Roccat KONE [+] Review

A Closer Look

Roccat KONE Plus Review

A Closer Look

The original Kone had a light-up logo at the palm part of the mouse. This has now been changed to a large printed logo. Amazingly enough although you'd imagine this is a lessening of features it actually looks better in our opinion when the mouse is both lit and idle.

It's designed for right-handed users but isn't so insanely ergonomic as, for example, the Logitech MX Revolution that it's problematic for left-handed people. Obviously the button positioning is fixed but it's possible to use left-handed. The Kone [+] is coated with a very tactile rubberised coating that really makes the mouse feel soft and grippy without being squidgy or sticky. On the left hand side are the standard back and forward buttons you find on all mice, except the rear button is mapped by default to the EasyShift[+] function.

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Up front is where the real action is. The plus and minus buttons are there for on-the-fly DPI changing which can also have an audio cue should you so desire it. The scroll wheel is the type with specific notches as you scroll around rather than the fully smooth motion which should help weapon selection. It also scrolls in all four directions so you can move across documents as well as up and down them. In front fo that is another button that's assignable as we'll see on the next page.

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Underneath we have the 6000DPI laser as well as the place for any addition weight should you want to tune the Kone [+] to be heavier. The original Kone came with four differing weights whereas the Kone [+] comes with 4 5g weights instead. This is a far preferable system as it gives an extra level of tweaking should you wish all your weight to be in a certain direction.

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Speaking of the weights they come in a container that matches the rest of the design perfectly, although isn't the easiest thing to open in the world.

In keeping with the insane attention to detail even the USB plug is branded perfectly. A boon for any of us who've been round the back of our cases wondering which of the 6 identical black plugs is what.

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Most Recent Comments

29-11-2010, 13:25:49

Very nice. I've heard good things about this mouse and it seems that early scroll wheel problems (it collapsing and falling in) have been resolved.

Looks nice too, could deffo see me using it. Can't say it's cheap though

Thanks for the review. I've been waiting for a VB review for a while, always makes for pleasurable reading Quote

29-11-2010, 16:54:49

I've had mine for 3 weeks now and i love it

The only issue is that it doesn't support my pinky (no biggie )

The driver and customisation is awesome.Quote

29-11-2010, 21:26:55

I've been eyeballing this mouse for awhile, it's in my top 3 choices to be sure.Quote

16-04-2011, 11:39:10

Just got this mouse over the Razer Mumba and Naga. Absolutely LOVE IT!Quote

18-04-2011, 18:43:13

This is the most problematic mouse I've ever owned.

There is a very small aperture on the bottom leading to two sensors. If you get any dust/fluff/eyelashes in here (and it does seem to suck them in) then the responsiveness goes to hell and the mouse becomes very jumpy at any resolution.

There is no easy way I can see to dismantle the mouse and give it a good clean. So I'm forever blowing into the bottom of the damn thing.

No, it isn't drivers. As soon as I remove the obstacle the mouse works fine. Just wish it didn't suck muck in, and be extremely difficult to clean.

And compared to some rig/desk shots I've seen on here I have a pretty clean environment.

I have a really old logitech mouse on my other PC, which on inspection also seems to have an eyelash stuck in it, but becasue the aperture is so much wider the sensor is not impacted.

I might well ebay this and get something else. It's a pain.


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