|ROCCAT KONE XTD Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Tuesday, 20 November 2012|
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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.
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.
+ 8200dpi Pro-Aim R3 Laser Sensor
- Takes 28 seconds to apply settings
Final Score: 9.15 out of 10.
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