The SteelSeries Kinzu v2 is an improved version over the original, which uses an optical sensor over the laser. For this reason, the price has been lowered significantly to account for gamers with a budget. The polling rate of the mouse remains at a respectable 1000 Hz, whereas the DPI can reach up to 3200. If you were to compare this to the Sensei gaming mouse, the DPI level can reach over 11,000 and that’s about 3x as much. Granted, that doesn’t mean much for gamers who’re professionals since most of them only utilize up to 4000 anyway. Regardless of that, I like to purchase a mouse knowing that I can easily tweak its settings to get as much DPI as I can out of it. This applies even to the SteelSeries Kinzu despite how much I like this mouse.
The feel of it is great on the whole. My hand wraps the gaming mouse just nicely and the sensor feels smooth. The cursor glides without any hitch at all across the screen but that could probably be caused by my mousepad, which is rather pricey in itself. It is a pity though that the Kinzu doesn’t come with removable weights that could’ve easily made it the best gaming mouse that I’ve used so far, as can be seen in the list at www.gaminggearlab.com. In contrary to this, many other gaming mice have been manufactured with highly customizable options in mind. Logitech’s gaming mice are indicative of this and so are Razer’s. This gaming mouse from Logitech is hands down the best wireless gaming mouse ever made! Cooler Master is doing well in this regard too and they’re certainly catching up.
SteelSeries, have been great in most of the gaming products that they’ve come up with but I feel as if they’re struggling to compete with the gaming mouse juggernauts in the likes of Razer or CM. As much as it pains me to say this, I do feel much more comfortable using a $40 mouse compared to the $90 of the SteelSeries Sensei. Don’t get me wrong. The Sensei is an excellent gaming mouse but at a ridiculous price of $90 or sometimes even more, it can be hard to justify the purchase. Why opt for a mouse that’s so much more expensive over one that you can do just as well within your games but spend less than half the price of a Sensei? It simply doesn’t make sense at all.
As far as gaming goes, what you really need is a mouse that supports high DPI (a laser sensor is almost always required for this) and a mouse that has sufficient buttons to bind your hotkeys to. Sure, an optical gaming mouse may be sufficient but only if you’re not planning to play competitively. There’s really no such thing as a professional gaming mouse that does not support the use of a laser sensor. If it does, it’s certainly far away from being the best gaming mouse in the current market today. Whichever mouse you decide to select for all your games, you should really think about either the SteelSeries or even the Mad Catz brand since they really know what gaming is all about and I believe that they can answer our needs as gamers substantially well.