Roccat Kone XTD review

roccat kone xtd






  • 13 (26) programmable buttons
  • 8200 DPI laser sensor
  • customizable weight
  • comes with presets for games
  • easy-shift[+]; two functions for every button
  • on-board memory

 

The Roccat Kone XTD is a direct upgrade to Kone [+] which was released back in 2010. They’re both functionally similar, the only improvements being a better laser sensor and the ability to tilt the mouse wheel which effectively adds two (technically four) extra buttons. The mouse is known for its slick looks and easy-shift ability. With easy-shift you can program two different functions on every button including the scroll wheel, which has the benefit of doubling the amount of buttons without having to overload the mouse with them.

Performance

The Kone XTD comes with anĀ 8200 DPI Pro Aim R3 laser sensor, a vast improvement over the older one which only went up to 6000 DPI. There are in total 41 different DPI settings ranging from 200 all the way up to 8200. Next to the sensor you’ll find that it includes 576kb of on-board memory where you can store your profiles and macros. It also has a 32-bit processor which lets you bring up your settings instantaneously.

Then there is the much touted easy-shift feature. The way it works is that it’s essentially like the shift button on your keyboard. When you hold it down you’ll get access to secondary functions on every button which you can set in the software, this includes the scroll wheel too. This effectively doubles the amount of buttons at your disposal without bloating the mouse.

This isn’t useful for just gaming, you can actually browse the web and use multimedia programs using just your mouse by programming features such as open new tab and volume up and down. Then you also get several presets for games like World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2 together with popular software like Photoshop and Teamspeak for those who don’t quite know what to put on each button. Once you get used to this function, you won’t be able to do without it.

Ergonomics

This is definitely one of its strong points as it doesn’t just look nice, it’s very comfortable to hold as well. That is if you are right-handed, if you’re a southpaw you are not going to get much out of this sadly. The mouse is curvy, fitting nicely over your palm and has a large indent on the left side where you can rest your thumb. The right side of the mouse has a lowered indent where you can allow the rest of your fingers to lie comfortably. Then there are also two nice looking “light rails” on both side of the mouse, and yes you can customize the color of it, you can even make it “breathe” or signal profile change.

The buttons themselves are also placed in intelligent, easy to reach locations. There is one right above the scroll wheel, two more below which are used to change the DPI, and two more to the side which bring the total button amount to 7 if we don’t count the scroll wheel. The two primary buttons use Omron switches whereas the two side buttons use the lesser known Klailh switch. In the end all of this ends up weighing about 90 gram, and that is without the four 5 gram weights which you can fit in the bottom past the twist cap.

The scroll wheel also deserves special mention. It has a rubber center ring which helps you grip it more easily and has a notched feel as opposed to one continuous motion. There is enough space to easily tilt the wheel left and right without actually clicking the wheel down, which is a problem I’ve seen with other mice. Overall you won’t be disappointed with the scroll wheel if you wish to use it as a button.

Software

roccat kone xtd software

The software is probably one of the most impressive ones I’ve ever seen. From left to right it features five tabs called: Main control, Button assignment, Advanced control, Color control, R.A.D., and Update/Software. Let’s start with the most important one.

Under the main control tab you’ll be able to change everything related to your sensor and mouse wheel. You get five different DPI options to set, you can also change the vertical and horizontal scroll speed and the speed required for a double click. You can also make the wheel scroll one full page per notch which is very useful when browsing.

The button assignment tab doesn’t hold any surprises: you assign your functions here. This menu is split up into two parts. The left side is where you can change the normal functions and the right side is where you can change the function when you hold down the easy-shift button. You can also create your macros here which can be very long and complex in nature.

Advanced control allows you to change miscellaneous options such as the polling rate, the windows pointer rate and whether you want sound feedback when you do things like change the DPI or switch profile. You can assign different values to the x and y-sensitivity if you want to go faster horizontally or vice versa.

Color control has some of the most advanced options I’ve seen on a mouse related to the LEDs. Not only can you just change the color, you set the color in four different points, after which it’ll then create a gradient in between. You can for example have the left side go from red to blue and the right side from green to yellow. If that’s not enough you can also add various “effects” such as blinking, heartbeat and breathing. The effect speed can be changed as well.

R.A.D. is kind of a weird one, it’s pretty much trophies/achievements for your mouse. It’ll register your every button press and scroll step here, also the amount of times you’ve used easy-shift and the total distance you’ve moved your mouse. There are 13 different trophies related to these statistics that you can unlock while play. Arguably kind of a gimmicky feature, but it’s still a fun addition that can actually give useful information, such as if you’re not using a button all that much.

Last but not least there is the update/support tab. You can update your drivers here, check out the support form or alternatively send the makers an email if you’re having trouble with anything. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Verdict

The Roccat Kone XTD is without a doubt one of the best gaming mice you’ll find overall. With its impeccable sensor, excellent ergonomics and some of the most comprehensive software out there, you should not pass up the Roccat Kone XTD.

 

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