After nearly two years since the launch of SteelSeries Kinzu V2, SteelSeries continues to release its third generation Kinzu V3 mouse. According to the manufacturer’s announcement, the Kinzu V3 will continue to be the “old bottle – new wine”, the shell will be no different (or very little difference) but the inside will be completely different.
– Weight: 77 grams
– Height: 35.4 mm
– Width: 63.5 mm
– Length: 117 mm
– Cable length: 2m
– Number of buttons: 4
– Sensor: Optical (Pixar ADNS-3050 or Avago 3050)
– CPI: 250-2000
– SteelSeries switch
The above data shows that the SteelSeries Kinzu V3 is about 99% the same size as Kinzu V2 (height and width is less than V2 0.5mm). The biggest difference is that the Kinzu V3 sensor is Avago 3050 compared to the 3305 Pixart and the new button system (V2 Pro uses Onron switch, V3 uses SteelSeries own switch).
The Kinzu V3 is extremely simple, looks very cheap, with a thin cover, the inside is just a protective plastic. It looks like SteelSeries wants to save as much as possible to cut costs.
The Kinzu V3 inherits 100% of the basic design from Kinzu V1 and V2. Still with a simple symmetrical design.
The black matte matte version (with overlay), smooth than Kinzu v2 Black. White-shaded version.
Scroll white slightly gray (V2 white). The Kinzu V3’s built-in scrollbar is much more robust than the Kinzu V2.
The bottom of the mouse is the same design as the V2, the sensor is placed in the middle of the mouse, three pieces of teflon feet large size:
Kinzu V3 cords are not as durable as V2. Actually, the fabric cover against the break I think should have but not too important. I myself have used many mice without cover against the break but never frayed or broken wire. USB headset with no anti-jamming:
The wiring harness with the mouse has no lacer.
The SteelSeries Kinzu V3 inherits 99% of the design from the Kinzu V2 (from the size and position of the buttons), with different designs that are smoother (black) and better scroll build.
Just like SteelSeries’s new gaming gear, the Kinzu V3 uses the latest SteelSeries Engine 3 driver (version 3.2.8).
The My Gear show lists gear and the SS Engine 3 you have, the Tab Library allows you to assign each profile, gear to each game / program you want to use.
SteelSeries Engine 3 is an impressive driver: consumes less computing resources, synchronizes all new (SS) products, and adds support for “cloud” profiles.
First of all, I will test the Kinzu V3 with paint on different CPI to see if the Kinzu V3 is smooth. I use the QCK Classic pad. Sens Win 6/11, off Win acceleration, polling rate 1000. Sensor Avago 3050 has a CPI from 250 to 2000, double CPI up to 4000, if you look at this parameter we can see Kinzu V3 pretty modest compared to the mouse. Other games (including the same price segment), but the high CPI nature is only “demonstration”, less usable.
Through the test, we can see that the Avago 3050 Sensor on the Kinzu V3 is very stable and completely free of jitter at CPI 1000 or below, at CPI 1500, Kinzu V3 starts to operate unstably and less smoothly. Auto correction is but very few.
Experiment with CS: GO
For the entry level gaming mouse like the Kinzu v3, the Avago 3050 is one of the best, most stable sensors.
Feeling when aim is not much different from Kinzu V2. At the CPI 500 I just reduced the Sensitivity from 3.0 to 2.4 (Kinzu V2 CPI400 Sens in Game 3.0). Kinzu V3 gives me good aim feeling, delicious tapping, firm mind, very good spray.
Compared to the Kinzu V2 Black, the Kinzu V3 black has a slightly better grip, with a smoother, smoother but easy sweaty.
The two main buttons of the Kinzu V3 bounce well, moderate depth (Kinzu V2 Pro switch Omron China deep press), soft but not soft keys like the Kinzu V1 Sudden Attach (switch Omron Japan). The feeling of two left-right buttons is not the same (despite the symmetrical design), this is also the inherent disadvantage of the Kinzu V1, which is not caused by the switch, but because of the shell is not screwed on both sides. According to SteelSeries, the sidebar of this new switch is about 10 million clicks.
The Kinetic V3’s Lift Off Distance is very comfortable. Read the specifications of the Sensor is Avago 3050 I have prepared before the psychological can LOD will be high (like Kana v2 sensor Avago 3090 LOD high head). Sensor Avago 3050 is in the same level as the Pixar 3305 (Kinzu V2 / Kana V1) but gamers are better off by Avago 3050 low jitter at higher CPI, better tracking, no built-in acceleration, auto correction low. Previously CM Storm Xornet also use this sensor and is appreciated by the gamer community.
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After about a week of using Kinzu V3, I have not noticed any bugs. At this point, to me Kinzu V3 is a great Gaming Mouse that meets my needs. Objectively, Kinzu V3 is not a perfect product. What I want more than the mouse wire is covered and the USB jack is plated anti-jamming. However, at a decent price and what Kinzu V3 has to offer, it’s hard to ask for more. Consider all three factors: price – performance – brand, can say Kinzu V3 is excellent product, worth to buy.
– The optimal design inheritance from the predecessor products.
– Good build quality.
– Button using the new switch is quite good quality.
– New high performance sensor, good tracking, low jitter.
– Lift off distance pleasant.
– Feet Teflon high quality.
– Very good price
– Box and accessories too “cheap”.
– The feeling of mouse 1 and mouse 2 is not the same.
– less color choice.
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