Getting a good desk setup is important while you play. There are two central angles to this: How it looks and how it functions. Bluetooth mice try to hit somewhere in between these but they don't always justify their downsides. Luckily, Roccat has been hitting it out of the park recently.
Roccat Kone Pro Air - How does it look?
The Roccat Kone Pro Air is a very understated mouse. Aside from its lighting, it can fit in pretty easily on any desk, regardless of your setup. If you aren't a fan of all that RGB and those strange design decisions that modern gaming gear uses, this is probably a decent wireless mouse choice for you.
At a height of 40mm and length of 125.6mm, this mouse is fairly small and comes with a fairly conventional frame. It's also super light at 75g. Although I do think it's an understated mouse, it does have some nice lighting. The left and right-click has a slight honeycomb design that allows light to flood through. You can then customize this with the Roccat Swarm software to change what is projected. When you pick a solid color, it almost just feels like it's part of the mouse and not a changing design. This leaves it looking pretty great next to your PC. You can also entirely turn off these colors if you just want a standard feeling mouse on your desk.
Roccat Kone Pro Air - How does it work?
The Roccat Kone Pro Air comes with a USB-C cable, a small dongle and the mouse itself. This dongle may not be needed if you're a passive PC user but having it is nice for playing games. It ensures a more stable and more powerful connection to the mouse itself. There are central modes you can flick at the bottom of the mouse, moving from wired mouse to wireless mode to Bluetooth mode. This allows you to swap around on the fly.
It would be nice if that button were easier to reach to change quickly or with less effort but it's not noticeably hard to get to. As well as this, there isn't a dedicated DPI switch like most mice but software can solve this problem. Generally, I keep the USB-C cable and dongle connected to my PC but only use the wired option when I need it. You could quite easily just keep the mouse plugged in as you work to avoid the battery draining but this would cast aside one of its central selling points.
I noticed very minimal difference between wired and Bluetooth modes which made playing with this mouse great no matter what way I wanted to use it. With heat-treated PTF feet and a small weight, it glides easily. This is clearly part of the selling point for this mouse. It's light, wireless and without all those gimmicks many modern mice come with. You can find two buttons on the left-hand side, as well as the standard two click buttons and a scroll wheel. Outside of the button on the bottom to switch between modes, there's not all that much going on.
As is always the case with these kinds of mice, battery life is incredibly important. Luckily, if you just throw it on charge every now and then, you likely won't run out. With a sturdy braided USB C cable, it charges fast and is definitely usable plugged in. With that sturdiness comes a certain rigidness so it is its best in Bluetooth mode. The clicks are both satisfying and accurate, employing titan switches. They feel great to use and seem to provide pretty good results in-game. Not only are they more accurate but Roccat promise that they are more durable than most other switches. I have not used it long enough to test this to its limit but they have held up great in the review period.
Though this mouse is definitely designed with gaming in mind, it doesn't falter in everyday use. A great passive mouse will go unnoticed most of the time and this is definitely the case with the Roccat Kone Pro Air. Without flashy gimmicks and distracting new buttons, there's a versatility here that I really appreciate.
Roccat Kone Pro Air Review | Verdict
A good Bluetooth mouse can be a little hard to find now and an understated one is even rarer. Luckily, the Roccat Kone Pro Air nails both of these. With plenty of great design choices, a good battery, and great components, this is a mouse that is easy to use, quick, and, most importantly, pretty great looking. Though the price is a little up there, it more than justifies its place in the market.