SteelSeries Kinzu Optical Gaming Mouse (Black)
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This compact ambidextrous mouse operates with 9375 Frames Per Second at movement speeds of 50 Inches Per Second and supports customizable polling rate (between 125-1000Hz) with as little as 1 millisecond delay between the mouse and the computer. SteelSeries Kinzu is compact, lightweight, optical and is in a league of its own when it comes to reliability and stability.
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She is a worthy mouse, worthy of 16 hour days, and trying to chase your dreams.
I loved you kinzu... I loved you....
Performance: I had been using Razer Deathadder for about 4 years with the 1800 dpi setting. This 3200 cpi setting from Kinzu is just way too sensitive for me. Thus I tune it down to 1600 cpi. With this setting, there is no positive acceleration as stated by some users. I guess Kinzu probably works better with the high sensitivity setting. Using a razer megasoma with Kinzu, I don't notice any drag. Nothing good or bad in term of the gliding.
Function: No extra function. I don't mind that too much, but I know some users hated mouse without the side buttons.
I guess Kinzu works best for small/ medium handed users with a claw or finger tip grip who uses medium to high sensitivity settings.
I will update this review once I got my Func Archetype mouse pad to share some thoughts if the tracking and gliding works better on that surface.
Apology for my poor English if there is any mistake.
First off, the pros: The mouse is very responsive, and very comfortable. The texture on the mouse itself feels good to the hands and overall it has a great feel.
Now the cons: At the beginning of the review, I mentioned that I have used a Kinzu for 2 years, but the truth is, I have used 2.
The first mouse was what I believed was a perfect mouse and I used it for about 11 months until one day, It began to disconnect erratically throughout a period of usage. At first I believed this was a hardware problem and after some back and forth with Steel Series, They advised me to send the mouse in and recive a new one since it was still covered under their 1 year warranty. I willing took that offer precisely one year ago. And now, I am experiencing the exact same problem with the replacement they sent me one year later.
I do not know if I am extremely unlucky, but to have two of the exact same mice encounter the exact same problem at exactly the same period of service is too hard to call a coincidence.
If it were not for this problem I would have given this mouse a 4.5, but a 1 year service life is just too ridiculous for a mouse that is not only wired, but way more expensive than my old microsoft mouse that lasted me 12 years.
And the last complain I have about this mouse is the wire. Yes, the mouse does use a clothed wire which at first I believed was very nice, but overtime, the cloth causes the inner rubber wiring to bunch and pinch the cable that also may be the culprit to these disconnect problems. It got so bad and the cable became so disfigured and entangled, I had to cut the cloth so my mouse wouldn't become a tangled mess on my desktop
+ The sensor is good...it doesn't skip out on me. I play with the 1600 DPI setting because 3200 DPI is overkill and a stupid marketing ruse. Thank god for no prediction on this mouse. I also upped the polling rate on the mouse to 1000khz from the standard 125khz and I must say it's pretty nice to know there's only 1ms of delay between your mouse and the computer instead of the regular 8ms.
+ The size, shape, and surface material of the Kinzu is ridiculously amazing. Most people who have used the Kinzu will agree it's form factor is among the best if not #1 among all gaming mice. It's light, small, and very nimble with good resistance on the left and right click buttons. No gunk build up like the Razer DeathAdder (stupid ass plastic sides...) or MX518! It's really comfortable and due to that I can use it for hours on end.
- Mouse feet are plastic...why SteelSeries? I have a Razer Speed Goliathus mousepad so it glides very well, but you can still HEAR it rub against the mousepad. Do not use this mouse on a table.
People online have been b*tching nonstop about the Kinzu's positive acceleration. I promised myself that I would return this product within a day if it had any. I bought mine recently (2011) and I haven't experienced any so I'm keeping it.