ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse Closer Look
Sometimes it seems as if gaming peripheral companies are placing too much emphasis on coming out with a product that has an innovative feature. Sometimes they nail it, and sometimes that innovative feature just turns out to be nothing more than a gimmick. It seems as if ROCCAT had a solid plan when developing the Kone XTD; work on improving upon an already successful design. I appreciate that.
On the front of the box, there is an image of the ROCCAT Kone XTD sporting its lighting. I like the subtle lighting of this mouse; some of the mice we see end up looking like rejects from the disco era. Not the Kone XTD. More about lighting later…. The ROCCAT Kone XTD is packaged and protected well, and the box is as informative, if not more so, than the literature provided, which is in the form of a quick installation guide / manual. Along with the mouse and the weights, the guide / manual rounds out the contents of the box.
When I first saw the Kone XTD, my first impression was to think that it was shaped like a left-handed mouse. However, once I put my hand on it, I understood the reasoning behind the way it was shaped. It fit my medium-sized hand like a glove. The ROCCAT Kone XTD is going to be a palm-style grip mouse for most people, unless you have the sort of hands that allow you to easily palm a basketball.
The contouring on the left-side of the mouse is perfect, well, for my thumb at least. Also, I like the branding the ROCCAT decided to drop on this side of the Kone XTD. The thumb buttons seem to be situated perfectly; again, for me. I also like the fact that these buttons are not hard to find. We have all had mice that had these buttons too close together or were otherwise hard to feel and find in the heat of battle. The ROCCAT Kone XTD will not present that problem.
The right-side of the ROCCAT Kone XTD is not particularly exciting to discuss. What I will say is that it comfortably houses my fourth and fifth digits. Some of the designs out there surprise me; I end up wondering where I should be positioning my fingers. Do they go here, there, or just drag along the mat? The Kone XTD eliminates that conversation.
Take a look at the bottom of the ROCCAT Kone XTD. The mouse feet allow the Kone XTD to effortlessly slide across any relatively smooth surface. You will also notice the circular door that, when unlocked, reveals the chamber that houses up to four 5g weights, which are included with the mouse and come in a small rectangular plastic “ROCCAT WEIGHTBOX.” You may also be happy to see that the Pro-Aim Laser Sensor R3 with up to 8200dpi is centered.
This view of the bottom reveals the aforementioned weight chamber. When the door was replaced and locked into position, it did not seem secure completely. It will move around slightly, but it does remain firmly in the locked position. The good new is that, when the mouse is placed on the surface and put into action, there is no evidence of any moving, audible or otherwise.