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ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse Review

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ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse GUI

Intuitive is the word I would use to describe what I am looking for in a GUI for a gaming mouse. Making it look aesthetically pleasing is nice, but if it is difficult to navigate and it is hard to find what you are looking for, it really does not matter how nice it looks.

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Let me first point out that toward the bottom of the GUI you will notice a section titled, “GAME PROFILES.” This section, which takes up about 25% of the page, appears on each and every page of the GUI. In this section, you have the ability to manipulate the profiles or create new profiles.

In the MAIN CONTROL section, you can perform a number of different changes to your mouse, including changing the sensitivity, vertical scroll speed, and horizontal tilt speed of the Titan Wheel. Also, you can fine-tune your DPI settings and adjust the double-click speed.

ROCCAT Kone XTD

The BUTTON ASSIGNMENT page provides you with all kinds of options for setting up the functions of each of your buttons. ROCCAT was even kind enough to provide predefined macro setups for popular games. Also, I would recommend finding the “Assign a Shortcut” option in the drop-down menu and become familiar with it. It can alleviate the burden of recording a macro. Even though it is not difficult to record a macro in this GUI, it is a pain to figure out how to get to the point to where you can record one. The GUI makes you create a macro set first before recording a macro. To save you some headaches, here’s how you do that:

  1. Click on “MACRO MANAGER” located in the center of the page above “GAME PROFILES.”
  2. Below “//MACRO SELECT” in the upper left-hand corner, click on the dropdown.
  3. The second selection from the bottom of the drop-down is the option to [+]Add Macro Set.

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ADVANCED CONTROL allows you to fine-tune your Kone XTD. The options on this page include x-y axis sensitivity, tracking control, distance control, sound feedback, windows pointer speed, polling rate, and driver reset. Might I suggest turning off the volume up/down setting under “//SOUND FEEDBACK?” I assigned my Titan Wheel to scroll volume when in Easy-Shift[+] mode, and the dude was driving me nuts by saying “volume up” and “volume down” as I dialed in the right volume level.

ROCCAT Kone XTD

The lighting is subtle on the ROCCAT Kone XTD, which is just fine with me. Still, there are plenty of options available that allow you to customize the rail lighting on it. There are plenty of color options, the color flow can be changed, the effect speed adjusted, and the light effect changed. The light effects include fully lit, blinking, heartbeat, breathing, and off.

ROCCAT Kone XTD

Do you want to know the mouse statistics? You can find them by clicking on the ROCCAT R.A.D. tab. The statistics include the number of button clicks for each button, the number of scroll “steps,” the number of times Easy-Shift[+] was used, the number of times Easy-Aim was used, and the total distance moved. You also have the opportunity to unlock achievements.


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