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.