The Roccat Kain 120 AIMO gaming mouse is the latest mouse released by the German company who have been killing it with some of their latest tech. The main selling point of this new mouse is the fact that it uses Roccat’s Owl-Eye optical sensor, which is capable of 16,000 DPI, much more than its current competitive set, so will it make a huge difference, or will the Kain 120 turn out to be just another good mid-range mouse?
I have been using the Roccat Kain 120 AIMO for the best part of three weeks now, and one of its greatest strengths is its comfort. Whether it be for long gaming sessions or a period of time in Microsoft Excel, its safe to say that I have not experienced any discomfort or strain whilst using it. It fits the hand incredibly well and combines the usual curved mouse design with some more bolder straight lines on the edges. Whilst the design is pretty symmetrical, this is only a mouse for the right handers amongst us. You lefties will have to look elsewhere! The two main buttons are large and have a really good “feel” to them, and are very responsive and – dare I say it – clicky! This is achieved by the use of a new Roccat feature called the Titan Click. Roccat are very proud of this new design, and I have to admit that it does make every button click feel, well – just right. I havent really come across a situation where a click hasn’t registered. I know this is a pretty standard requirement in a mouse, but its surprising that some just don’t get this right.
The switch is the centerpiece of the Titan Click. First, we elevated it and positioned it immediately below the buttons. Second, we angled the switches to match the slope of the buttons. These two major changes significantly improve the click precision. ? https://t.co/YuqKfRmYZX pic.twitter.com/9IcEZ6VNfS
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There is a nice touch in the way that the two main buttons are separated by a nice brushed metal effect strip which houses the chunky scroll wheel and DPS button. Pressing the DPS button switches between five main settings, the higher being almost too quick, so I settled for the penultimate one, which was perfect for my needs. Roccat are marketing this mouse as having a whopping 16,000 DPI, but it’s not a setting I need. The functional design is rounded off with the two configurable buttons on the left hand side which are perfectly positioned for your right thumb.
There are no textured surfaces at all, which some may dislike, but I prefer this as it makes using it a more comfortable experience. The Kain 120 AIMO is reasonable light at 89g. The only other feature to really comment on is the RGB lighting, which is noticeable in two locations, the scroll wheel and the Roccat logo which sits under the palm of your hand. RGB can be garish, but Roccat have toned it down just enough to avoid this. The Roccat Swarm software is used to change the lighting settings, and can also be used to assign buttons, record macros and can save five profiles, so the mouse can act and feel different dependant on the user, or game played.
I have to say that after the three weeks of use that I have had, the Roccat Kain 120 is now my go-to choice of mouse. It handles every situation that is thrown at it. I have even taken it to my office to use it there, which has gotten some strange looks! My son has also spent a lot of gaming time with it, and it has performed well on titles such as Rainbow 6 Siege, Fortnite and Destiny, so it has definitely proven itself on some fast paced first person shooters, so much so that I am having to wrestle him just to get it back!
In summary, the Roccat Kain 120 AIMO mouse is an excellent mid-range gaming mouse. It’s currently available for around the £60 mark in the UK, and represents great value for money at that price.