ROCCAT again hits the nail right square on the head. There is not one other mouse that I have ever tested that will offer the options, functionality or the total domination you now have the potential for with the Kone XTD under your hand. Again, since it has been a while since I left a ROCCAT mouse on my desk for a long period of time, the EasyShift[+] system did take some getting used to again, but it is much like riding a bike - after a few fumbles, it comes right back to you. That is really where the Kone XTD and ROCCAT shine, in their software. Not only do they offer some of the best controls for the sensor and various motions you are going to find, but the button assignments tab, the Macro console, the five profiles you can do all this with, you are easily going to lose memory of what the settings are before you run out of options. Also without the EasyShift[+] button, how else to you still have a stellar looking product and still offer 22 mouse functions? This is a much better solution to the issue than say a Naga mouse.
I still am nowhere near capable of controlling this mouse at 8200 DPI, but in the range of 5000 to 6000 DPI, I have no complaints about the tracking that is provided. After spending time on an IR sensor as the last product on my desk had, I did tend to over shoot at first, but I noticed no issues with jitter or any sort of wandering of the cursor at any level, even at 8200. The other nice feature that many out there search for is the fact that the Kone XTD is delivered without angle snapping or prediction, so where you move is where the cursor goes, no shortcuts. The mix of switches is normal, Omron's where they are needed, pad switches on the super accurate Titan scroll wheel, and even the soft Kaith switches on the side buttons all give a great usage feel. Then, of course, you have the aesthetic appeal of the whole thing sitting on your desk. I literally could play with these settings for days, matching the mouse to my system, matching the mouse pad... whatever you want really, it is made to suit anyone - left handed users excluded.
The ROCCAT Kone XTD really delivers for the $89.99 price it is currently selling for. I don't care who you are, if you have plans of mouse programming grandeur, step up to the best offering out there, and stop messing around with lesser products. In every angle of attack I try to apply, I come back with nothing to detract from this mouse; it just wins you over in any category.
The Hiro, on the other hand, let's just say it is not for me. With my lower DPI range that I use, I prefer a much larger pad to game on, and the near $50 pricing will scare many away. It does indeed work exactly as described, and is a great surface to use with the XTD; I just have a hard time swallowing the cost pill. Together it is a hard combination to beat, but with the capabilities of this sensor and all the finite controls I can reset, I also had no displeasure using the Kone XTD on other various surfaces.
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