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We first told you about the SteelSeries Kana gaming mouse back in January. We have been using it for a few weeks now and so it’s time for our hands-on (literally) review.

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This is how SteelSeries describe the Kana:

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 Steel Series Kana bridges the gap between the kinzu and the Sensei. With 6 buttons, a tournament grade optical sensor, teflon feet, it strikes an ideal balance in size, features and performance.

• Ambidextrous shape with an optimized 6-button layout
• Tournament grade optical sensor 3600 Frames Per Second and supports stable movement speeds at 130 Inches Per Second.
• Illuminated scroll wheel with LED intensity options that can be assigned to indicate the currently active CPI profile.
• DCPI is 1600-3200
• Two XL-sized side buttons (one on each side) for easy rapid-fire
• UPE Teflon mouse feet and a double-braided nylon cord with 2.0 USB connector
• Two colour and illumination options, White 1.1 and Black 1.1

Who are SteelSeries?

From their website:

From day one, SteelSeries has been focused on making high performance gaming gear used by the most demanding, top professional gamers worldwide and peripherals that provide superior quality and a competitive edge to gamers of all skill levels. We believe, as most gamers do, in winning, not trying!

What originally began with two people who recognized the need for superior, high-quality/performance gaming gear that would give gamers a competitive edge, has grown into a global leader in gaming and entertainment gear sought after for their high performance capabilities.

Fast-forward to today, and we’ve come a long way since our first glass mousepad. We have global offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, providing an integrated portfolio of products designed specifically for gaming. Fueling our growth is you, the gamer!

While we are proud of our technology and product innovation, we are even more excited about how these products are developed to meet the needs of gamers. Many companies may claim to develop superior gaming products but few actually do. Instead, they spend countless hours with lab engineers trying to force fit a new technology with bells and whistles and mediocre functionality for the end-user.

At SteelSeries, we develop our products with a small internal team and a vast network of technology partners, channel partners, game publishers, and gaming communities around the globe. We aren’t afraid of being challenged and implementing new ideas. Our main goal is to always to listen to the collective feedback of our professional gaming community.

Specifications

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

For those of you who are really into your gaming mice, here are some more specific numbers:

  • Frames per second: 3600
  • Inches per second: 130
  • Mega pixels per second: 3.7
  • Counts per inch: 400 – 3200

DCPI:

  • Maximum acceleration: 30 G
  • Sensor data path: True 16 bit
  • Lift distance: ~2 mm
  • Maximum polling: 1000 Hz

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the mouse and a quick start guide.

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SteelSeries has just released some firmware updates for it’s Sensei mouse and Kana mouse.

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Windows Firmware Update Tool v1.17.8.6 contains important fixes and improvements for the firmware on the Sensei and Kana mice. In particular, the improvements are defined below:

Sensei (firmware version 244):

- The Sensei no longer stays powered on while the computer is in sleep mode.

– Performance Enhancements: Read and Write operations have been dramatically improved. The Sensei cursor no longer “skips” for 1-2 seconds when switching between profiles or saving profiles.

– In unique certain situations, DCPI mode would get disabled. This issue has been resolved.

– ExactAim and ExactAccel no longer cancel each other out.

Kana (firmware version 260):

- Fixed an intermittent issue that caused the cursor to be stuck in movement when the mouse is quickly moved off the surface.

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SteelSeries have just started the Kana Pedicure campaign aimed at fixing a problem with the wrong feet being shipped with their new Kana mouse.

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This is what they said:

You know what they say about mice with wrong feet?

You can get them replaced for free.

We have noticed that one of our newest members of the family, the SteelSeries Kana, was brought in to the world with the wrong feet.

While we are confident that you could continue to dominate with those feet, we would like to send you a set of the correct Teflon feet. Free of charge. Just to ensure your quality of life, overall happiness and sliding perfection.

I have one of the new Kana mice here for review and I will be having it’s feet replaced – if you have one make sure you check today.

[button link="http://c.steelseries.com/pedicure/" style="info" window="yes"]Start the pedicure process here[/button]

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SteelSeries has just updated their SteelSeries Engine software and it includes firmware upgrades for Kana and Kinzu v2.

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SteelSeries Engine brings you a single user interface that will allow you to control your mouse and keyboard from one easy-to-navigate location. From driver updates to quick setting changes, the SteelSeries Engine becomes a users one-stop-shop for your complete desktop peripheral management.

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SteelSeries have introduced three new optical, ambidextrous mice based on features that are important to gamers – Size, Color, Illumination, Buttons, and Switches.

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SteelSeries this week here at CES introduced a new line-up of gaming peripherals. Kicking off the mouse category for SteelSeries in 2012 is the SteelSeries Kana, also known as the Designed by Gamers mouse; and two editions of the new version of the SteelSeries Kinzu, the SteelSeries Kinzu v2 and SteelSeries Kinzu v2 Pro Edition. The SteelSeries Kana mouse was introduced to SteelSeries fans in the Designed by Gamers Campaign as Mouse 1.1, which gave more than 300,000 gamers the design choice and where 60,000 “Likes” determined the winning Black 1.1 design.

“With the Designed by Gamers campaign, it was the first time we asked our fans and followers to choose a design for us, and we were incredibly proud to see the response from the community – it makes sense that consumers, specifically our consumers want to have a say in what we’re creating, said Kim Rom, SteelSeries CMO.  “This new line-up of mice were each designed to fulfill the needs of different types of players, especially those who may not need all of the customization that can be found in the SteelSeries Sensei.”

The SteelSeries Kana, Kinzu v2 and Kinzu v2 Pro Edition are all powered by the SteelSeries Engine. It allows users to customize the mice with the ability for unlimited profiles, program buttons, set the polling rate, create macros, customize CPI settings, optimize your layout by recording movements and viewing a heat map of button usage and more.

The SteelSeries Kana features:

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•    Ambidextrous shape with an optimized 6-button layout
•    Tournament grade optical sensor 3600 Frames Per Second and supports stable movement speeds at 130 Inches Per Second.
•    Illuminated scroll wheel with LED intensity options that can be assigned to indicate the currently active CPI profile.
•    DCPI is 1600-3200
•    Two XL-sized side buttons (one on each side) for easy rapid-fire
•    UPE Teflon mouse feet and a double-braided nylon cord with 2.0 USB connector
•    Two color and illumination options, White 1.1 and Black 1.1

Available now on the SteelSeries Web Shop and select retailers, the SteelSeries Kana is $49.99 / €49.99 MSRP.

Rom adds that, “The Kinzu v2 and Kinzu v2 Pro Edition are for players who don’t want anything more than minimal buttons and functionality, but that recognize minimal still means quality and precision.”

SteelSeries Kinzu v2 Pro Edition features:

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•    Tournament-grade Omron button switches which are recognized by the industry and the community as reliable, high-end hardware components that deliver ‘best-in-class’ performance and feedback.
•    Ambidextrous shape with 4-button layout including the CPI toggle
•    Tournament grade optical sensor operating at 3600 Frames Per Second
•    Supports stable movement speeds at 65 Inches Per Second.
•    UPE Teflon glides and a double-braided nylon cord with 2.0 USB connector
•    Three color options: Glossy Black, Metallic Silver and Red

Available now on the SteelSeries Web Shop and select retailers, the SteelSeries Kinzu v2 Pro Edition is $44.99 / €44.99 MSRP.

SteelSeries Kinzu v2 features:

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•    Identical features as the Kinzu v2 Pro Edition, with the exception of the Tournament-grade Omron button switches.
•    Four color options including: Rubberized Black, White, Orange, and Yellow

Available now on the SteelSeries Web Shop and select retailers, the SteelSeries Kinzu v2 is $39.99 / €39.99 MSRP.

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