The 2019 Kone AIMO Remastered from Roccat is a big gaming mouse. It’s flashy and looks very gamer-y with those cuts and designs. It’s also been pushed to the bottom of the priority by Roccat, as the company is now focusing on models such as Kone Air and Kone Pro.
- Windows-only customization software.
- Right-handed mouse.
- Ideal for those with a palm grip.
- Weighs 132 g without any extra weights. Center weight distribution.
- 5 individual, separately lit RGB zones to customize.
- Not good for people with small hands who have a claw or fingertip grip.
This mouse looks good in its classic matte finish whether black or white. The RGB lights are also good.
Roccat Kone AIMO is Roccat’s most gamer-y mouse in terms of looks. Everything else is either too subtle or so-so in terms of flashiness. To me, how flashy a gaming mouse looks tells me a lot about the manufacturer’s priorities. Is the manufacturer trying to go with the flow and design increasingly detail-lacking, homogenous puddles of flatness? Or are they willing to experiment a little?
The Kone AIMO is one that’s willing to experiment. Let’s talk about how good it actually is besides the looks.
There’s no doubt that it’s a game for FPS gamers. If you like this one and you’re an FPS gamer, then there’s little else to know. It’s great for that purpose. Just remember that it’s not a very portable mouse as it’s fairly substantial in your hand, heavy, and wired.
It goes up to 16,000 DPI in increments of 50, so all in all it provides sufficient sensitivity tuning and accuracy for all types of games from FPS to racing and MOBA.
The Roccat Kone AIMO Remastered is very comfortable for long use. The right-handed shape pushed as “conical” (that’s why the name) has comfy thumb rest and a very good performance once on a mousepad.
It’s heavier than I’d like it to be and also fairly large – but that’s something that I like instead. Overall, it might take some time to get used to if you’re not using a large or heavy mouse currently.
What’s not so nice
There’s only so much you can expect in a $60 gaming mouse. But you have to understand that the MSRP was higher – and this was supposed to be an $80+ mouse. Even at the time of release (late 2019), there were gaming mice that offered more than the Kone AIMO. But today, the cost-effectiveness is significantly better with this one.
- There are no side grips. This is generally compensated with an above-average thumb rest, which is lacking here.
- It’s heavy, large, and clunky for some types of fast gamers. It also reduces ease of portability.
- 3 side buttons and only 5 game profiles might be too little for those who have grown accustomed to more – in which case a mouse like this isn’t a good option for you.
Other important features
Let’s talk about other important features.
- The lift-off distance is low.
- The gliding experience is okay.
- The 6 ft. braided cable is not very flexible.
- It’s fairly quiet.
- The notched 24-step scroll wheel has a tilt.
This gaming mouse has 8 mechanical buttons. There are three side buttons around the thumb rest. You can also cycle between profiles.
Apart from the left-click, right-click, and middle mouse button, you have the DPI adjustment buttons below the scroll wheel and three buttons on the left side.
All the buttons are reprogrammable. When unmapped, the flat button on the left works as a shift key, allowing you to use Shift commands with your mouse.
Roccat makes some really good mice in terms of build quality and durability. This is no exception. The Kone AIMO Remastered is very well-built and you will start feeling that superior quality from the moment you first use it.
It has marginally higher click latency than what the top-end gaming mice have (this one has 19ms). This is not ideal for when you’re looking for a mouse for high-end FPS gaming. For games that require many programmable buttons, again, this mouse falls short of delivering good value with only three side buttons.
Here’s how others have ranked the mouse:
- 534 reviews on Google give it 4.6/5 noting the good value, elegance, precision, and quality.
- Zak Storey from GamesRadar+ rates it 4.5/5 noting sleek materials, stunning lighting, and affordability.
- Andrew Williams from TechRadar rates the mouse 4/5 owing mainly to the ergonomic button arrangement, high customizability, and striking light array.
- Barry Brenesal from PCMag rates it 4/5 primarily noting its superior sensor, assignable buttons, DPI settings, and game profiles.
- PC Gamer’s Ian Evenden rates it 90/100 noting the design, support, and proportions.
- Amazon users rate the mouse 4.4/5 in 12,000+ ratings.
Overall, it’s an impressive mouse that comes with many gamer-friendly perks.
How reliable is Roccat as a brand?
Roccat is a fairly small player. They’re still selling their products off a Shopify store. But that doesn’t mean that their products aren’t good. They have been working with gaming mice and keyboards for a while now, tirelessly, ever-improving their products with each new iteration.
All in all, Roccat is a very reliable brand – albeit a small one. If you find a mouse you like from Roccat then there’s no doubt that it will be able to rival similar-spec Corsair and Razer mice.
In my opinion, the Roccat Kone AIMO Remastered is right there with Logitech G502 Hero and Razer DeathAdder V2. Both of those, however, are lighter (though not as well-built, especially the DeathAdder V2) and offer a higher maximum DPI.
If you like the way it looks and don’t need extremely low latency, extremely high DPI, high portability, or extremely smooth glide, this is a decent mouse for all types of gaming.
All in all, I’d go on to say that the slightly older Roccat Kone AIMO is one of the best value propositions for those who don’t already have an inclination to buy a subtle gaming mouse.
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