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Written by Steve Hearst   
Monday, 24 October 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Roccat KONE[+] Gaming Mouse
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Roccat KONE[ ]
Roccat KONE[ ] Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Roccat KONE[+] Gaming Mouse Review

Manufacturer: Roccat
Product Name: KONE[+]
Model Number: INT-ROC-11-801
Price As Tested: $99.99 (Amazon, NewEgg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Roccat.

In a market segment rife with choice, any manufacturer which wants to stand out must innovate their way past the rest of the crowd or use clever marketing techniques to dupe their target market. Fortunately for us here at Benchmark Reviews, Roccat chose to innovate when they created their KONE[+] Gaming Mouse. I honestly believed that there wasn't much more that could be done in the field of pointing and clicking mouse technology but I was wrong.

Roccat has introduced three great features unique to the KONE[+] mouse and also equipped it with a 6000dpi Pro Aim laser for some extremely responsive pointing ability. The first innovation is the 4D scroll wheel, which not only scrolls up and down and acts as a button, but also tilts left and right giving you two extra functions without taking up any more space. Secondly is their tracking and distance and control unit, an on board processor that can adapt the KONE[+] to work at its best on any flat surface. Lastly is the introduction of EasyShift[+]. By assigning one of the side buttons to EasyShift[+] you can effectively double the amount of functions the KONE[+] can perform, much like using the shift button of your keyboard, a feature that is further extended by Roccat Talk.


In this review we will have a good look at the design and features of the Roccat KONE[+] mouse and deliver our verdict on how it performs and functions.



# RE: Roccat KONE[+] Gaming MouseAndreaz 2011-11-04 09:49
I bought the first Roccat Kone.
That was before I had heard rumors of breaking mouse wheel constructions.

After a year the mousewheel indeed broke.
I loved that mouse. It handled superbly and the customization options with LEDS were unique. The software was very good too. Never saw anything like it.
Because of the weak mousewheel construction of the first Roccat Kone I will not take the risk to buy this one. It is too expensive to have give up on me after a year.

Now I own a Logitech G700 gaming mouse. Less fancy, customization wise, but very sturdy because of the superior build quality. Gaming mice need to be strong and to be able to take punishment. Logitech never has disappointed me. I have never had to throw away a logitech (or a microsoft mouse) because it fell apart.

But I would buy this mouse if it had a more reliable construction than the first Kone.
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# RE: Roccat KONE[+] Gaming MouseSpas 2011-11-10 13:29
Would be nice if you guys had some standardized testing for the sensor itself rather than simply listing its software features.

A lot of these laser sensors are still worse than the optical ones found in mice like the deathadder. doesn't make as much sense to buy a complicated mouse if it's fundamentally worse.
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# RE: RE: Roccat KONE[+] Gaming MouseOlin Coles 2011-11-10 13:44
Thanks for the feedback. What do you suggest we do in terms of standardized testing?
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# Mouse BenchmarkingXadow 2012-01-22 18:43
I read someone making a quantitative test using a spinning disk, which tested true DPI, acceleration and accuracy.
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