Summary: The Kone XTD is more than a worthy successor to the Kone[+] it is a complete revamp of the internals coupled with a fix to the previous wheel design. After spending a couple of weeks together I can find no noticeable flaws in the XTD design. The shape and finish feel great in my hand and the customization puts other mice to shame.
The finish and fit of the Kone series just feels great. Touch is intuitive and customization is just easy. Upgrading the engine really...
Pros: The Lighting is Back, Comfortable Shape and Finish, Class leading Customization, Now with 8200 DPI
Cons: No wireless variant, Right handed design only
Summary: With the best scroll wheel around and the endless amount of configuration options, the Kone XTD would be a great addition to any PC gaming arsenal. Coming in at $89.99 USD, the Kone XTD finds itself in the upper echelon of gaming mice. However, this is an extremely high quality unit with tons of features and build quality to match. Aside from a few minor issues, most of which have nothing to do with the mouse itself, the ROCCAT Kone XTD is well worth the asking price.
Conclusion: At such a steep price point, though, not every Joe or Jane Gamer will be picking up this mouse. The gamer-peripheral category is filled with premium-price devices, but this one will pay off if you have the bucks and the patience. For highly competitive gamers willing to commit to learning its nuances, we can easily see it elevating their game.
Pros: Highly customizable, Profiles can auto-launch with applications, Luxurious design
Cons: For right-handed users only, Annoying voice feedback
Summary: Installation is pretty simple and it entails plugging in the mouse and then allowing Windows to install a basic driver. Once this is done, you can head on over to the support section of ROCCAT's site and download the correct driver and software package. Once the download is complete, extract and run the package by folling the on-screen commands.
Roccat Kone Pure review: a mouse for delicate hands
22 May 2013
Excerpt: The Roccat Kone Pure is the smaller sibling of the Kone [+] mouse. It's about 91 percent the size of the original, which is perfect for people with smaller hands. Roccat claims that the smaller dimensions do not lead to lesser performance, however. Today we will take a closer look at this very orange mouse to see whether that's true.
Roccat hit a home run with this mouse. They were behind it all, from development to integration to producing a high quality mouse, especially for gaming. This is their flagship mouse, and I can see why.
Comfort is the #1 thing I look for in a mouse, knowing I can just dive in and feel like this mouse was here the whole time is a great feeling to have.
Pros: Durable construction, doesn’t feel cheap, Comfortable, Solid driver interface for pure customization
Cons: EasyShift+ is harder to use without a Roccat keyboard to make it easier
Excerpt: Roccat, who specializes in high performance peripherals, brought forth a new Kone. One of the dominant features is a way to enhance precision by self-calibrating on any surface. The Roccat Kone XTD retails at $90 and is available at online retailers now. Since this product is so closely related to the Roccat Kone+, there will be some comparisons and contrasts between the two mice.
Pros: Winning ergonomic characteristics., Self-calibration for any surface., EasyShift on-the-fly macro system., Voice feedback for (some) of the features is a definite plus.
Cons: None., The only minor issue that did not reflect on the final scoring is the startling quality of the voice feedback. Would like to have an option of switching voice packs.
Summary: Once the Roccat software is installed, it can be accessed from the System Tray. Once opened you will be presented with what could arguably be the most detailed and elaborate set of software controls for a mouse. The sheer number of things you can change about this mouse in the software control program borderlines on insane.
Conclusion: I like this mouse! It feels perfect in the hand, and it is obvious to me that they have put a lot of effort and thought into shaping it well for the hand. It also has more than enough buttons and with the “Easy-shift” feature you can have even “more” buttons.
Conclusion: German peripheral manufacturer ROCCAT recently upgraded its gaming mouse line-up with the release of the Kone XTD. Based entirely on Kone [+] from an ergonomic viewpoint, but now touting an upgraded sensor, beefed-up processor and better-built buttons, the £75 XTD is designed to appeal to the well-heeled gamer. The Kone XTD is a reasonably plain-looking mouse whose soft-touch, rubberised shell provides more tactile response than ordinary plastic.