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SteelSeries Kana review

A mouse for gamers, by gamers

Our Verdict

For

  • Responsive
  • Two extra buttons
  • Instant control over CPI responsiveness

Against

  • Cheap feel
  • Light

According to SteelSeries, the design ethos behind its Kana mouse is epitomised by its name. 'Kana' means a number of different things in different languages, from 'blood' in Azerbaijan to 'Demigod' in Hawaiian, via 'canary' in Swedish.

The idea is that gaming is a culture made up of many languages, and transcends them all. This community of gamers has been consulted by SteelSeries over certain design aspects of the Kana mouse, with the aim of this mouse truly being a mouse designed for gamers by gamers.

In fact, the community's input into the design of the Kana mouse has been rather limited. There were requests for extra buttons, which SteelSeries has added, and there was a vote on SteelSeries' Facebook page to choose a colour - black or white. Black won the vote, although the white version is available to buy anyway.

We got sent the white version, and to be honest we can see why the black design won - the white, shiny plastic shell just looks a bit tacky. It feels rather cheap and hollow as well.

The SteelSeries Kana is designed to be a medium-sized mouse, situated between other mice the SteelSeries Kinzu and the SteelSeries Sensei. It lacks the weight and build quality of the Sensei, which is a shame, since it's nice to have a bit of heaviness behind a gaming mouse.

Similar to the Sensei, it has a small button in the middle to quickly change sensitivity on the fly.

Verdict

The SteelSeries Kana's not a bad mouse, it's just a shame that it feels - and looks - cheap.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMouse
Number of Total Buttons6
Pointing Device Host InterfaceUSB 2.0
Scroller TypeScroll Wheel
Ergonomic FitSymmetrical
ColourBlack, Orange
Brand NameSteelSeries
Pointing Device Connectivity TechnologyCable
Movement DetectionOptical
Height37 mm
Width64 mm
Depth124 mm
ManufacturerSteelSeries ApS
Product NameKANA Mouse
Device SupportedComputer
Product LineKANA
Manufacturer Part Number62030
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.steelseries.com
Marketing Information

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.

Movement Resolution3200 dpi
Weight (Approximate)72 g