Roccat Kone XP Air: One Minute Review
The Roccat Kone XP Air certainly has some tough competition to beat. Both its rivals, the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro and the Logitech G502 X Plusperform excellently, are comfortable to use and have a sharp design.
However, when it comes to value, the Roccat Kone XP Air certainly gives them a good run for their money. Roccat packed this gaming mouse with a ton of extras – including 10 dedicated buttons, Roccat’s Easy-Shift feature that practically gives you a second gaming mouse, and its own charging dock in the box – in a relatively lightweight body.
So while it’s technically $10 more expensive than the other two, at least in the US, its features make it a better value for gamers who want the convenience of a wireless gaming mouse with wireless charging. And while the scroll wheel could be a little looser, it doesn’t detract from performance either.
Roccat Kone XP Air: Price and Availability
- How much is it? $169 (£149, AU$269)
- Where is it available? now available
- Where can you get it? Available in US, UK and Australia
Roccat Kone XP Air: SPECIFICATIONS
Couple: 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth, USB-C
Tests: Ten plus 4D scroll wheel
Switches: Titan Switch optical
Weight: 3.49oz (99g)
At $169 (£149, AU$269), the Roccat Kone XP Air is admittedly expensive, in the same price range as the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro $159 / £159 / AU$289) and the Logitech G502 X Plus ($159 / £159) 149 / AU$279). All things considered, however, it is the better value of the three and may be the better choice if you want more bang for your buck.
While Razer and Logitech’s offerings force gamers to pay extra for the privilege of wireless charging – with Logitech charging a whopping $119 (£109, AU$199) for its Powerplay charging system – Roccat is throwing in a fast charging station for the Roccat Kone XP Air free. So even if the mouse still uses an older wireless charging technology, it’s a more affordable way to enjoy the convenience of wireless charging.
The Roccat Kone XP Air is available in most regions, including Australia, and comes in two colorways, so those who prefer a fresher, more modern-looking setup can opt for the white version.
Roccat Kone XP Air: design
- Balanced and comfortable to use
- Heat-treated PTFE glides allow buttery smooth movements
- 10 buttons + 4D scroll wheel; 29 programmable inputs
Being the wireless version, the Roccat Kone XP Air is very similar to the Roccat Kone XP with that 10-button size, a “4D” scroll wheel and almost the same dimensions. It also comes with the same heat-treated PTFE glides or feet that allow smooth movement and make it feel lighter during use.
To be fair, at 99g, it’s lighter than its wired counterpart and its rivals, which is a good thing considering this gaming mouse doesn’t have rubber side grips that provide a better grip. It’s also slightly wider than the Kone XP, especially around the palm rest, where it offers more support for both palm and claw grip gamers.
Then there’s the programmable “3D” RGB lighting – a bone of contention in the Kone XP. This time it’s much improved and just a bit more elegant in execution, while still remaining bright and vibrant. There’s also bright RGB lighting on the bottom of the charging dock, which should appeal to RGB fans.
There are 10 dedicated buttons, as we mentioned earlier, four of them sit above the thumb rest, one (also the Easy-Shift button) below it, two next to the left button and one (the DPI button) below the scroll wheel, which has a left button. – and has a right slope. We like the accessibility of these buttons as they are all easily accessible without having to stretch your fingers, especially if you have a palm. That is, with the exception of the DPI button, which is placed too far down in our opinion.
Two connectivity options are available: 2.4 GHz wireless and Bluetooth. However, if you prefer wired connectivity, the mouse comes with a lightweight and flexible PhantomFlex USB-C to USB-A charging cable that plugs into the USB-C port on the front of the mouse, just below the left and right keys.
For button and RGB adjustments, you can use the Roccat Swarm software. It allows you to set five DPI settings to cycle through using the DPI button, adjust the five individual RGB zones, remap the buttons, and program a second set of button actions that you can access with the Easy-Shift button. It also lets you adjust the vertical scroll and double-click speed, select a polling rate, and change the Windows pointer speed.
The software is user-friendly and easy to navigate. That is, once you get it working, as it can be buggy and tedious to run. We’ve found that you need to keep it up to date to minimize issues.
Roccat Kone XP Air: Achievements
- Fast and smooth performance
- Buttons are responsive and accurate
- Scroll wheel has slightly more resistance than ideal
- 100 hours of battery per charge
Equipped with Roccat’s Owl-Eye 19K dpi optical sensor, a 1,000 Hz polling rate and Titan optical switches, the reasonably balanced Roccat Kone XP Air delivers fast and responsive performance that rivals its wired counterpart, as well as a satisfying tactile experience.
The heat-treated pure PTFE feet also help a lot, making the mice feel lighter than they are and allowing for quick turns and other movements in battle. These feet also work well on most surfaces, including the same Secretlab Magnus Pro XL leather mat on which the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro struggled. However, we would not use this on marble, granite and glass surfaces as there is a lot of resistance making it ineffective. Not that you would play without a good one gaming mouse pad.
Unfortunately, the scroll wheel could use a little less resistance. While there’s no latency in general, the fact that the scroll wheel is a little harder to turn does give the feeling that there’s a little bit of lag when switching weapons in-game. The good news is that the rest of the buttons work properly, even when the Easy-Shift function is activated.
According to Roccat, the Roccat Kone XP Air has a battery life of up to 100 hours on a single charge. That’s longer than the Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless’ 60 hours and the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro’s 100 hours. Not that you’d notice or even run out. Thanks to the included fast docking station, which gives you five hours of battery life after a 10-minute charge, you can easily place the mouse back in the dock after use.
Should I buy the Roccat Kone XP Air?
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Roccat Kone XP Air: Report Card
|Where the||The Roccat Kone XP Air is expensive, but it’s also feature-rich and comes with a charging dock in the box.||4 / 5|
|Design||It supports the palm with 10 easily accessible dedicated programmable buttons and enhanced RGB lighting.||4 / 5|
|Performance||Fast and responsive, the only thing holding this back is the scroll wheel, which has a lot more resistance than it needs to be.||4 / 5|
|Total||The affordable Roccat Kone XP Air is a highly recommended gaming mouse that rivals the best of the best.||4 / 5|
- Rated first Sep 2022
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