Roccat Kone AIMO Mouse and Kanga Mousepad Review
Published: 4th January 2018 | Source: Roccat | Price: |
We've spoken at length about how consistent Roccat products tend to be. They haven't always hit a home run, but their mouse range in particular is a near endless series of high quality items with the Kone finding itself as the flagship since it first appeared.
The Kone AIMO unquestionably continues this streak of high performance models.
The design really catches the eye. Rather than the well rounded stylings of the earlier Kone mice, the Kone AIMO looks more like it has been put together from a selection of separates. However, with nearly every modern item we can think of going down the route of creases, slashes and crisp edges it ends up keeping the Kone at the forefront of design thinking. It isn't just a matter of looks either, as the deep creases in the sides hold the lighting which now is made up of four different light bars rather than the two of its predecessors. This gives you even finer control over the lighting and works brilliantly as you could see on the previous page. In conjunction with the excellent Swarm software you can have almost any shade you desire, with even contrasting gradients handled with aplomb.
Roccat have departed from the conventional wisdom of gaming mice by developing their own Owl-Eye sensor instead of just plugging in an Avago or PixArt offering. What you end up with is a 12000 DPI optical sensor which feels as good as any we've tried. Often you endure interpolation at higher resolutions, or aggressive angle snapping even when the option is turned off, but with the Kone AIMO it feels responsive and accurate no matter how hard you work it or how stressful the gaming situation becomes. It can be considered amongst the very best around, up there with any hardcore sensor currently available. Buttons are also crisp and responsive with all of them feeling as good as the LMB/RMB ones, a claim that can't always be made of other mice particularly when it comes to the top buttons. The placement is good too and you will always hit the button you're after, whether casually browsing on your desktop or in the heat of battle. Lastly the scroll wheel has mild notching to help you accurately switch weapons or skills without compromising those times you need to get to the bottom of a massive webpage.
The materials back up the excellence we see elsewhere with soft feel plastics everywhere and a design which - whilst slightly biased towards right handed users - will work with southpaws as well as fitting comfortably into almost any sized hand thanks to a more gentle palm bump and careful button placement. The Swarm software is both easy to use and powerful, letting your imagination go crazy with multiple profiles, lighting options and a macro editor which supports the majority of elements you wish whilst also coming pre-programmed with a host of macros for the most popular titles.
In fact the only negative we have is the AIMO lighting itself. Not that we have a negative in how it looks, but in how it works. Anyone who works in any industry will know how frustrating business speak can be, and the description for the AIMO didn't give away any clues as to what it actually did. Neither did the software. We thought maybe it would be something that became clear in use despite being obfuscated in the description, but nope. We haven't the slightest idea what it does. We didn't before, and after testing it all week we still don't. So ignore that and just treat it like an RGB mouse and you'll be sorted.
With great build quality, comfortable design, high quality lighting and an outstanding sensor, the Roccat Kone AIMO lives up to the lofty capabilities of its predecessors and deserves our OC3D Enthusiast Award.