ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 11, 2021 at 11:11 am
ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO Picture
7.9
Office/Multimedia
7.4
Video Games (FPS)
7.6
Video Games (MMO)
6.9
Ultra-Light Gaming
6.9
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO is a decent high-end wireless gaming mouse. It feels well-built and has two buttons on the left side. It connects either with its charging cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver. Its comfortable, right-handed shape is almost universally well-suited to all hand sizes and grip types. Performance-wise, it has a very low lift-off distance, a wide CPI range, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of 100. Unfortunately, its click latency is higher than most other high-end wireless gaming mice. It's also heavy, there's no internal storage for its USB receiver, and the mouse feet don't glide as smoothly as those on similar mice.

Our Verdict

7.9 Office/Multimedia

The ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO wireless is very good for office and multimedia work. It feels well-built, and you can connect it either with its cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for almost all hand sizes using any grip type, and you can program all of its buttons using the customization software. Unfortunately, it doesn't have Bluetooth support, and the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Connects wirelessly with its USB receiver.
  • You can program all buttons using the companion software.
Cons
  • Mouse wheel lacks L/R click buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
7.4 Video Games (FPS)

The ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO is decent for FPS gaming, but it's heavy, its mouse feet don't glide as smoothly as most other high-end FPS gaming mice, and its click latency is only decent. That said, it feels well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape well suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes. It also has a very low lift-off distance and a CPI you can adjust by increments of 100 within a wide range.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape almost universally well-suited for all hand sizes and grip types.
Cons
  • Mouse feet feel high quality, but their gliding experience is just okay.
  • Only decent click latency.
7.6 Video Games (MMO)

The ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO wireless is good for MMO gaming. It doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse, but you can program all of the buttons it does have using the companion software. It also has a comfortable right-handed shape suitable for nearly all hand sizes using any grip type. Performance-wise, it has a very low lift-off distance and a CPI you can adjust by steps of 100 within a broad range. Unfortunately, its click latency is somewhat higher than most other similar gaming mice.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • You can program all buttons using the companion software.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
6.9 Ultra-Light Gaming

The ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO wireless is adequate for ultralight gaming, but it's significantly heavier than what we'd consider an ultra-light gaming mouse, its mouse feet don't glide as smoothly as most high-end gaming mice, and its click latency is only decent. That said, it feels well-built and has a very accomodating right-handed shape that's well-suited for nearly all hand sizes using any grip type.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape almost universally well-suited for all hand sizes and grip types.
Cons
  • Mouse feet feel high quality, but their gliding experience is just okay.
  • Only decent click latency.
6.9 Travel

The ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO wireless is okay for travel use, but it's bulky and may not fit in most laptop cases. It also doesn't support Bluetooth and doesn't have an internal storage compartment for its USB receiver. That said, it feels sturdily built and has a right-handed shape that's almost universally well-suited for all hand sizes and grip types. Also, it has onboard memory, so you can use custom settings on computers without the software installed.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Connects wirelessly with its USB receiver.
  • Onboard memory.
Cons
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • No storage compartment for the USB receiver.
  • No Bluetooth support.
  • 7.9 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.6 Video Games (MMO)
  • 6.9 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 6.9 Travel
  1. Updated Aug 11, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 13, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 5.0" (126 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Width 2.5" (64 mm)
Grip Width
62 mm
5.6
Design
Portability
Volume
20.93 in³ (343 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
137 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
104 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
104 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

For a similar, wired mouse that's lighter, consider the ROCCAT Kain 100 AIMO.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The mouse rattles when you shake it and the scroll wheel wobbles, but this is unlikely to pose any problems while using the mouse as intended.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

If you're interested in a gaming mouse with textured, rubberized side grips, check out the MSI CLUTCH GM30.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
7.0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator Yes

ROCCAT advertises up to 50 hours of game time and up to 35 hours with RGB lighting on.

7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO
  • USB receiver
  • USB cap
  • Receiver extender
  • Micro USB to USB-A cable
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Owl-Eye
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
4%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The available polling rates are 125Hz, 250H, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. For a similar wired mouse with a more precisely adjustable CPI, check out the ROCCAT Kain 120 AIMO.

7.7
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
13
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all six buttons on this mouse. You can also assign an Easy-Shift[+] button that lets you program a secondary layer of commands.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
7.2
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
22 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
18 ms
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name ROCCAT Swarm
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO wireless we tested is the black color variant. There's also a white color variant available named the ROCCAT Kain 202 AIMO. Although differently named, the differences between the two variants seem to be exclusively the color, so we expect our test results to apply to the ROCCAT Kain 202 AIMO as well. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO/ ROCCAT Kain 202 AIMO resembles other mice in ROCCAT's Kain lineup. However, it's the only mouse in the lineup that you can use wirelessly. Otherwise, it shares the same shape and design philosophy of the Kain 120 AIMO, offering a performant sensor and a comfortable right-handed shape that's well-suited to nearly all hand sizes and grip types. Unfortunately, it's heavy, it has a higher click latency than most gaming mice at this price point, and while its feet feel high quality, they don't glide as smoothly as those on most competing mice.

For other recommendations, check out our picks for the best mice, the best wireless gaming mice, and the best gaming mice.

ROCCAT Kone Pro Air

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is a better wireless gaming mouse than the ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO. The Kone Pro Air is significantly lighter, and its feet glide more smoothly. It also feels sturdier and has a thumb rest. Its charging cable is more flexible and has a USB-C port. Performance-wise, it has a broader CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and lower click latency. It also supports Bluetooth and has storage for its USB receiver. On the other hand, the Kain 200 AIMO has a wireless receiver extender, which the Kone Pro Air lacks. Both mice are almost universally well-suited for all grip types and hand sizes.

ROCCAT Kone Pro

The ROCCAT Kone Pro is an excellent ultra-lightweight gaming mouse, while the ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO is a decent wireless gaming mouse. The Kone Pro is a wired-only model that's significantly lighter and feels better built. It has a much more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and much lower click latency. On the other hand, the Kain 200 AIMO connects with its charging cable or wirelessly with a USB receiver. It also has a more consistent sensor. Both mice are suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.

Glorious Model O

The Glorious Model O is an excellent wired, ultra-light gaming mouse, while the ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO is a decent wireless gaming mouse. The Glorious has an ambidextrous shape and is significantly lighter. Its feet glide much more smoothly, and it has a much lower click latency. On the other hand, the ROCCAT has a right-handed shape and connects wirelessly with its USB receiver. It has a wider CPI range, and you can assign an Easy-Shift[+] button to enable a second layer of commands. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, but the Glorious isn't suitable for small hands.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is an excellent wired, ultra-light gaming mouse, while the ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO is a decent wireless gaming mouse. The Glorious is significantly lighter and has feet that glide much more smoothly. It also has much lower click latency. On the other hand, the ROCCAT feels sturdier and connects wirelessly with its USB receiver. It has a wider CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and it allows you to program an Easy-Shift[+] button to enable a second layer of controls. Both mice are nearly universally suitable for all hand sizes and grip types.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini is an excellent wired gaming mouse, while the ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO is a decent wireless gaming mouse. The Razer is significantly lighter and has an ambidextrous shape. It feels sturdier and has mouse feet that glide much more smoothly. It also has much lower click latency. It's well-suited for all hand sizes using a fingertip grip but only suitable for small hands using other grip types. On the other hand, the ROCCAT has a right-handed shape, a wider CPI range, a more consistent sensor, and a lower lift-off distance.  It's nearly universally accomodating to all hand sizes using any grip type.

HP OMEN Vector Wireless

The ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO and the HP OMEN Vector Wireless are similar wireless gaming mice with comparable performance. The ROCCAT has a slightly more flexible cable, and the software allows you to assign a button to cycle between profiles, which is a feature the HP lacks. You can also assign an Easy-Shift[+] button to enable a secondary layer of commands. On the other hand, the HP has a thumb rest and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has somewhat lower click latency and a compartment for storing its USB receiver when it's not in use.

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