ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse Review

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ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse Review

The Kone XTD

ROCCAT Kone XTD top view ROCCAT Kone XTD front view
Measuring 13.5cmx7.8cm and weighing 123g the Kone XTD uses an identical body to the Kone[+] and is a right handed mouse. It is predominantly black with the silver Roccat logo and branding being the only significant accents. The body, most suitable for claw and palm grips, is plastic and the left, right and centre sections all have a rubber coating applied which aid’s comfort and stops the mouse from slipping in our hand.

The same rubberised finish can be found on the function buttons and scroll wheel in the centre of the mouse. The scroll wheel is a four way model which allows us to use the traditional vertical scroll with tactile feedback and adds to this a horizontal scroll via left and right movements. As well as tilting left and right the scroll wheel can be pressed fully to act as the middle mouse button. It is also worth mentioning that ROCCAT state the build quality of the wheel has received a significant upgrade, calling it Titan and stating it will be capable of millions of operations.

ROCCAT Kone XTD left side ROCCAT Kone XTD right side

In addition to the programmable left, right and middle mouse buttons the Kone XTD has 5 function buttons which can all be configured for single function operation, macro’s or EasyShift[+]using Roccat’s software. Two of these buttons can be found on the left side of the mouse above the sculpted thumb area and three sit next to the scroll wheel, one in front and two behind. When these buttons are combined with EasyShift[+], which we will cover later, the Kone XTD offers 22 distinct mouse functions.

ROCCAT Kone XTD base

By flipping the mouse over we can see that there is quite a lot going on across the base of the Kone. At the two front corners and across the back edge are low friction mouse feet which give the XTD a smooth gliding action. A large information sticker is also present and this surrounds the Pro-Aim Sensor R3.

This Laser sensor has a resolution of 200-8200DPI and can be configured in 41 steps through that entire range. The sensor features a Tracking and Distance Control Unit and uses a 10.8megapixel resolution. In terms of acceleration the Kone XTD is rated for 30G with 3.8m/s(150ips) and the minimum lift off distance is configurable through the software. Mixed with this impressive sensor specification is a 1000Hz polling rate, 1ms response time and 16-bit data channel. To power all of this the Kone XTD has an inbuilt 72MHz TurboCore processor and 576kB of on-board memory for 5 game profiles and their associated Macro’s.

Then towards the back of the mouse is a removable section which twists to open and reveals a location where we can add the four bundled 5 gram weights up to a total of 20g.

ROCCAT Kone XTD light

Running down through the two plastic sections on the top surface of the mouse are four multicolour LEDs. These can be configured in various different ways including pulsing, blinking and flowing.

ROCCAT Kone XTD USB

Finally we have the mouse cable which has a 1.8 meter length, is braided and ends in a Kone XTD branded silver USB plug.

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