It has been close to 2 years since Turtle Beach acquired ROCCAT in a deal reaching nearly $20 million in June of 2019. It has been extremely exciting to see all the collaborations and technology sharing between the 2 brands over the last year. ROCCAT known for its ‘Titan Switch” optical technology in its keyboards now brings it over into the new Kone Pro gaming mouse series. The Kone Pro gaming mouse series consists of 2 models the wireless “Air” priced at $129.99 and the wired version which we will be reviewing here priced at $79.99.
A lightweight mouse with minimal buttons like Kone Pro is clearly designed for the competitive FPS player. While still viable for MOBA and any other game it does lack the buttons for those players who rely heavily on their mouse. I would compare the Kone Pro to something like the “FinalMouse Ultralight 2 Cape Town” which weighs in at only 47g. What weighs less always costs more, The FinalMouse is priced at $162.21. Weighing in at 66g the Kone Pro’s Bionic Shell might give you more buck left in your pocket with just about enough bang. In all honesty when holding both mice in your hands at the same time the 19g difference is virtually unnoticeable. At this level of engineering, it’s more about what works better for you, not a few minuscule grams.
Sometimes it is the small things like the tint on the tip of the buttons that let the AIMO RGB lighting illuminate through. Maybe It could be the softer style braided cord they call the PhantomFlex cable? Maybe not… Its performance over beauty with its amazingly simple design. I am a big fan of the indent on the left side for your thumb, it gives you a great grip. Although extremely lite in weight the mouse feels mega solid and durable. Its Titan Wheel Pro mouse wheel is made of solid aluminum! I am scratching my head a little bit that ROCCAT decided to put the profile cycle button on the bottom of the mouse? I think this is a major design flaw, there is plenty of room behind the mouse wheel where most mice put it. I do not want to flip the mouse over every time I need to switch profile. Everything including the AIMO RGB lighting is adjustable via the ROCCAT Swarm free software. Performances settings are robust Swarm has every mouse adjustment possible to achieve your desired playstyle. RGB fans will be a bit disappointed the Kone Pro lighting is very minimal limited to the tips of the mouse buttons. I understand it’s a performance first mouse but they could have done a bit more with the RGB lighting.
Performance is the backbone of the ROCCAT Kone Pro gaming mouse. It is so incredibly smooth. Its optical sensor has 19,000 DPI and it free flows on PTFE (Teflon) glides. It literally feels like air hockey! I think the main claim to fame for this product is the Titan Tactile Switch integration. We have some experience with these switches already when we reviewed the Vulcan 121 AIMO keyboard but not on a mouse application. It is a brown switch at its base, but it is actuated by a beam of light. You can literally say it’s as fast as the speed of light. No joke this is next-level alien technology we learned from the Roswell crash. A beam of light is blocked by the switch but once the mouse button hits the actuation point the light passed through signaling the computer with zero delay. Performance-wise I believe the Kone Pro will stand up to any mouse on the market today.
The wired version of the Kone Pro series is priced right around the middle of the road in today’s market. This mouse most definitely outperforms its price point. If you are looking to go wireless it will cost you an extra $60 but has all the same features the wired mouse does. A great purchase for your FPS, MOBA gamers who are looking for strait performance.