SteelSeries Kana Counterstrike Global Offensive Edition Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2012-11-06

The latest Kana mouse from SteelSeries is CounterStrike: Global Offensive themed, offers CPI values from 400 to 3200, two extra programmable buttons on the sides and for the mouse to become fully configurable we need to access the free download of the SteelSeries Engine from their website.

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Product Specifications



Featuring a CounterStrike: Global Offensive™ unique design, the SteelSeries Kana CounterStrike: Global Offensive Edition is an optical, ambidextrous mouse designed for all three grip styles: palm, claw and swipe. Based on the Steelseries Kana mouse, the functionality, ergonomic button layout and size was perfected alongside SteelSeries’ professional gaming teams, who also tested and validated the precision and power hidden in the Kana’s modest exterior. Make no mistake; this mouse was built for consistency and accuracy even in professional tournament conditions.




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 SteelSeries Kana CS:GO Edition bridges the gap between the kinzu and the Sensei. With 6 buttons, a tournament grade optical sensor, high performance UPE feet, it strikes an ideal balance in size, features and performance.


Size and weight


Weight: 72 grams (0.16 lbs)

Height: 37 mm (1.5 in)

Width: 64 mm (2.5 in)

Length: 124 mm (4.9 in)

You Want More Buttons?


The SteelSeries Kana CS:GO Edition features 2 XL-sized, side buttons (one on each side) for easy rapid-fire. If you choose to not use them, then head over to the SteelSeries Engine to disable. You’re welcome.




Left click

Right click

Scroll wheel / Middle click

Right side button

Left side button

CPI toggle



The SteelSeries Kana CS:GO Edition has an ergonomic, ambidextrous design makes it a natural fit for both right and left handed users.


The SteelSeries Engine


The SteelSeries Engine allows you to customize your mouse settings like never before. With the SteelSeries Engine installed you are able to:

Set custom CPI settings

Set LED intensity per CPI

Program your mouse buttons

Set polling rate

Record macros

Track button usage statistics

Set game triggers for profiles

Setup unlimited profiles for the settings above…

Lighting with Purpose


The illuminated scroll wheel is both stylish and functional. Utilizing the SteelSeries Engine, the LED intensity can be assigned to indicate the currently active CPI profile.


Easy To Adjust CPI


The centrally located toggle button allows you to quickly switch between two sensitivity settings. The pre-defined CPI settings in the Kana CS:GO Edition are used and recommended by professional gamers all over the world. These CPI settings, which reach up to 3200, are also easily adjustable via the SteelSeries Engine.


Mouse glides


Material: High performance UPE material covers 16 % of mouse bottom to ensure maximum glide. We recommend changing glides regularly as they will eventually be worn down.




The SteelSeries Kana CS:GO Edition is made to be stable on every kind of surface with the help of its top of the line optical sensor. This sensor is also designed to eliminate jitter and provide optimized stability for the user.


Superior tracking


The SteelSeries Kana CS:GO Edition uses advanced, optical technology that operates at 3600 Frames Per Second and supports stable movement speeds at 130 Inches Per Second. These specs simply say that regardless of your frantic movements, the mouse will consistently deliver, especially for fast-paced FPS games.


Developed With The Best


We are proud to be associated with some of the best players in the world of eSports. We maintain strong relationships and have continuous dialogue with teams like Natus Vincere, SK Gaming, Fnatic, Evil Geniuses and others who help in the development and improvement of our products.


To ensure maximum performance in all gaming scenarios we enlisted help from world-class StarCraft® II, Counter-Strike, DotA, League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth, WarCraft® III and Doom players.


Anti-tangle Rubber Cord


USB 2.0 connector

Anti-tangle rubber cord for enhanced durability

Cord length: 2 meters (6.5 feet)


Operating systems:

Windows 2000

Windows XP

Windows Vista

Windows 7

Mac OS X


And the 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


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