Roccat Kone XP Air wireless gaming mouse review: Rapid charging with a gorgeous RGB dock

This sublime effort offers across-the-board upgrades.

Roccat Kone XP Air
(Image: © Ben Wilson | Windows Central)

Windows Central Verdict

Roccat has improved over its Kone XP mouse with this wireless variant designed for RGB-loving gamers. A massive selection of programmable buttons are easy to customize, and the charging dock rapidly re-fills the battery for non-stop gaming. The high price might seem daunting at first, but there's real value in this lightweight beauty.

Pros

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    Convenient charging dock

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    Comfortable ergonomic design

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    Extra buttons are easy to customize

Cons

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    Expensive

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    Some buttons are easily misclicked

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Roccat has been ramping up its accessories range recently, with mechanical keyboards, headsets, and even more gaming mice, all loaded with RGB. Still pushing the competitive esports theme, each peripheral promises the best performance and high quality. They're still manufacturing under the Turtle Beach umbrella, making waves in the gaming hardware scene.

Its latest offering is the Kone XP Air, essentially an improvement of the earlier wired Kone XP ergonomic gaming mouse. Now touting an included charging dock with RGB lighting to match, this slick-looking upgrade touts up to 100 hours of battery life with rapid charging. I took it for a spin to see how it performs in real-world testing for our Roccat Kone XP Air review.

Roccat Kone XP Air: Price, availability, and specs

Roccat Kone XP Air boxed (Image credit: Ben Wilson | Windows Central)

Roccat sells the Kone XP Air through its official store and third-party retailers, including Amazon and Best Buy, for a $170 MSRP. Available in two colors, both black and white variations include the same RGB lighting, packaged with the charging dock and USB-C cable.

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CategorySpecification
SensorOwl-Eye 19K optical
SwitchesTitan Switch optical
LifespanUp to 100 million clicks
SensitivityUp to 19,000 DPI
Polling rateUp to 1,000Hz
Acceleration50g
Wireless2.4GHz / Bluetooth
Connectivity1.8m USB-A to USB-C cable
Dimensions126mm x 40mm x 72mm
Weight99g

Roccat Kone XP Air: What's good

Roccat Kone XP Air unboxed (Image credit: Ben Wilson | Windows Central)

Even after testing many ergonomic models, I usually return to my ambidextrous Logitech G305 basic mouse. Roccat almost converted me earlier this year when I checked out the wired variant in my Kone XP review, but the cable kept it from becoming my daily driver. I'm too comfortable with wireless mice, especially since my desk is already a chaotic nightmare of wires.

The good news is that this wireless variant features the same design and feels just as dreamy in my hand. It's incredible to find a perfectly sized mouse with my thumb comfortably seated down its side without accidentally hitting any of the many extra buttons.

An easy-shift button returns along the bottom side, but again, it does nothing by itself unless you change the binding with its software. It's similar to a shift key on your keyboard, unlocking secondary commands. There's a cluster of four programmable buttons above your thumb, which initially feel a little strange, but they're raised out so far that you can detect them separately.

Roccat Kone XP Air side buttons (Image credit: Ben Wilson | Windows Central)

Alongside the left-click button, you'll find another pairing of extra buttons printed with plus and minus icons, and their usefulness relies on your imagination. They won't get in the way during regular use but could come in handy for zooming a rifle scope in FPS games or switching between ability hotbars in MMO titles. As standard, they switch between macro profiles, something I'll get into later.

I found plenty of uses for the thumb-sided buttons, leaving the easy-shift commands for Windows-centric functions like skipping music tracks and muting my microphone.

Whether or not you'll need these two extra buttons will vary since the 4D scroll wheel offers plenty of functionality on top. You'll feel every notch as it turns without any stiffness, and pushing it down doesn't require much effort.

You can also knock the wheel left and right for even more inputs if you can contort your finger well enough to trigger them.

Finishing off the armory of buttons is a relatively standard DPI switcher on top, but you can re-assign it to any function you like or disable it altogether. Spending time in various game types, I found plenty of uses for the thumb-sided buttons, leaving the easy-shift commands for Windows-centric functions like skipping music tracks and muting my microphone.