August 11, 2020

Roccat Kain 200 AIMO – Review

Roccat Kain 200 AIMO is the new wireless mouse from Roccat. I was a bit skeptical about the fact that it was wireless, as wireless technology has been known to have some hiccups now and again. But you get rid of the cable-mess that’s on your desk. How did it stack up for my personal use though?

Name: Roccat Kain 200 AIMO
Developer: Roccat
Price: ca. 1100NOK (per January 2020)
Acquired: A copy of this mouse was provided from a publisher for review purpose

  • Roccat Owl-Eye optical sensor with 16000dpi
  • 40G acceleration
  • 1000Hz polling rate
  • Wired/Wireless combo mouse
  • 2.4GHz wireless transmission
  • 1000mAh inbuilt Li-Ion rechargeable battery

Height: 4.30 cm
Width: 6.50 cm
Length: 12.40 cm
Weight: 105 g

The Good

One thing I’ve always loved about Roccat is that their products are designed to last. There’s a reason Germans are known for being great engineers, and the Roccat Kain 200 AIMO is no exception. In addition, the mouse is very easy to set up. Plug in the in-box wireless transmitter and you’re pretty much good to go. You also have a dedicated DPI (Dots per Inch) button for an easy way to adjust the sensitivity. The difference can also be changed within the Roccat Swarm software.

Another thing I was pleasantly surprised with was the weight of the mouse. It’s pretty much perfect, being lightweight, yet feeling properly made and not getting flimsy with a lack of feedback. The mouse is also slightly ergonomic, just enough to be comfortable, but little enough to be slick-looking.

As most gamers have heard “wireless mice are bad for gaming” – luckily, this is not something that goes for the Roccat Kain 200 AIMO. The mouse registers your input very quickly, and I’ve yet to experience any hiccups from the transmitter. I’m obviously not qualified to say whether it’s fast enough for CS:GO professionals, but for the casual gamer it’s more than quick enough.

The Bad 

Unfortunately, not all is great with the Roccat Kain 200 AIMO. First and foremost, the thing that can’t be fixed – the fact the mouse is way too narrow for even my hands – which are, at most, medium-sized. The length is pretty okay, but as we all know – length isn’t all that matters. Personally, I also find the two side-buttons to be a little too far to the back, and as a result, the second button is sometimes a little hard to reach.

And now for the fixable thing – Roccat Swarm. The software which sews all of the Roccat peripherals together feels unfinished, yet cluttered and too stuffed with options that don’t really do anything (at least when I just have one Roccat item and not the whole series). Surely, it will get better once you learn what options to simply overlook, and how the software works. But as of now, Roccat is pretty far behind the likes of Razer, Logi and even Corsair, at least for me personally.

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Verdict

Roccat Kain 200 AIMO is definitely a well-made mouse and is easily a great choice for any gamer. It has the standard five-button layout, with an addition DPI button. Personally, as a girl who uses way too much time on FFXIV I did miss having a 12-button “MMO”-layout, but for non-MMO’s the Kain 200 was just as great. I would also have preferred the mouse to be slightly wider, but it’s a matter of millimeters so it’s still very much usable. All in all, the Roccat Kain 200 AIMO is a safe choice, and it was close to becoming a daily driver for me.

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • Easy to set up
  • Lightweight
  • Fast

Cons

  • Too narrow
  • Roccat Swarm

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