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Roccat Kone XP Gaming Mouse Review

The Roccat Kone XP is ROCCAT’s newest gaming mouse that includes the model’s iconic Kone form, a great deal of RGB, and an absurd quantity of programmable buttons. An up to date model of the Roccat AIMO Remastered, the Kone XP now options much more buttons than its predecessor, up to date ergonomics, a brand new 19K DPI sensor, and Nvidia Reflex assist. All of that is accomplished in a package deal that weighs 20% lower than the unique.

The Basics:

The Roccat Kone XP is an ergonomic gaming mouse with a complete of 15 bodily buttons and inputs throughout your entire mouse. In addition to the same old left, proper, and center click on buttons, there are seven buttons on the left facet of the mouse. The scroll wheel will also be tilted left and proper for enter, along with the same old center click on. Finally, the “Smart Shift” characteristic constructed into the Roccat Swarm software program additionally permits you to program two totally different inputs per button and freely swap between the 2 on the press of a button.

Also included is Roccat’s new “3D RGB” characteristic. The mouse has a clear higher shell, which together with the 22 RGB LEDs mainly makes it appear like your entire mouse is glowing from the within.  It is available in each black and white coloration choices and the clear shell is included on each. If you’re a fan of RGB bling, this mouse will probably be proper up your alley.

The Specs:

Dimensions 126 x 72 x 40 mm
Grip width 59 mm
Weight 104 g
Number of buttons 15 (29 with SimpleShift+)
Nvidia Reflex Compatible

The Feel:

So how does it really feel? My rapid impression was that it is a mouse that appears geared extra in direction of MOBA gamers, MMO gamers, or followers of video games with a variety of stock administration. Really, it may work for any recreation or software the place you need to program many various actions to a single button press due to the quite a few inputs accessible. Honestly, I may see this being nice for picture or video modifying, too.

Unfortunately, if you happen to’re a fan of light-weight mice this in all probability isn’t the mouse for you — significantly if you happen to play a variety of first-person shooters. In an age the place most mouse producers are attempting to get their mice lighter and lighter, the Kone XP virtually looks like a throwback to the early 2010s. If weight isn’t a difficulty for you although, the Kone XP affords a variety of different good options.

It can be fairly a big mouse. The dimensions out of the field are 128 x 72 x 40 mm, with a grip width of 59mm. This makes claw grip tough even for my barely above common measurement fingers. With that mentioned, the curves on the mouse really feel good and the ergonomics general are nice. If you’re a fan of bigger mice, Roccat has accomplished a superb job with the texture of this one.

With all of these caveats out of the way in which, the mouse itself checks just about the entire different packing containers. At $89.99, no wi-fi functionality is a bit disappointing, however the included cable feels premium and may trigger no points. The Titan Optical Switches really feel good and tactile, and the massive PTFE skates really feel easy as butter. There’s even an additional set of skates included within the field. The scroll wheel feels significantly wonderful, and though the mouse is a bit on the hefty facet, the quite a few enter choices gives you loads of customization choices.

There’s a easy coating throughout your entire mouse with some good matte texture particularly on the buttons. Even although there are a lot of buttons, for essentially the most half the positioning of them feels surprisingly pure and I had no points accessing any of them. Perhaps the one exception is the “Smart Shift” button positioned on the left on the very backside. This is used to entry one other “layer” of inputs for a complete of two per mouse button. It’s meant to be held down whilst you hit a special button to entry its secondary enter, however with its positioning it’s just about unattainable to make use of with any of the the 4 thumb buttons. They in all probability would have been higher off placing this button a bit larger up on the left, or maybe even inserting it on the best which is totally freed from any buttons as is.

Overall, whereas they undoubtedly take some getting used to, there’s no denying the added comfort that such a big enhance in mouse inputs affords you. The largest adjustment I needed to make was that there are 4 buttons the place your thumb sits as a substitute of the same old two.

I attempted the Kone XP in Aim Lab, Destiny 2, and Call of Duty: Vanguard and it felt comfy to make use of in all three. But since I’ve grown accustomed to light-weight mice, the hefty weight led to wrist and forearm fatigue a bit quicker than normal. Outside of that, the mouse felt responsive and there have been no points with the efficiency.

The Design:

My evaluate pattern got here in white. It has a a two-tone “panda” design with white plastic across the sides of the mouse and black on the scroll wheel and the entire buttons. The complete higher shell of the mouse is semi-transparent which helps to reinforce the RGB lighting. The Roccat emblem and emblem are additionally included on high. While the white colorway doesn’t look unhealthy, personally I might have most well-liked the black model.  With that mentioned, the Kone XP actually shines when it’s plugged in.

If you’re a fan of RGB then there’s no denying the mouse seems to be gorgeous. The lighting is shiny and vibrant and fills up virtually your entire mouse, particularly within the Arctic White model. Even the scroll wheel lights up. And fortunately, despite the fact that they make liberal use of it, it doesn’t look too obnoxious or “gamery.” The Kone XP ought to match proper into any setup

The 3D RGB system permits for detailed lighting results that radiate from the within. While the Roccat SWARM software program is a bit mild on RGB presets, it does enable for an excellent quantity of customization. Each lighting zone will be tweaked individually when set to the “Breathing”, “Blinking”, and “Steady” presets. It additionally contains the ‘AIMO Intelligent Lighting System’ which reacts to your actions and is “enriched” by the apps and gadgets you employ.

The mouse’s easy coating can get a bit slick, so in case you have sweaty fingers this may very well be a little bit of an issue. Somewhat little bit of texture would have been good in my view however that comes down to private desire. On the intense facet, after many hours of use, fingerprints and smudges didn’t appear to be an issue.

Verdict:

The Roccat Kone XP is just about the dream mouse for lovers of RGB. However, at 104 grams, the hefty weight could also be a dealbreaker for some and at $89.99 there are actually different choices on the market. For the worth although, you’re getting an countless quantity of customization, and over two dozen keybinds which might do wonders for productiveness and macros. The lighting is a number of the greatest I’ve seen and that, mixed with the comfy ergonomics make for a mouse that appears and feels premium. Roccat’s excessive finish sensor and optical switches ought to result in nice efficiency, and general make for a top quality gaming mouse.

The Roccat Kone XP gaming mouse will probably be launched on March 29 for $89.99. You can test it out and pre-order at Roccat’s official website.

Pros:

  • RGB software on the mouse is a number of the greatest we’ve seen.
  • Comfortable and feels premium.
  • Large quantity of buttons and countless customization.
  • Optical switches and common efficiency is nice.

Cons:

  • May be a bit huge for many who play first-person shooters. The added weight is noticeable in comparison with different gaming mice, although our personal employees member James recommends the Kone Pro as a superb various.
  • Hardwired solely, no wi-fi prebaked. Depending on what you might be searching for, chances are you’ll discover a mouse comparable in pricing with that performance.

Kone XP was supplied by the writer for evaluate functions. You can learn SP1st and MP1st’s evaluate and scoring coverage proper right here.