ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 23, 2021 at 10:42 am
ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra Picture
7.4
Office/Multimedia
8.3
Video Games (FPS)
7.8
Video Games (MMO)
8.4
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.3
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra is a great wired gaming mouse. It's lightweight and feels very sturdily built. It has a right-handed shape with a shallow thumb rest, and it's well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes. It also has an RGB lighting zone in the logo on the palm rest, two side buttons on the left, and two buttons behind the mouse wheel that, by default, cycle between five customizable CPI settings. Performance-wise, it has low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and you can adjust the set CPI by increments of 50 within a broad range. Unfortunately, its rubber cable isn't as flexible as those on similar gaming mice.

Our Verdict

7.4 Office/Multimedia

The ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra is decent for office and multimedia work. It feels well-built and has a comfortable shape well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes. You can also program all of the buttons using the companion software. Unfortunately, it has no wireless connectivity options, and the software is only available for Windows. Also, the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape with a thumb rest; suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
8.3 Video Games (FPS)

The ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra is a great FPS gaming mouse. It's lightweight and feels very well-built. It has a right-handed shape with a thumb rest, and it's well suited for all grip types and most hand sizes. Performance-wise, it has low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and you can adjust the set CPI by increments of 50 within a broad range. Unfortunately, its rubber cable isn't very flexible, and its feet don't glide quite as smoothly as those on similar mice.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape with a thumb rest; suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes.
  • Quite lightweight.
Cons
  • Rubber cable isn't very flexible compared to similar gaming mice.
  • Mouse feet don't glide as smoothly as those on many similar gaming mice.
7.8 Video Games (MMO)

The ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra is good for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. Nonetheless, it feels very well-built, and you can reprogram all the buttons it does have using the companion software. It has a comfortable right-handed shape, and it's well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes. Performance-wise, it has low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and you can adjust the set CPI by increments of 50 within a broad range. Unfortunately, its rubber cable isn't very flexible and retains kinks from the way it's packaged.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape with a thumb rest; suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • Rubber cable isn't very flexible compared to similar gaming mice.
8.4 Ultra-Light Gaming

The ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra is a great ultra-light gaming mouse. It's lightweight and feels very sturdy. It has a comfortable, right-handed shape that's well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes. It also has low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and you can adjust the set CPI by increments of 50 within a broad range. Unfortunately, its rubber cable isn't very flexible. Also, its mouse feet have sharp edges and don't glide as smoothly as those on other high-end ultralight mice.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape with a thumb rest; suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes.
  • Quite lightweight.
Cons
  • Rubber cable isn't very flexible compared to similar gaming mice.
  • Mouse feet don't glide as smoothly as those on many similar gaming mice.
5.3 Travel

The ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra is inadequate for travel use as it's bulky and may not fit in most laptop cases. It also can't connect wirelessly, making it cumbersome to use in smaller spaces like buses, trains, or planes. That said, it feels very sturdy, and it has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. It also has onboard memory, meaning that you can use custom settings on computers without the software installed.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • 7.4 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.3 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.4 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.3 Travel
  1. Updated Aug 23, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 11, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 4.7" (119 mm)
Height 1.5" (39 mm)
Width 2.7" (69 mm)
Grip Width
59 mm
5.6
Design
Portability
Volume
19.47 in³ (319 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
103 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
70 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
70 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.5
Design
Build Quality
8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Owl-Eye
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
3%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

According to ROCCAT's website, the Owl-Eye sensor on the ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra is a proprietary sensor based on the PixArt 3389. The available polling rate settings are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

7.9
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
15
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all buttons on the ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra. However, the left and right-click buttons need to be reassigned to other buttons before you can reprogram them. You can assign an Easy-Shift[+] button to enable a second layer of commands. You can also cycle between five custom CPI settings using the CPI buttons below the scroll wheel.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.0
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
14 ms
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name ROCCAT Swarm
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra we tested is black, but there's also a white color variant available. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra is an iteration of ROCCAT's extensive Kone lineup. It follows after the release of the ROCCAT Kone AIMO Remastered and precedes the ROCCAT Kone Pro. Compared to the older Kone AIMO Remastered, the Kone Pure Ultra retains the iconic Kone shape and shallow thumb rest, but it does away with several features for a more streamlined, FPS gaming focus. It's significantly lighter, but it has one fewer side button, and its scroll wheel no longer has L/R inputs. It's a great choice for fans of the original 2007 Kone shape looking for a more lightweight, FPS-focused model.

For more options, see our picks for the best mouse, the best wired mouse, and the best gaming mouse.

ROCCAT Burst Pro

The ROCCAT Burst Pro is a slightly better gaming mouse than the ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra. The Burst Pro has a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has lower click latency. On the other hand, the Kone Pure Ultra has a slightly more consistent sensor and an additional CPI button behind the scroll wheel. It also feels sturdier. The Burst Pro has an ambidextrous shape, while the Kone Pure Ultra has a right-handed shape with a thumb rest. Both mice are suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes.

ROCCAT Kone Pro Air

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is an updated, wireless version of the ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra. The Pro Air connects wirelessly either with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth. You can also use it wired with its charging cable. It has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a wider CPI range, and marginally lower click latency. On the other hand, the Kone Pure Ultra has two CPI buttons behind the scroll wheel for making on-the-fly CPI adjustments, a feature the Kone Pro Air lacks. The two mice are nearly the same size, but the Kone Pro Air is more accomodating to extra-large hands than the Kone Pure Ultra.

ROCCAT Kone Pro

The ROCCAT Kone Pro is a better, wired gaming mouse than the ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra, but the two have nearly identical shapes. The Kone Pro is marginally lighter but feels sturdier. It also has a much more flexible cable, mouse feet that glide more smoothly, and a lower click latency. On the other hand, the Kone Pure Ultra has a more consistent sensor and two CPI buttons behind the scroll wheel for adjusting your CPI settings on the fly, a feature the Kone Pro lacks.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is a better ultra-lightweight gaming mouse than the ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra. The Glorious has a much more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has lower click latency. On the other hand, the ROCCAT feels sturdier and has a lower minimum lift-off distance. It also has a wider CPI range, and you can adjust the set CPI more precisely. Both mice are suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. However, the Glorious isn't very well-suited for small hands.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT is more versatile and performs better than the ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra. The Logitech connects either wired with its charging cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It's also lighter and has mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Performance-wise, it has a higher maximum CPI range and lower click latency. It also has customization software compatible with Windows and macOS, while the ROCCAT only has software compatible with Windows. On the other hand, the ROCCAT is a wired-only mouse with a thumb rest. It also has two CPI buttons behind the scroll wheel, which the Logitech lacks.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate is a better gaming mouse than the ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra. The Razer has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, two additional side buttons on the right side, a higher maximum CPI, and much lower click latency. It has an ambidextrous shape and connects either wired with its charging cable or wirelessly with a USB receiver. On the other hand, the ROCCAT has a pair of CPI buttons behind the scroll wheel, which the Razer lacks. Also, it has a right-handed shape with a thumb rest.

EQEOVGA D10 RGB

The ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra and the EQEOVGA D10 RGB are lightweight gaming mice with comparable performance. The ROCCAT feels sturdier and has a thumb rest. It has a more precisely adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and a wider CPI range.  It also allows you to set an Easy-Shift[+] button to enable a second layer of programmable commands. On the other hand, the ROCCAT has a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has somewhat lower click latency.  Both mice are suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.

ROCCAT Kain 120 AIMO

The ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra is overall a better gaming mouse than the ROCCAT Kain 100 AIMO. The Kone Pure Ultra is lighter, and it has a better build quality, one more programmable button, and a slightly more consistent sensor. On the other hand, the Kain 120 AIMO has a more flexible cable. Both mice are suitable for most hand sizes using any grip type, but people with small hands may prefer the Kain 120 AIMO for a fingertip grip. Unfortunately, neither mouse is suitable with a palm grip for extra-large hands.

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