Red Hien vs Dark Blue Hien (Click to show)
I will make this simple.
Mice with a standard lens will not show a large LOD change (if any) over blue (maybe black - I don't have black Hien to test) for most people to want to buy red over a dark color. It's not enough to justify red for LOD, but for other tracking attributes like frame rates maybe.
I tested my NEW red Artisan Hien and my OLD dark blue Hien. My conclusion is: don't care to much about color -- care about surface texture and materials more.
When might a red mouse pad mean more than a black one? When you want to raise LOD with a Kingsis lens (Zowie mice) or a PixArt lens (Kana v1). There is a caveat. My old batch of Artisan Hiens had a softer texture which made LOD different between colors. My new batch Hien has a rougher texture that makes LOD lower on some mice and higher on others. When I came to my previous conclusion about red raising LOD over dark colors, with the Zowie mice, was with the old batch. The new batch behaves differently. Simply put, the texture is more valuable when it comes to LOD.
I haven't yet tested (again) the tape fix with red vs dark blue. Since I now have two different textured Hiens I cannot do a proper test... So it's enough talk about one color vs another. For LOD at least.
I just played a few hours with the Kana. I must say I DO NOT
like it at all! Now I understand why Forest uses the Kinzu.
It looked nice when I was taking it out of the box. Then I saw the "build quality". Okay, this is the v1, not the v2, but still. You can tell that SteelSeries cheap'd out with the Kana's mold. Anyway, I do not care to much about that.
Majority of my discontent is from the shape and the side buttons. I never thought I would say, I rather use my AM. I am a palm grip person and the Kana is for a claw grip. A grip like Takasta's. If I palm the mouse it feels wrong and I accidentally click the buttons to much because of it. It's to wide on the top and to narrow at the sides. The back slope doesn't support your palm (for a palm grip) like the AM does. The gap between the sides and the button causes you to accidentally press it with your thumb when you put pressure on the side. Your small finger presses the side button too, due to the Kana being wide at the top and narrow at the bottom, with the side button right in the middle. Maybe
if that gap wasn't there I could use the mouse. Then again the sides...I know the SteelSeries design is for a claw grip player... However, you would think an ambidextrous mouse would be forgiving.
I didn't like the cable or the scroll wheel. Two things that are similar (if not the same) in the v2. I accidentally scroll the wheel due to it's low resistance. The cable is thin and stiff, yet malleable (sort of). The sensor position didn't bother me nor CPI button.
I have to agree with others about placing shape first over sensor. At least in this case. I don't like the DeathAdder's shape but at least I can use it. Even if the Kana v2 is the best 3090 mouse available I will pass on it. I will settle for the Zowie FK and all the little things I do to make it suit me. I will just have to use the FK on the last two steps. Or I could murder my DeathAdder to put it into a Intellimouse Optical!
I will return it and use the money on the expensive FK. I don't like the coating or the color but whatever...Edited by popups - 8/22/13 at 11:16pm