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Aside from some flashy lights, does this newcomer bring much to the table?
TT ESports is the peripherals division of Thermaltake, and one of the newer entrants into the increasingly crowded market. While the Theron isn’t the flashiest mouse we’ve seen, it’s a very solid piece of hardware, and a sign that the company’s serious about competing.
The Theron is an especially boxy mouse, with very wide, flat buttons and a nice clicking action. When powered up, it emits light from the scroll wheel, dragon logo, and from three LEDs located around the bottom, lighting up your desk under the mouse.
The mouse features the sort of “soft-touch” rubberized surface that’s popular on a lot of gaming mice. Though it feels nice to the touch, these coatings have a tendency to make your hand feel sweaty quickly, and the Theron’s in particular started to show grease and fingerprints right away.
On the underside of the Theron is a hatch that opens up to reveal a bank of five 4.5 gram weights, which allows you to substantially alter the overall weight of the mouse. It has two additional thumb buttons, one pinky button, and two DPI buttons. All are bindable, though the DPI buttons are placed far enough back from the thumb wheel that there’s no real hope of hitting them in the heat of battle. Our only real complaint about the construction of the mouse is that the scroll wheel felt a little flimsy in its socket—otherwise, the Theron is quite solid.
Like a souped-up street racer, the Theron features customizable underlighting.
The Theron doesn’t do much to stand out among the other mice in its price range, but it’s hard to find specific things to fault it for. It’s an all-around respectable option.
Tt eSports Theron
Sometimes beauty is more than skin deep
“Pure” is a good name for this version of the Roccat Kone gaming mouse—it’s all about pure performance. It doesn’t have a billion buttons, or removable weights, or any other extraneous features. Instead, the Kone Pure focuses on doing a smaller number of things well.
For one, the Kone Pure offers great tracking, with a top-notch 8,200 dpi laser sensor. The mouse’s lift-off distance can be customized, if you like to really fiddle with your mouse’s performance. It also features half a megabyte of onboard memory, and a 32-bit processor, so you can store your profiles and macros directly on the mouse, and use them anywhere.
Because the mouse is a little on the shorter side, we recommend it most for those who hold their device with their fingers bent, or who have smaller hands. The Color Edition we were sent for review is treated with a breathable matte finish and bright “Cool Blue” paint job. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but to our eyes this thing is absolutely killer.
The Kone Pure’s software is a little cluttered, but generally up to the task of accessing the myriad ways you can customize the mouse. The mouse features four buttons in addition to the standard three, but one of the thumb buttons acts as a shift key, effectively doubling the number of keys or macros you can bind.
The Roccat Kone Pure comes in an array of limited-edition colors.
The Kone Pure’s the real deal. It may not be perfect for everyone, but for most folks it’s a great option.
Roccat Kone Pure Color Edition
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