at Thursday, March 07, 2013 11:53:45 AM
I was wondering on how to review this series of mice (mouses? mausen??) and decided that, since these two share so much in their basic design and usage philosophy, to do them together as a pair. Besides, either of these two little monsters do well as a companion to the Roccat Isku, which I reviewed a little while ago.
So, without much further ado, here they both be! I’ll cover both as one, and point out differences as I go along
Pretty little things together!
Usage of the Roccat Kone Pure and Roccat Kone XTD
I’ve been using both the Roccat Kone Pure and the Roccat Kone XTD Gaming mice for about a week. As their names imply, the Kone Pure is the essential gaming mouse – all the necessary bits and pieces to make it an excellent gaming mouse are present, distilled and enhanced from the original Kone+. The Kone XTD can be considered the big daddy – bigger, more buttons, more shiny, but essentially the same mouse. Both the Kone Pure and the Kone XTD feature the Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor, capable of a maximum 8200 DPI sensitivity. In addition, both feature the tracking and distance control unit, for tracking of the surface if the mouse is picked up, as well as adjusting for optimal usage of your mouse pad or other control surface, whatever it may be – in this case the Roccat Alumic solid mouse pad. Polling rate can be adjusted at presets of 125hz, 250hz, 500hz, or the maximum default rate of 1000hz.
Both the Roccat Kone Pure and Kone XTD are covered in some sort of medical-grade PVC* to give the mouse a very comfortable feel and excellent grip throughout; that super-duper rubbery goodness! In addition, decent thumb-rests are also present for those long sessions of using your side buttons for voice-comms activation – when both you and your thumb are too tired of talking to guild-mates, it (and you!) don’t have to be dragged behind.
When reviewing the Roccat Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard, I broke out the Kone Pure to test the Easy-Shift as well as Roccat Talk functionality, the Kone XTD is also compatible with these features. The Easy-Shift functionality allows one to assign alternate functions to every button on the mouse; on the Kone XTD, that is as many as 24 different functions; the Kone Pure – a maximum of 18, if using the Easy-Shift functionality of an associated keyboard, such as the Roccat Isku or Isku FX series keyboards. The Roccat Talk functionality allows one to execute some interesting changes to the mouse settings on-the-fly, such as the Easy-Aim function to temporarily increase or reduce your mouse’s DPI level.
The Roccat Kone XTD by virtue of its size, also has enough space to throw in some weights – it comes with a set of 4 x 5g weights that can be inserted into the base. Even without the weights, both the Kone XTD and Kone Pure still have a good weight and feel. Still, I like a heavy mouse, so I maxxed out the weight, to produce a mouse that glides happily along with but for the lightest of pushes, thanks to them lovely Teflon feet.
Heavy metal is a good thing in some cases...
Button-clicking feels no different than most other mice of this grade, however the product specifications list the mice as having Omron switches, with a crazy MBTF. The scroll wheel, the so-called Titan Wheel feels solid and has a tighter activation pressure required to what I’m normally used to, but this is actually quite comfortable and very pleasant to use.
Drivers and Control of the Roccat Kone Pure and Roccat Kone XTD Both the Roccat Kone Pure and Roccat Kone XTD share very similar configurations in their driver system layout. Tabs are available for general mouse functionality, button assignment, colour control, advanced features control, mouse usage statistics and finally, driver update and help sections. Finally, the driver supports up to five distinct profiles which can be active at any one time.
The Main Control tab houses the most common settings that need adjustment for normal operation, including DPI control, sensitivity, mouse wheel scroll speed and double-click speeds are all adjustable. The Kone Pure does not have a mouse wheel tilt function.
Button Assignment deals with what exactly your mouse does when actually pressing a mouse button, as well as showing what those button pushes do when combined with the Easy-Shift functionality. As stated earlier the Kone XTD has 12 button assignments (10 if you exclude mouse wheel scroll), with a maximum of 24 assignments with Easy-Shift; the Kone Pure - 9; 18 with Easy-Shift. Macro recording can also be performed and assigned here. Several pre-set macros are already present for a variety of games including World of Warcraft, Starcraft, the Crysis series, Left 4 Dead and several others.
I think this is a rule in Art of War, or somesuch
The Advanced Control section deals with unhinged X and Y mouse sensitivity, the laser sensor tracking and distance control options, data polling rate and pointer speed (Windows has its own pointer speed and acceleration control settings, independent of the DPI settings on the Main Control tab.
Colour control is exactly as the name states, what colours will your mouse light up to? The Kone XTD as four separate light sources which can be set to rotate colours in various manners, flowing, around the mouse, and generally a variety of blinky-ness. The Kone Pure only has one light source behind the logo, but still supports a variety of blinky and colour effects. Interestingly enough, some games have the ability to control the mouse’s lighting – I discovered this accidentally while playing World of Tanks over the weekend; the mouse would blink white in sync with the match start countdown, go all-green on match start and flash red indicating when my tank had been turned into a twisted steel wreck. Very cool feature!
Seriously, do you even NEED a fancy keyboard with this?!
Although this can be duplicated with a third-party program, the Roccat drivers for both the Kone Pure and Kone XTD include a usage statistics section, under the R.A.D. tab. Here, mouse clicks, scroll wheel usage and distance travelled can be viewed by various breakdowns including total, daily or weekly usage. As of this writing, I started using the Roccat Kone Pure XTD after the Kone Pure, and have only tallied 426 meters of usage over the space of about a week. With the Kone Pure, I had clocked over 500 meters and more than 30 000 mouse scrolls, netting me two achievements in the tab’s trophy section. Additionally, these milestones can be shared via social media link-ins on the tab’s page!
Finally, the Update and Support tab is exactly that – a driver info dialogue as well as the ability to check up for new drivers and request product support using forms or email.
Conclusion Using both of these mice, the Roccat Kone Pure and Roccat Kone XTD, have been an absolute pleasure. For the longest time, I can say quite honestly that I was a Logitech fanboy through and through, but the Roccat series is seriously convincing me to make a switch when it is time to acquire a new mouse. Solid feel, great performance, awesome driver control, really make this mouse series a solid winner. My only complaint regarding these mice, and this is really a personal issue – The Roccat Kone Pure hurts my hand a bit with extended use, but that’s due to my fingers being like sausages. My pinky has to wrap around a bit, just a little bit, and that does cause a bit of discomfort, in my case. The Kone XTD is larger and fits my hand perfectly, allowing me to get several hours’ worth of EVE Online down without any onset of hand cramp (otherwise known as wankers cramp).
If you’re in the market for a new mouse, I’ll wholeheartedly recommend either of these sterling mice (mouses? mausen??) to any gamer needing a lot control and precision in their game, be it MOBA, MMO, or FPS-based title.
Addendum: The Rubber I was curious about what type of material the rubber-like stuff covering the mouse was made of, so I took it to some friends over at UV tooling, a local plastic injection moulding and toolshop company. The only way to quickly check what type of plastic it is, was to cut a small piece of it off and burn it. Smell and flame colour determine the type of plastic. Due to the small size of the sample, only smell could really be determined - it is a type of PVC plastic. Since PVC is now considered off-limits to use within the home, this has to be some type of PVC used in medical applications, similar to what would be used in IV drip tubes and bags.
Technical specifications for both the Roccat Kone Pure and Roccat Kone XTD • Pro-Aim Laser Sensor R3 with up to 8200dpi
• 1000Hz polling rate
• 1ms response time
• 12000fps, 10.8megapixel
• 30G acceleration
• 3.8m/s (150ips)
• 16-bit data channel
• 1-5mm Lift off distance
• Tracking & Distance Control Unit
• 72MHz Turbo Core V2 32-bit Arm based MCU
• 576kB onboard memory
• Zero angle snapping/prediction
• 1.8m braided USB cable
Pretty box is pretty!
Pro’s 1. Superb rubbery goodness EVERYWHERE!
2. Lights, lights, lights - EVERYWHERE!
3. Fantasic driver functionality and macro assignment
3. More button assignment options than SHOULD be considered healthy
4. Stiff mouse wheel is very appealing
1. Slightly smaller size of the Kone Pure made my pinky sore; Kone XTD is bigger and doesn’t have that problem
2. Kone Pure missing side scroll capability on mouse wheel
Rating Looks *****
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars Recommended Retail Pricing - R999.95 - Roccat Kone XTD
Recommended Retail Pricing - R829.95 - Roccat Kone Pure
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