- Fast re-energize by USB-C
- Great battery life
- Extraordinary ergonomics
- Bluetooth or 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
- Roccat programming not the best
- Off-kilter profile/DPI switch on base
- Odd level, metallic parchment wheel
Roccat’s Kone Pro Air is perhaps not the most completely momentous mouse, but rather there are some solid highlights that figure out how to make it pretty much worth the $130 (£120) sticker price. It’s anything but the lightest, nor is it the swiftest, nor does it have an incredible number of effectively open catches we’d have loved, however it compensates for its defeats with fabulous ergonomics, battery life, and the sky is the limit from there. It additionally fits a specific type of gamer, which we’ll get to in a second.
The Kone Pro Air tips the scales at around 2.6oz (75g), which is a praiseworthy exertion with regards to managing down a gaming mouse. That lighter weight is helped along significantly by it’s empty, aluminum Titan outline, and Bionic shell.
Being irrefutably the lightest isn’t the most important thing in the world, coordinating with equilibrium and strength is additionally significant. Furthermore, Roccat has figured out how to fabricate an especially even gaming mouse, and one you’d need to place some truly critical load into breaking, as well.
With the RGB zones set underneath the clear left and right catches’ honeycomb base, Roccat has figured out how to give the Kone Pro Air—alongside the remainder of the Kone Pro series—a curve on the consistently well known honeycomb plan such countless lightweight mice have embraced. Be that as it may, it’s done as such without blandly punching holes in the shell.
What’s more, while that implies there’s a touch more plastic burdening it’s anything but’s, a reviving stylish decision. Other than there is something in particular about having that RGB sparkle readily available that causes me to feel somewhat like a Jedi.
That positive plan examination stretches out across the mouse in general, as well. It doesn’t run over inconvenient looking, however is rather very appealing in its delicate shape. The practically matte completion, and light scoring along the shallow thumb rest make it a joy to deal with. That additionally implies its absence of elastic grasps isn’t an issue. The Kone Pro Air consistently feels superior grade notwithstanding the obvious slenderness of the material—nothing clatters and the catches are dependable and solid.
My fundamental issue with the plan, notwithstanding, is the aluminum Titan scroll wheel. It takes care of its work, sure—mitigating a portion of the weight gamers have developed to loathe, and looks somewhat out of control, as well—yet there is something in particular about an absolutely level and metallic parchment wheel that feels odd to the touch.
On the underside, you have some decent slippy PTFE feet that are really somewhat of a fantasy to clear around the mousepad. The one issue with the underside is that is likewise where Roccat has chosen to plonk the profile switch, which additionally permits you to change DPI by holding and looking over the mouse wheel. Not the most consistent spot to put it, but rather the multifunctionality definitely helps save a touch of weight.
In endeavoring to change the DPI with the looking over highlight, in any case, it continued to support and blaze for around 20 seconds before it understood what it should do. A demonstration of the Roccat Swarm programming requiring a bit of TLC maybe.
There is a score on the underside, where to keep the mouse’s remote dongle when not being used, which is constantly valued. Furthermore, the actual dongle—giving a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi association—is only one of three association alternatives. The second is bluetooth (consistently a pleasant, however laggy fallback), and the third is through a light and twisted Phantomflex USB Type-C link.
Albeit that implies on the off chance that you lose or fail to remember your link a substitution is less normally discovered lying around, there’s none of that ‘straight up’ faffing while connecting. That additionally implies the charging cycle is significantly quicker than your standard USB Type-A, and that quick charge is likewise bound to last some time, as well.
Battery life of around 137 hours, RGB turned on and in battery saver mode, isn’t to be sniffed at. That puts it simply behind the Logitech G903 Lightspeed’s phenomenal 140 hours (which was really estimated with the RGB killed). The primary concern, the Kone Pro Air doesn’t disillusion with regards to its battery. Also, that is by all accounts,s not the only inward element that merits some acknowledgment.
With regards to the Owl Eye sensor, it might not have the most elevated DPI out there at 19,000, yet precision is the thing that we ache for and those tests returned close enough to the line that I have no bad things to say. Pixel skipping and input slack are really negligible, and the 1,000Hz surveying rate is steady.
Thus, while different mice around this value point may accompany higher DPI, Roccat has in reality made some amazing progress from the Kova AIMO’s 7000dpi Pro-Optic Sensor R6.
There are sufficient incredible highlights about the Roccat Kone Pro Air that make it a totally praiseworthy mouse, yet for me not exactly enough to make it stand apart from other remote mice of a similar value point. For an RRP of $129.99 (£119.99), you might actually leave with a superior sensor, with a more prominent DPI reach, and something other than the 5 catches to play with.
All things considered, the Kone Pro Air’s battery life, quick charging, and smooth durable plan figure out how to compensate for where it’s somewhat deficient.
With a fast charge enduring a decent seven-day stretch of gaming, at something like 19 hours of full use each day, it’s unquestionably one for gamers in a hurry. Besides, it’s for the crude but effective among us, as well: the individuals who throw their mouse around a great deal, or leave it shaking around in their pack the entire day—it sure feels like it’s anything but a battering.