Reserved for right-handers, the Kone EMP is undoubtedly designed to offer a comfortable grip. At least for large hands who will appreciate its generous proportions (135 x 75 x 42 mm) and will gladly rest their palm on it. Its hollowed edges also welcome the fingers, improving grip and comfort, especially since the mouse is mainly made of plastic with a soft-touch coating.
On the flip side, this material is also a bit slippery, which can sometimes be disturbing during the most sudden movements. When it comes to lifting the mouse to recenter it, for example. Especially since, without being able to be qualified as heavy, the Kone EMP is not a model of lightness with its 116 g (without cable), that is to say 16 g more than a Corsair Saber Optique , it also equipped with edges in soft and smooth plastic and of a similar width (80 mm).
The Logitech G502 , although a little heavier (120 g empty) is more manoeuvrable, because a little thinner and especially benefiting from a textured elastomer coating which promotes grip of the fingers.
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Nevertheless, the Kone EMP remains quite agile and glides well thanks to two large PTFE pads and good weight balance. In any case, it is a pleasant mouse to use, offering smooth and quiet movements, even on hard surfaces. However, it loses the adjustable mass system of its big sister, the Kone XTD.
The main buttons fall perfectly under the fingers and are based on Omron switches – the classic D2FC-F-7N (versions with theoretical endurance of 50 million activations) -, ensuring a good quality click.
On the left edge, two other buttons are present, this time associated with TTC Red switches, more flexible and producing a more discreet click. These two buttons are nevertheless well separated from the location for the thumb, thus avoiding handling errors.
On the other hand, although they are well separated from each other by a small plastic protuberance, their small size and their position make them a little less accessible than those of some competing mice, for which a simple tilt of the thumb is enough. to activate them. But this is in the order of detail, the slice buttons of the Kone EMP being quite satisfactory anyway.
Regarding the dial, also signed TTC, we appreciate its well marked notches and the possibility of tilting it laterally (2 more buttons). The click wheel is for its part provided by a TTC Blue switch, relatively close in terms of behavior of the Omron main buttons. These are the same TTC Blue switches that can be found under the two buttons located above the dial, used to adjust the sensitivity of the sensor on the fly.
These 9 buttons, associated with scrolling the wheel forwards or backwards, can each be associated with two functions thanks to Easy-Shift [+] technology, for a total of 21 functions.
The assigned secondary functions can be used at the touch of a button – by default the rearmost of the two strip buttons, which is convenient enough to have a large number of function
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Not surprisingly, being a variation of the famous Pixart PMW3360. The Owl-Eye optical sensor offers flawless behavior to the Kone EMP.
With a maximum capture speed of 6.35 m / s and a maximum acceleration of 50G. The most abrupt movements do not scare him. The precision is at the rendezvous thanks to a reproduction of the movements according to an magnification of 1: 1.
No miraculous function, however, behind this Roccat marketing name, but the sensor does exactly what is expected of it.
High-sensitivity gaming enthusiasts will be in heaven, since the sensor can climb up to 12,000 dpi. Remember, however, that at this maximum sensitivity, a movement of less than a centimeter is sufficient to cover the entire width of an Ultra HD screen (3,840 x 2,160 px).
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Suffice to say that the precision clearly leaves much to be desired in these conditions. The manufacturer also recommends a setting between 400 and 3000 dpi. Indicating that the accuracy is maximized over this sensitivity range.
Pro players will not say the opposite, since most of the time they are even content with a sensitivity of between 400 and 1000 dpi depending on their playing habits.
Roccat Swarm configuration software
The Kone EMP is of course compatible with the latest version.
Roccat Swarm offers an easy-to-use interface, allowing of course to change all the functions of the mouse buttons. To create macros, to manage the backlighting by choosing various light effects, or to modify the parameters of the sensor.
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