ROCCAT Roundup: Mice, Mousepad, and BungeeBluePanda - May 6, 2013
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ROCCAT Roundup Testing:
The ROCCAT bunch – two mice, bungee, and mousepad – were all definitely put through a stressful week or more of use and testing. During that time, it was used it in everyday use, surfing the Internet, Photoshopping, and of course some gaming. A mouse, bungee, or mousepad are each rather personal to each and every individual, so how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one mouse to another. It is pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a mouse through words rather than leaving it to you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – here is what I liked, here is what I hated. Hopefully these things can help decide what is right for you.
- Processor: Core i7 2600K @ 4.4 GHz 100 x 44
- CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z68AP-D3
- Memory: Mushkin 991996 Redline PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 8 GB
- Video Card: XFX HD 7970 Black Edition
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: OCZ Agility 3 120 GB, 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit SP1
ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse Testing:
Using a mouse every day to surf the net, check your email, or just read the news usually comes down to a preference in mouse size. The XTD is the larger mouse up for review today. It is very palm fitting and despite the appearance of a left-hand style, it really has a nice shape to hold. Personally, this mouse was a bit too big for my hands. It's a little closer to the size of your favorite Logitech MX518 (maybe a tad smaller) - which I honestly used to love. I've just become a little more accustomed to using smaller mice that fit my smaller hands. For everyday use, it's definitely great (mind the price). The same issue persists with not being able to change the "shift plus" button to something other than your typical back button. The scroll wheel is smoother than what you'll get with the Pure, but again a preference thing. It tracks well and gets the job done. It's usually not too hard to be good enough for everyday use...so it's a good start to not have failed yet. My only frustration honestly at this point is the inability to make the "shift plus" button something other than your typical back button - this puts quite a damper on Internet surfing.
Using a mouse at work, or to do work on you home computer, often requires a lot of accurate clicking and decent tracking. There's nothing more frustrating than working an Excel sheet and continuing to click on the wrong cells all the time. The XTD does well again here, as I had no trouble navigating documents and getting some serious work done here at the house. The on-the-fly DPI settings manufacturers are moving to is quite nice when you are working back and forth between things that need a little more detail oriented positions and others that can easily be skimmed about. Over three monitors, the right DPI is easy to find - it was a pleasure working with the XTD.
Gaming again targets the accuracy and ability to direct your character with your mouse through whatever battle it may be. It also tests the ability to react to rapid changes in an environment and how well the mouse can line up a headshot for you. Unfortunately there isn't a mouse out there (that I've found) that helps you if you suck at headshots, but there are obviously mice that track on their own, making it a constant fight with yourself to get those kills. I'll have to say yet again that the XTD did alright in gaming. After I adjusted to the large size of the mouse, it wasn't too bad. Once I finally got my DPI settings correct (after fighting with the "friendly" software), I was decently satisfied.
ROCCAT Kone Pure Gaming Mouse Testing:
The Pure is quite a bit different than the XTD despite it's smaller mockup of it's counterpart. It is smaller than the XTD by a reasonable amount and fits my little hands a bit better. If you are thinking of something to compare to, think more along the lines of perhaps the size of a Raxer DeathAdder (the original). It was more comfortable to me mostly due to size, but again personal preferences! The scroll wheel has a notch-ier feel to it and has that more satisfactory "click" to it as you roll up or down an email. It somewhat provides a more connected feel to your document, but is much more discrete than those of you who have continuous wheels. The software again was a pain, so fine tuning the exact DPI settings and everything to get a good feel took a little longer than I would have liked. Overall, like most mice, the Pure can handle surfing the net and reading emails! Congrats!
Being a little more fit to the Pure, I found working through documents and getting work done quite quick. It has about the same responses overall as the XTD itself - just fitting better. With the same sensor between the two mice, it's really no surprise that they perform about the same. Ultimately the choice between these two mice comes down to a question of size preference.
Gaming with the Pure was good gaming. The response on the screen was almost exactly what I expected from my inputs. I'm a pretty crappy sniper, but at least I felt like I actually had control while playing this time around. The mouse doesn't track on it's own like some have in the past and overall I was quite satisfied with the outcomes. If the software wasn't so unfriendly, this would be an ultimate package!
ROCCAT Apuri Mouse Bungee with Active USB Hub Testing:
Everyday Use, Working, and Gaming:
So really, a mouse bungee works about the same whether you are using it for work, gaming, or just surfing the net; thus, I've mashed together the three categories for the Apuri Mouse Bungee. As the key feature of any bungee – the ROCCAT Apuri seems to hold your mouse cable up out of the way, unable to catch on your keyboard or any of the various things on your desk. It does have the added benefit of sporting four USB 2.0 ports to plug in either your mouse and keyboard or even just a USB stick. Unfortunately it comes with the annoyance of at least plugging in one more cable; it wasn't my favorite. The extra cables got annoying and I eventually just unplugged them both. I prefer my keyboard and mouse plugged into my motherboard anyway. The weight of the Apuri also didn't seem as substantial as some other bungees on the market, so when gaming, I had a little trouble dragging it about (I'm an angry gamer). Overall, it serves its purpose to hold your mouse cable, but the "bonus" of having a USB hub felt more of a problem than bonus.
ROCCAT Sense Mousepad Testing:
Everyday Use, Working, and Gaming:
A mousepad is also difficult to really point out many differences in gaming, working, or browsing the Internet; so I will again combine these categories for the purpose of not repeating myself too many times. Although there aren't a lot of differences to be found in the different uses of a pad, quick-paced gaming can really have a say in a mousepad being good enough. In this case, the Sense Mousepad didn't really seem to have any difficulties with what I threw at it. It being a rather thin pad, it was almost like using just your desk surface, but with a magical response from the mouse that allowed it to track.