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In size, features, and buttons the Kana is more than a Kinzu and not quite a Sensei.


Mouse 1.1 is the SteelSeries Kana. You chose its design, now it’s ready to play.


Scroll wheel LED intensity can be assigned to indicate which CPI profile is enabled.


CPI toggle for on-the-fly high/low sensitivity adjustments.


Scalable pointer speed up 3200 in increments of 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 CPI.


Ambidextrously placed side button on each side of the mouse.


Improved durability and tangle-free via its double braided nylon cord.


Program your buttons, optimize your sensitivity, and create unlimited profiles.


"I spent a lot of hours gaming and using the Kana Black 1.1 and I really can't see myself moving back to any bulky, weighty mice for the long term. I used to be a fan of bigger and more included goodies makes for a better product. SteelSeries flipped my thoughts on their ear and delivered a precision gaming mouse that works great in games and at the desktop level. I really can't say enough about this mouse, if you are in the market for a new one, I strongly suggest you look at the SteelSeries Kana for your next purchase. "

Score: 93%

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Funky Kit

"Sometimes you find something that feels like it was taylor made for you, the Kana feels like it was made just for me. With its $50 price tag it falls right into the middle of mice pricing, but in my opinion it is the mouse to get. If you want a no-nonsense mouse that delivers a solid performance the Kana is a perfect choice for a gamer looking to improve."

"The Kana is quickly becoming my favorite mouse for a few reasons. It tracks great, it feels wonderful in my hand, and the surface of the mouse is a nice matte black instead of a shiny surface. When you couple that with the price of $50 it is a must-buy. "

Score: 9.5/10

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Kit Guru

"Another impressive addition to the SteelSeries range."

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Hardware Heaven

Score: 9/10

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Overclock 3D

Score: 9/10

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Tech Kings

"We can certainly say that the Kana is speaking our language when it comes to comfort and quality materials."

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Lazy Gamer

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"Its hardware cannot be questioned, with the Kana proving accurate, smooth and deadly in Serious Sam HD"

Score: 8/10

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Designed by gamers: Kana for you.



We do more than talk a good game. We play, we create, we push the standards in peripheral design. Kana can mean many different things in different languages. In Swedish, canary. In Azerbjjan, blood. In Hawaiian, demigod. To us, gaming is a culture combined of many languages. Kana means, precision, control, winning and the ability to make you a better player.

The SteelSeries Kana bridges the gap between the kinzu and the Sensei. With 6 buttons, a tournament grade optical sensor, High Performance PTFE feet, it strikes an ideal balance in size, features and performance.

Kana Size Difference

Weight & Size

Size and weight

  • Weight: 72 grams (0.16 lbs)
  • Height: 37 mm (1.5 in)
  • Width: 64 mm (2.5 in)
  • Length: 124 mm (4.9 in)

Optical Sensor

Superior tracking

The SteelSeries Kana uses advanced, optical technology that operates at 3600 Frames Per Second and supports stable movement speeds at 130 Inches Per Second. These specs simply say that regardless of your frantic movements, the mouse will consistently deliver, especially for fast-paced FPS games.


You Want More Buttons?

The SteelSeries Kana features 2 XL-sized, side buttons (one on each side) for easy rapid-fire. If you choose to not use them, then head over to the SteelSeries Engine to disable. You’re welcome.



  1. Left click
  2. Right click
  3. Scroll wheel / Middle click
  4. Right side button
  5. Left side button
  6. CPI toggle

Kana Buttons



The SteelSeries Kana has an ergonomic, ambidextrous design makes it a natural fit for both right and left handed users.

Plug and play

The SteelSeries Engine

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 above…


Lighting with Purpose

The illuminated scroll wheel is both stylish and functional. Utilizing the SteelSeries Engine, the LED intensity can be assigned to indicate the currently active CPI profile.


By the Community

The SteelSeries Kana is available in two versions; the first named White1.1, while the second was selected by SteelSeries’ Facebook community of more than 300,000 gamers and where 60,000 “Likes” determined the winning design, Black1.1.

SteelSeries Facebook


Easy To Adjust CPI

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, are also easily adjustable via the SteelSeries Engine.


Mouse glides

Material: High Performance PTFE material covers 16 % of mouse bottom to ensure maximum glide. We recommend changing glides regularly as they will eventually be worn down.

SteelSeries Kana Glides


The SteelSeries Kana is made to be stable on every kind of surface with the help of its top of the line optical sensor. This sensor is also designed to eliminate jitter and provide optimized stability for the user.

Developed with gamers

Developed With The Best

We are proud to be associated with some of the best players in the world of eSports. We maintain strong relationships and have continuous dialogue with teams like Natus Vincere, SK Gaming, Fnatic, Evil Geniuses and others who help in the development and improvement of our products.

To ensure maximum performance in all gaming scenarios we enlisted help from world-class StarCraft® II, Counter-Strike, DotA, League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth, WarCraft® III and Doom players.

Double Braided cord

Double Braided cord

  • USB 2.0 connector
  • Anti-tangle braided cord for enhanced durability
  • Cord length: 2 meters (6.5 feet)



Operating systems:

  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Mac OS X
  • PC & Mac Compatible

    Optical Sensor

    And the numbers

    Frames per second: 3600
    Inches per second: 130
    Mega pixels per second: 3.7
    Counts per inch: 400 – 3200
    Maximum acceleration: 30 G
    Sensor data path: True 16 bit
    Lift distance: ~2 mm
    Maximum polling: 1000 Hz


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