CES 2017: ROCCAT Reveals Three New Mice & Two New Keyboards

by MAC     |     January 6, 2017

ROCCAT have just totally revamped their gaming peripheral lineup with some innovative new technology.

German manufacturer ROCCAT have announced three new gaming mice and two new gaming keyboards, and unlike a lot of the competition there appears to be some real innovation here.

For starters, they revealed their new Owl-Eye optical sensor, which is based on a Pixart 3361 series sensor that was specially modified for ROCCAT. This is a 12,000 DPI sensor that can be adjusted in 100 DPI increments, and that is said offer 1:1 accuracy between mouse motion and cursor movement on the screen. Since it supports up to 50G's of acceleration and tracking speeds of 250 inches per second (IPS), this sensor certainly won't bottleneck anyone's game play. This new Owl-Eye sensor is used in all three of the new mice that they announced.

The first new model is Leadr, which ROCCAT claims is the world’s first wireless gaming mouse that offers performance equivalent to that of a wired mouse. Thanks to the new -Eye sensor, a 2.4GHz wireless data link, and a 1000Hz polling rate - which is faster than USB - ROCCAT are claiming that the Leadr features zero lag and virtual zero latency either.

The Leadr has an ergonomic design with 14 programmable buttons, and full RGB lighting for the scroll wheel and ROCCAT logo. The lighting is fully configurable with 16.8 million colours to choose from, along with a variety of lighting effects. There is actually a 72MHz ARM Cortex-M0 chip and 512kB onboard memory on the mouse, which obviously handles the RGB lighting, but also provides the ability to create multiple profiles and link them to specific games.

With a 1000mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery and 20 hours of battery life, the Leadr will give you a lot of gaming time, but when you do to charge it, just place it on the charging dock. Battery running low and you’re not done gaming? No problems, just plug in the included 1.8 meter micro USB to USB cable, and keep on fragging.

Roccat is aiming for a 2017 launch, but there no firm launch date, nor price information for the Leadr.

The second mouse is the wire Kone EMP, which obviously also features the aforementioned Owl-Eye sensor. It combines that new sensor with the much loved ergonomics of the Kone XTD to create an ideal mouse for those with medium-to-large hands. At 116 grams, the Kone EMP is lighter than the XTD, but maintains its two illuminated RGB LED light stripes. The lighting is fully configurable with 16.8 million colours to choose from, along with a variety of lighting effects. While it might not have as many buttons as the Leadr, you can assign two functions to every buttons, for a total of 21 possible functions.

The Kone EMP will be available January 15th, but we won’t have any information with regard to pricing.

The Kone Pure 2017 is the choice for the those who love the design of the Kone EMP, but want a more streamlined alternative. It is a smaller and lighter mouse, and also one without dubious light strips. Designed for gamers with smaller hands, the Kone Pure 2017 also weighs a mere 88 grams, so it will be easier to move around.

This model will be available in mid-April, but we have no pricing information.

ROCCAT also announced two new keyboards, or at least two different versions of the same keyboard. A successor to the very well received Isku FX, the New Isku+ will be able in with or without their new Force FX technology. Which is a special chemical layer that modifies electrical conductivity beneath the QWEASD keys and allows for pressure-sensitive input on a rubberdome keyboard. This technology has been implemented on the Isku+ Force FX, but not the regular Isku+.

Full press release below:

Hamburg/Las Vegas, January 3rd 2017 – ROCCAT® kicks off the new year with a plethora of new technologies and products, all of which debut exclusively at CES in Las Vegas. Visit our meeting room at LVCC South Hall 2 #MP25556 between January 5th and January 8th to experience them first hand.

Owl-Eye is the exciting new 3361 series optical sensor from Pixart which has been modified to the high and exacting standards of ROCCAT. Its feeling is what makes Owl-Eye so special. It translates mouse movements on screen with 1:1 accuracy. The sensor provides a level of control so natural and innate that it totally bridges the gap between user and game. Owl-Eye is available in three mice, suiting every type of gamer.

First up is the ROCCAT Leadr, the world’s first wireless gaming mouse that truly delivers the performance of a wired device. It offers zero lag and virtually zero latency as well as consistent tracking and pinpoint precision. With a charging dock and top-up cable for uninterrupted gameplay, wireless gaming is no longer a handicap.

The second product featuring Owl-Eye is the Kone EMP. It combines the superior ergonomics of the Kone XTD, one of the most iconic gaming mice ever built, with the exceptional Owl-Eye sensor, to create a powerful weapon for gamers with medium-to-large sized hands.

The third mouse ROCCAT unveils at CES is the Kone Pure 2017. It delivers the Kone experience to gamers with slimmer hands. Weighing in at only 88 grams, it also boasts the relentless Owl-Eye sensor, making the revamped Kone Pure a force to be reckoned with.

You can learn more about ROCCAT’s game-changing Owl-Eye sensor and the featured mice at our dedicated micro-site.

We at ROCCAT understand, that a peripheral can’t stand on its own, which is why we deliver a whole gaming eco-system. With our patented Force FX technology, we re-imagined keyboard input to provide a whole new level of control. By employing a special chemical layer which modifies electrical conductivity beneath the QWEASD keys, our engineers have found a way to allow pressure-sensitive input on a rubberdome keyboard. We have implemented this technology in the Isku+ Force FX, which is the successor of the highly acclaimed and best-selling Isku FX – without raising the competitive price-point.

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