Roccat Kone +
To kick things off, I need to state that this is easily the best looking mouse I’ve ever come across. It features a beautiful sleek design in the style of the original Kone, but with the addition of the rear Roccat logo in a fetching brushed silver the Kone + is taken right over the edge. The glossy plastic of the original has been replaced with that lovely, matt black, soft rubber all round and everything just looks neat and tidy; as well as eye catching.
The build quality is also top notch. Everything feels sturdy and well built, while the surfaces are smooth and comfortable. All corners are rounded and the body is very ergonomic.
Button layout at the front is neatly organised in the centre console section between the two main ones. At the rear of this area you have the DPI up and down keys, these are clearly marked with plus and minus symbols. In front of these you have the scroll wheel which is nicely ridged and capable of left/right jogging for two more functions. Just beyond this is one final button which at default acts as the Windows key.
Along the left hand side you have the usual Kone thumb groove with two side buttons located just above it. Further along to the front is a Roccat logo in fetching blue.
The undersside of the Kone + has a centralised sensor as do most mice, with some text to remind you that this mouse comes equipped with advanced tracking features like TCU.
Teflon pads are found on the front and rear, though they make up a far different shape than usual.
The small plastic turn dial opens up to reveal the weight pocket where up to four of the 5g pucks can be deposited.
No gold leafing for the USB connector. Having spoken with peripheral manufacturers in the past, while giving a slight visual upgrade, gold only really increases durability over the standard nickel. Roccat show prudence here as utilising a material like that would have increased the cost unecessarily.