The retail packaging for the Roccat Kone XTD is attractive and would certainly catch most people’s eye on a store shelf. Once you purchase the unit and crack it open, you will find the mouse, a case with four modular five gram weights and some basic documentation. As is a growing trend with computer hardware, there is no driver and software CD. Instead, Roccat has opted to direct customers to the Internet to download the driver and the Roccat control software. It is hard to put much fault here as it is usually better to grab the most recent version off the web but it could throw a few novice users off at first that are used to installation discs.
The mouse itself is a quite beautiful piece of equipment even before it is plugged in. The body is a solid black case with a rubberized surface to aid in gripping. The unit is slightly large versus other mice but feels good in the hand. All of the buttons are easily accessible to the finger tips.
To the lefties out there: sorry, this unit is made for right handers! At the bottom of the mouse there is a removable disk where you can put the modular weights in and set the mouse to the weight of your preference up to 20 grams. The USB wire has a nylon sheath which helps to reinforce the cord as well as add to the overall ascetics of the mouse. The mouse wheel is comfortable and scrolls in “clicking” iterations which is important for some games.
The mouse is a standard USB plug which made for a straightforward installation. Drivers and software were downloaded from roccat.org and installed with no issues. The mouse was detected and drivers installed. The software also automatically downloaded the most recent firmware for the mouse and automatically installed it. Once completed, I was instructed to unplug the mouse and plug it back in which went off without a hitch.
Drivers are only provided for Windows (all flavors from XP to Windows 8) but unfortunately there were no official Mac or Linux drivers. The Roccat website noted that there were some open source Linux drivers at Sourceforge.net, but since most PC gamers (Roccat’s target Audience with this mouse) are probably running Windows, it is really not surprising the drivers are limited to Windows. Considering the cost of the mouse though, it would be nice for Roccat to provide official Mac and Linux drivers, especially now that Steam is really expanding on these platforms and bringing more and more games to them.
No reboot was required on my Windows 7 x64 Ultimate machine and overall the installation process was quick and simple. Again, no installation CD was included so this in theory could be a problem for novice users or someone who somehow does not have access to the Internet. For 90 bucks, they could have spent the handful of pennies to include a software CD, but this is a very minor issue.
More just ahead.