Roccat Kone XP review | Trusted reviews
The Roccat Kone XP is amazing hardware. Its translucent design can be breathtaking at times, while its switches are tactile and responsive. It’s quite a heavy mouse compared to the competition, although some might find the lighting too garish, but it’s a superb option nonetheless at this price point.
- Ultra-fast actuation
- Great customization
- Stunning design
- Maybe too expensive for some.
- Not for mechanical switch purists
- UKRRP: £79.99
- United StatesMSRP: $89.99
- EuropeMSRP: €89.99
- CanadaMSRP: CA$119.99
- AustraliaMSRP: $149.95
15 programmable buttons with 29 possible functions:Great customization options are available for the Kone XP, allowing you to modify inputs.
19K DPI optical sensor:The Roccat Owl-Eye DPI optical sensor is one of the best sensors. It synergizes and optimizes your mouse movements with 1:1 precision.
4D Crystal Scroll Wheel:Roccat’s Krystal 4D scroll wheel is a welcome departure from the norm: you can click it left or right.
As a wired gaming mouse, the Roccat Kone XP is all you need.
There are 15 programmable buttons, including the sturdy, translucent scroll wheel that lets the stunning RGB lighting shine through. Roccat calls it 4D, which means you can click it left and right as well as the conventional top and bottom.
It’s the transparent design that’ll grab the headlines, with 22 LEDs glowing in a dazzling rainbow of colors. If you thought you’d seen the RGB lighting spike on gaming peripherals, the Kone XP just might make you think again.
If you want something really light, cheap, but not as flashy as the Kone XP or Pro, then you can check out the Burst Core gaming mouse from Roccat. If you’re looking for something heavier, however, in terms of price, build, and features, you’ll find the Roccat Kone XP to be a fantastic option.
- Clear shell allows RGB lighting to shine through
- 15 programmable buttons
- Wired connection via PhantomFlex cable
The Roccat Kone XP is an aesthetic delight, looking great even before you plug it in and be struck by its stunning RGB lighting. It has a nice, substantial form factor, and comes in two colors that look great: Ash Black (the color I have) and Arctic White.
There are 15 programmable buttons: five side buttons, L+R mouse, volume up and down, a button just below the thumb rest, and a scroll wheel with RGB lighting. At the top middle of the mouse is a button to browse profiles. The Roccat logo is printed on the lower half of the upper shell. Two additional buttons next to the L mouse cycle through five DPI settings.
Button customization made every gaming experience unique, like binding all mouse keys to my inventory in Valheim, or commands and emotes in League of Legends.
One of the most unique features of the Roccat Kone XP is the 3D scroll wheel. This not only allows you to move it up and right, but also right and left for added versatility.
The wire attached is Roccat’s “PhantomFlex” cable, which is supposed to give the mouse a wireless feel, since it’s so light and unobtrusive – and it is. It’s like a shoelace, and quite long at 1.8 meters.
The Kone XP form factor is snug and comfortable, and will likely fit nicely into any hand size or grip style. The ribs on the sides of the mouse add visual character and also provide excellent grip. The mouse is ergonomic. The shape of the side bump fits perfectly and supports the thumb well.
Heat-treated PTFE feet have a nice smooth glide; a set of replacements are included. The Kone XP weighs 104g, which is quite heavy, but the mouse doesn’t feel heavy, perhaps because of the feet.
If you prefer a lighter mouse that still ranks relatively well in performance and has almost the same features, you should consider the Kone Pro. It weighs just 66g, has the same Titan Switch optics, 19K DPI Owl-Eye sensor, heat-treated PTFE feet and PhantomFlex cable.
There are 22 LEDs in the Kone, which combined with the translucent shell create an intense and vibrant 3D lighting effect. Some might find it garish, but I’m a huge fan.
- 19,000 PPP
- NVIDIA SLR compatible
- Uses Roccat’s own Titan Switch optics
The Roccat Kone XP works extremely well. It has a maximum DPI of 19,000 and uses Roccat’s Owl-Eye optical sensor (based on PixArt’s PAW3370).
The Kone XP offers smooth movement, runs well, and adds dimension to your gaming experience with its 29 programmable controls (compared to 23 on the Kone AIMO Remastered, its closest comparison) and 15 keys. Customization can be done through Roccat’s Swarm software. The mouse is also compatible with Nvidia Reflex, allowing you to play (compatible games) with extremely low latency (response time less than 25 milliseconds).
For switches, Roccat uses its own Titan Switch Opticals, which are some of the best switches available and last for 100 million clicks. Roccat even claims they are faster and more accurate than any mechanical switch. They feel nice and tactile and very responsive.
The DPI button cycles through five steps, which can be set to whatever values you want up to a maximum of 19,000, in increments of 50.
Suitable for everyday use as well as gaming, the Kone XP will likely become your daily driver due to its quality performance in all tasks and the convenience of its many features. It kept up with the most demanding games I’ve tried, RTS’s, FPS’s and MOBA’s.
As an everyday mouse, it’s perfect. When you’re scrolling the web, switching between windows, everything works as it should: just plug it in and go.
Software and lighting
- 3D RGB lighting on the scroll wheel
- 22 LEDs and 6 programmable effects
- User-friendly and comprehensive Roccat Swarm software
To really get the most out of the Kone XP, you need to download Roccat’s very useful and free Swarm software.
Roccat’s Swarm software is about as luxurious as it gets. You can bind any button to any built-in function, make them trigger macros, launch programs, and perform system actions. Swarm is also where you can schedule lighting, choose colors, and choose from six effects: AIMO Smart Lighting, Wave, Breathing, Blinking, Heartbeat, and Fully Lit.
All of these settings (and more) can be grouped into profiles, which can be cycled through with the top center button. The Kone XP is compatible with Nvidia Reflex which can – in compatible games – reduce mouse latency.
Should I buy it?
If you want an aesthetically pleasing gaming mouse:
The Roccat Kone XP has a very flashy design, with RGB lighting shining through the transparent design.
If you don’t use the many buttons:
If you don’t plan on using all the programmable buttons, you can find better value elsewhere.
The Kone XP is an impressive service from Roccat, an improvement on an already superb series of mice. It’s not the lightest, but it doesn’t feel clunky, perhaps because of its feet. Its 3D RGB lighting and 19,000 DPI sensor are just some of the things that give it an edge over its predecessors.
It’s comfortable to hold: I’ve used this mouse for over two weeks and haven’t suffered from any pain or strain in my wrist. Its heat-treated PTFE mouse feet provide a nice smooth glide and work well even on hard surfaces. The Roccat Titan switches are a welcome addition, tactile and responsive. The 4D scroll wheel deserves a shout, as do the comprehensive optimization and customization options.
The Roccat Kone XP is a bit pricey, but it’s not the most expensive mouse of this caliber that I’ve seen. Its design is beautiful, striking and would fit perfectly into any gaming setup. It’s worth every penny.
How we test
We use each mouse we test for at least a week. During that time, we’ll check out its usability and put it to the test by playing a variety of different genres, including FPS, strategy, and MOBAs.
We also check each mouse’s software to see how easy it is to customize and set it up.
Used as main mouse for more than two weeks
Tested with games such as Valheim, League of Legends, Age of Empire 2, Destiny 2 and Valorant
Yes, you can download the Roccat Swarm software suite for free here.
Yes, the Kone XP is ergonomically designed, due to the shape of the mouse. It’s comfortable for long hours of gaming and general use and fits all grip styles.
Yes, there are plenty of macros and softkeys on the Kone XP. You can adjust all settings in the Swarm software.
You can see a breakdown of the Lenovo Roccat Kone XP’s full specs in the table below.
US Recommended Retail Price
EU recommended retail price
Recommended retail price in AUD
Date of first exam
Number of buttons
Roccat Koné XP
USB 2.0 or higher