ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse Review
Roccat use a standard installer for their driver/software and when we then attempt to launch the control panel a window appears informing us that the Firmware will be updated (if necessary). This process happens quickly and easily with only a couple of button clicks required by the user. At the end of the update we simply unplug the mouse and plug it in again to complete the process.
With the driver installed and firmware updated we gain access to the mouse settings. This application splits various configuration options into tabs with the first being Main Control. Main Control allows us to change the key functions of the mouse and organise profiles. On the left hand side are sliders for sensitivity, vertical scroll speed and horizontal tilt speed. The right hand column allows us to tweak the DPI settings which are toggled by the function buttons behind the mouse wheel, we have 5 settings available. Double click speed can also be configured and along the bottom of the screen are profile options. We can assign one profile to Windows use and point each at .exe files so that they automatically activate when a game or application is launched. In addition to this we can also load and save profiles, ideal for sharing with friends or team members.
The next tab is Button Assignment and in there we configure two main profiles. The first is the standard assignment for all buttons other than left and right click. These can be given functions from a pre-determined list and it is also possible to record macro’s on each using the inbuilt editor. The Button Assignment screen also allows us to configure the EasyShift[+] button. EasyShift[+] works much like the shift button on a keyboard. Press it along with another button and a secondary function is actioned.
In addition to user Macro’s, standard and EasyShift[+] profiles Roccat have also included settings for some of the most popular games such as World of WarCraft. Then, as if this wasn’t enough already, we can also enable functions such as EasyAim. When assigned to a button EasyAim allows us to instantly switch/game at a pre-set DPI level, ideal for specific gameplay segments such as sniper scope use.
One of the most interesting and useful screens within the Roccat software is the Advanced Control tab. In here we can fine tune aspects such as X-Y sensitivity and mouse pointer speed as well as polling rate however those are just the start of the options. The first of the more advanced settings is the Tracking Control Unit calibration. This small tool runs an automated process where the laser sensor finds its optimal configuration for the surface it is sitting on. We can see the image of the surface as the process takes place and this tool ensures that whatever material we use the mouse with, it always tracks to the best of its ability. The Advanced screen also lets us choose the lift-off distance and finally we have sound feedback. The Roccat software has a built in voice which sounds when we perform one of four actions with the mouse. Profile Switch, DPI switch, Volume up/down and Sensitivity change are all accompanied with a message from the Roccat voice telling us the change has taken place. The idea with this is that when gaming or in an application we know the change has taken place without having to watch for an onscreen message or switch to the control panel. This should allow people to maintain full focus on their game or application of choice.
Next up is the Color Control tab which lets us configure the LED sections on the mouse. We can change between fully on, blinking, breathing, heartbeat, flow and even choose the speed. Or for those with no taste, the lights can be turned off.
Finally there is the Update/Support tab and R.A.D. In R.A.D. we can track the use of our mouse, get trophies and even track the distance travelled by the mouse. For Update/Support we have a button which links out to the download location for the latest driver and a number of support links. One to email Roccat and another for a support form. Roccat also provide a link to their support pages for those who want to do a little searching before contacting technical help.
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