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ROCCAT Roundup: Mice, Mousepad, and Bungee

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ROCCAT Roundup Conclusions:

Overall, the goodies from ROCCAT were generally impressive, despite the daunting cost associated with buying a ROCCAT product. Both mice were well worth the extra penny, and having the different size options available literally at my fingertips was a great experience; size really does matter.
 

ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse Conclusion:

The ROCCAT Kone XTD was a bit of a flash back to the previous ROCCAT Kone and Kone[+], with near identical looks and features. Its added weight kit and 4-LED lighting scheme allowed for a rather personalized setup. Unfortunately the software was the ultimate fail in both the XTD and Pure mice. The installer crashing while it installs and crashing while writing to the mouse are two major no-no's. That's the last thing I need to happen when I'm just trying to customize my mouse. I could deal without the flashy imagery as long as the mouse works and the settings I want to change actually send to the mouse. Despite my anger with the software, I ultimately enjoyed the XTD.

The size being larger wasn't much concern since it compared to my old friend, the MX-510. The ability to change colors and match the rest of my setup was a bonus when it worked and adds a bit to any office ambiance. The most frustrating thing was the inability to change the "shift plus" button to anything but the typical back button. The cost of the mouse is a little up there, but the build quality seems to be there. Costing less than the RAT mice and settling in just under an M95 from Corsair, the price is justly justified. It has a lot of features, and when the software works, there is a lot to customize. Overall I was okay with the mouse. I would pick the Pure over the XTD for two reasons: personal preference in size and the lower cost for ultimately the same thing.  

Pros:

  • Customizable: colors, weight, and buttons
  • Good tracking and response
  • Braided cable

Cons:

  • Can't change shift button to something else (unfortunately this is the "back button")
  • Software not friendly (crash-tastic)

 

ROCCAT Kone Pure Gaming Mouse Conclusion:

The ROCCAT Kone Pure was the smaller of the two mice with a slightly lower price tag to go with it. Having small hands, I had a slight preference for this mouse over the XTD. With the software being identical, there was about an equal number of features to customize. Like the XTD, I was able to customize the color and location of all the buttons (except the shift button). I preferred the notchy scroll wheel, despite having removed the catch on my old mouse. The feet glide nicely on any mousepad and tracks reasonably well. The fit was by far my favorite, as I hate having my arm raised up just to use the mouse. The color is fun to play with, but again you must be rather patient with as often as the software crashes. Change might hold, but you will likely have to restart the software to make another change. I hope ROCCAT will take some time to bug fix. Ultimately the Pure was my favorite in the bunch of goodies; I hope the quality lasts. 

Pros:

  • Small for little hands or a relaxed palm fit.
  • Solid scroll wheel - feels durable
  • Good tracking and response 
  • Customizable: colors and buttons

Cons:

  • Crappy software
  • Inability to change shift button (loss of "back" button)

 

 

ROCCAT Apuri Mouse Bungee with Active USB Hub Conclusion:

I had been using the Skorpion mouse bungee from December and really have just been used to having one now. At work I have to tuck my mouse cable under the corner of one of my monitors, and it just isn't the same. The Apuri Mouse Bungee worked about the same as the Skorpion in principle. It is shaped a bit differently so it sits on my desk a little differently and who would have guessed…it being different makes it different.

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