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  • Roccat Kiro Modular Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review
  • Roccat Kiro Modular Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review


    Kiro Modular Mouse Layout and Features

    One of the most interesting things about the customizable ambidextrous design is the ability to turn the Kiro into a left handed mouse but you can also configure it for both.  The soft touch finish feels good and responsive while the sides are more grippy.

    Here you can see the Kiro with both sets of hot swap panels installed.  For many of us the attraction of two extra buttons, for a total of 6, will be hard to resist though I have never trained myself to use them consistently myself.  This configuration favors the claw style grip with the buttons pointed slightly down to reduce the risk of an accidental press from your off side fingers.

    This view also gives a good look at the 2D Titan Wheel and the DPI/Profile button tucked in behind it.  The Titan 2D design does not offer tilt and has a nice textured grip surface. It does offer a noticeable tactile feedback click for those that use it and is large and easy to find by touch.  I consistently find ROCCAT scroll wheels to be some of the best in the business.

    Two oversized feet provide a solid foundation and slide smoothly on all tested surfaces.  In this shot you can see the side groves that allow the sides to be easily snapped off. The star of the show is the 4000 DPI Pro-Optic Sensor R2.  This sensor is a native 2000 DPI sensor that uses a software assisted Over Drive Mode to Interpolate 4000 DPI. I do wish companies would state which sensor they are using more directly but some Google searching seems to indicate this is the A3050.

    Connectivity is provided by a 1.8 meter black plastic cord. No gold connectors here. I know I am a bit spoiled by the Kone XTD’s woven protection but this may simply be a cost saving measure.  As with all my ROCCAT products the plug is clearly labeled and large enough to be found by touch.

    Can your mouse do this?

    The main attraction for the Kiro is definitely the modular design.  ROCCAT hopes to have 3D printing design templates out by the time you are reading this article as well.  This level of customization is usually only available at a much higher price point.  I confess I haven’t invested in a 3D printer yet but I find the possibility for that level of customization very appealing!

    The sides are held on by a set of magnets spaced evenly across the sides.  There is no option for weights in the Kiro making the implementation simple and intuitive.  The seams are place so the panels look factory and they fit snugly.  I even found the flare out comfortable if not as aggressive as I would have liked.