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Design

Perfectly designed for the larger gaming hand adopting a palm or claw grip

Features

Doubling the 8 programmable buttons to 16 via the use of the EasyShift [+] feature

Performance

200 to 8200 DPI with use of the Avago ADNS9800 laser sensor

Pricing and Availability

Price has dropped slightly due to being an older release mouse but still has bang per buck

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We Like

Great weighting options via 5g increments

EasyShift [+] feature

Perfect for Claw and Palm grip

Superbly comfortable

We Don't Like

Roccat Software makes you update each module separately

Lack of grip due to no texture after a prolonged period of use

Awkward placement of DPI buttons

Roccat Kone XTD Gaming MouseThis Roccat Kone XTD Review serves as a reminder that a few years ago the majority of PC gamers would not have heard the name Roccat when searching for gaming peripherals, but over 10 years on and the German company, established in 2007,  have made a gaming household name for themselves by constantly and consistently offering up some of the best gaming mice and keyboard combos.

Aesthetically pleasing, all of Roccats peripherals look the business and are easy on the eye.  Not always at the forefront of technology and not necessarily groundbreaking they are more than enough to compete with the more expensive gaming peripherals from other companies.

Although the Roccat Kone XTD has been out for a few years it would be wise to revisit this new classic to see how they fair up against some stiff competitionwhich is the purpose of this Roccat Kone XTD review.

 

Roccat Kone XTD Review – Design

As with all Roccat products the Kone XTD doesn’t disappoint.  It’s very attractive offering a large design which is perfectly optimised for the larger gaming hand used with a palm or claw grip.  The deep groove offers the thumb a comfortable place to rest when not in use meaning that you’re not left with an aching digit after a few minutes.

Roccat KoneThe wide profile of the Kone XTD supports the hand in all the right places and accommodates the outermost two fingers as well as the index and ring finger.  Talking of the ring finger, the Kone is designed in such a way that the mouse is slightly angled and longer on the right hand side offering more support for the ring finger so it doesn’t overhang like in the majority of other mice.

The thumb buttons are the perfect size and placement for the thumb to easily locate them without too much hassle.  There are two DPI adjustment buttons positioned below the titan 4D scroll wheel. I found the location to be a little awkward as it meant having to bend the middle finger at an unnatural angle.  Although it was uncomfortable it’s not like it was constantly in use and I don’t think it could have been put in a better place.

Stradling either side of the mouse body are strip lights.  Each strip light offers a top and bottom combination of lights allowing up to 4 different variations.  With all of the colours that the Roccat software offers this allows for millions of variations making for an interesting and varied gaming experience.

Features of the Roccat Kone

Gaming mice wouldn’t really be anything without a plethora of features.  In the case of the Roccat Kone XTD it has some great features which are worth mentioning.

The mouse has 8 programmable mechanical buttons powered by Omron switches.  Along with the 8 programmable buttons comes the Roccats very own EasyShift [+] button.  This essentially doubles the number of programmable buttons on the mouse as by simply pressing the EasyShift [+] key it performs as the extra assigned button.    For instance you can assign the crouch action to the scroll wheel click and also assign the shoot button to the scroll wheel click with the use of the EasyShift [+] button, allowing you to be able to use one button for two different actions.  Although the example is unrealistic it’s just a flavour of the combos that some people use.

On the underside of the Kone you’ll find a removable circular base housing the potential for 4 x 5g weights.  This gives you the ability to affect the heft of the mouse as you please giving you ultimate customisation and optimisation.  The downside of this is that it can be quite difficult, and therefore awkward, to initially remove the base plate to gain access to the weights.

Roccat Kone

Finally the Titan 4D scroll wheel has a great shape with rubberised grip allowing for smooth scrolling or click wheel control.  These options can be activated via the click down of the scroll wheel. The wheel also features a left tilt click and right tilt click (hence the 4D aspect of the scroll wheel), giving you even more options to map controls to more buttons.

Kone XTD Performance

Thanks to the high accuracy of it’s laser sensor (Avago ADNS9800) you can step up the adjustments of the DPI by 200, from 200 dpi all the way up to 8200 dpi.  That’s 41 steps! The tracking and distance control unit (TDCU) give you unparalleled precision on any surface you choose to use meaning there will be less pick up flight.

The Roccat software is very easy to use and lets you download it once and use it for all of your Roccat peripherals.  You can control absolutely everything from the colour profile to the gaming profile and lets you map your buttons and also gives you alternative button mapping by using the EasyShift [+] button.  Another great feature of the Roccat unified software is that when you launch a game the software can detect the game and switch the profile accordingly so there’s no more manual switching between games.  Once you’re out of the game it’ll go back to your default Windows profile.

Roccat Kone XTD Software

This mouse performs very well across a variety of games as it can be simple enough for most but also has the configurations needed for a MMORPG despite it not being truly designed for it thanks to the EasyShift [+] button.

Here are a list of the features of the Roccat Kone XTD:

  • 576kb onboard memory
  • Solid 4d wheel
  • 1000Hz polling rate
  • 1ms response time
  • 12000 fps, 10.8 megapixel
  • 30G acceleration
  • 3.8 m/s (150ips)
  • 16 bit data channel
  • 1-5mm lift off distance
  • 1.8m braided cable

Price and Availability

The Kone XTD has been out for over 5 years now and as you’d expect the price has dropped since then due to a host of other gaming mice being released.  Although it has dropped it hasn’t plummeted in price like other well known branded mice and this could be due to the popularity and availability of it.

It’s readily available from many retailers although not directly from the Roccat store it’s still easy to find and probably will be for a few more years unless they release an upgraded and updated version of it.

Conclusion

Overall the Roccat Kone XTD stands the test of time despite being over 5 years old.  It still has features that match and surpass most mid-range gaming mice released today.  With a very comfortable grip and some outstanding software to boot I’m confident that the Roccat Kone XTD will be around for a few more years and will fit in most people’s budget regardless of what level you play at and what game you choose to play.