Testing & Results
The ROCCAT Kone XTD that was provided to me for testing and producing this review was put to very good use over the past 2 1/2 weeks or so. I would estimate that it has approximately 100 hours under its belt, plenty of which was for Battlefield 4 purposes. I also played some other games in order to test the consistency of the mouse from game to game. The other games included Company of Heroes, Splinter Cell Blacklist, and Wargame. The ROCCAT Kone XTD was also employed for what I like to call everyday, ordinary tasks, which include browsing, editing photos in Photoshop, and so on.
Keep in mind that what you have been and will continue to read is all based upon my experience with the ROCCAT Kone XTD that was provided to me by ROCCAT. Reviews on gaming peripherals are subjective; there is no hard data to share and compare. And, my experiences with the Kone XTD might just be vastly different from that of another reviewer. My goal is to provide you with an unbiased review that is accurate; accurate in the sense that it is a true representation of the product tested by this reviewer.
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
- System Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 G.Skill Ripjaws X Series
- Processor: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3 GHz Six-Core Processor
- Audio: ASUS XONAR DG PCI 5.1 Audio Card
- Video: HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ Boost Clock 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card
- PSU: Corsair HX Series HX750 750W GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
- Monitor: AOC e2752Vh (27″) & Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 (24″)
- Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate
The rigor in the testing phase was, no doubt, performed through hours-straight of gaming. Well, there’s no need to worry when considering the comfort level you will experience when using the ROCCAT Kone XTD for extended periods of time; it is fantastic! Ergonomically, it feels as if it was shaped to fit my hand. And, I’m not sure what the material is the covers the Kone XTD, but it is as soft as a baby’s backside. So, whether you are gaming for hours or browsing for a few minutes, you will appreciate the comfort level the Kone XTD provides to you.
I did use the Easy-Shift[+] function solely on the ROCCAT Kone XTD initially and thought it worked extremely well. I used the default button, which is the browser back button, for that purpose. What a handy feature! Playing Battlefield 4 while using the Easy-Shift[+] function has the potential to greatly improve your in-game efficiency. For example, instead of scrolling from weapon to ammo pack, I set the right-click button to select my ammo pack through Easy-Shift[+]. No more scrolling or hitting the wrong key on the keyboard.
What works even better for me is the ROCCAT Talk feature. I paired the ROCCAT Kone XTD with the ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro, and this has turned out to be a fantastic combination! Instead of assigning the Easy-Shift[+] feature to a button on the mouse, I assigned it to the keyboard. On the Ryos MK Pro, the Easy-Shift[+] button, by default, is the caps lock button. I figured that would work well… and work well it has! Now, I can toggle the Easy-Shift[+] button on the keyboard and have access to, literally, dozens of total functions on the Kone XTD.
There is another feature worth mentioning. It is called Easy-Aim and it allows you to assign a button to instantly decrease the DPI of the mouse, so that you can accurately engage targets downrange or perform more precise movements, such as when images are being edited in Photoshop.
To conclude the testing phase, I would like to say that the ROCCAT Kone XTD performed flawlessly and it provides a high-level of comfort while doing so. As solid as this device is and as much functionality as it provides to the user, there is no doubt that this mouse should find its way into plenty of homes.