Roccat Kone AIMO
Gaming Mouse (Wired)
Whenever a peripheral prompts you that it needs a firmware update you know that it probably does more than your average device. That was the case with the Roccat Kone AIMO, after installing the somewhat hefty but detailed Roccat software. Sure, why not. Update away. With fully customisable buttons, including a nifty left and right lean on the scroll wheel, and an industry-leading optical sensor, the Roccat Kone AIMO more than lives up to the device’s 10-year history. For gamers it’s a great all-rounder, feeling both natural and offering customisation options that make great use of its ergonomics.
With its comfortable palm-grip, the Roccat Kone AIMO doesn’t really mess with several standard designs. At a glance and after heavy use we did notice that overall it feels larger than other mice on the market, but not overly so. But enough to make us think that it was designed with medium and larger-sized hands in mind. That, and for certain games like shooters that require precise movement. Weighing in at 130g the Roccat Kone AIMO is a little heavier than some of other mice we’ve tested in its price range, like the Razer Basilisk
, but the sturdiness compliments the exceptional build quality of both the shell and buttons.
And again, gives off a great feel for shooters like Overwatch and Quake Champions.
Of course, the Kone AIMO offers full RGB lighting, something that Roccat were a bit of a pioneer in when it comes to peripherals. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that the implementation here is one of the best we’ve seen for a mouse.
- Sensor: ROCCAT Owl-Eye Optical Sensor
- DPI: 12,000 fully customisable
- LED Color: RGB
- Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
- Buttons: 12 Programmable
- Weight: 130g
- Cable Length: 1.8m
The Roccat Owl-Eye optical sensor in the Kone AIMO is great no doubt (and based on the well-known PixArt line) and being able to fine-tune the DPI polling and other settings mean that nailing the right feel for both games and general PC use is a breeze. As mentioned in the introduction the left and right lean buttons part of the scroll wheel is a great touch, offering quick and easy access to those actual in-game movements in a natural way. In fact, a lot of the pre-mapped functionality on the Kone AIMO is impressive. The shift-button located on the thumb rest gives you audio controls via the scroll wheel and adjacent buttons out of the box, which is something that we didn’t even know we needed.
It’s clear that with the Roccat Swarm software the Kone AIMO is a great, and seemingly endlessly customisable mouse. With fast response too, thanks to the on-board macro processor. For those looking for a heavy-duty mouse, both figuratively and literally, then this is a great choice. And really, the only thing missing is the ability to directly alter the weight.