Roccat Kone Aimo Gaming Mouse Review
For a lot of people, a mouse is either a furry rodent, or a bit of office equipment that lets you point to things on a screen… Unless you’re a PC Gamer… Then the functionality of this hunk of plastic becomes rather more important. And the Roccat Kone Aimo gaming mouse has functions coming out of its furry ears (or it would if it had ears).
The first impression is that it seems quite large, although when you place your hand on it, extremely comfortable. As you can see in the photo, it also has some very snazzy lights on it. These aren’t just to look cool (although they do), but I’ll come to that later. This is also very much designed as a right-handed mouse, so sorry lefties, if you want a gaming mouse, you’re going to have to look somewhere else.
So let’s get some tech specs out of the way. It’s a 12000 dpi mouse which uses the Roccat Owl-Eye optical sensor. It has a 1ms response time, with a 1000Hz polling rate and 250ips maximum speed. It contains an ARM Cortex-M0 50MHz processor with 512kB onboard memory for rapid macro storage and execution, and a has 1.8m braided USB cable.
In terms of buttons, you are well covered. Along with the usual left and right buttons, there is the 4D Titan Wheel which has the middle click, up/down scroll, and a tilt left/right function. There is a “tri-button thumb zone”, which features 2 wide buttons over the thumb area, and a lower thumb button underneath. There are also 2 more buttons just below the wheel area which adjusts the dpi sensitivity. However, you can go to the ROCCAT website and download the Swarm driver software which allows you full control to reprogram all the mouse buttons. This lets you program additional functions to buttons, or even add in complex macros. Using their Easy-Shift technology, the lower thumb button (by default) acts as a sort of ‘Fn’ key you’d find on a keyboard to let you add a secondary function to easy button on the fly.
The Swarm driver software does give you a stupid amount of control over the mouse configuration. You can alter the pointer speed, dpi speeds, scroll speeds, button configs, and set up to 5 different profiles, which is one place where the lights come back in. You can program it so the mouse light changes to a specific colour to signify which profile you have loaded.
If you are looking to up your PC gaming, and want a mouse with a ridiculous amount of configurability, the ROCCAT Kone Aimo gaming mouse is definitely worth a look!
Dave has over 20 years experience in the digital industry, and is founder and editor of Geektown. Obviously a huge geek himself, he can often be found in front of the latest tv show or movie, on various video games, or with his head in a comic book.