Gaming Mouse Final Thoughts
The ROCCAT Kone XTD is an attractive, ergonomically-friendly, highly configurable mouse that is clearly built to withstand years use and abuse. At first glance, this mouse does not really appear to be anything special, but I think that’s part of its appeal; it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The Easy-Shift[+] feature doubles the number of functions that a user can perform with the Kone XTD. And, when you pair it with a compatible ROCCAT keyboard, you have in your hands a truly lethal combination while gaming, and an extremely productive duo while addressing your workload.
This should be a very successful product for the folks at ROCCAT and I have no doubt we will see another Kone variant in the future. I would recommend that the engineers address the clunky weight door. Even though it does not adversely impact the experience during use, it has some slop in it that needs to be cleaned up. The other comment is that it is hard to see the benefit of the button on the top-side of the Titan Wheel. It is too hard to actuate without engaging the Titan Wheel in some way.
ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse Conclusion
This concluding section breaks the ROCCAT Kone XTD gaming mouse review down into categories, which include appearance, performance, construction, functionality, and value. I mentioned earlier that this review is based on my experience with the Kone XTD and, even though my goal is to provide you with and unbiased and accurate review, the results are subjective. Another reviewer may have had a different experience with this device. The bottom line is that I recommend using this as reference material as you research this product and nothing more.
Initially, I thought I had received the wrong mouse. The ROCCAT Kone XTD looked like a left-hander to me. However, once I put it in my hand, its shape made complete sense, and it is an attractive shape. I really appreciate the subtle lighting on this mouse; it looks attractive, yet can be customized to suit your tastes. And, it does not look like it belongs in a 70’s disco. Also, the branding on the right-side was smartly applied. Finally, the matte finish looks great and prevents smudges and fingerprints.
The ROCCAT Kone XTD performed extremely well throughout the course of the testing phase. An example of this performance is the Titan Wheel. If you have read this entire review, you already know my affinity towards this scroll-wheel. It is a great example of the length that ROCCAT has gone to ensure this mouse exudes quality. Scroll it up or down, click it down, right or left, and you will know what I mean.
The only demerit that the ROCCAT Kone XTD received in terms of construction was due to the circular weight door. The good news is that when the mouse is being used, the issue with the door is not noticeable. The bad news is that the door should have been made to better fit the mouse. However, everything else on this mouse is top of the line and this is a solidly built peripheral. Also, I am not sure what material covers the surface of the ROCCAT Kone XTD, but it feels like velvet and it is extremely pleasing to the touch.
The keys to the ROCCAT Kone XTD’s overwhelmingly high marks on functionality is both the Easy-Shift[+] and ROCCAT Talk features. By itself, the Easy-Shift[+] feature doubles the number of functions that the ROCCAT Kone XTD can perform. So, you don’t have to buy an MMO mouse with 18 buttons on it to have the functionality you need. Also, ROCCAT Talk provides more Easy-Shift[+] flexibility, that is, as long as you have a compatible ROCCAT Talk mouse and keyboard.
As you will see below in the pros and cons section, my experience with the ROCCAT Kone XTD has been a very good one. Even though it is an attractive mouse, it really does not look as if it is an overtly capable mouse. The ROCCAT Kone XTD proves that you cannot judge a book by its cover.
As of August 2014, the ROCCAT Kone XTD was available online for $69.99 (Amazon | Newegg). After looking at gaming mice that fall at a similar price point, the ROCCAT Kone XTD, in my opinion, is clearly a value. There is not one issue that is a deal breaker and it is chalked full of desirable features and qualities.
+ hall-of-fame scroll-wheel, a.k.a. Titan Wheel
+ compatible w/ROCCAT Talk
+ velvety texture
+ Pro-Aim R3 Lazer Sensor @ 8200 DPI
+ solid construction
+ 32-bit Turbo Core V2 72MHz ARM MCU
+ “the most advanced Tracking & Distance Control Unit around”
+ “Assign a Shortcut” option in the GUI
+ glides like a champ
– weight door could be a better fit
– poorly positioned button in front of Titan Wheel
– creating macros is a pain
Final Score: 9.35 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
COMMENT QUESTION: The ROCCAT Kone XTD also comes in an optical version. Which do you prefer: a laser or optical gaming mouse?