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SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition review

A budget gaming mouse that's customisable and smooth

SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition
A cheap and cheerful gaming mouse

TechRadar Verdict

Pros

  • +

    Cheap

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    Comfortable

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    Two CPI settings

Cons

  • -

    Not the best gaming mouse out there

Out of the gaming mouse triumvirate of the SteelSeries Sensei, Kana and the Kinzu, it is the latter that is designed to be the smallest.

The SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition loses the two extra buttons on each side that the Katu and the Sensei enjoy. But it retains the comfortable, ambidextrous design of the other two mice, while being slightly smaller - though, crucially, still comfortable to hold.

Like the Katu, however, the SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition feels rather lightweight, which gives it an unfortunate cheap feel that the Sensei mouse doesn't suffer from.

The centre button, just below the scroll wheel, switches between two CPI settings - less than the other mice, but still useful if you want to quickly change the sensitivity of the mouse on the fly.

The Steelengine software needs to be downloaded before you can fully customise the mouse. Straight out of the box, though, it's fast, smooth and responsive.

Verdict

The SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition isn't a bad gaming mouse at all, but if you're really serious about gaming then it'll be worth paying a bit more for the excellent Sensei.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Computing and Entertainment

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Computing and Entertainment, looking after two of the best, and most exciting, channels on the site. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made. He's also a huge film and TV fan and Marvel geek, and his favorite recent film is Dune.