The software also includes the ability to set macros for various combinations and actions. There are multiple pre-programed macros for several popular games and applications which will make the customization of the mouse that much easier for those who play the respective games. There are five profile slots where you can set various mouse program sets for different games and easily toggle between them. As mentioned previously, the program sets are actually stored in memory that lives on the mouse so that you can easily move your settings from computer to computer without having to export them or start over from scratch. Simply install the Roccat software on the new computer and it will poll the mouse and pull down your profiles.
There are two mouse buttons that allow you to change the DPI of the mouse (raising and lowering it). When the software is installed, the computer will announce the current DPI to you. A mouse causing your computer to talk to you may startle some, but it is a good way to know what DPI setting you are on and you can always disable this feature in the Roccat control software.
An interesting feature that sets this mouse apart from others is the “TCU” and “DCU” or Tracking Control Unit/Distance Control Unit. This feature allows you to calibrate your Kone XTD specifically to the surface you use your mouse on to assure the most accurate DPI as well as detect the distance between when you have to pick up your mouse to readjust back to center mouse pad. With these enabled and configured your Kone XTD will further be set for your specific needs.
Roccat Talk is another feature which allows for interoperability with other Roccat peripherals such as their Isku keyboard line. This will make programming easier and allow for combination macros and profiles between Roccat peripherals. If you already own a Roccat keyboard this is certainly a nice perk to this mouse, though if you do not, it will not amount to much for you.
Finally there is a section where you can unlock achievements which Roccat simply calls the “Roccat Achievement Display” or RAD. In this panel of the control software, you can see the various statistics for your mouse usage such as clicks per button and distance traveled via the motion of your mouse. Based on this data you can unlock trophies that you can share on Facebook among your friends. There is not a lot of information on this and for all intents and purposes it really doesn’t amount to much as a feature, but it is neat to see just how much abuse and use your mouse takes from a day to day basis.
Overall the software is lightweight, only taking around 23 MB of memory as it runs and does not nag you with anything. It is very powerful and when configured properly it would certainly give any player a pretty awesome advantage in most game. The software alone goes a long way towards justifying the fairly high cost of this mouse.
$90 is quite a good bit for a mouse, but if you are looking to spend this much, there is no other reason to not get the Kone XTD. With every new piece of hardware, Roccat is getting better and better and are quickly making a name for themselves as being some of the best of the best in computer peripherals. Long gone are the days where a mouse is just a mouse as any competitive gamer would gain serious advantages in leveraging the extensive list of features the Kone XTD offers.
The hardware is attractive and well-built and the software is among some of the most powerful I have seen for a mouse. With this is mind and the well thought out design, $90 is certainly justifiable, especially if you are a serious gamer. I normally do not hold on to hardware that I review, but I was so impressed by this mouse, it will be staying hooked to my PC for the foreseeable future. The only negatives to speak of are the high price, right hand only design (for the left handed people at least) and the lack of official Mac and Linux drivers.
Given the extensive list of positives, these are extremely minor infractions for the average customer that would be looking to buy a Kone XTD. If you are in the market for a serious gaming mouse, look no further than the Roccat Kone XTD.
OCIA.net awards the Roccat Kone XTD our Gold Seal of Approval!