|Item Model Number||ROC-11-612-BK|
|Product Dimensions||6.5 x 12.4 x 4.3 cm; 89 Grams|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||6.5 x 12.4 x 4.3 centimetres|
|Item Weight||89 g|
|Date First Available||26 September 2019|
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ROCCAT Kain 120 AIMO Black - PC
- Feels as good as it looks The Kain’s shape was born out of a meticulous process involving two years of research and rigorous testing. The goal was to create an exceptionally refined and ergonomic build that doesn’t distract or limit you. Every part of the Kain – from the shape to the buttons to the scroll wheel – was finely crafted with care and precision. We’re confident that you can see what we put into it from the very first look.
- Evolutionary performance coating Grippy, durable and dirt-resistant thanks to a hybrid anti-wear coating. That’s what you can expect from ROCCAT’s latest innovation in surface material technology. The performance finish helps you keep a firm hold of the Kain even during the most frantic of gaming sessions. And it stays in pristine condition for all your future gaming sessions.
- Titan Click – our best click yet The Titan Click is what happens when ROCCAT completely overhauls the mechanics behind a mouse click. Leaving no stone unturned, every part of the mechanism was optimized in pursuit of delivering the perfect click. The split-button design with optimized switch location mean you can easily feel the difference in distinction, motion and precision.
- React faster than the rest Mechanics are but one part of ROCCAT’s revolutionized Titan Click. Pushing the boundaries of performance even further, an intelligent algorithm in the Kain’s firmware improves signal processing to register mouse clicks up to 16ms faster. The benefit is simple: you and your opponent click at the same time, but your command is picked up before his or hers.
- Fluid AIMO illumination The AIMO illumination ecosystem takes your setup to another level by adding organic light. It synergizes with other AIMO-compatible devices to create a vivid, state-of-the-art aesthetic without the need for extensive configuration. The Kain 120 looks even better with AIMO.
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The Kain has been a long time coming. It represents the culmination of an exacting process in gaming mouse optimization – obsessed over, but in the best possible way. The starting vision was to create a fast and reliable mouse with the best possible click, but this evolved into a meticulous analysis of just about every constituent part. We remastered each detail, beginning with the shape and then to the internal mechanics and finally to the surface material. We don’t use the word lightly, but we’re proud to call it our masterpiece.
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Buttons are hinged and feature a low-tolerance spring that cushions every click. This gives exceptional precision with every press.
A mousewheel click is as solid as a normal click with the Titan Wheel 2.0. Its improved design provides defined and responsive scrolling steps.
A click with the Kain registers up to 8ms faster than the rest thanks to the improved switch mechanics and a smart firmware algorithm
Founded in 2007 in Hamburg, ROCCAT combines detail-loving German innovation with a passion for what we do. The result is a forward-looking product portfolio adaptable to the gaming trends of tomorrow. The industry-leading experiences we develop are born of a deep affinity with gaming community that we ourselves are very much a part of. We achieve this by having an outstandingly talented team comprised of gamers, visionaries and industry experts.
ROCCAT Kain 120 AIMO
RGB Gaming Mouse
The Kain features a comfortable ergonomic shape and Titan Click technology for vastly improved click balance and precision. The ROCCAT Owl-Eye optical sensor is adjustable up to 16,000dpi and lets you achieve perfect tracking. The AIMO illumination eco-system provides RGB lighting and LED effects customizable in 16.8 million colors. The overhauled Titan Wheel 2.0 scroll wheel unlocks solid clicks and responsive scrolling steps. ROCCAT-exclusive Omron switches last for up to 50 million clicks.
- ROCCAT Owl-Eye Optical sensor with 16,000dpi
- 1,000Hz polling rate
- Distance Control Unit
- 512kB onboard memory
- 1.8m braided cable
- 89g weight ultra-light
- 50g acceleration
- Angle snapping: on/off
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I'll get the simple stuff out the way before dealing with shape, so you can move on with your life if you don't find it relevant.
-- Sensor --
This mouse is my second Roccat purchase, after the Roccat Kone EMP Max. So I did have experience with the sensor coming in, and I didn't notice any issues with skipping or acceleration of any sort back then. The same holds true with the Kain 120, as it has the same sensor (they both use the Roccat "Owl-Eye" sensor), likely iterated and improved on since the EMP's release. In my experience, I'd say it's really good, though it's getting harder and harder to notice differences between individual modern sensors as the majority are Pixart 3360/3389 based with slight tweaks based on the manufacturer's priorities. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Moving between the Logitech Hero sensor (which is still my favourite in terms of feel) and this, I don't notice much of a difference at all. The Hero feels slightly smoother (if I'm not just fooling myself), but performance-wise they're identical from what I can tell. They both go exactly where I intend them to with flicks, and the DPI seems to be pretty spot on in terms of the actual sensitivity, so you won't have to alter your in-game sensitivity to adjust to this mouse, at least if you use 800 DPI and come from Logitech mice beforehand like myself.
-- Aesthetics --
The mouse is good looking I'd say, and the RGB is decently implemented. I'm not an RGB fan though, so I can't comment on anything more than that. The mouse has a somewhat industrial look, but I think it looks good and I like that Roccat doesn't follow trends when it comes to looks and design. Everything looks samey these days. I guess the only negative I can think of is that it's a bit blocky and underwhelming visually.
-- Build quality (clicks, button placement, feet, and grip texture) --
Roccat is quite renowned for their build quality, at least in mice, and it continues here as far as I can tell. The clicks aren't as crispy as Logitech clicks, as they require a bit more pressure from what I can tell, but they're also less likely to give up the ghost with a bit of frantic smashing (Apex mid-fight Peacekeeper, "please don't kill me"-type smashing), unlike the double clicks issues that plague Logitech mice.
The mouse feet are great. I love bigger-style feet like those Zowie use, and these are very similar. They feel great, and I've had no issues on any of my pads surprisingly, and I have a lot of mouse pads... *cough*
The mouse wheel steps are firm, meaning changing weapons with the mouse wheel is possible! Using the G403/703 the wheel would often move two notches instead of one which, in Apex, would cause the weapon switch to mess up, requiring me to juke the enemy around cover until I succeeded in getting the right weapon equipped. Needless to say, this would often lead to my needing a new set of pants once the battle had ended, due to all my panicking and frantic attempts at trying to equip the right weapon.
The texture on the sides is possibly a bit too smooth, but only if you're using it with fingertip or claw, and if you don't sweat like me. For palm it's perfect. It seems to be one of those textures that gets more grippy with sweat, but it's hard to tell.
My first gripe, is the DPI button. It's too large, and I keep hitting it by mistake (not often, but it happens) when I use the scroll wheel, which also happened with the G403/703. I'd love to see stats on how common changing DPI mid-game is, as I'm pretty sure it's under 10% (possibly 5%) of the player base, and those that do indeed use it have no idea how badly it can mess up their muscle memory, so I really wish Roccat would learn from the other manufacturers and move it to the bottom of the mouse, or at the very least, make it smaller, more recessed, and positioned further back from the mouse wheel on the top.
My second gripe is the cord. It's not as bad as say the G403 or Wired G Pro's cable, but it's close. This puts it in the bottom ranks cable-wise, as the G403 is probably right there in last place with how bad it is. They really need to either make a cord like Razer use on their recent mice if they want to stick with braided cables, or go with a more malleable rubber cord like Zowie. That's the bare minimum these days I would say. But it doesn't get in the way that often with my bungee, the exception being when it hits the leg of my monitor or something on the table near the base of the bungee.
-- Shape --
Now for the most important part, the shape! Firstly, I have large hands, at 22cm long from the base of my hand (at the top of the wrist), and 11cm wide. I'm going to be giving my subjective experience with this mouse and if my hand size is quite different to yours then you're likely not going to find it relevant.
Just a warning before digging in.
Secondly, I use a palm grip, that I often hybridize with fingertip grip due to most mice not being large enough for me. I've loved the G403 shape for years, and used it with the above-mentioned grip style. I've been using it primarily since 2016. But it was more of a love/hate relationship than outright love, as the mouse has a couple of shortcomings for me personally. I just wanted something that was less ergo-shaped, with a more symmetrical hump, better thumb support when palming it, and a longer right side so my fingers could rest flush against the side, but at the same general size.
So when I tried the Kain, it was almost like Roccat had heard my prayers, as it filled all the gaps left by the already decent G403 shape.
The biggest plus about the shape is how safe it is. It allows for so many grip styles. If you don't have super small hands, the chance of this mouse not fitting your grip is extremely low. To list but a few grips I can say work with it - palm, claw (though it feels too small for me to claw), fingertip, 1-3-1 palm, 1-2-1 palm, and probably many others.
The back is wider, so the thumb has more support on the left side. The wider back also allows for the area of the palm just under the pinky to rest on the mouse at the back right. Both of these things were not possible for me when palming the G403.
The right side is flat, and goes straight down to the mousepad (it doesn't go down at an angle like it would on say the Razer Deathadder or Zowie EC1), and almost perfectly straight, which allows the pinky and ring fingers to rest flush with it, giving a sense of more control. Not many mice have right sides that have enough space for my two rightmost fingers, and this does!
The side buttons are well out of the way, possibly because the left side is relatively tall on the Kain, so I have more room for thumb movement depending on what I'm doing aim-wise, be it tracking or trying to hit precise shots at long range, and I'm less likely to hit them by mistake than I was with prior mice.
If there was one thing I'd complain about shape-wise, however, it'd be that it's just a bit narrow for me (but not detrimentally so) and can tire my forearm out a bit faster than normal. If Roccat released a larger version of this, I'd get it in a heartbeat. I'd also love it to be a bit lighter, just to put less strain on my wrist, as I'm very much a wrist player. But the mouse is by no means heavy, at 89g.
-- Conclusion --
Get it! Especially if you're a mostly palm grip player using one of the G403 shaped versions of Logitech's mice. They are very similar, but also not, and it's a really welcome ergo mouse for larger handed players. It could also be a great alternative to the Zowie EC2 shape, say, if it feels a bit too short or narrow for you.
It's veritably a great mouse, definitely a 9 out of 10.
Initially, the left mouse button double clicked when I would only press it once. This happened from the day I got it. Now, the right mouse button is clicking repeatedly in a single click for as long as it's held down. I can get it to register 5-10 clicks a second if I just hold it down. Really really bad.
No problems with the mouse itself so far, the cable could be a bit better as the cable is a bit heavy and can get in the way if you don't use a bungee. I also occasionally find myself pressing down the right mouse button by accident, not sure if it's just too sensitive or if it's myself being a bit heavy handed.
Unfortunately not long after writing my review my scroll wheel has started having some issues. Other than this the mouse is perfect, but I have not had it long and whenever scrolling the mouse will decide to scroll back the other way, effectively bouncing you up and down the page.
Very annoying and will try and get a replacement if possible.
I've had other mice for 3-5 years before they gave out. If this issue was not present, I would give this mouse 3.5 stars.
Also the software is slow to switch profiles once the assigned application is closed compared to other similar software.
And, I like to set the mouse lighting to off but when the PC is asleep it turns back on.
Roccat said that indeed the wheel is faulty but they wont take it back.