platform for solid and reliable, high-comfort gaming.”
The packaging is typical of any other Roccat product, with a great image of the mouse and all major specs detailed on the front. As you can see, this mouse has been recommended for FPS and MOBA, but it’s a fairly straight forward design that should be suited to a bit of everything.
Around the back, a few more details on the specifications, but let’s just get things out of the box and see for ourselves.
First thing we find, a few bits of documentation, nothing major but of course we also find a mouse and some side panels.
Were you looking to upgrade your gaming mouse? Great! Mionix just revealed one of their latest gaming mouse additions and it might just be for you. We saw a lot of manufacturers naming their gear after ancient gods, mythical creatures and so on, so it won’t come as a surprise the Mionix named the mouse CASTOR after the brightest star in the sky.
CASTOR comes with the PMW-3310 optical sensor, giving it amazing accuracy, smooth tracking, and a maximum speed of 215 IPS. If you wanted more DPI, CASTOR’s sensor seems to take care of that with its 10,000 DPI range along with 3 adjustable DPI profiles and that’s not all! The new lift-off distance calibration feature is said to work with the Surface Quality Analyzer Tool and take into account the lift-off height to find the best left-off distance with optimized tracking.
But are the new features too much for the CASTOR to handle? I admit, there is a lot this mouse can do, but with its 32-bit ARM processor, it will do all of what it’s expected of it and not even compromise the sensor tracking one bit. It even lets gamers set up 5 different macro profiles and comes with 4 layers of rubber coating, along with optimized textured side rubbers help achieve maximum grip. So this really makes it one of the top gaming gear mouse available and a must-have for any pro-gamer out there.
One thing to point out though. The CASTOR seems to be dedicated towards right-handed gamers, having its ergonomics set for right-handed ring- and pinky-finger groove, which is unfortunate since there are a lot of left-handed gamers out there. Even so, Mionix said it will make the CASTOR available worldwide in September for a price tag of €69.99. More information on the gaming mouse can be found over at Mionix’s website here.
Finding the perfect gaming mouse, or just any mouse for that matter, to fit your needs, preferences, and hand shape perfectly can be troublesome to say the least. You’ll need to try a lot of different ones before you find the one that matches you perfectly. With that in mind, it’s great to see Zowie releasing more shapes and options for us.
The ZOWIE FK1 and FK2 mice have been very popular among fans of ambidextrous shapes and the brand new ZA series builds on the same concept and proven interiors. The ZA series mice are the answer for gamers who want to rest their palms on the mouse and those looking for a mouse which is easier to lift with a claw grip. The FK series was a ‘flat’ mouse and not very comfortable for those who like to rest their palms on the rear of the mouse and that is where the ZA series comes into play with a heightened back.
The new ZA series comes in three different sizes to give you even more choices and find the perfect fit for your hand size. The ZA11 is the biggest with a rear width of 67mm and a height of 40mm while the ZA13 is the smallest with a rear width of 62mm and a height of 38mm.
The ZA series has another advantage, one for people who lift their mouse a lot from the surface. Near the front, it has a tiny groove on each side that helps you to hold the mouse and keep the grip with the use of a lot less pressure.
Inside the mouse, you’ll find the same proven components as Zowies’ EC-A and FK series mice are using, the Avago 3310 sensor. This is a great and well-proven sensor that gamers all around like.
- Ambidextrous mouse developed for palm and claw grip usage
- Two thumb buttons on both sides to comfortably serve left- and right-handed users
- Plug and Play (no drivers needed)
- Easy to switch between left- and right-hand functionality
- 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 DPI adjustment
- Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz
- Perfect lift-off distance = 1.5 ~ 1.8mm
- Operating system: Win2000/XP/VISTA/7/8; Mac OS X v10.2 after
The stock availability of partner shops will be announced through the Zowie Gear Facebook page
SpeedLink has announced their latest mouse, the Kudos Z-9 Gaming Mouse. Aimed for speed, the fully customizable gaming mouse is said to feature excellent ergonomics and has nine programmable buttons with zero-response-time.
The mouse has a distinctively notched 4-way scroll wheel and comes with dpi and profile switches as well. Under the hood, it has a laser sensor with an adjustable DPI that ranges from 50 to 8,200.
The Kudos Z-9 is ergonomically designed for right-handed use and has a thumb-indent. Running across the mouse is an illuminated indicator strip with 64 colours available to distinguish what profile is active. Connection to the PC is done with a flexible and sheathed 1.8m long USB cable.
A nifty feature that comes along with the Kudos Z-9 is the configuration app that allows you to edit profiles and adjust settings of your mouse from a compatible smart-device.
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