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conclusion:We're mixed

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The SteelSeries Kinzu is elegant in its simplicity, but this may be a case of style over substance, where its clean lines and good feel stems from a lack of buttons and customization. Serious gamers might do better to shell out the extra cash for the Kinzu's more fully-featured siblings, the SteelSeries Xai or Sensei.

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Critic reviews

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    6.7
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    9.1
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User reviews

8.0
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  • Ergonomics / comfort
    8.0
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    8.0
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    6.0
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    8.0
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    8.0
6.0
PC Mag Apr 25, 2012

The SteelSeries Kinzu Optical Mouse delivers competitive gaming performance without the frills in a basic, ambidextrous design.

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8.0
CNET AU Feb 15, 2012

A quick jaunt through Serious Sam: HD proved the Kinzu to still hold the SteelSeries DNA, meaning great performance and accuracy. Like the classic Microsoft Intellimouse, if you're on a budget the Kinzu is a great choice.

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8.0
CNET AU Jun 10, 2010

For those who really have to save that extra AU$10 or AU$20 it might make a compelling choice. For the rest though, we'd recommend saving a bit more and going for one of its bigger brothers.

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9.0
TweakTown Feb 29, 2012

At just over $40 the Kinzu V2 Pro Edition is a great mouse that may be lacking buttons, but it makes up for it in macro functionality and very accurate and comfortable usage.

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8.0
TechRadar Jan 26, 2012

The SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition isn't a bad gaming mouse at all, but if you're really serious about gaming then it'll be worth paying a bit more for the excellent Sensei.

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8.0
KitGuru Apr 3, 2012

We feel that the Kana is a better buy as it features a far preferable rubberised finish and browser forward and back buttons. For the price, we feel that the Kinzu is lacking in features as there are a number of alternatives on the market which are better featured for less money.

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6.0
Digital Versus Mar 16, 2012

Yes, it does use very little processing power, and yes, it does have a very good sensor, but it's missing buttons and it's too light. That's not exactly what the demanding user is looking for.

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9.0
Hardware Heaven Jan 10, 2012

Overall we would say that SteelSeries have found the right balance as the Kinzu V2 Pro Edition performs well, feels great to use and should last due to the components used. At €45 RRP a very worthwhile purchase for gamers on a budget.

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9.0
Hardware Heaven Jan 12, 2010

The Kinzu provides both good quality and good value for money. It probably won’t provide the level of configuration that serious gamers will be looking for but will be more than good enough for most casual gamers. At £20 it provides excellent value for money for its quality and performance.

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7.0
bit-tech Jan 30, 2012

It’s a sturdy little mouse that feels accurate and sharp to use. These aren’t the only criteria to asses a mouse by however, and for us its small size and lack of back button are drawbacks which mean that, despite its low price, we can’t recommend you invest in one.

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8.0
6fingeredamish 6fingeredamish

The Kinzu is a great gaming mouse, but for its price, there are many other mice that offer more functionality such as side buttons. Also, most Kinzus have defects that will make one click into a double click, however, SteelSeries will you another Kinzu, though it is a refurbished one.

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