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ROCCAT Kone Pro Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 04, 2021 at 10:36 am
ROCCAT Kone Pro Picture
7.5
Office/Multimedia
8.7
Video Games (FPS)
7.9
Video Games (MMO)
8.8
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.3
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The ROCCAT Kone Pro is an excellent ultra-lightweight gaming mouse. It feels sturdy despite being very lightweight and has a comfortable right-handed shape with a shallow thumb rest. It's well-suited for any grip type and very nearly all hand sizes, but small hands may have difficulty reaching both side buttons using a fingertip grip. It also has low click latency, a low and adjustable lift-off distance, a wide CPI range, and a CPI you can adjust by increments of 50. Unfortunately, the software is only compatible with Windows. Also, while there's a button on the bottom of the mouse to cycle between up to five custom settings profiles, there isn't a dedicated button to cycle between CPI settings, but you can program one yourself.

Our Verdict

7.5 Office/Multimedia

The ROCCAT Kone Pro is a good mouse for office and multimedia work, though it isn't for this use. It feels well-built and has a comfortable shape that's almost universally suitable for all grip types and hand sizes. You can also reprogram all of its buttons using the companion software. Unfortunately, it doesn't have wireless connectivity, the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode, and the software is only compatible with Windows.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • All buttons are programmable.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with a shallow thumb rest.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
8.7 Video Games (FPS)

The ROCCAT Kone Pro is an excellent mouse for FPS gaming. It has low click latency, it's very lightweight, and it feels well-built. It has a comfortable right-handed shape that's ideal for all grip types, but small hands may not be able to reach both side buttons using a fingertip grip. It also has a cable that feels very flexible, excellent mouse feet, a wide CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by increments of 50, and an adjustable lift-off distance you can set very low.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Low click latency.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with a shallow thumb rest.
Cons
  • No dedicated button to cycle CPI settings.
7.9 Video Games (MMO)

The ROCCAT Kone Pro is a good mouse for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as dedicated MMO mice. Thankfully, all the buttons it does have are programmable. It also feels well-built and has a comfortable shape ideal for all grip types, though small hands may have trouble reaching both side buttons using a fingertip grip. It has a low click latency, a wide CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by steps of 50, and a lift-off distance that's also adjustable and can be set very low. Unfortunately, if you want to customize your settings, the companion software is only compatible with Windows.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Low click latency.
  • All buttons are programmable.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with a shallow thumb rest.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • No dedicated button to cycle CPI settings.
8.8 Ultra-Light Gaming

The ROCCAT Kone Pro is an amazing ultra-light gaming mouse. It's very lightweight, has low click latency, a cable that feels very light and flexible, and its excellent mouse feet glide smoothly on mousepads and directly on tables. It also feels well-built and has a comfortable shape that's well-suited for all grip types, and only small hands may not be able to reach both side buttons using a fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Low click latency.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with a shallow thumb rest.
Cons
  • No dedicated button to cycle CPI settings.
5.3 Travel

The ROCCAT Kone Pro is an inadequate mouse for travel as it isn't very portable and likely won't fit in most laptop cases. It's a wired-only mouse that can be cumbersome when working in tight spaces like buses, trains, or planes. That said, it feels sturdy and has a comfortable shape that's almost universally suitable for all grip types and hand sizes, and it has onboard memory for up to five profiles.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • 7.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.9 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.8 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.3 Travel

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The ROCCAT Kone Pro has a black matte solid plastic body, glossy black buttons, a shallow thumb rest, and an aluminum scroll wheel. It has a single RGB zone visible through a honeycomb pattern in the semi-transparent left and right click buttons.

Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (126 mm)
Height 1.6" (40 mm)
Width 2.8" (72 mm)
Grip Width
66 mm
5.5
Design
Portability
Volume
22.27 inยณ (365 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
90 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
65 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
65 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
9.0
Design
Build Quality

The ROCCAT Kone Pro feels sturdy, despite being very lightweight and made almost entirely of plastic. It doesn't flex when squeezed, and the buttons provide good physical feedback.

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

This mouse has a fairly low profile, a rounded back, a shallow thumb rest, and two side buttons on the left. It should be very comfortable for right-handed users regardless of hand size.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is well-suited for a palm grip, regardless of hand size.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is well-suited for a claw grip for all hand sizes.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

If you have small hands, you may have difficulty reaching the front side button using a fingertip grip.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
9.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The ROCCAT Kone Pro has a cable that feels very light and flexible, and it moves across desks with minimal drag.

8.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
Yes

This mouse has excellent mouse feet that glide very smoothly on hard and soft mousepads and even directly on tables.

Design
In The Box

  • ROCCAT Kone Pro mouse
  • USB cap
  • Extra feet
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Owl-Eye
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
19,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-8%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The ROCCAT Kone Pro uses ROCCAT's proprietary Owl-Eye sensor, which they indicate is based on the PixArt PAW 3370. It has a wide CPI range and a CPI you can adjust by increments of 50. It also has a very low lift-off that you can adjust using the companion software. However, we don't test lift-off distance adjustability at this time. The available polling rates are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

7.7
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Optical And 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 reprogram all the buttons on the ROCCAT Kone Pro using the companion software, and you can assign an EasyShift button to enable a second 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

The scroll wheel is made of aluminum. It feels precise, the steps are well defined, and the notched pattern provides good grip.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.5
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
10 ms

This mouse has excellent click latency, and it should feel responsive enough for casual and competitive gamers alike.

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

The ROCCAT Swarm software is great. It has a modern interface and many options for customization, mostly located on one screen, though it may be overwhelming for more casual users.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The ROCCAT Kone Pro we tested is the black color variant, and it's also available in white. The very similar ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is a wireless version of this mouse. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The ROCCAT Kone Pro is a continuation of ROCCAT's Kone lineup and follows the ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra. It's an excellent wired gaming mouse marketed to both the esports community and more casual gamers, but it joins an already crowded lightweight FPS mouse marketplace. It has solid performance, and it's among the lightest mice we've tested. Its standout feature is arguably the ergonomic right-handed shape that sets it apart from some of its less versatile ambidextrous-shaped competitors.

For more recommendations, check out our picks for the best lightweight mouse, the best wired mouse, or the best gaming mouse.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D and the ROCCAT Kone Pro are both excellent lightweight gaming mice and are nearly the same weight, though the ROCCAT is marginally lighter, despite its solid plastic body. The ROCCAT also feels sturdier, has a wider CPI range, a more adjustable CPI, and a lower lift-off distance. On the other hand, the Glorious has smoother-gliding mouse feet. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and very nearly all hand sizes.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 and the ROCCAT Kone Pro are both excellent wired gaming mice. The Razer has better mouse feet and a lower click latency. It's very well-suited for all grip types, but small hands may not reach all buttons using a claw or fingertip grip. On the other hand, the ROCCAT is significantly lighter, feels sturdier, and has a much more flexible feeling cable. It's also very well-suited for all grip types, though small hands may not reach all buttons using a fingertip grip.

ROCCAT Burst Pro

The ROCCAT Burst Pro and the ROCCAT Kone Pro are both excellent ultra-light gaming mice. The Burst Pro has an ambidextrous shape, better mouse feet, and a dedicated button that cycles through CPI settings. On the other hand, the Kone Pro has a right-handed shape. It feels sturdier and has a cable that feels lighter and more flexible. It also has a slightly higher CPI maximum. Both mice are ideal for all grip types, and only small hands may have difficulty reaching both side buttons using a fingertip grip.

Razer Basilisk V2

The Razer Basilisk V2 and the ROCCAT Kone Pro are both excellent wired gaming mice. The Basilisk has a larger body with a thumb rest and an extra side button, which is also removable. It also has a lower click latency and a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons that also unlocks for free scrolling. Comparatively, the ROCCAT is much lighter and has a more lightweight and flexible-feeling cable. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and best-suited for larger hands.

Glorious Model O

The Glorious Model O and the ROCCAT Kone Pro are excellent ultra-light gaming mice. The Glorious has an ambidextrous shape, better mouse feet, and a more consistent sensor. Comparatively, the ROCCAT has a right-handed shape, a wider CPI range, and a more precisely adjustable CPI. Both mice are very well-suited for all grip types, but the Glorious isn't suitable for smaller hands.

Razer Viper

The Razer Viper and the ROCCAT Kone Pro are both excellent lightweight gaming mice and are nearly the same weight, though the ROCCAT is marginally lighter. The ROCCAT also feels sturdier, has a more flexible cable, and has smoother gliding feet. It also has onboard memory. Comparatively, the Razer Viper has two extra side buttons on the right side, making it a true ambidextrous mouse. Both mice are suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes, though the Razer is best-suited for a claw or fingertip grip, and the ROCCAT is best-suited for a palm or claw grip.

ROCCAT Kone Pro Air

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is a wireless version of the ROCCAT Kone Pro. It connects wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth. Unfortunately, the sensor in our unit is inaccurate and undershoots its set CPI considerably. Thankfully, the sensor is also very consistent, so setting a higher-than-intended CPI should compensate. Comparatively, the Kone Pro is significantly lighter, but it's wired-only, and while it uses the same sensor, it doesn't suffer from the same inaccuracy. Both mice are almost universally well-suited to all grip types and hand sizes, but small hands may not reach all buttons using a fingertip grip.

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