We here at can be a little rough on our gaming mice – not only in the way of passionate writing but, also, from passionate gameplay that, on occasion, borders on insanity. We not only have to play a game we have to review it with, but also break it down into its parts and push its limits. Furious clicking results as does a need for a solid, dependable mouse that can hold its tracking and register every move and handle a frustrated squeeze as well as a delicate touch. We need to know that if there is some kind of movement or response problem, it is the game and not the equipment.


  •  Easy-Shift[+] technology, which lets you set two functions for each mouse button and the scroll wheel giving you the power to pack a massive amount of quickly-accessible control into a clean, uncluttered space.
  •  ROCCAT Driver software lets you easily program and fine tune a multitude of settings and gives you sound feedback with most changes so you can game exactly how you like.
  •  Comfort is essential when you?re gaming to its perfectly-weighted design allowing for smooth, cozy and rock-steady gliding the Pure features a soft-touch, ultra-comfort surface that lets you game long without the slightest irritation.
  •  FULLY-ADJUSTBALE 8200DPI PRO-AIM (R3) SENSOR with 41 true DPI setting ranging from 200 to 8200
  •  ROCCAT CLICK MASTER switch tech powered by Omron
  •  16.8 MILLION-COLOR LIGHTING SYSTEM for customizable colors + effects, 7 MOUSE BUTTONS + SOLID 2D WHEEL for a full complement of command options, SOFT-TOUCH SURFACE for extended gaming in total comfort
  •  EASY-SHIFT[+] BUTTON DUPLICATOR with Easy-Aim + Easy-Wheel functions, 32-BIT TURBO CORE V2 PROCESSOR for lightning-fast computing speed
  •  TRACKING and DISTANCE CONTROL UNIT for less pick-up flight and more precise gaming, 576KB ON-BOARD MEMORY for storing a wealth of macros and settings


Hands On:
I remember when 576KB of memory was respectable so, yes, you could say I have been in the game a while. I have been using a keyboard and mouse combo while many schools were still teaching people how to type on typewriters. This has given me a unique perspective of seeing the evolution of computers and gaming in general. One of the most interesting product evolutions being that of the mouse. It used to be a roller ball contraption with a couple buttons that you had to take apart and clean out periodically. Now it has built-in memory, programmable buttons, adjustable angles, and can hold macros. The ROCCAT Kone Pure is a prime example of this with a body built to be tough enough to satisfy just about any gamer’s needs. The Kone Pure Core has seven buttons on it, and one of them can be held down and used much like the shift key on your keyboard, giving all the buttons a second use. The cool thing is that all the info you program is stored in the mouse itself in the 576KB of internal memory and executed with a 32-bit V2 processor. You can also program this mouse to how you like it then if you are going somewhere that you will be using a different computer. All of your information and settings are saved in the mouse, so you just plug it into the next system and all your macros are there and ready to go.

This mouse is particularly good for MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft. Battles can often be complicated requiring different attacks for groups as opposed to individuals, the weak points of the enemy or whether or not you want to use area of effect spells or damage over time. All these different considerations can be built as macros on the mouse and with the shift technology there will probably be buttons to spare.

During my testing of the Kone Pure Core, I had not one single problem with its tracking. In fact, I was laid up in bed during part of the time using a flimsy mouse pad and was still able to perform space battles in Star Trek Online and boss battles in WoW. I surfed the web, wrote emails and the mouse performed flawlessly through it all. The buttons and programming really were handy since it made it so that I could leave the laptop on a stand next to me without touching the keyboard and comfortably use the mouse for all my needs. When on a solid surface I was able to make those subtle moves to take out the top of a turret on an enemy tank in World Of Tanks and snipe through scopes on a multitude of FPS.

Just in case all that isn’t enough to get you interested, the mouse also comes with software that tracks how many clicks you make with which buttons as well as having achievements and leveling!


Last Call:
The ROCCAT Kone Pure Core Performance Gaming Mouse is what it says, their core gaming mouse model. It has the memory, toughness and responsiveness to make it a go-to mouse. It’s also very affordable compared to other mice on the market with comparable features and during testing gave no problems at all. The lighted ROCCAT logo is a very nice touch as well and can be adjusted to any computer or room lighting scheme. When I switch it out it will be for a new mouse review and I might go back to it which is pretty good testimony alone.

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Dustin "Ripper71" Thomas has been a staff writer with for over 10 years and has taken on the role of Editor with a brief stint as Editor-In-Chief. He is also a co-founder of @IsItOctoberYet where he covers haunt nightmares, amusement park fun and Golden Knights hockey.