TechReview: ROCCAT Kone XP

Review: ROCCAT Kone XP

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Putting together a badass gaming PC has been a tough ask these past few years. Between the scalpers and the shortages, gamers have had to pay through the nose or put up with what they’ve got. Luckily, peripherals haven’t been so hard to get and a steady stream of top-end accessories has hit the market. The latest of these is the ROCCAT Kone XP mouse. It is a stylish and functional peripheral that is ideal for any serious PC player.

With striking 3 dimensional RGB lighting and 29 button functions, this combines beauty with advanced features. Furthermore, it has a quality braided USB cable that ensures excellent connectivity and no loss of power. Alongside this, it is easy to set up, has an array of programmable settings, and competes well with ROCCAT’s other premium products.

The ROCCAT Kone XP mouse is striking with its RGB lighting.
A vivid and striking RGB mouse.

What comes in the box?

  • The ROCCAT Kone XP mouse is housed in a stylish and clean-cut box. The small but simple package is well-built and informative. Inside, the mouse is encased in a clear plastic container that helps to protect it in transit.
  • The wired mouse has removable protective covers on the PTFE heat-treaded gliding plates. Its USB cable is braided, strong, and long enough for your average gamer. The USB port has a removable plastic cap that helps to prevent dust and dirt from interfering with the connections.
  • There is an easy-to-understand user manual that covers the fundamentals in an array of languages.
  • Spare PTFE heat-treated gliding plates to keep your mouse in top-notch condition.

The ROCCAT Kone XP mouse has many buttons!

Luckily for me, the ROCCAT Kone XP mouse has been designed for right-handed people. Sadly, if you are left-handed, you best look elsewhere, as this doesn’t cater for you. With this in mind, let’s look at what’s on offer. The first thing that catches your eye is the masses of buttons on offer. This hefty looking device has an array of input options and no less than 7 on the left-hand side. These shortcut buttons are located in such a way that they are easy to find without the risk of being pressed in error. There is also an easy-shift paddle that allows you to program up to 29 unique commands. Consequently, this takes a bit of getting used to, but once you master it, it is perfect for command heavy titles.

Now, you may worry that setting up your mouse will be a tough task. However, ROCCAT has this covered with its Swarm software package. This handy program allows you to set up your button layout and adjust the RGB lighting to your liking. Furthermore, there are 5 programmable profiles that allow you to flit between different arrangements. This option is perfect when playing different games or alternating your classes. Subsequently, it makes the ROCCAT Kone XP mouse extremely user-friendly once you understand the fundamentals.

One of the big selling points is the whopping 100 million click life-cycle guarantee! Consequently, ROCCAT is sure that this will withstand a lot of gaming action. In my experience, the buttons responded well and have a great feel for a moderate to high-end accessory. I found there to be few issues, though the left-hand buttons were more responsive than anything else. Now, this wasn’t a problem, but I can see these potentially annoying players who enjoy long gaming sessions.

The ROCCAT Kone XP mouse is pretty vivid.
Oh so bright!

Perfect for pros, but it’s oh so bright!

The aforementioned Swarm program allows you to set up your eye wateringly bright mouse to your liking. Whether you want a simple solid colour palette, a slow or fast light show, or a pulsating rainbow that lights up the room, the choice is yours. What’s more, you can adjust every element so that it matches every other RGB product you own. After all, you don’t want your new mouse to clash with your other vivid accessories, do you?

If you are buying a mouse that has top-end features and an incredible style, then you’ll want to know about the DPI switcher. The handy plus and minus buttons allow you to alter the twitch speed when a game doesn’t have specific settings. Therefore, you can have rapid aiming for your LMGs or assault rifles and you can slow things down on the fly for more accurate encounters.

Is the ROCCAT Kone XP mouse worth it?

There is a vast array of gaming mice available, but not many offer as great value as the ROCCAT Kone XP mouse. Its lightweight design, excellent braided cable, a large selection of buttons, and Swarm program make it an excellent choice. I loved its vivid style, chunky feel, and excellent tactile Krystal 4D wheel. Furthermore, the heat-treated pads and adjustable DPI make it accurate and smooth to use. Yes, there are some great alternatives and fans of wireless mice, or left-handed gamers will need to look elsewhere. However, I adored how user-friendly it was and how great it looked. Subsequently, I recommend you buy it here!

Summary.

The ROCCAT Kone XP mouse is an excellent lightweight choice for serious gamers. With 29 programmable buttons, smooth gliding plates, a tough braided cable, and vivid colours, it has many plus points. What’s more, the well placed mappable buttons and easy-shift paddle are simple to use and will aid anyone that plays input heavy games. There are alternative mice to pick from, but you won’t find better at this price point.

(More information on ROCCAT devices can be found here.) 

The ROCCAT Kone XP Mouse is given the Movies Games and Tech gold award.
Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com
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