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ROCCAT Kone Pro Air Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 07, 2021 at 10:42 am
ROCCAT Kone Pro Air Picture
8.5
Office/Multimedia
8.6
Video Games (FPS)
7.9
Video Games (MMO)
8.6
Ultra-Light Gaming
8.5
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is an excellent wireless gaming mouse that you can use wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth. It's lightweight but feels very sturdy and has a right-handed shape ideal for all grip types and very nearly all hand sizes. It has low click latency, a very 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, the sensor on our unit is extremely inaccurate and significantly undershoots the set CPI during fast and slow cursor movements. Thankfully, the sensor has very little variation, so setting a higher CPI setting should compensate for this inaccuracy.

Our Verdict

8.5 Office/Multimedia

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is an excellent mouse for office or multimedia work, though it isn't for this use. You can use it wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth. It feels sturdy and has an ergonomic shape well-suited for nearly all grip types and hand sizes, and all buttons are programmable using the companion software. Unfortunately, the software is only compatible with Windows, and the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with a thumb rest.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth.
  • All buttons are programmable.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
8.6 Video Games (FPS)

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is an amazing FPS gaming mouse. It has low click latency, feels well-built, and is ideal for all grip types, though small hands may not be able to reach both side buttons using a fingertip grip. It has a flexible cable and excellent mouse feet that glide well on all surfaces. It also has a wide CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by increments of 50, and a very low and adjustable lift-off distance. Unfortunately, the sensor on our unit is extremely inaccurate and significantly undershoots the set CPI during fast and slow mouse movements. Thankfully, it's also very consistent, so setting a higher CPI should compensate.

Pros
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with a thumb rest.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Low click latency.
  • Very lightweight.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • No default dedicated button for cycling CPI settings.
7.9 Video Games (MMO)

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is very good for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as dedicated MMO mice. That said, all the buttons are programmable. It feels sturdy and has a right-handed shape ideal for all grip types, though small hands may have trouble reaching both side buttons using a fingertip grip. It also has great low click latency, a wide CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by steps of 50, and a very low and adjustable lift-off distance. Unfortunately, the companion software is only compatible with Windows, and the sensor in our unit undershoots the set CPI by a significant margin.

Pros
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with a thumb rest.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Low click latency.
  • All buttons are programmable.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
  • No default dedicated button for cycling CPI settings.
8.6 Ultra-Light Gaming

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse. It's very lightweight, has low click latency, a very flexible cable, and the mouse feet glide well on mousepads and tables. It also feels very sturdy and has an ergonomic right-handed shape ideal for all grip types. However, small hands may not be able to reach both side buttons using a fingertip grip. Unfortunately, the sensor on our unit is extremely inaccurate and undershoots the set CPI significantly during fast and slow cursor movements. Thankfully, there's also very little variation, so setting a higher CPI should compensate.

Pros
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with a thumb rest.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Low click latency.
  • Very lightweight.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • No default dedicated button for cycling CPI settings.
8.5 Travel

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is an excellent travel mouse, though it isn't for this use. It connects wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth and feels very well-built. It has a comfortable right-handed shape that's ideally suited for all grip types, but small hands may have difficulty reaching both side buttons using a fingertip grip. It also has onboard memory storage for up to five profiles. Unfortunately, it's fairly bulky and may not fit in most laptop cases.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth.
  • Storage compartment for its USB receiver.
  • Onboard memory; up to five profiles.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • 8.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.9 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.6 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 8.5 Travel
  1. Updated Jun 07, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 01, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air looks nearly identical to its wired version, the ROCCAT Kone Pro. It has a matte black solid plastic body, glossy black side buttons, a shallow thumb rest, and an aluminum scroll wheel. It also has a single RGB zone visible through a honeycomb pattern in the semi-transparent left and right click buttons. For a wireless gaming mouse with similar performance but modular parts that you can use to customize the look and feel of the mouse, check out the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo.

Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (126 mm)
Height 1.6" (40 mm)
Width 2.8" (72 mm)
Grip Width
66 mm
7.5
Design
Portability
Volume
22.27 inยณ (365 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
101 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
72 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
72 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
9.0
Design
Build Quality

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air feels well-built and has buttons with good physical feedback. It also doesn't flex or creak, despite being made of very lightweight plastic.

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

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air has a low profile, a rounded back, a shallow thumb rest, and two side buttons on the left. Its shape and size should make it comfortable for all right-handed users.

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

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is well-suited for a palm grip for all hand sizes.

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

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is ideal for a claw grip, regardless of hand size.

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

Small hands may have difficulty reaching the front side button using a fingertip grip.

9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator Yes

ROCCAT advertises 100 hours of battery life on a full charge and five hours of battery life after only ten minutes of charging, but we don't test for this.

9.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

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

8.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air has excellent mouse feet that glide very well on mousepads and even on tables.

Design
In The Box

  • ROCCAT Kone Pro Air
  • USB receiver
  • USB cap
  • USB-C 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)
50 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
19,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
1%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air uses an Owl-Eye sensor, a proprietary model based on the PixArt PAW 3370. It has a wide CPI range and a CPI that's adjustable by increments of 50. It also has an adjustable lift-off distance. However, we only test its lowest setting. The available polling rates are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

Note: The sensor on our unit is extremely inaccurate and undershoots the set CPI by nearly 27% during slower cursor movements and 26% during faster movements. Because there's very little variation, manually setting the CPI 26% higher than the intended CPI will compensate for the problem. If you've encountered this problem or have something else you'd like to tell us about this mouse, reach out to us in the discussion section.

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 of the buttons on the ROCCAT Kone Pro Air, and you can enable a second layer of commands by assigning an Easy-Shift[+] button. Unfortunately, there isn't a dedicated button for cycling your CPI setting by default, but you can set one using the software. For a wireless gaming mouse that has hot-swappable switches for the left and right-click buttons, check out the ASUS ROG Keris.

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 ROCCAT Kone Pro Air has an aluminum scroll wheel that feels precise. It has well-defined steps and notches that provide a good grip.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.2
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
12.5 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
22 ms
Click Latency: Wired
12 ms

This mouse has great click latency. Using the wireless receiver should feel responsive enough for both casual and competitive gamers.

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

ROCCAT's Swarm software is great. It has a modern-looking interface, and most of the customization options are on one screen. That said, more casual users may be confused by the layout.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air we tested is the black variant; there's also a white one available. The very similar ROCCAT Kone Pro is a wired-only version of this mouse. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is a continuation of ROCCAT's Kone lineup and their first wireless entry in the series. It's an excellent gaming mouse aimed both at the esports community and more casual gamers, but as a lightweight FPS mouse, it joins a very competitive market given its price point. It has good performance specs and is very lightweight considering its wireless capabilities, but its winning feature is the ergonomic right-handed shape that sets it apart from many of its ambidextrous competitors.

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

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT is a better wireless gaming mouse than the ROCCAT Kone Pro Air. It's one of the lightest we've tested, it has much better feet, and it has significantly lower click latency. That said, the ROCCAT may be a good choice if you'd prefer a right-handed shape. It also has a better cable if you want to use it wired, and it has Bluetooth support and RGB lighting, both of which the Logitech lacks. Both mice are ideal for all grip types, though smaller hands likely won't reach all the buttons using a fingertip grip.

Glorious Model D

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is a somewhat better gaming mouse than the Glorious Model D. The Glorious is a wired-only mouse that's marginally lighter and has somewhat lower click latency, though the difference likely isn't enough to be noticeable for either. On the other hand, the ROCCAT connects wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth, has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and a lower lift-off distance. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro

The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro and the ROCCAT Kone Pro Air are comparable wireless gaming mice. The Razer has better mouse feet and much lower click latency. On the other hand, the ROCCAT is significantly lighter, feels sturdier, has a better USB-C cable, a lower lift-off distance, and a more consistent sensor. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes, though the Razer isn't ideal for small hands using a claw grip, and both mice aren't suitable for small hands using a fingertip grip.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air and the Logitech G Pro Wireless are excellent wireless gaming mice. If you prefer an ambidextrous shape, side buttons on both sides, and a lower click latency, the Logitech is a good option. Comparatively, if you'd rather have a significantly lighter mouse with a right-handed shape, the ROCCAT is a better choice. It also has Bluetooth support and a better cable if you'd like to use it wired. Unfortunately, unlike the Logitech, its software is only compatible with Windows. Both mice are ideal for all grip types, though small hands may struggle to reach all the buttons using a fingertip grip.

ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is an updated, wireless version of the ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra. The Pro Air connects wirelessly either with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth. You can also use it wired with its charging cable. It has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a wider CPI range, and marginally lower click latency. On the other hand, the Kone Pure Ultra has two CPI buttons behind the scroll wheel for making on-the-fly CPI adjustments, a feature the Kone Pro Air lacks. The two mice are nearly the same size, but the Kone Pro Air is more accomodating to extra-large hands than the Kone Pure Ultra.

ROCCAT Kone Pro

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.

ROCCAT Kone AIMO Remastered

The ROCCAT Kone AIMO Remastered is an earlier, wired iteration of the Kone mouse lineup, while the ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is a newer, wireless version. The Air is much lighter and feels sturdier. It connects either wired with its charging cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth. It also has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a wider CPI range, and lower click latency. On the other hand, the Remastered has two additional programmable buttons, including one extra side button. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the Air accommodates more hand sizes overall.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 and the ROCCAT Kone Pro Air are excellent gaming mice. The Razer is a wired mouse with better mouse feet and a significantly lower click latency. On the other hand, the ROCCAT is lighter, and you can use it wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth. It also feels sturdier and has a much better USB-C cable. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, though the Razer isn't suited for small hands using a claw grip, and neither mouse is suitable for small hands using a fingertip grip.

ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO

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 Kain 120 AIMO

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is an excellent wireless gaming mouse, while the ROCCAT Kain 120 AIMO is a good wired gaming mouse. You can use the Kone Pro Air wirelessly via Bluetooth or its USB receiver. Also, its mouse feet glide more smoothly, and its paracord-like charging cable is more flexible than the Kain 120 AIMO's braided cable. The Kone Pro Air is much lighter and has lower latency over a wired or USB receiver connection. On the other hand, the Kain 120 AIMO has more RGB zones and a CPI-switching button below the scroll wheel.

Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530

The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is a better gaming mouse than the Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530. It's much lighter, feels sturdier, and connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth. It also has a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Performance-wise, it has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and much better click latency. It's almost universally well-suited for all grip types and hand sizes. Comparatively, the Cooler Master is a wired-only mouse best-suited for medium and larger-sized hands.

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