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Roccat Kone EMP Gaming Mouse Review

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Testing and Results

Sensor Tracking Performance and Polling Rate

The Kone EMP performed well and was able to handle very fast flicks across the surface thanks to the 12000 DPI 3361 optical sensor. No acceleration was present during testing and the average polling rate was around 1000 Hz as advertised. I did not notice any major effect when gaming at 12000 DPI, but Roccat recommends using the mouse at a DPI of 400-3000. At 2600 DPI, the mouse performed just as well as other gaming mice I had tested. Some users may benefit from using a higher DPI setting, but more DPI does not mean better performance.

The Owl-Eye 3361 optical sensor originated from the popular 3360 optical sensor. It offers true 1:1 accuracy along with a Distance Control Unit (DCU) for adjusting surface calibration. Roccat recommends a DPI of 400-3000 for optimal performance, but the sweet spot is somewhere between 2000 and 3000 DPI.

With that being said, why would anyone purchase a 12000 DPI mouse only to use it at 400 DPI? The Razer Mamba Tournament Edition and the SteelSeries Rival 700 both have crazy 16000 DPI sensors (or CPI for SteelSeries). Not sure if that makes you a better gamer but that 16000 DPI sure looks good on paper, doesn’t it? Like the megapixels to a camera, we cannot say a mouse is better than the other just by comparing DPI sensitivity. There is so much more to a mouse than just DPI. We need to consider other crucial factors, like sensor performance, body shape, weight, and button placement.

There is a lot that goes into a topic like this; should you use a low DPI or a high DPI for gaming? I personally prefer something over 2000 DPI but nothing more than 3500 DPI for gaming. The optimal DPI zone of the 3361 sits right around here, which is something I am happy to see. With older sensors, I can notice quite a bit of jittering with slow movements at a very low DPI, but the jitter was nonexistent at the 2600 DPI I am using now. But if you can pull off fancy moves and headshot every enemy that gets in your way, stick with whatever you have and be happy with it.

Button Response and Placement

Most of the buttons on the Kone EMP were nicely placed. The two side buttons sat directly above my thumb allowing easy access. They were also harder to mis-click since the thumb rest curved into the body of the mouse. The 4D Titan scroll wheel was one of the best scroll wheels I have seen. It felt very sturdy and the bump provided enough resistance to prevent accidental scrolling. On some occasions when trying to scroll, I did find myself accidentally pressing the DPI+ toggle switch. The switch does protrude from the body, but I did wish it was flatter.

RGB Lighting Accuracy

Replicating a pure white color can be difficult for some RGB peripherals. When it came to color reproduction, the Kone EMP did a fair job. When set to white, the light stripes were a bit on the pinkish side with more red towards the middle of the mouse.

Reds, greens, and blues looked good all-around except when mixing up the colors. When mixing red and white together, the lighting just was not accurate.

The whites looked good at the top, but the reds were pink and not fully saturated.

Colors did not mix very well at all.

Greens looked okay, but the blues looked mostly purple. The reds by the left side of the mouse looked pink, while it was orange on the opposite side.

Firmware Updates

I did run into a bit of trouble updating the firmware to the Kone EMP. I had to unplug several times to get the Swarm software to update correctly. There were a few times where the mouse completely bricked itself, but the software was able to recover the previous firmware after several update attempts. Aside from some spelling errors in the software, I eventually got the new firmware onto the mouse.

Size Comparison with Other Mice

The Kone EMP was a bit larger than the Gamdias Zeus P1. It had more of a curved body shape compared to the Zeus P1 and felt more natural when compared to the ambidextrous body shape of the G Pro. On the scale, it was about 12 grams heavier than the Zeus P1 without the cable, but much lighter than the 175g ROG Spatha.

I had no problems adapting to the shape of the Kone EMP. Those of you who are familiar with the Kone XTD should have no problems gripping the Kone EMP. Although this is purely subjective, I do like the overall shape. Roccat kept the same body shape from its predecessor because it was good from the beginning. It is not the most comfortable, but better than a lot of mice I have seen in the past. If the mouse was smaller and lighter, it would make it very competitive to the Zeus P1 and the DeathAdder Elite.

Let’s go into my final thoughts and end this review with my conclusion in the next section.


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