Hailing from Poland, Genesis offer a range of keyboards, mice, headsets, microphones… the list goes on. Today’s review sees the third item from Genesis on the table and it’s the Krypton 700 Pro Gaming Mouse. Being marketed at “Pro Gamers” let’s see if this mouse is worthy of your consideration…
Krypton 700: Specifications & Features
|Durable OMRON switches, Built-in memory
|DPI adjustment, Profiles Available, Macros Available
|Maximum frame rate
|Maximum tracking speed
|1 000 Hz
|Number of programmable buttons
|Number of buttons
|400 – 7200 DPI
|Supported Operating Systems
|Windows 8 64bit, Windows 7 64bit, Windows Vista 64bit, Windows 8, MAC, Linux, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Krypton 700: Closer Look
Arriving in the genesis black and red coloured box we’ve seen in the Radon 720 and Xenon 770 we’ve seen previously this is good to see for consistency across the product range. The front of the box shows a close up top-down view of the mouse as well as the fact it has RGB with their Primso effect and a 7200 DPI optical sensor.
You’ll find a Quick Install Guide and a replacement set of Teflon covered pads for future use inside the box.
Opening up the box and pulling out the insert to find the mouse held in place with a small amount of plastic in the card frame. Promoting the non-use of plastics here at Play3r we’re happy to see minimal plastic used but would prefer to see a moulded cardboard box inside instead. #zeroplastic
Taking a top-down look at the mouse we notice the slight right-hand bias, with an ergonomic shape and slope to reduce strain while in use. Looking down from the rubber tyre covered scroll wheel we can see two small DPI + and – buttons. No marking are present here but it’s self-explanatory. Also, happy to announce that they are well recessed and protrude about 1mm from the rest of the housing so shouldn’t be pressed accidentally. Towards the bottom, the Genesis logo can be seen which is opaque with the RGB LED bar covering all but the very top of the mouse housing. The shell is made from fairly hard and smooth plastic and the finger grip is decent with minimal slip.
Notice the finger oil covering the left, right and bottom right-hand side of the mouse, the plastic used on the Krypton 700 is ever so slightly smoother than the Xenon 770 we reviewed alongside this Krypton 700 but feels great in the hand.
From the front, the mouse has the distinct sloped shape with the mouse buttons merging into the shell. The scroll wheel has a chevron-patterned tyre on it, which glides very smoothly. You have probably also noticed the small button next to the index finger clicker and Genesis are calling it the “fire key”. Think of it as a thumb button on top of the mouse. It can be programmed to do whatever you like.
The cable is braided in a plain black colour and terminates to a plain silver colour USB type A connector. No branding here to be seen here.
Viewing from the right-hand side and we are greeted with a ridged edge with the same profile as the Xenon 770 reviewed alongside this one. It’s an unusual design but it’s one we really like as it’s comfortable and gives you more space to rest your ring and little finger separately.
The left-hand side greets us with a more traditional layout with 2 thumb buttons in place here. The photo doesn’t show the angle very well but the thumb position in the centre is slightly concave which we assume gives the thumb a more centralised spot to sit. The 2 buttons are also in this concave profile so the edge of your thumb rests against them which made it feel easier to click during a gaming session. An interesting design choice that works well and it gets a thumbs up from us.
Now the Krypton 700 has been plugged in the logo and the Prisma effect RGB strip along the side of the mouse all light up. The LED bar and Genesis logo along the bottom can be programmed to a variety of light effects tuned in software. Unlike the Xenon 770, the light bar and the logo use the same lighting effect which gives a better overall aesthetic. When changing DPI profiles the logo and light bar change colour to one of five colours to indicate what DPI setting is selected before returning to the selected light show.
Genesis Krypton 700: Software
Installing the aptly named “Krypton 700” version 2.0 and opening it up to find a generally clear and easy to navigate software package. I don’t feel it’s as good as the Xenon 770 software, however.
The top is dedicated to Profile selection and under that are the 3 menus. This page is the “Button” page and on the left side shows the Krypton 700 mouse and its buttons numbered. The middle section gives you the ability to change the buttons as you wish including making macros (see below). Finally, the right-hand side controls the acceleration, pointer speed, scroll speed and double click speed. Interestingly below that the Polling Rate is set to 500Hz out of the box. Set it to 1000Hz and press APPLY at the bottom for the fastest response times.
Now we’ve mentioned the bottom this gives you the option to save profiles, load profiles, restore profiles to their original state, reset all and again apply changes.
No good mouse software comes without a macro manger these days and I almost missed this one. You select it under the macro option when making changes to the mouse buttons. I feel like this really needs a separate menu.
Regardless, the macro manager lets you create, name and edit actions with various options as expected.
The performance menu next. Again, not entirely sure “performance” is what it should be named as this menu is where you adjust the DPI settings per profile. You have the option here to use up to 5 adjustments with the option to disable each given by clicking the red dot next to the “DPI#” above the slider.
Finally the “Effect” menu. Perhaps “Lighting Effect” may have been better? Anyway, this menu gives you 7 colour breath, full lighted, breathing, wave (PRIMSO effect) and LED off options with 16.8 million colour choices. Brightness levels, wave speed and direction are the final options on the right-hand side.
Genesis Krypton 700 Pro Gaming Mouse Review: The Verdict
Having spent some time with the Genesis Krypton 700, the overall construction seems to be good quality even with a somewhat smooth shell. The size is typical with other offerings and fits in the hand well and the lightweight nature (112g) of the build does make you think more about rapid movements. It’s certainly not a lightweight like the Glorious Model O- we reviewed recently but it’s light enough for fast gameplay movements.
- Very comfortable with a shout-out to the ridged right-hand side
- Excellent Sensor
- The software package is simple and effective but…
- The software package needs some menu naming changes
Ergonomically the mouse is pretty well designed for right-handed users, we especially like the right-hand side plate where the groove for the ring finger can sit comfortably.
An argument can be made here that it isn’t “Pro” but you can’t market a mouse as a “Very Good Gaming Mouse” so we understand why the term has been used. Please don’t let that detract from the point that overall this is a very good gaming mouse. Something being “pro” is subjective after all.
At the time of writing the Genesis Krypton 700 isn’t available in the UK, but we’ve been informed that the MSRP is going to be around £33. Now, when available this will be updated with links, at £33 the Xenon 770 is great value for money.
Genesis has provided it with a decent Pixart sensor (PixArt PMW3310) with a response time of around 920ms and Omron switches which are regarded as some of the best in the business.
Finally, the software package is basic but effective. We’d like to see it made it bit more similar to the Xenon 770’s package as overall it feels like a more user-friendly experience.
Thanks to Genesis for sending a sample of the Krypton 700 Pro Gaming Mouse in for review.