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Roccat Kone[+] Mouse and ISKU Keyboard

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Posted August 9, 2012 by Jake in Peripherals
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Price at time of Review: $80 Kone[+], $90 ISKU
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Sleek design styling, comfortable ergonomics, LED lighting effects, abundant features, extra features when used together
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Expensive, no removable wrist rest, lettering faint in bright light, low illumination levels on ISKU
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Sleek styling and extensive features offset by pricey non-mechanical keyboard design.
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Kone[+]: Specs and Package

Let’s start with the Roccat Kone[+] mouse. Below are the features:

With a 6000dpi Pro-Aim Laser Sensor and its integrated Tracking & Distance Control Unit (TDCU), the further development of the prize-winning ROCCAT Kone Gaming Mouse has unbelievably more power under the hood. Its maximum precision and ultimate tracking are beyond comparison.

ROCCAT’s hottest new weapon / reloaded
The massive upgrade made to the driver and the introduction of the Easy-Shift[+] button has also turned the Kone[+] into a real customizable marvel at the same time. No other mouse offers as many configuration options as the ROCCAT Kone[+].

MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE
The revolutionary 6000dpi Pro-Aim Laser Sensor, in conjunction with its 10.5 megapixel resolution and 1000Hz polling rate, offers maximum precision, even transmitting lightning fast mouse movements with up to 30Gs of acceleration and with speeds of up to 200ips (5.08m/s) without loss or lag. Thanks to the Tracking & Distance Control Unit, which is now integrated in the laser sensor, the ROCCAT Kone[+] can also calculate the lift-off distance as well as fine-tune the sensor to suit the mousepad. The result: optimal tracking.

ERGONOMIC HYBRID SHELL
The highly praised hybrid shell for right-handers, including the Soft-Touch Surface, have been retained, but really useful core improvements have been made that further increase the comfort of Kone’s successor. The mouse wheel is completely new: distinctive notch positions are perfect for gaming, and the wider design makes it easier to control. The button above the mouse wheel has been made larger and you’ll now find a nicely-sized toggle switch below the mouse wheel. The result: maximum gaming comfort.

22 MOUSE FUNCTIONS
Thanks to the Easy-Shift[+] button, all the buttons – including the mouse wheel – can be assigned two functions such as macros or other functions. As a result, you now have 22 functions available at any one time instead of the usual 12.

Find out more about Easy-Shift[+] and just how easy it is to use here: more…

4 LED MULTICOLOR LIGHT SYSTEM
Like before, the light system remains unbeaten. Four multicolor LEDs, together with the enhanced lightpipes and configurable effects, can light up, alternate or pulsate in more than four different colors at the same time. It’s a real eye-catcher on any desktop.

5 GAME PROFILES
You can configure your button assignments, including macros, DPI settings, the sensor sensitivity level and your lighting settings too, and save them to any one of 5 profiles on the 576kB of onboard memory. This allows you to customize your mouse to suit individual games. You can associate each profile with a particular application so the right button assignments, DPI and color settings, etc., are automatically loaded when you start the game. When a profile is set as the Windows Profile, the ROCCAT Kone[+] will always switch to this profile when you return to Windows after leaving a game or app. Additional profiles can be saved on your hard drive whenever you want, and then loaded to any one of the 5 profile slots using the driver menu.

MACRO MANAGER
Creating and editing your own command sequences is made easy thanks to the highly praised Macro Manager. Predefined macro presets for the top 20 PC games as well as several office apps make it even easier to customize the mouse – plus the new Loop Function now makes it possible to loop macros indefinitely.

SOUND FEEDBACK
The famous ROCCAT voice gives immediate feedback when you change DPI settings, profiles, the volume level or sensitivity setting. As you don’t need to look at an additional display on the screen or on the mouse itself, nothing will distract from the gameplay. It really is as easy at that.

CUSTOMIZE THE WEIGHT
A weight system comprising 4 x 5g weights is included, allowing you to customize the weight in four stages to suit your preferences.

And the essential tech specs:

  • Pro-Aim Laser Sensor R2 with up to 6000dpi
  • 1000Hz polling rate
  • 1ms response time
  • 11750fps, 10.5megapixel
  • 30G acceleration
  • 3.8-5m/s (150-200ips)
  • 16-bit data channel
  • Tracking & Distance Control Unit
  • 72MHz TurboCore processor
  • 576kB onboard memory
  • 2m USB cable

A quick look at the packaging reveal and sleek black box, complete with blue accents and a clear plastic window on the front. It’s held shut by a magnet, a nice touch.

The rear of the box has more detailed information about the features.

While the inside contains even more information. Can’t accuse Roccat of being lax on the Kone[+] information, that’s for sure.

Let’s take a closer look at the mouse itself.

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