|Item model number||ROC-11-801|
|Operating System||Windows XP 32bit, Vista 32/64 bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit|
|Item Weight||4.5 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2.9 x 5.3 x 1.8 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||2.9 x 5.3 x 1.8 inches|
ROCCAT Kone[+] Max Customization Gaming Mouse (ROC-11-801)
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- 6000dpi Pro-Aim Laser Sensor for maximum precision
- 4-LED light system for individual colors and effects
- Tracking and Distance Control Unit ultimate tracking; minimizes pick-up-flight
- EasyShift[+] button duplicator for 22 directly accessible mouse functions
- Roccat Driver and Macro Manager- Includes Macro Presets for games and apps
- Onboard memory (576KB) store 5 Game Profiles with macros
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Roccat KoneMax Customization Gaming Mouse ROC-11-801 632
From the Manufacturer
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 power under the hood. A massive upgrade made to the driver and the introduction of the Easy-Shift[+] button has also turned the Kone[+] into a customizable marvel.
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 hybrid shell for right-handers hsd been improved to 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.
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.
Four LED Light System
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.
Five 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 five 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 five profile slots using the driver menu.
Creating and editing your own command sequences is made easy thanks to the 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.
The ROCCAT voice gives immediate feedback when you change DPI settings, profiles, the volume level or sensitivity setting. Since you don't need to look at an additional display on the screen or on the mouse itself, nothing will distract from the gameplay.
A weight system comprising 4 x 5g weights is included, allowing you to customize the weight in four stages to suit your preferences.
Top Customer Reviews
First I have to say, if you're a palm gripper or a semi palm/claw (which I am) this is a VERY ergonomic mouse, the mouse is large and will support your palm and the tactile and audio feedback of left/right buttons are terrific. The mouse also comes with weights 4 5g weights (I like my mice heavy) which you can put in or leave out. The mouse has a large hump (good for supporting my palm) and is flat on the right side allowing both my pinky and my ring finger rest on the mat. The left side has a nice place for your thumb and the two buttons there are easy to reach and use (the forward might require just a tad reach if you have short thumbs like me, but it's totally doable). The scroll wheel is also very easy to use as the scroll wheel itself has an excellent pattern on it that makes gripping it and scrolling very easy and accurate (ie. you won't be scrolling 2 steps when you only want one) which is good for those who play FPS's and use the scroll wheel to switch weapons (guilty! I really need to learn to use the number keys). All the other keys (2 DPI keys below scroll wheel, the 2 thumb keys, single key above the scroll wheel and the middle click of the scrollwheel) all feel very nice and are plenty useful except the key above the scroll wheel because it's sunken in and quite a pain to use (I didn't even both mapping it). LEDs are nice, totally customizable and the silkscreen of their logo on the mouse looks cool (until it wears off, check my cons later). The material is matte, rubberized plastic which feel really good in your hands. Finally, the mouse itself has on-board memory, so even if you take the mouse elsewhere, it'll retain all it's functionality without having to download the software.
This mouse is TOTALLY and UTTERLY customizable. The software is intimidating when you first open the program because there are more buttons and sliders than an aircraft cockpit:
- 1st tab: You can set the sensitivity of the mouse independent of the Windows mouse settings, which allows for utmost precision. You can set the scroll speed, the mouse wheel tilt speed. There's the 5 DPI levels you can set AND the cool thing is that when you switch DPI, there'll be a gruff man's voice announcing your new DPI level which is very helpful since the mouse doesn't have a LCD display to show you your DPI.
- 2nd tab: Button Assignment:
This tab would be self-explanatory if it were not for the EasyShift[+] button which can only be assigned to one of the two thumb buttons (sounds like a dumb limitation, but it makes sense once you start using it since you'll want your other fingers to be able to do the other things). Essentially, the EasyShift[+] button works like the shift button on your keyboard, essentially allowing you to assign TWO functions for each key. I find this very useful as my laptop doesn't have any media keys, so by default, the EasyShift[+] key is set to the "back" thumb button, and the new "back" is the closer thumb button + left click, and forward is the EasyShift[+] + right click. Then volume down is EasyShift[+] + scroll down, up is ES + scroll up, etc. Forward track is ES + scroll wheel tilt right, etc. So, I found it extremely useful. You also have the ability to set macros (haven't tried them)
- 3rd tab: Color Control:
Self explanatory, you can set what colors the 2 strips on your mouse are, and since you can set the colors at the beginning and end of each strip, the mouse naturally fades one color to the other, and some combinations looks really nice. You can change the effects to always on, blinking, breathing or heartbeat, or just turn off the lights. Then you can change flow effects (haven't played with this one).
-4th tab: Advanced Settings
This tab seems to be the misc. tab. You can change the X & Y sensitivity respectively. There's a TCU (tracking control unit) calibrator which will make you move across your surface you use your mouse on to calibrate the mouse. There's the distance control which checks lift off distance. Polling rate control. When you want to hear Sound Feedback (the man) and window's pointer speed (which control window's mouse settings). Finally a reset button.
-5th tab: Update/Support
Link to download latest drivers, driver information and link to their support site.
The mouse has 5 profiles which is nice if you play multiple types of games, etc. So you can have 1 profile per game or if you program etc. You can also change the language of the driver software (there are 17 of them) and finally, the driver does take a while to apply updates (because it has to write to the internal memory).
- Button above the scroll wheel is hard to reach and consequently use (but with so many other buttons plus the EasyShift[+] key, it doesn't bother me)
- Driver Software takes a while to save... 30+ seconds, doesn't really make sense.
- but the MAIN con, which i took off 1 star for is due to the quality assurance (or lack thereof) by Roccat. Since purchasing this mouse, I had to get 2 replacements. The first was 2 weeks in when the scroll wheel seemed to have fallen out of it's carriage within the mouse and it free scrolled (no clicks) and the computer doesn't register that I'm turning it. So I got a replacement. Then my next one came with a left mouse button that wasn't returning back and after playing with it for an hour, I could push it in a certain way and the button wouldn't come up at all, so prompt return. Finally, the 3rd mouse came and it was good, since then the Roccat cat logo has faded (started to wear after about a month, but disclaimer: I do have sweaty palms). Some people have also reported that the scroll wheel might start tracking backwards in the online forums I follow, but it's not happened to me (although I've read that if you just spray some WD-40 into the hole where the scroll wheel is, it fixes it just like new).
Thanks for reading my review, hope i helped. It's an EXCELLENT mouse despite the problems I had (hopefully it was a fluke) but Amazon was excellent and shipped me 2 replacements 1 day shipping before I even returned the 1st one. So Kudos to them (I love Amazon).
Compare Kone[+] Max to Kone XTD:
Some of you may read this review to compare the Kone[+] Max to the Kone XTD. At the time of writing this review, I am in Kuwait on a military deployment. So I was unable to see either product in person before purchase. I read/watched several reviews of both the Kone[+] and the Kone XTD while researching my purchase. The most obvious difference I found is the size of the two mouses. The Kone XTD is a bit smaller, and probably a better choice for claw style gamers. Other than that, the mouses are physically the same. However, the Kone XTD has a more robust driver/software suite; mostly additional macro support. Unless you plan to use your mouse for MMO gaming or photo/graphics editing the additional features will likely go unused.
Mouse size/weight and cable length:
I have fairly large hands and use a palm/fingertip style grip. I prefer a large mouse. I have previously owned a Logitech MX1000 and a Razor DeathAdder. The Kone[+] is about the same size as the DeathAdder; though slightly taller. I would prefer the thumb buttons to be forward slightly, but that is a minor complaint. I doubt many users have fingers (or a thumb in this case) long enough to share in my opinion. Many gaming mouses now feature a weighting system. The Kone[+] allows for four 5g weights to be placed directly under your palm. I find the multiple weight variations to be somewhat of a gimmick. However, there is a noticeable difference when using all the weights versus none of them. I prefer using the weights and having a heavier mouse. The USB cable is very long. I game on a laptop rig, so most of my cable is wrapped and bound in a velcro strip. But gamers with a desktop rig should have more than enough length to reach their system and still have room to move comfortably.
Button feedback and overall feel:
Every button on the Kone[+] has a very crisp feel when I click them. I found the buttons on my DeathAdder to be sort of squishy; particularly the scroll wheel. The DeathAdder wheel feels soft when I move it. The Kone[+] has a more definitive feel. Not overly "clicky" or difficult to move, but definitive. The best description I can think of is to say it feels like moving over rounded notches. There is enough resistance on the wheel I can push down on the wheel to use it as a button without accidentally scrolling up or down. This has never been true of any other mouse I have used. So I have always avoided using the scroll button. The wheel tilt left and right has a crisp "click" feel like the other primary buttons. Some users may have trouble reaching the application button located in front of the scroll wheel, but it has not been an issue for me. The soft plastic finish is comfortable even in long gaming sessions.
Also, I did not cover this under the size review because it has more to do with using the mouse; which is more related to button placement in my opinion. There is a slight ledge under the thumb buttons. My MX1000 had this feature and I missed is tremendously with the DeathAdder. This ledge keeps me from dragging my thumb across my mouse pad, and the tall profile keeps my ring and pinky fingers off the mouse pad as well. This is certainly a minor observation, but worth noting.
Easy-Shift and driver features:
As I said at the beginning of my review, the Easy-Shift feature is amazing. It is one of those things you see after the fact and think, "I can't believe no one thought of this before." Either thumb button can be assigned as the "+" button. Pressing + and another button allows you to use the same button for two actions (once you have configured the additional button in the driver software). It is incredibly intuitive and far more useful than having 12 thumb buttons. It is much faster to press +Left Click than to search my 12 thumb buttons for the specific one I need.
There is a lot of customization available in the driver software. Setting multiple button configurations for multiple games is brilliant. There are too many options to list them all, but one example is that the X and Y movement sensitivity can be set individually. Plus, you can have up to six custom DPI presets; though you can choose to have fewer by simply unchecking a box in the unused DPI options. The ability to create macros will be useful for MMO gamers.
NOTE: You will need to download the driver. No software is included in the package.
This is a high end mouse, so you get some extras. As I said in the driver review there are quite a lot of customization options. The most obvious “pretty” feature is the LED lights. They serve little functional purpose. They do look cool and you can customize each light's color individually, as well as set different patterns.
The other notable “oooh pretty” is the voice feedback. Mostly a gimmick to be sure. I really don't need a raspy voice to tell me I have increased the volume. But it does have one important use; DPI information. When you scroll through your DPI presets the voice feedback doesn't just tell you if your DPI has increased or decreased. You are actually informed what you have changed your DPI to. I don't have to worry about losing track of what DPI I am at, or have changed to. This is nice when have settled into a sniper perch and can't remember if I changed DPI after that last Run'n'Gun map.
Applications outside of gaming:
Lets be honest, 6000 DPI is basically useless for gaming. But it would be very useful for detailed photo editing. The ability to assign macros is also useful with applications such as Photoshop. Gaming aside, this is an excellent professional grade mouse. Anyone who works with software such as Photoshop, GIMP, or Fireworks may want to take a good look at this mouse. Particularly if you happen to be a gamer too.
Great design. Awesome features. No major flaws. Unless you are determined to get a wireless mouse, I doubt you will find a better option. Certainly not for the price.
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