Steelseries Kinzu Gaming Mouse Review
If you are in the market for a new gaming mouse chances are you have been looking at the big boys like Logitech, and Razer. SteelSeries is slowly gaining market share these days but there are still gamers out there that don’t view them in the same light as Logitech and Razer. This is an atrocity because the quality that has been coming out of Ideazone/Steelseries over the years has been more than just a little impressive. The best part of the Steel Series line is that their budget grade mice like the Kinzu we will be looking at today, have some incredible features for its price range. Let’s break this packaging open and see if the Kinzu is a good choice for you:
Specifications and Features:
- Finely engineered shape suits all grips to ensure maximum control and comfort.
- Gaming Grade correlation optical sensor for incomparable stability and reliability.
- Perfectly compatible with all types of gaming surfaces.
- Pre-defined CPI settings, used and recommended by professional gamers.
- CPI toggle for on-the-fly high/low sensitivity adjustments.
COUNTS PER INCH
- Scalable pointer speed up 3200 in increments of 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 CPI.
- Improved durability and lifetime via braided cord.
PLUG ‘N’ PLAY
- On-board memory profile storage, especially convenient for LAN gamers.
Size and weight
- Weight: 77 grams (0,2 lbs)
- Height: 36 mm (1,4 in)
- Width: 64 mm (2,5 in)
- Length: 117 (4,6 in)
The SteelSeries Kinzu is made to be stable on every kind of surface with the help of its Gaming Grade correlation optical sensor. This sensor is also designed to eliminate jitter and provide optimized stability for the user.
- Windows 2000
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Mac OSX*
*Configuration software only available for Windows operating systems.
Plug and play
If you attend LAN events or prefer to bring your mouse along with your portable computer instead of using a trackpad, then this mouse is the solution for you. With its ability for on-board memory storage, the Kinzu allows you to set standard windows settings and rely on the Kinzu for your personal settings.
- Left click
- Scroll wheel & middle click
- Right click
Easy To Adjust CPI
The pre-defined CPI settings in the Kinzu are used and recommended by professional gamers all over the world. These CPI settings are also easily adjustable if you want to personalize your Kinzu settings.
Developed With gamers
All the features we’ve added and chosen to include on the Kinzu are there to provide a better gaming experience. With the help from some of the best gaming teams in the world including SK Gaming, Fnatic and Evil Geniuses, the pro’s are helping SteelSeries create the best gaming peripherals arround the globe.
The SteelSeries Kinzu is known for its reliability and stability. The Kinzu uses optical technology and operates at 9375 Frames Per Second and supports stable movement speeds at 50 Inches Per Second. These specs simply say that regardless of your frantic movements, the mouse will consistently deliver, especially for fast-paced FPS games.
The SteelSeries Kinzu is coated with a slip-resistant material for better control of the mouse, while gamers are involved in fast-paced FPS games or even long session MMO games.
- Material: Gaming grade UPE teflon
- Covers 16 % of mouse bottom to ensure maximum glide
- We recommend to change glides regularly as they eventually get worn down. See our made to fit SteelSeries Glide Kinzu.
The SteelSeries Kinzu Optical Mouse is a gaming mouse made for extended use. Its ergonomic and ambidextrous design makes it a natural fit for both right and left handed users.
- USB 2.0 connector
- Anti-tangle braided cord for enhanced durability
- Cord length: 2 meters (6,5 feet)
And the numbers
Frames per second: 9.375
Inches per second: 50
Mega pixels per second: 3,75
Counts per inch: 400 – 3200
Maximum acceleration: 20 G
Sensor data path: True 16 bit
Lift distance: ~2 mm
Maximum polling: 1.000 Hz
I have used a lot of gaming mice over the years and to be honest most of the gaming mice I have used have been right handed only. Steelseries noticed this error and judgment with this mouse and added ambidextrous capabilities which open this mouse up to just about anyone.
I used the mouse for gaming, editing photos, and just everyday use. I was very happy with the mouse’s performance; even though I am a devote heavy mouse user the Kinzu opened my eyes a little to the advantages of a light mouse. My speed for gaming increased by a lot, using this mouse in combination with a hard mousing surface made for a lightning fast gaming experience. For photo Editing the lightness of the mouse was great for extended sessions, making my wrist much less sore then when I am using a heavier mouse. The pinky drag on this mouse was minimal surprisingly enough; I always have a hard time with mice because of my larger hands but the Kinzu held my hand quite well.
Would I recommend this mouse? Overall I would for the most part, it you are a hard core gamer and love the mouse to form fit your hand then I would have to say spend a bit extra for the higher end mice, but if you are accustomed to the Razer styles mice that don’t form fit your hand then I say grab a Kinzu instead, they are in expensive well built, and you will notice a drastic speed improvement over all.
- Up top 3200 DPI
- Sturdy Braided Cable Design
- Ambidextrous for the Lefties
- Light (for some)
- Needs Something to “Jazz it up” The Mouse at First Glance Just Looks Like a OEM Black Mouse