Gaming Mouse Final Thoughts
The Kone EMP may not be an upgrade if you are coming from the Kone XTD. It no longer includes the front button and the weight system, but it does have a reduced weight. The responsive Owl-Eye 3361 optical sensor tracks very smoothly and the mouse shape is suitable for players with large hands. RGB lighting is not the best, but the build quality feels great with only a small rattle in the scroll wheel. I would have liked the mouse even more if it was smaller and lighter weight.
As expected, the Owl-Eye optical sensor on the Kone EMP performs very well against other mice with a 3360 optical sensor. Buttons respond well and the shape of the mouse feels very comfortable in my hand. The 4D Titan scroll wheel feels tough and the braided cable is more flexible compared to its predecessor. Roccat took the right path to exclude the front button and the weight system on the Kone EMP. Perhaps the next version will have a lighter body weight to make it even more competitive.
Although appearance depends on personal preference, I do like the looks of the mouse. Of course, it has not changed from the Kone XTD, but it still maintains a simple and clean design. The RGB lighting does add some character, but they are not the best when it comes to color reproduction. Gaming peripherals are all about RGB nowadays, so the Kone EMP will need to see some improvements in the next version to stay competitive.
The Kone EMP feels solid all around. Its 4D Titan scroll wheel should last a very long time, although there is just a small rattling noise coming from it while shaking the mouse. The Owl-Eye sensor is in the center of the mouse making it easy to control and aim. I did accidentally hit the DPI+ button a few times. The button is somewhat large, but if it were just a bit flat this would not be an issue.
In terms of functionality, the Kone EMP performs very well in games, but I also used it to edit all of these pictures in this article. The Swarm software works well, although I did brick the mouse several times trying to update the firmware. Luckily, the software was able to recover the previous firmware and I eventually got the mouse to work with the new firmware.
As of April 2017, the Roccat Kone EMP gaming mouse currently sells online for $79.99 (Amazon | Newegg). With that said, the gaming market is full of different gaming mice with RGB lighting and top optical sensors making it difficult to choose which one to buy. For this price, you are getting the Owl-Eye 3361 optical sensor, which in fact performs very well with no acceleration, spin outs, and angle snapping. But the average Joe may not notice this difference coming from a mouse with a 3360 or 3366 optical sensor. RGB lighting is not the best and it weighs a bit heavier than the DeathAdder Elite and Zeus P1, so I hope the next version will fix these issues.
+ Excellent build quality
+ Comfortable body shape
+ Solid 4D Titan scroll wheel
+ Excellent 12000 DPI Owl-Eye (PixArt 3361) optical sensor
– RGB lighting is not the most accurate
– Heavier than the competition (although this can be a pro for some)