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A good gaming mouse boasts a few key features: comfort, accuracy and a healthy dose of kick-ass. With a 6,000 DPI laser sensor, a nice soft-touch body and some customizable lighting, the $79 Roccat's Kone[+] mouse has all that and more. But can the Kone[+] hold its own against the other heavyweights in the gaming mouse market?Click to EnlargeWith its sweeping curves, the Roccat Kone[+] is quite the looker. Upon plugging it in, our eyes were immediately drawn to the glossy, backlit strips of plastic that line the top of the mouse and change colors every few seconds in a seductive, rainbow-hued light show.The right and left mouse buttons are sheathed in soft-touch plastic. Our ring and pinkie fingers rested on a curved plastic ridge on the right, while our thumb nestled into a longer groove along the left. A scroll wheel juts out prominently from a shiny plastic crevasse alongside a trio of buttons, while a gray Roccat logo rests towards the rear. The bottom is home to three black, plastic feet and a 6,000 DPI laser sensor.Click to EnlargeThe Kone[+] features 12 programmable buttons, the majority of which are on the top. Four of the buttons come by way of the scroll wheel. Acting as sort of a directional pad, the wheel can be pushed down to trigger a command or tilted left-to-right or front-to-back.
My favorite flavor of ice cream has to be Hagan Brothers Butter Pecan. That's not meant to be a shameless plug for Hagan Brothers…I really do love their Butter Pecan. When eating ice cream sometimes people over look one very important aspect: How you're going to eat it. Some people prefer a bowl. Others just eat right from the carton. Personally I prefer a Kone (see what I did there?). ROCCAT (PRONOUNCED ROCK-ET) made a name for itself at Thinkcomputers when they allowed us to review the ISKU Illuminated Gaming Keyboard. The ISKU featured solid hardware accompanied by the most dynamic customization software I've ever seen. Today I'm taking a look at the ROCCAT Kone[+] – Max Customization Gaming Mouse. Let me start off by saying that MAX CUSTOMIZATION seems like an achievement I'd get in my favorite MMO. If MAX CUSTOMIZATION (I'll stop with the CAP's now) is anything similar to what the ISKU had, well, you can paint me blue and call me Babe (Pizza Pizza). Just like the ISKU the Kone[+]'s box is super sexy and quite informative.
Roccat's Isku gaming keyboard and Kone+ mouse make a fine pair of peripherals for serious gamers who want every control at their fingertips.Roccat sells the Isku keyboard and the Kone+ mouse separately, but we're reviewing them together because pairing them is the only way to take full advantage of each product's features. Roccat's Roccat Talk technology allows the keyboard and mouse to exchange data so you can execute a mouse macro from the keyboard or map key sequences to the mouse. It's a great idea, and we dig it, but being limited to just one keyboard/mouse combo is a drag. Roccat understands this and plans to introduce more products that use Roccat Talk technology.The Roccat Isku keyboard, retailing at $90, cuts a thin profile as it tapers from 1.25 inches in back to 0.5 inches at the edge of its broad wrist rest. The keys have a surprisingly long throw in spite of the keyboard's shallow depth, delivering good tactile feedback and a satisfying thunk when they hit bottom. Rubber pads underneath the wrist rest, in the top corners and even on the flip-out feet on top prevent the keyboard from sliding.
Whether you're a casual gamer who just wants to kill time and have some fun, a pro who's at the top of the rankings after each round or one of the douchebags we laugh at on YouTube for throwing a hissy fit, we're all looking for an edge. A leg up on the competition. A trick that will help us bag that elusive quindecaple-super-mega-death-kill that has so far eluded us. To some, KDR or DoT are just a bunch of letters, while to others they're something that they eat, sleep and breathe. Whatever type of gamer you are, we have the gear that might just give you the advantage you're looking for. Today we take a look at a pair of peripherals from ROCCAT that promise tons of substance with some style mixed in for good measure; the Kone+ "max configurization" gaming mouse and Isku illuminated gaming keyboard. The Kone+ is a refresh of the well-received original and has retained the overall right-handed look and feel, but there have been some improvements. It sports a 6000 DPI Pro-Aim laser sensor, 1000Hz polling rate, 1ms response time, 576kb of onboard memory and all of that cool stuff.
Roccat has recently released the successor to the Kone, the Kone[+], a laser sensor gaming mouse that offers all the advantages of the original Kone, plus several new features. At first sight the Kone[+] may look a little cheap (with a mix of matte and glossy plastic and a grey tiger on the back), but once you get it in your hand it takes on a whole other dimension. Thirteen centimetres long and anywhere from 80 to 100 grammes in weight, depending how many weights you use (included), the Kone[+] fits very comfortably in the hand. The surface is soft and the shape of the mouse supports your wrist well. The glides provide ultra-smooth movements. This mouse is a real pleasure to use. However, due to its shape it can only be a pleasure for the right-handed. Sorry, lefties. The location of the mouse's 12 buttons was well thought-out. The only exception would be the button at the front end of the scroll wheel—it's not exactly the first place you think of to put your finger when you're in a tight spot (say, when armed guards are shooting at you in an FPS). For everything else, we encountered no major issues. You can change the sensitivity on the fly using the + and - buttons right below the scroll wheel (you can choose from 5 customisable game profiles).
It's becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate a new mouse product on the market -- only so much can be done with increases in dpi and sensors. Roccat, who specializes in high performance peripherals, has brought forth a new line of mice that breaks the mold by not only adding previously unheard of features (such as voice feedback), but a way to enhance precision to unprecedented levels by self-calibrating on any surface. Roccat's Kone+ retails at $79.99 and is available at online retailers now. The Roccat Kone+ box puts on quite a presentation with it's magnetic-locking front panel and surprising heft. The inside panel describes in finer details the EasyShift button macro system and all of the default keys. The form-factor of the Kone+ is pleasingly large, accommodating middle to large hands. One thing to notice right away is the mouse wheel is the type with horizontal scrolling (referred to as tilt). The primary mouse buttons are seamless and can be activated all the way up to the base of the minus toggling button. The case is coated with a synthetic material that is smooth like plastic yet completely non-slip like rubber.
I'm not one to complain about my computer mice. I mean, I've got a MacBook Pro on which I do a majority of my work. If the mouse I'm using let's me right-click, I'm already well satisfied. That's why I was a little overwhelmed by the Roccat Kone+. Roccat's update to their tried and tested Kone gaming mouse brings with it a ton of customization, configuration options specifically for gaming, and integration with other Roccat products. Let's start at the beginning. The Kone+ is plug and play, so you don't have to worry with any extensive software or driver installs. In fact, the first thing I did was try the hardware out on my Mac. That may seem sacriligious to some, but knowing whether I could work with the mouse was must-have information. Part of why I've grown so accustomed to using a laptop track pad was because most computer mice have felt like nothing special. The Kone+ is extremely comfortable, though. Long boughts of gaming never left me with any cramping, but I can't tell if this is thanks to the expert design or the custom weighting I installed after opening the package. Users can pick and choose exactly how heavy they want their Kone+ to be: light and feathery, or meaty with a bit of heft, or anything in between.
For any gamer, having the right equipment is essential. You need a mouse that has extreme precision, programmable buttons for switching weapons quickly and easily, and is generally a pleasure to use. Today, we’re reviewing the Roccat Kone[+]. Boasting a pro-aim sensor the maximum precision, the ability to store 22 different mouse functions and much more, let’s take a look and see whether the Kone is up to the task. The Roccat Kone comes packaged in a black windowed box filled with various bits of information about the Kone and a picture of the weight system and solid 4 way wheel. A few features included are written on the right side whilst a list of all features is included on the rear of the box. Upon opening the lid of the box, you are presented with a some information about how to use a few of the features included such as EasyShift[+] and the Kone[+] Driver. The Roccat Kone is completely black in colour and features the Roccat logo on the rear end of the mouse. The mouse surface is a rubber material which seems to be popular among many of todays gaming mice. Two strips for the LEDs along both edges of the Kone are surrounded by a glossy black plastic which certainly makes it stand out just that little bit more.
The first Roccat Kone mouse we checked out was way back in October last year, and now it's back and better than ever. The design of the Roccat Kone [+] is essentially the same as the original Kone, all sweeping curves and ergonomics a go-go, but it's the innards that have had a good, old-fashioned tweaking. The vanilla Kone comes in with a standard dpi limit of 3,200, whereas the Kone [+] weighs in with a hefty 6,000dpi maximum, putting it on par in response to the top-of-the-line mice such as the R.A.T. 7 or the Razer Mamba. Profiles enable you to configure up to five different dpi settings within that rather extensive range. The secret to the other major addition to the Kone lies in the name, and in the impressive bundled suit of software. The [+] in the title refers to the EasyShift [+] button offered by the mouse's drivers. Essentially it acts exactly the same as the shift button on your keyboard, offering secondary functions for each of the programmable buttons on the device. It's easily set up in the quality software interface, and by default comes configured to look after some Windows functions such as audio volume and muting.
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