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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
ROCCAT KONE XTD Gaming Mouse
Closer Look: ROCCAT KONE XTD
ROCCAT KONE XTD Detailed Features
ROCCAT Hiro 3D Gaming Surface
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ROCCAT KONE XTD Final Thoughts

To describe the KONE XTD Max Customization Gaming Mouse in ROCCAT's words, "To build the mighty ROCCAT KONE XTD - Max Customization Gaming Mouse, our ROCCAT Scientists increased the already formidable capabilities of the legendary KONE[+] - while keeping the legendary design of the KONE[+] 100% intact. The result? A supreme gaming weapon". Which means they upgraded what was essentially an upgrade for the original KONE gaming mouse. Don't get me wrong the KONE XTD is an excellent gaming mouse but the only real noticeable upgrade is the laser sensor, the Omron switches were not present on the KONE[+] but they are not so noticeable in the short term - they are designed for longer life and durability.

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ROCCAT KONE XTD Conclusion

In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the Roccat KONE XTD Max Customization gaming mouse a rating out of 10, a high score does not necessarily mean that it is better than a similar mouse which has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have received a lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the KONE XTD is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.

The Roccat KONE XTD Max Customization Gaming Mouse performs very well in all tasks, the 8200dpi R3 laser sensor really takes it to another level in FPS games, it's also quite amusing to watch a noobie family member trying to use my PC at this level when they are used to the basic 800dpi of a normal mouse. The software utility is very intuitive and gives a lot of options for customization.

Appearance is normally a touchy subject but with the level of customization available with the KONE XTD I'm sure there is a look that could suit you personally, the LED's won't reproduce all colors perfectly but they are close enough to call.

The construction of the KONE XTD is of exceptional quality. There is no doubt in my head that this mouse will last a long time and it can take a bit of a beating along the way and remain in good order. The materials used are of high quality which is expected in a gaming mouse of this level. As noted in the review, the weight compartment of the KONE XTD really holds on to the weights and puts up a good fight when you want to remove any (I resorted to banging it on my desk).

Functionality is top notch, EasyShift, EasyAim and Roccat Talk really set this mouse out from the rest, the issue of the waiting time when changing settings is almost moot next to these. It used to be the case that DPI was the only highlight of a gaming mouse, it does play a massive part but it is not a deal breaker. The KONE XTD does not disappoint with its 8200 DPI R3 laser sensor, it takes some time to get used to but when you have got to grips with it you will love every minute of gameplay.

The ROCCAT Kone XTD - Max Customization Gaming Mouse will be widely available soon with an MSRP of $69.99, a quick search of Amazon.com will throw out a pre release over inflated price between $120 and $220 so wait till it is officially released to grab a great bargain. Not everyone can afford to throw $70 at a gaming mouse and I understand that but the KONE XTD has features that not all other mice have. For that reason Roccat could have easily charged more (like others often do) but they played it just right I think.

The Roccat KONE XTD is a great all around mouse. If you are an FPS gamer then you will really appreciate the 8200dpi R3 laser sensor and the EasyAim function, but all the extra buttons may well be wasted on you. MMO and RTS gamers will really appreciate the EasyShift[+] and Roccat talk capabilities that will surely increase your APM to all new level.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ 8200dpi Pro-Aim R3 Laser Sensor
+ EasyShift[+] and EasyAim are game changers
+ Roccat Talk compatible
+ Loads of color customisation and effect options
+ 22 functions thanks to EasyShift[+]
+ 8 programmable buttons + solid 4D scroll wheel
+ Tracking and Distance Control Unit
+ Low friction mouse feet really work well
+ Excellent build quality
+ Omron switches for long life and durability

Cons:

- Takes 28 seconds to apply settings
- Weights are a pain to swap out
- Drivers not included - Must be downloaded from Roccat website
- Macro creation is over complicated

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 9.25

Final Score: 9.15 out of 10.

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# Serious review?Michael 2012-11-29 06:38
In the beginning you write "We were impressed with the KONE[+] so let's see if the KONE XTD is a worthy replacement.".. Really? How on Earth could you be impressed with the KONE[+] mouse?? The tracking of that mouse was sooo bad I threw it away after 1 day. I find it hard to take your review serious if that is the standard you think so highly about!,
Makes me wonder if you are paid off by the manufacturer :-/
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# RE: Serious review?Aaron 2012-11-29 10:33
It must be a fault with your particular product.
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# RE: RE: Serious review?Michael 2012-11-29 15:01
Eh no.. Sorry! Just Google the internet and see plenty of threads that shows exactly the mouse jitter I'm takling about..
Try "roccat kone sensor problem"..
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# RE: Serious review?Steven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-12-01 08:26
No one at Benchmark Reviews gets paid off by any manufacturer, I'm sorry you feel that way.

If I had the issue you speak about with the KONE[+] I would most certainly have reported it. It would not have impressed me and it would not have got a high rating.

Needless to say the KONE XTD and the KONE Pure do not suffer this issue.
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# roccat build good quality fact.stevenicks 2012-12-07 08:07
not saying this is your problem but try using an powered USB hub that will make sure there will be enuff volts to power these type of devices, many people load up the computer with usb devices and dont think that maybe just maybe the device is not getting the power it needs thus a powered usb hub has solved alot of problems with a few device's that require power. worked with and solved problems with usb wirless headset and tracking problem with R.A.T 7 MMO i had .. just a thought.
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# RE: ROCCAT KONE XTD Gaming MouseArgos 2012-12-19 00:02
After having earlier Kone's break down on me (mouse wheel construction is/was prone to breaking) I would be afraid to buy a Roccat mouse ever again.
I loved everything about the Kone. I never perceived tracking problems and I love the design, but a gaming mouse has to be sturdy and be able to take punishment in the heat of the moment.
So I went back to Logitech. I have been using a G700 for a long time now. Great, versatile and strong mouse.
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