In our quest to review every single mouse that comes our way, today we are presented with the Kone XTD by Roccat. The low-down of this peripheral is that it’s a gaming mouse with an R3 laser sensor, adjustable sensitivity, a hefty amount of programmable buttons, and an onboard processor to create a better tracking experience.
The Kone XTD is an improved version of the previous mouse of the Kone series. It has a new Roccat Titan Scroll Wheel, manufactured with components of the highest quality, including the most durable axis in the market, according to Roccat, tested for millions of scrolls. Additionally, the Roccat Kone XTD has Titan Wheel 4D technology, capable of moving in all 4 directions - down, up, and horizontally to the left and right. Furthermore, the Roccat Click Master Switch technology (developed by Omron) ensures that this mouse is the most advanced in terms of mouse buttons.
In short, this mouse series can easily be referred to as the flagship of Roccat, with each iteration improving upon the past the one. The current version of the XTD happens to be the best so far and the price also earns it a place among some of the most expensive wired gaming mice, which is something we don’t actually mind, as long as the peripheral has the features to back up the investment.
However, in a market that is saturated with hundreds of gaming mice, how does the XTD measure up to the competition? Does it fall behind the rest, or does it stand tall? Let’s take a closer look at what this mouse has to offer before we begin the Roccat Kone XTD Review.
In order to create the very best and unbiased reviews, we need to focus on a set of criteria that will allow us to provide an objective opinion of the peripheral in question. Gaming mice such as the Kone XTD are expected to provide certain features that are aimed to improve upon the player’s skills, giving him or her an edge over the competition. For instance, a mouse that provides additional buttons will allow the gamer to bind certain functions to them, which puts the skills, spells, or abilities at finger’s reach instead of, say, having to fumble awkwardly on the keyboard to find the appropriate shortcut. Besides additional buttons, gaming mice are expected to emphasize certain aspects such as sensor performance, ergonomics, aesthetic design, and other additional features such as weight and size adjustment, and an intuitive and user-friendly mouse software.
As far as the features mentioned above are concerned, the Roccat Kone XTD delivers in each one with great detail. It has a powerful sensor that bestows the user with great precision for each move, a decent amount of buttons, and a general well-designed frame, lined with customizable LED lights.
The Roccat Kone XTD is presented in a colorful box with a design based around shades of black and blue. Like with most high-end gaming mice, the front of the box is fastened to the sides with velcro which, and being opened reveals the mouse that is contained within. On the side and back of the box, the manufacturer has used these spaces to show pictures of the product, as well as its specifications and most notable features, among which we can find the 8,200 CPI laser sensor in bold letters. Upon opening the box, we are presented with an instruction booklet explaining how to setup the mouse, a small case containing the 5-gram weights which are used to modify the weight of this mouse and, of course, the mouse itself.
After taking a look at the mouse itself, the first thing that came to our mind is that this is actually a big mouse; if you have small hands, you might not feel comfortable with it or, at the very least, it will require a bit of time to get used to it. As usual with gaming mice, this peripheral is not ambidextrous; on the left side of the mouse, we can find 2 additional buttons that are meant to be operated with the thumb. The contoured shape of the mouse ensures that it will fit neatly into the palm and, consequently, the buttons on the side can be easily reached with the thumb without having to adjust the position of the hand. On top of the mouse we find the usual clickers; the left, middle, and right mouse buttons, along with a few additional buttons. The one that is closest to the wire, in front of the scroll wheel, is programmed to perform the Windows function, while the two buttons that are located behind the wheel, with the + and - symbols, are used to increase or decrease DPI on the go.
The body of the mouse is coated with a rubbery finish to increase ruggedness, durability, and promote a better grip in most situations. The thumb rest is also rubberized so as to avoid misclicking due to faulty grip. The top panel of the mouse can be removed for cleaning and replacing; it’s as easily as pushing down on the panel until the piece falls into a place with a satisfying clicking sound. Below the mouse we can find the powerful laser sensor, which we’ll get to in a moment, and the weight compartment. This compartment can be opened to reveal a place where up to 5 small weights can be attached, with the purpose of both increasing the weight of the mouse as well as modifying its center of mass.
Now, for the main event, the mouse sensor. The Kone XTD comes equipped with a powerful R3 laser sensor, which means that it can effectively track on virtually any surface, including reflective material such as glass tables or polished wood. The downside of any given laser sensor is that, due to its superior power over their optical counterparts, they can sometimes track too precisely, often resulting in jittering or interference if the surface has any type of crack or debris, though this can be easily circumvented by using a mouse pad. The sensor can be adjusted up to a maximum sensitivity of 8,200 CPI, which is more than enough to perform any task or play any type of game. As we mentioned above, the sensitivity can be modified on the go by using the + and - buttons located behind the scroll wheel.
Although the Roccat software is not included with the purchase of this mouse, the user can easily download it by visiting their site and going to the downloads section. Alternatively, you may also follow this link to avoid the hassle of looking for it yourself. The software, called Roccat Swarm, creates a unified environment where the user can customize every single one of their Roccat peripherals in one place. It also lets you save profiles for different games and upload them to a cloud, granting the user access to the settings from any computer. Among some of the things that can be customized using this program are the sensitivity settings, the polling rate of the mouse, button mapping, lighting options, scroll wheel performance, and macro creation, among others.
After receiving our Roccat Kone XTD, we couldn’t help but ask ourselves if it would measure up to the likes of the Razer Naga Epic Chroma, which we reviewed only a few days ago and, to our joy, the answer was a resounding yes. By only taking a look at the box, we could tell that we were in for a treat in the form of a gaming mouse loaded with neat features and a build quality to rival even the most competent peripheral manufacturers’ products. The materials this mouse is made of, as well as the production quality, deserve no negative comments. The ergonomic shape of this mouse, coupled with the textured panels located on both the sides and the top of the peripheral make it an absolute joy to operate, either when getting work done or while obliterate your competition on the battlefield.
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