The ROCCAT Kone XP Air is a wireless version of the ROCCAT Kone XP. It is part of ROCCAT’s Kone line. This mouse has the same shape as the wired version and a large number of buttons, which makes it great for playing a wide range of games. Aside from being wireless, this new version has a matte plastic finish that is a little bit more opaque, new RGB lighting zones, and a separate dock for charging.
The ROCCAT Kone XP Air is the same size as the ROCCAT Kone XP and has the same general shape as the other mice in the Kone line. It has a small place to rest your thumb and lines on both sides. The body is made of semi-translucent plastic, and it has five independently programmable RGB zones. One zone is in the scroll wheel, and the other four are in the palm area in a stylized “X” pattern. Note that the charging dock/receiver extender that comes with it also has four RGB zones that can be programmed.
The ROCCAT Kone XP Air is built very well all around. The materials are good, and the click is on the heavier side, but it feels good. There is a small amount of give in the mouse’s plastic body near the seam between the bottom edge and the bottom of the mouse. You can press the side buttons by squeezing the mouse’s plastic sides with a lot of force. The wired version of this mouse doesn’t have this kind of flexibility, but this shouldn’t be a problem when it’s used regularly.
Most people who use their right hands find it easy to hold the ROCCAT Kone XP Air. All of the buttons are easy to reach, and the plastic has a smooth, soft feel. But if you hold down the EasyShift button on the thumb rest, it’s hard to reach the side buttons and press them at the same time. Still, you can change how the EasyShift button or any of the four side buttons work by using the software that comes with the car.
The ROCCAT Kone XP Air is heavy compared to mice that are made for FPS gaming in particular. But its weight is very close to that of most high-end mice that can be used for different types of games from other companies.
ROCCAT says that its batteries can last up to 100 hours and that a ten-minute charge will give you five hours of use. Be aware that the product page on ROCCAT’s website doesn’t give any more information about how long the battery is expected to last. But it’s likely the longest time the battery can last if you use the USB receiver and don’t turn on the RGB lighting. Check out the Logitech G502 X PLUS if you want a similar wireless mouse that lasts a little longer on a charge.
The only button on the ROCCAT Kone XP Air that can’t be changed is the wireless pairing button on the bottom of the mouse. However, the left-click and right-click functions must always be assigned to something. There is also an EasyShift button that, when held down, gives you access to a second set of commands. This EasyShift button is linked to the button on the thumb rest by default, but you can change that if you want to. The left and right click buttons use ROCCAT’s own Titan optical switches, which are rated for 100 million clicks.
The ROCCAT Kone XP Air uses an Owl-Eye 19k sensor, which is based on the PixArt PMW 3370 but is made by ROCCAT. This mouse has four polling rates: 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.
3. OPERATING SYSTEM AND SOFTWARE
The software for the ROCCAT Kone XP Air is only available for Windows, but it works with both Windows and macOS. Also, when you use the EasyShift button to turn on a second layer of commands, the two buttons on the inside edge of the left-click act as Ctrl-C (Copy) and Ctrl-V (Paste) by default. But these commands don’t work on macOS because this operating system doesn’t have the Ctrl function.
The interface of the SWARM software from ROCCAT is clean and easy to use. It lets you change a lot of settings, such as button mapping, debounce time, distance to lift-off, and RGB lighting.
For MMO or MOBA games, the ROCCAT Kone XP Air is a great mouse. It seems to be well made and is comfortable to use with the right hand. It has a shallow thumb rest. For performance, it has a great click latency, a very accurate and consistent sensor, and a lot of buttons, which you can all change with the companion software along with other settings. But it doesn’t have as many buttons as traditional MMO mice that have side panels with 12 buttons.
The ROCCAT Kone XP Air only comes in black or white. It doesn’t come in any other colors. We bought the black one and tried it out. The ROCCAT Kone XP Air is a wireless version of the wired ROCCAT Kone XP. It is part of ROCCAT’s large Kone line, which includes a variety of mice with the same right-handed shape and a shallow thumb rest. But this mouse and its wired predecessor have more programmable buttons and RGB lighting than other recent entries in the series. This mouse has many of the same features and works as well as the top models from Razer and Logitech that can be used for many different types of games. But this mouse has more RGB lighting and a different shape to make it more comfortable to use.