THERE is a gaming mouse for every budget, hand size and gaming type – as well as enthusiasm for RGB lighting, too.
The Roccat Kone XP wired gaming mouse distinguishes itself from its peers almost immediately by its unusual RGB lighting setup. The top section of the mouse is translucent and displays the RGB lighting, which can itself be configured via the Roccat Swarm software.
There are 15 buttons on the mouse (11 if you don’t count the scrollwheel) which can be programmed, along with the adjustable DPI. It’s well made and I found the buttons responsive; they feature what Roccat call “Titan Switch Optical” technology, rated for 100m clicks.
Overall the mouse is ergonomic but I found the on-side buttons were located in slightly the wrong place to be optimal for my thumb, but in all other respects the mouse was very comfortable to use.
It measures 126mm long, 76mm wide, and 40mm high, with a total weight of 104g – well sized and weighed for a gaming mouse, in other words.
The sensor is rated from 50dpi up to 19,000dpi so it’s very accurate and I found it performed well across a spectrum of games, from strategy titles such as War For The Overworld to FPS games like Shadow Warrior 3 and the astral sandbox that is Kerbal Space Program.
I particularly appreciated the Kone XP’s anti-tangle/anti-snag cord and the general responsiveness of the unit – especially once I fired up the Swarm software and started fiddling around with DPI etc to get it exactly how I liked it.
There really are a lot of buttons here, and it’s very unusual to get a mouse with this many buttons at this RRP (AUD$149), but it’s cheaper from some well-known retailers), which really adds to the appeal of a multi-function mouse for the gamer who plays a bit of everything.
In most respects the Roccat Kone XP is a well-made but largely unremarkable (except for the RGB) gaming mouse. The aesthetics may not be to everyone’s taste but if you like RGB – and a lot of people do – then this could be just the thing for your desktop.
Even if you’re not a fan of RGB, it’s affordable and highly customisable mouse and its translucent design certainly offers a visual point of difference as well – plus you’re not going to be short of buttons, either.