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Review: SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition gaming mouse

by Steven Williamson on 14 February 2012, 09:07 3.5

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Performance and final thoughts


Due to its light weight and three Teflon pads on its base, the V2 Pro offers little resistance and glides very nicely across the pad. With a sensor operating at 3,600fps, its tracking is excellent too, while the four DPI settings offer enough variety to be able to move quickly or as slowly as required across the screen.

Personally, we found the highest 3,200 DPI setting a little too quick for playing Battlefield 3, but the 1,600 selection is perfect for tracking quickly and accurately, while switching to the low DPI setting for sniping via the fourth button gave us the steadiness and accuracy we crave.

The fact that all four buttons on the mouse are situated right next to each other also keeps things nice and simple and ensures players don't have to think too much about remembering what each button does; concentration can be directed at killing the enemy. It's just like SteelSeries says, the V2 Pro is a "no thrills, just kills" mouse.

Quick-fire statistics:

Frames per second: 3,600
Inches per second 3.7
Mega pixels per second: 65
Counts per inch: 400 – 3200
Maximum acceleration 30G
Sensor data path True 16 bit
Lift distance ~2 mm
Maximum polling 1,000Hz

Final thoughts

If you're in the market for a sexy-looking mouse that sports all the latest features, then the Kinzu V2 Pro is probably not for you. However, if you're on a budget and don't mind its low profile and lack of 'glamour', then SteelSeries' lower-end gaming mouse delivers impressive performance for its class with respect to software, precision and glide.

The Good

Tracking performance is excellent
Four buttons close together ensure that focus is firmly on the game

The Bad

Low profile and slim design won't be for everyone
Lack of a thumb button
Still pricey for entry-level mouse

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No thumb buttons, no use.
As above, more astounding when you consider the price.
It certainly looks entry-level……but isn't priced anywhere near entry-level!
A cheap man's Xai !
I am going to disagree with most of the comments above me and say that I understand where steelseries are coming from with this mouse. Modern fps games (eg. MW3, MW2 and prolly BF3 although i haven't played it really) are just no where near as fast paced as older fps games.

I would say this mouse is more for someone with a very old system who just plays quake and cs and doesn't want to shell out 60 quid when his pc is probably worth less than that. Also there is still a massive amount of suspicion regarding laser mouses among certain gamers (me being one of them after buying an ikari laser and then having to fork out another 40 quid for the ikari optical).

Hence why steelseries made this mouse, logitech have started making the g400 which is basically a rebranded mx518 and zowie seem to be doing pretty well with all there mice as well which are very similar to this one. All of these mice get loads of recommendations on gaming forums where most of the gamers play very old games and note stuff like the steelseries xai and sensei and corsair mice etc etc get virtually no recommendations. You may think these people are mad for spending 30 quid on a mouse like this but steelseries and logitech are just exploiting a niche int he market and probably making a LOT of the gaming mice profit off of it.