Being a long time user of the EasyShift[+] button and software, the move the Kone[+] was simple for me. While it did take a couple of hours to get into the swing of using the default buttons again, once I was used to it I was changing volume, opening Photoshop and adding profiles for my favorite games so all I have to really do with the keyboard is move the character where I want to go. The shape of the Kone[+] is more subdued than what we saw in the Kova[+] and moving over to the 6000 DPI laser sensor gives you a much better feel in the hand and superior tracking with the Kone[+]. I didn't even get into the lighting scheme of the mouse, or the aesthetics at all really and I was sold on this mouse.
Visually the Kone[+] is very appealing. The matte finish of the soft-touch coating against the shiny strips of plastic that run the length of both sides and are backed with a dazzling array of lighting abilities of the four LEDs, that really bring life to this mouse. Backed by very intuitive software and the tons of options inside of there, I completely understand the "max customization" bit in the naming. There isn't one bit of this mouse that I can't either change the functionality outright, or customize or tune to fit my exact needs for any type of use. With five profiles, well four really, as the default profile isn't completely customizable, you still have the ability to have any function in Windows, a game, multimedia or application based macros you could possibly want within easy reach of the thumb and any finger of your right hand.
The game time I spent with it was great, the usage to search the web and write and edit reviews all gave the accuracy I wanted, there wasn't any "jitter" I saw in other laser mice and it gave me hours of playing with all the settings and the lighting tricks to get it just right to my needs around my desktop PC.
For near $80 the Kone[+] is in great shape as far as its competition. It's less aggressive looking than say the M60 or the RAT MMO7. I feel it has better software and the features and options included in the mouse will give anyone willing to use the EasyShift[+] feature everything they need at the tip of a finger. With twelve buttons on the mouse including the 4-way mouse wheel with the middle click using the EasyShift button allows for a total of twenty three possible functions you can do, as you can't reprogram the EasyShift; it has to be used to get the full functionality of the Kone[+].
I am not a huge fan of the Talk feature, but easily enough I can turn that off and I can see where some would like the audible cue that they have made a change while gaming. If it wasn't done on purpose, you don't have to find out the hard way as you lay dead in the game. ROCCAT is the first to deliver me a mouse as fully loaded as this mouse is and I strongly urge you to consider looking their way when you go to buy a new mouse as they are really offering the full set of features, superb functionality, every feature under the Sun and at a very reasonable price.
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