We first told you about the SteelSeries Kana gaming mouse back in January. We have been using it for a few weeks now and so it’s time for our hands-on (literally) review.

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This is how SteelSeries describe the Kana:

We do more than talk a good game. We play, we create, we push the standards in peripheral design. Kana can mean many different things in different languages. In Swedish, canary. In Azerbjjan, blood. In Hawaiian, demigod. To us, gaming is a culture combined of many languages. Kana means, precision, control, winning and the ability to make you a better player.

The Steel Series Kana bridges the gap between the kinzu and the Sensei. With 6 buttons, a tournament grade optical sensor, teflon feet, it strikes an ideal balance in size, features and performance.

• Ambidextrous shape with an optimized 6-button layout
• Tournament grade optical sensor 3600 Frames Per Second and supports stable movement speeds at 130 Inches Per Second.
• Illuminated scroll wheel with LED intensity options that can be assigned to indicate the currently active CPI profile.
• DCPI is 1600-3200
• Two XL-sized side buttons (one on each side) for easy rapid-fire
• UPE Teflon mouse feet and a double-braided nylon cord with 2.0 USB connector
• Two colour and illumination options, White 1.1 and Black 1.1

Who are SteelSeries?

From their website:

From day one, SteelSeries has been focused on making high performance gaming gear used by the most demanding, top professional gamers worldwide and peripherals that provide superior quality and a competitive edge to gamers of all skill levels. We believe, as most gamers do, in winning, not trying!

What originally began with two people who recognized the need for superior, high-quality/performance gaming gear that would give gamers a competitive edge, has grown into a global leader in gaming and entertainment gear sought after for their high performance capabilities.

Fast-forward to today, and we’ve come a long way since our first glass mousepad. We have global offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, providing an integrated portfolio of products designed specifically for gaming. Fueling our growth is you, the gamer!

While we are proud of our technology and product innovation, we are even more excited about how these products are developed to meet the needs of gamers. Many companies may claim to develop superior gaming products but few actually do. Instead, they spend countless hours with lab engineers trying to force fit a new technology with bells and whistles and mediocre functionality for the end-user.

At SteelSeries, we develop our products with a small internal team and a vast network of technology partners, channel partners, game publishers, and gaming communities around the globe. We aren’t afraid of being challenged and implementing new ideas. Our main goal is to always to listen to the collective feedback of our professional gaming community.


  • Weight: 72 grams (0.16 lbs)
  • Height: 37 mm (1.5 in)
  • Width: 64 mm (2.5 in)
  • Length: 124 mm (4.9 in)

For those of you who are really into your gaming mice, here are some more specific numbers:

  • Frames per second: 3600
  • Inches per second: 130
  • Mega pixels per second: 3.7
  • Counts per inch: 400 – 3200


  • Maximum acceleration: 30 G
  • Sensor data path: True 16 bit
  • Lift distance: ~2 mm
  • Maximum polling: 1000 Hz

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the mouse and a quick start guide.

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