SteelSeries Kana & Kinzu V2 hands-on
The SteelSeries Kana uses advanced, optical technology that operates at 3600 Frames Per Second and supports stable movement speeds at 130 Inches Per Second. The SteelSeries Kana has an ergonomic, ambidextrous design makes it a natural fit for both right and left handed users. The centrally located toggle button allows you to quickly switch between two sensitivity settings. The pre-defined CPI settings in the Kana are used and recommended by professional gamers all over the world. These CPI settings, which reach up to 3200. The SteelSeries Engine allows you to customize your mouse settings like never before. With the SteelSeries Engine installed you are able to:
- Set custom CPI settings
- Set LED intensity per CPI
- Program your mouse buttons
- Set polling rate
- Record macros
- Track button usage statistics
- Set game triggers for profiles
- Setup unlimited profiles for the settings
The SteelSeries Kinzu v2 Pro Edition uses optical technology and operates at 3600 Frames Per Second and supports stable movement speeds at 65 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 v2 Pro Edition is ergonomically shaped to comfortably fit all three grip styles – claw, palm and swipe – for easy reach to all 4 buttons whether the user is playing a fast-paced FPS game or even a long session MMO game.
STEELSERIES INTRODUCES NEW GAMING MOUSE OPTIONS – KANA, KINZU V2 PRO EDITION AND KINZU V2
Consumers Can Choose Between Three New Optical, Ambidextrous Mice Based on Features That Are Important for Their Game – Size, Color, Illumination, Buttons, and Switches
LAS VEGAS, CES – Jan. 10, 2012 – SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of premium-quality, competitive gaming peripherals, today at the start of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, introduced a new line-up of gaming peripherals. Kicking off the mouse category for SteelSeries in 2012 is the SteelSeries Kana, also known as the Designed by Gamers mouse; and two editions of the new version of the SteelSeries Kinzu, the SteelSeries Kinzu v2 and SteelSeries Kinzu v2 Pro Edition. The SteelSeries Kana mouse was introduced to SteelSeries fans in the Designed by Gamers Campaign as Mouse 1.1, which gave more than 300,000 gamers the design choice and where 60,000 “Likes” determined the winning Black 1.1 design.
“With the Designed by Gamers campaign, it was the first time we asked our fans and followers to choose a design for us, and we were incredibly proud to see the response from the community – it makes sense that consumers, specifically our consumers want to have a say in what we‟re creating, said Kim Rom, SteelSeries CMO. “This new line-up of mice were each designed to fulfill the needs of different types of players, especially those who may not need all of the customization that can be found in the SteelSeries Sensei.”
The SteelSeries Kana, Kinzu v2 and Kinzu v2 Pro Edition are all powered by the SteelSeries Engine. It allows users to customize the mice with the ability for unlimited profiles, program buttons, set the polling rate, create macros, customize CPI settings, optimize your layout by recording movements and viewing a heat map of button usage and more.
The SteelSeries Kana features:
Ambidextrous shape with an optimized 6-button layout
Tournament grade optical sensor 3600 Frames Per Second and supports stable movement speeds at 130 Inches Per Second.
Illuminated scroll wheel with LED intensity options that can be assigned to indicate the currently active CPI profile.
DCPI is 1600-3200
Two XL-sized side buttons (one on each side) for easy rapid-fire
UPE Teflon mouse feet and a double-braided nylon cord with 2.0 USB connector
Two color and illumination options, White 1.1 and Black 1.1
Available now on the SteelSeries Web Shop and select retailers, the SteelSeries Kana is $49.99 / €49.99 MSRP – http://steelseri.es/kana.
Rom adds that, “The Kinzu v2 and Kinzu v2 Pro Edition are for players who don‟t want anything more than minimal buttons and functionality, but that recognize minimal still means quality and precision.”
SteelSeries Kinzu v2 Pro Edition features:
Tournament-grade Omron button switches which are recognized by the industry and the community as reliable, high-end hardware components that deliver „best-in-class‟ performance and feedback.
Ambidextrous shape with 4-button layout including the CPI toggle
Tournament grade optical sensor operating at 3600 Frames Per Second
Supports stable movement speeds at 65 Inches Per Second.
UPE Teflon glides and a double-braided nylon cord with 2.0 USB connector
Three color options: Glossy Black, Metallic Silver and Red
Available now on the SteelSeries Web Shop and select retailers, the SteelSeries Kinzu v2 Pro Edition is $44.99 / €44.99 MSRP – http://steelseri.es/kinzuv2pro.
SteelSeries Kinzu v2 features:
Identical features as the Kinzu v2 Pro Edition, with the exception of the Tournament-grade Omron button switches.
Four color options including: Rubberized Black, White, Orange, and Yellow
Available now on the SteelSeries Web Shop and select retailers, the SteelSeries Kinzu v2 is $39.99 / €39.99 MSRP – http://steelseri.es.kinzuv2.
For more information about the new SteelSeries mice, as well as all the SteelSeries products launching during CES please visit, http://steelseri.es/ces2012.
SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of top quality gaming peripherals from headsets, keyboards, and mice to controllers, surfaces, and software. For more than a decade, SteelSeries has been on the forefront of designing and creating gear for competitive gamers. The company‟s continued innovation also comes in collaboration with the world‟s leading professional gaming teams and partners. SteelSeries is a global brand that continues to support the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and electronic sports leagues through professional team sponsorships, partnerships, and community support. For more information, please visit http://steelseries.com.