|ROCCAT KONE XTD Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Tuesday, 20 November 2012|
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Closer Look: ROCCAT KONE XTD
In this section we will have a good look at the ROCCAT KONE XTD to see what sets it apart from the rest.
The KONE XTD box front is quick to boast about the most important features of this mouse and when you open the front flap you get even more info. There is a nice window to showcase the unit itself. The flipside of the box goes into more detail about these features, you would not be short of information if you were to pick it up on a store shelf and you would quickly be able to make an informed decision.
It is quite obvious that the KONE XTD is designed for right handed people but lefties would only lose the function of the two side buttons, this is a compromise but it means you don't have to overlook this mouse. The KONE XTD is quite a large mouse measuring approximately 13cm x 7.5cm at its longest and widest points respectively. This coupled with the high arch profile makes it quite a handful, suited to the larger hand although my 7 and 9 year old sons don't seem to have any problems using it.
The KONE XTD has quite a high arch profile that manages to merge the 'claw' style grip and the 'palm' style grip into one, it is hard for me to translate the feeling into words but the KONE XTD feels really comfortable in the hand whatever the grip style I tried.
This shot of the KONE XTD shows all of its buttons, while it looks minimal compared to offerings by other manufacturers you actually have 22 mouse functions thanks to ROCCAT's Easyshift[+] feature and 4D mouse wheel. Not counting scroll and tilt there are eight clickable mouse buttons; Left click, Right click, Wheel click, + button, - button, < button, > button and Ξ button. All of the buttons on the KONE XTD are programmable using the ROCCAT mouse settings utility. If you pair this mouse with the ROCCAT ISKU keyboard then you can utilize the ROCCAT Talk feature and assign the Easyshift[+] key on the ISKU to be the function modifier for itself and the KONE XTD too and vice versa the EasyShift[+] button on the KONE XTD can be the modifier for the ISKU keyboard and itself.
Flip the KONE XTD over and you have access to the weight adjustment system, simply rotate the disk to unlock it which allows you to populate it with up to four 5g weights (shown below). Also shown here is the layout of the low friction mouse feet, the entire heel is one big U shape of low friction material and two smaller pieces are used at the front corners. It is important that you remember to clean the bottom of the mouse regularly to maintain optimal performance as these feet pick up a lot of dirt on their travels which will introduce drag. This won't be noticeable during rapid movement but precision movement will be affected slightly.
Changing the weight of the ROCCAT KONE XTD won't be an on-the-fly procedure, and it is a bit fiddly to say the least. The weight compartment cover it a bit tricky to get off and once you put the weights in they can be a bit of a pain to remove. I personally prefer to use the KONE XTD without any weights, but it goes without saying that we are all individual and have different preferences so the option is there if required.