Roccat Kain 120 AIMO Mouse Review


Roccat Kain 120 AIMO Mouse Review


Usually when we're reviewing the latest in mouse hardware we concentrate upon the sensor as it is the element that makes the biggest difference to your abilities. A poor sensor will dull your skills, but a quality one can hone them to a fine edge.

However, the Roccat Kain 120 AIMO side-steps this familiar beginning by being one of the most premium feeling, comfortable mice around. When you take it out of the box there is an immediate concern that the lack of rubber or at least a heavily textured sides will mean that it slips and slides in your grip. Somehow Roccat have developed a coating which not only feels ultra-smooth and soft in your hand but also manages to remain grippy even under the harshest circumstances. It's witchcraft. Being able to keep the Kain smooth as they have has a twofold benefit. It looks incredible. There was much made of the old Apple 'Pebble' design and the Kain is the closest useful mouse to that philosophy that we've seen. Despite the L/R buttons being obviously separate to the main body, it feels like a homologous whole. So not only does it look classy when sat on your mouse mat doing nothing, but when you take it into your hand it has a tactile match to its smooth looks, but without being slippery in any way at all. Rarely does a £70 mouse feel that way when you're not using it, but the Kain ends up feeling like a top drawer product even when you're scrolling through TV Tropes. Lastly in the looks department the lighting is up there with the very best around. Every colour we tested, from the easy to replicate to the ones which provide more difficulties for less capable RGB setups the Kain handled with aplomb, and if you do go for one of the main rainbow colours you'll be delighted at how uniform the colour reproduction is.

Of course we don't spend our days just tooling around on the desktop, and if you did then perhaps spending a chunk of change on a high-end mouse isn't the best use of your finances. With the light weight and comfortable feel married to the excellent Roccat Owl-Eye 16000 DPI sensor your gaming skills will thank you for choosing the Kain 120 AIMO. The Swarm software gives you full control over the setup of the mouse, from button configuration through lighting and the all-important sensitivity settings so you can be assured of getting the Kain exactly as you desire. As with all Roccat products the Kain supports the Easy-Shift[+] technology effectively doubling the amount of buttons available to you. It's a good way of keeping the smooth lines of a medium button count mouse whilst having the abilities of the dedicated MOBA style designs. In use the sensor is pin sharp, putting your cursor/crosshairs exactly where you want them to be without any unexpected jumps, stutters or angle-snapping getting in the way of your abilities. Lastly the buttons themselves are worthy of particular attention, having the crisp response we have come to expect from Omron switches, yet also working beautifully with the design of the physical buttons to have an extremely small amount of depression necessary to activate them.

The Roccat Kain 120 AIMO is one of the most comfortable mice we've used, reminding us of the legendary Steelseries Sensei, and it isn't let down in any way by its sensor or crisp, short-throw buttons. It's spectacularly good and worthy of our OC3D Enthusiast Award.

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