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Roccat Kone[+] Laser Gaming Mouse Review

The box is decorated in Roccat’s black and blue livery with various product images and information about the mouse on the rear.  The front of the box acts a door which can be opened to reveal the mouse within a plastic carton inside.

Inside the box we find a set of weights for the mouse, a software CD and a quick-start guide.

The design of the Kone[+] is quite similar to that of the original, taking on a similar ergonomic form that feels great in the hand.  It is much larger than the Pyra so it fills your whole hand, making it easier to grip.

Roccat have covered the majority of the mouse is covered in rubberised paint which makes it comfortable to use and improves grip on the mouse.  To add some design flare, they have added two strips of gloss-black plastic which are illuminated when the mouse is plugged in.

The silver Roccat logo spans a large area on the back of the mouse, disrupted only by the strip of gloss-black plastic.  This adds excitement to the design, making it look more like a gaming mouse than a high-end regular mouse.

Build quality is top-notch, rivaling the best gaming mice out there.  The mouse is constructed entirely from high-quality plastic and is quite light-weight for a mouse of this size.  For those who prefer a heavier mouse, though, there are four additional weights that can be installed into the mouse if desired.

We were, on the whole, a little disappointed with the buttons on the Roccat Pyra mouse.  But we are much more impressed with the buttons on the Kone[+] which are much more pleasant to use.  The left and right mouse buttons have a responsive action and the mouse-wheel lets us scroll precisely without too much resistance.

The click action of the mouse-wheel is a little on the heavy side but we’re sure this is something that you’d get used to over a period of time.  The wheel also has a horizontal scroll function so can be clicked left or right, bringing the total number of mouse-wheel functions to five. Behind the mouse wheel we find a DPI adjustment rocker which lets you change sensitivity in game.

The browser forward and back buttons have a good action and are ideally placed above the thumb alcove on the left hand side of the mouse.  There is one further button in front of the mouse wheel which acts as the Windows key.

In terms of weight, the Kone[+] is about average.  The mouse itself weights 126g with the option of adding weights to bring the weight up to a maximum of 146g.  The Kone[+] follows the trend of all the Roccat products we’ve seen in the past and has a plastic coated cable rather than a braided one.  This is a little disappointing at this price level, especially considering the lack of a gold-plated connector on the end of the cable.

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