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Roccat Kone XTD Optical Gaming Hits Shelves

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 9 comments

Roccat's Kone XTD Optical gaming mouse is coming to shelves soon.

The Roccat Kone XTD has been on the market for over a year now, but that has not stopped Roccat from making a new version: the Roccat Kone XTD Optical. We already saw this mouse about six months ago at CES, but Roccat has now officially announced market availability.

The original Kone XTD carried a laser sensor; however, many gamers prefer optical sensors. The new sensor is a 6400 DPI Pro-Optic R5. This sensor does not render as high a DPI rating as the original Kone XTD, but 6400 DPI is still more than enough for most gamers. Beyond the different sensor, there's nothing different about the mouse. It still has the same Easy-Shift[+] technology, the onboard ARM processor, the onboard memory, and a 1000 Hz polling rate which results in a 1 ms response time. The Kone XTD Optical also still has the same customizable LEDs. The scroll wheel has been updated to the more durable 4D Titan wheel, and the weight of the mouse can also be adjusted using weights of 5, 10, 15, and 20 grams.

"We wanted to make this a special gift to our fans," says René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT Studios. "The Kone XTD Optical is a unique mouse with a lot under the hood, that maintains all of the expectations gamers that love ROCCAT products have come to expect from the Kone family of gaming mice. We're proud to bring it to gamers."

Pricing for the mouse is set at €89.99 in Europe, where it should be available any moment now. US availability is slated for the end of August.

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    HardwareGTX , July 10, 2014 9:50 PM
    Still never understood why anyone would pay so much extra money for a mouse just because it looks cool and is wireless. Ok first off if you have a desktop why would would you need a wireless mouse? That's stupid! And second any cheap $8 dollar optical mouse will do the same job and last much longer.
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    jossrik , July 10, 2014 10:20 PM
    Not all mice are created equally. I can't see spending the big bux on a mouse when it could just as easily have gotten me a much better video card (not in my case, I have a good setup) But ya, can't see spending a lot on a mouse or keyboard when they all do pretty much the same thing, but that's just the point, a Ferrari can get me to McDonalds just that much quicker. I like my mechanical keyboard much better than my old soft one, my little brother however hates my keyboard. At the end of the day it's all about personal taste, I'd buy this if I had the money just because it has a kitty on it.
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    Foxcat , July 11, 2014 4:09 AM
    Quote:
    Still never understood why anyone would pay so much extra money for a mouse just because it looks cool and is wireless. Ok first off if you have a desktop why would would you need a wireless mouse? That's stupid! And second any cheap $8 dollar optical mouse will do the same job and last much longer.


    But sir, Kone XTD is wired, also, don't underestimate gaming mice! I spend a lot of money on my Roccat Kone Pure Optical but with Steelseries Qck they multiplied my k/d by 2 in FPS!
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    n3cw4rr10r , July 11, 2014 6:09 AM
    I own the Roccat Kone Pure Optical. One of the best mice I have ever owned. I use a 2000dpi setting for my mouse. I wonder how many actually use a 8200dpi setting.
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    sicom , July 11, 2014 2:42 PM
    I own the Kone XTD. It feels much better in the hands than any other mouse I've used.
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    chugot9218 , July 11, 2014 2:53 PM
    Love the color scheme, I use a wireless mouse to control my desktop when I am using it on my home theater.
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    ihaveapc , July 12, 2014 11:41 AM
    eewww s3988 sensor
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    thespaceduck , July 14, 2014 2:19 AM
    Maintains all of the expectations?
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    TeamColeINC , July 14, 2014 3:11 PM
    Still waiting for the Tyon....I neeeeed it lol.
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