ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse Detailed Features
What have we learned so far about the ROCCAT Kone XTD? Well, we know that it looks good, it fits well in the hand, it’s sized to be a palm-gripper for most people, and it is endowed with some great features. The only tick against it so far is the weight door, which, as it turns out, is not an issue when the mouse is gliding along the surface.
Before moving on and talking mainly about the buttons, I must mention a couple of the great features offered by the ROCCAT Kone XTD. One is called Easy-Shift[+]. Basically, this feature allows you to assign a button that serves as a “shift” button, like a shift button on your keyboard, providing the other buttons on the mouse with a secondary function. In essence, this feature doubles the number of functions that your mouse can perform. Another feature that can be part of your arsenal is the ROCCAT Talk feature. If you pair the Kone XTD with a compatible ROCCAT keyboard, you can take advantage of this feature, which basically allows your devices to “communicate” with each other. For example, you may not want the Easy-Shift[+] button on your Kone XTD; maybe you want it on your keyboard. If you choose this setup, you can hit your Easy-Shift[+] button on your ROCCAT keyboard and utilize your secondary button assignments on your Kone XTD. It is a very, very useful feature.
So now, let’s talk about the ROCCAT Kone XTD in a bit more detail.
Simply stated, this is the best scroll-wheel I have ever used. It is the Cadillac of scroll wheels. Well, Mercedes, since it is German-engineered. It is the Wayne Gretzky / Joe Montana / Babe Ruth / Michael Jordan of scroll-wheels. Anyway, its big, its easy to grip, its movement is extremely smooth and precise, and the downward/lateral clicks are perfect. I have no idea how this scroll-wheel could be trumped and I am positive that I will never rave about a scroll-wheel like this again. There is a reason ROCCAT deemed it the Titan Wheel, and yet, that somehow does not quite do it justice. Easy-Shift[+] assignable? Yep. Okay, that’s all I got to say about that.
This little button with the three hashes on it is located above the Titan Wheel. By default, it is assigned as a Windows key. Like the other buttons on the mouse, it can have an Easy-Shift[+] function assigned to it. It’s difficult to consider this button useful, since it is located above the generously-sized Titan Wheel. Unless you have fingers the length of a professional basketball player’s, you are probably going to have trouble realistically actuating that button without accidentally engaging a scroll-wheel function.
Here we have the buttons that are located below the Titan Wheel. By default, these buttons are for increasing and decreasing the DPI. By-the-way, when you do change the DPI, the narrator from the recent ROCCAT video advertisements will audibly inform you of the current DPI setting. He kind of sounds like Vincent Price, in my opinion. Anyway, these buttons can also be customized to do your bidding and can have an Easy-Shift[+] function assigned to it.
The buttons on the left-hand side of the mouse are very well-positioned for me, as I had mentioned earlier. The button that would normally serve as the browser back button is billed as being the Easy-Shift[+] button, but you can assign another button to serve in that capacity, or set up the Easy-Shift[+] button on your ROCCAT keyboard and go with the ROCCAT Talk feature. It’s your choice.