We previously reviewed the Kone+ (the predecessor to the XTD) and gave it a bit of a mixed review
. We ran into a scroll wheel issue and did not get a response from technical support
. However, we did receive a replacement for it that had a perfectly functioning scroll wheel and it performed superbly. We believed it was a solid mouse with a decent feature set. Or at least, that was what we thought was until we began testing more mice. Each mouse we tested tended to come up short of the Kone+ in a variety of ways. Only then did we realize how exceptional the Kone+ was.
Going back to the focus of our review: the Kone XTD. With the Kone XTD, ROCCAT took the formula that worked so well on the Kone+ and improved upon it. They heavily reinforced and improved the scroll wheel, turning what was the weak point on the Kone+ into one of the best made scroll wheels around. The ergonomics on the Kone XTD are the same as they were on the Kone+, as is the button placement. As with the Kone+, the Kone XTD supports swappable weights and has the same lighting options.
The aesthetic design has changed slightly: the Kone+ had the ROCCAT feline logo filled in, whereas the Kone XTD has the ROCCAT feline logo outlined as well as the letters “XTD” in the bottom corner.
The two largest improvements other than the crucial scroll wheel redesign are the braided cable on the XTD which is a nice step up from the regular cable on the Kone+, and the improved laser sensor. The 8200 DPI Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor in the Kone XTD is a huge plus for users who like to use ultra-high sensitivity over the 6000 DPI sensor in the Kone+.
Other than those hardware improvements, the software is still the same exceptional program ROCCAT had for the Kone+ (which we discussed here
) with one addition: ROCCAT Talk. However, we will be leaving ROCCAT Talk for part of the ROCCAT Isku keyboard review that will be published later this week.
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