"In the end is the SteelSeries Kinzu worth $34.99? I would say definitely, at least for the serious gamers out there. It is the cheapest gaming mouse on the market, with most of the other low-end gaming mice starting around $40.00. For those looking for a gaming mouse with more functionality, Kinzu's bigger brother Xai might be more suitable, as will many other high-end mice on the market. But for those looking for a basic gaming mouse, this is it."
"This mouse should definitely be on your short list if you are a FPS gamer looking for a budget mouse. Since this mouse has a wealthy resolution of up to 3200 DPI and excellent scaling downwards, it can both be the high and low sensitivity gamer's weapon."
"Couple the tracking capabilities with the perfect mouse feet, a light weight body, short travel buttons and a lift off distance of only 2 mm and you are in for quite a treat."
"I did not experience any jitter with the Kinzu and the tracking is as close to perfect as you're going to get. [...]"
"It also proved comfortable regardless of whether I was using a claw or palm grip and it has a well balanced center of gravity making overall movements very smooth."
"I would absolutely recommend this to any gamer who's on a budget and wants a quality mouse which they can rely upon. This is an excellent piece of kit, and if it was not so trying during regular usage I would use it as my full-time mouse without any major qualms at all. That said, this has real potential, and signifies that optical mice really aren't dying out yet, and you don't have to spend a fortune on a solid gaming mouse."
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.
*Configuration software only available for Windows operating systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Kinzu has been successfully picked up by numerous LAN cafés across the globe, via an exclusively manufactured bulk version, perfect in all ways for the gaming center setup.
Talk of the town is that Kinzu could have family-ties to the Xai Laser Mouse, which is true. The shape of the two mice are identical, with a 7% difference in size.
Part of the research period and sample testing for the Xai and Kinzu mice, with SK Gaming among other teams, was spent at Inferno Online Sweden.
Having spent less than 14 days adapting to initial prototypes the SteelSeries Xai and Kinzu, Team Fnatic and went on to win their first grand slam tournament, using these mice.
Hand-picked by brands such as ASUS and MSI for bundling purposes, the Kinzu manifests itself as a significant piece of the puzzle when perfecting a hardware setup.
“Shape, weight, glide, scroll wheel, surface treatment and center of gravity are key to making this a preferred mouse for me.” – Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg.
No worries – we all are. However, being on a budget does not equal compromise. The Kinzu is solid quality, professionally endorsed shape and a corresponding price tag.
Especially players of first-person-shooter games choose the Kinzu – this is, among other things, due to the gaming-grade optical sensor and the number of buttons available.