A few weeks ago we reviewed the Roccat Kain 120 AIMO, and we appreciated its elegant, no-nonsense design and how that measured up against its mid-tier pricing. Now we've been sent another product in the same line, Roccat's Kain 200 AIMO, a new wireless gaming mouse that is similar to its wired counterpart in a number of ways.
The big differentiator is the fact that the 200 is a wireless mouse, which frees up your desktop from additional wires, at least most of the time. For many of us, the mess of cables on our desk can be one of life's real struggles, and so it's nice to have one less thing to worry about. The concession that you'll have to make is that you'll need Roccat's USB cable to charge the mouse when it runs out of juice, and the teeny tiny wireless dongle takes up another USB port (or you've got to swap them over all the time). That might be less than ideal if you're rocking a laptop with limited ports, however, if you've got a tower or USB-hub you'll barely notice.
Naturally, given the wireless functionality of the mouse, it's a little bit more expensive when compared to the 120. The Kain 200 AIMO comes in at around £90, but for that money, you're getting a very capable wireless mouse that's effortlessly simple to use and looks great. Much like its predecessor, the design is simple and elegant. We love the matt finish of the casing, the brushed effect around the mouse wheel, and the minimalistic approach to RGB lighting - it looks great.
It's not the largest mouse we've ever held in our hand, but it is extremely comfortable to use. As it charges via the USB provided, there's no added weight from a AA battery, and we feel like the 105g weight is pretty much perfect for a gaming mouse like this. It's not too heavy, it's not too light - if Goldilocks was shopping for a perfectly weighted wireless mouse that felt great in the hand, we think she'd probably go for this one.
In terms of battery life, we got a full week out of the 200 before it needed charging. The process is as simple as plugging it in and carrying on using it as before (which is much better than mounting it on some sort of charging dock - and we don't have to worry about the extra kit that a solution like that would require). We can't verify it against the claims made by the manufacturer, but we can say that we were impressed with how long a full charge lasts.
Like the 120, this wireless stablemate comes with a satisfying click. The so-called Titan click (because if you're going to call your click something, why not "Titan") is a really understated but pleasing feature, and all-in-all we feel like the Roccat Kain 200 AIMO is a delight to operate. It also offers a number of settings that can be tweaked, with the Owl-Eye optical sensor boasting a low lift-off distance and up to 16000dpi for those who like to tinker with sensitivity.
We mentioned that there's no-nonsense RGB lighting and that can be organised via Roccat's own software, which is perfectly functional and adequate for our needs. Installation was quick and painless and we quickly worked out how to access the various profiles and colour settings. There's only a splash of colour on the mouse - around the mouse wheel and behind the logo at the back on the unit - but this minimalism beautifully complements the overall design.
In fact, "quick and painless" is a great way to describe the Roccat Kain 200 Aimo. This is a fully-featured gaming mouse that works effortlessly while providing an excellent user experience. There aren't a lot of input options with just the two main buttons, the mouse wheel (which can be used as a button too), one to alter DPI on the fly, and two on the side, so those who like a mouse that can accommodate complicated instructions may want to look elsewhere. Everyone else, however, should definitely consider getting one next time they make an upgrade, because the Kain 200 Aimo looks good, feels great, and works like a charm.
After we've finished reviewing a new gaming mouse, we usually unplug it and stick in a drawer with all the others, confined to a tomb of abandoned mice that grows with each new review, at which point we go back to our old SteelSeries Rival 600. This time, however, we're going to leave the Rival in the drawer and stick with the Kain 200 Aimo until something better comes along, and that's just about the highest praise we can give it.
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