Capsule Review: ROCCAT's Kone XTD and Kone Pure Gaming Miceby Dustin Sklavos on February 27, 2013 1:01 AM EST
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ROCCAT's Kone Software
Both of these mice, the ROCCAT Kone XTD and the Kone Pure, feature half a megabyte of on-board memory along with a dedicated 32-bit processor. It's kind of crazy when you think about it, given that these are mice, but the key to unlocking them really is in ROCCAT's software. Unfortunately, that software does have a slight learning curve. The common problem of having a lot of features is that it can be overwhelming, and peripheral designers have almost never gotten the software right.
Frustratingly, ROCCAT doesn't have a unified software package for all of its peripherals. That means you'll need to download and install different drivers for different peripherals. This is kind of silly when you realize just how much is duplicated between the suites; the XTD's software suite was only slightly different from the Pure's. Note that both mice can store up to five different profiles, and these profiles are extremely detailed.
The first page of the Kone software contains extremely detailed control for all of the mouse motion and allows for up to five dpi settings per profile. It's self-explanatory, but it's still very busy, and I've honestly never had a great need for this much detail. Your mileage may vary, though.
In my opinion, the Button Assignment page is practically the Kone's ace in the hole. These "shift" functions are becoming increasingly common, and the Kone adds a little to its learning curve by configuring the typical "back" button to be a shift button. Hold the shift, and the "Easy-Shift" profile is available. I love that ROCCAT treats virtually every function of the mouse like a button, though. Just about every function you could want can be configured, though, including media keys, DPI shift for aiming, and macros. If anything I wish they'd found a way to include another button to use as the "Easy-Shift," one that doesn't basically replace the back button.
The remaining pages include even more detailed and precise pointer control functionality, color configuration, and ROCCAT even has a mouse-related achievement system. This last one could probably be done without in favor of simplifying the software some. It's not in the way, necessarily, but it's kind of silly.
You can also use the software to update the firmware of the mice, and configure the software's voice. Whenever you switch profiles, a gravelly voice says "Profile Up" or "Profile Down." He thunders and is actually a little off-putting, but you can turn disable him.
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augiem - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - linkThis review feels like its more of a general user opinion of the mouse rather than a review. I didn't read anything about the mouse buttons. Are they responsive? How's the tactile feedback? Do you accidentally press them when resting on them? Do they have a loud and annoying click like most of the mice out there. I want to know this stuff for front and side buttons. How about the mouse wheel? How stiff is it? Does it have very strong notching that fights you, is it too loose and not accurate enough, does it feel tightly set into the body without any extra play or jiggle side to side, does the click-in require excessive force which could tire out your middle figer during a long Maya session? How about glide feet? Does it glide easily on a hard mouse pad, cloth mouse pad, desktop surface? Does it have tracking issues on any surface type tested? Are they replaceable? How much? Any special treatment of the mouse cable? How do different users with different grips feel about it? Claw grip, palm grip, etc.
Overall, I expected a lot more information from a mouse review than how it feels comfortable and "perfect".
augiem - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - linkI'd also like to see some stress testing if possible. Longevity and durability are something that's very hard to judge when it comes to all new products. I had a MS Intellimouse Optical that I used for like 12 years before it started having trouble. That was a good buy indeed!
jigglywiggly - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - linkto jp
the mx518 mouse blows
my LG in quake live was noticibly worse
the 125hz polling rate, and the grip are yuck
feet are bad too, and I had the original 5 feet.
much better mice now
DaveSimmons - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - linkI probably just missed it in the article, but can this be changed"
>> "Users are liable to be confused by the back button being used for "Easy-Shift" instead, but that's a minor grievance."
The thumb-button is the one I most want to use in games, besides the left and right. I want it to be a button, not a shift applied to other buttons.
shaolin95 - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - linkI held to my MX518 for a long time and the replacements I tried never stayed home for long.
Then I got the Kone XTD and I was blown away!
I totally love the mouse.
About the settings...you need to upgrade it and the changes are instant. I did it and I can tell it works so it was a firmware upgrade needed, nothing else.
I even got the Alumic pad for it and love the features where it "calibrates" to your gaming surface. Not sure how much that really does but it feels good :D
birru - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - linkFor the people who have issues with this article, you guys do realize this is a capsule review, right? It's not going to get very or granular or technical. Is your opinion that AnandTech should stick to more thorough reviews and skip the lower calorie capsule reviews entirely?
Personally, I find the review handy enough, but then I'm not going to nerd out over every technical detail of a mouse. I trust that if the polling rate was truly atrocious to the point of being subjectively noticeable Dustin would have mentioned it. That said, I am surprised that he didn't even reprint the manufacturer's specs, as that covers a lot of these details. That would hardly have taken much extra effort.
BrightCandle - Thursday, February 28, 2013 - linkThe review has no contents, its not a review its a user opinion piece on irrelevant details.
There is no value in these reviews, it tells me nothing about the mouse, I can't buy on the basis of this review and others like it. Arguably that is the point of a review, to inform the user on good v bad v best products and to inform purchase. This review fails to do that other than telling me the price, but not what I get for it. Its worthless. I would rather not have seen it at all.
sheh - Thursday, February 28, 2013 - linkWhy are mice so expensive? You'd think 2ndary players would fight on price, but they don't really do that. A mouse has just a bit of electronics, and whether the plastic mold is this or that shouldn't matter much. There are a few extras that cost most to produce, but $40-50 for a good mouse seems overpriced. Half the price makes more sense to me.
Below are some random Chinese mice on eBay for $4-9. Anyone thinks Logitechs cost 10 times more to produce?
And, why aren't wide scroll wheels common?
I have a plain A4Tech mouse with a wide wheel, and it makes it so much more useful as a button. It's also more comfortable to rest the finger on in general.
HisDivineOrder - Thursday, February 28, 2013 - link...because I paid $55 for my Razer Naga. Not the silly green or red ones, not the Hex crap, either.
The regular, blue, original classic. The great one.
So close to $100, I'd want my mouse to be a lot more supreme than this...
theangryintern - Thursday, February 28, 2013 - linkSince they are both the same price, which one would be better? The ROCCAT XTD or the Mionix 8200?