Roccat Kain 200 Wireless Titan-Click RGB Gaming Mouse – A Mouse for all Occasions
As someone with small hands, finding the right gaming mouse can often be a struggle. But my struggle is over. I love this mouse, I love everything about how it feels, I love the finish, I love the way I don’t have to give myself hand cramps as I contort my fingers just to get through the working day or a long gaming session. Roccat’s wireless marvel of a mouse has been meticulously engineered, and while it is impressive from a technical perspective, it also just feels good.
One of the first things I noticed was how quick it is to connect, even when connecting wirelessly. With the wireless dongle plugged in, it’s ready to go in the time it takes me to pick the mouse up, switch it on, and then put it back down on the desk. The sensor is responsive, even after the dust from a few weeks of use has built up on the bottom from frequent use, and whether connected using the included 1.8m braided cable or using the wireless dongle, the mouse is always ready to go. The USB cable connects to the front of the mouse so that you can easily use it while you’re charging it, and it then just functions like a well-made wired mouse, with the cable slotting into a groove in the front that stops it from being intrusive. I haven’t found that I’ve needed to use it plugged in too much – I’ve been using this as my primary work and gaming mouse for a few weeks now, and the battery life averages around 45 hours between charges. It will also turn itself off after a customisable period of inactivity, so if you’re like me and are in the habit of wandering away from your desk for long periods of time to be distracted by general life, you don’t need to worry about it running down.
Physically, the mouse feels solid, while also remaining pleasantly lightweight. It’s weighty enough to glide along a desk, but still portable enough that it can also be carried around and used on the arm of the lounge or, say, the fabric of a pair of jeans when you’re feeling particularly lazy and want to use a laptop but not fiddle with a trackpad. It’s very versatile. It’s also solid, with a scroll wheel that gives some satisfyingly tactile clicks as it turns, making every movement feel deliberate. The mouse buttons themselves were developed by rebuilding the clicking technology from the ground up, and it does make for a short response time. The only slight problem I have is with the side buttons, which did require some adjustment in the way I grip the mouse so as not to bump them and accidentally go back in my browser. They can be reprogrammed if they pose a particular issue, but I’ve found myself organically moving my hand to avoid them – it should just be noted that they are a little sensitive. Atop the mouse also sits a DPI button that will allow you to cycle through different mouse sensitivities if you want to change that on the fly. You can customise and save four sensitivity levels to cycle, as well as changing things like tilt and scroll speed using the same Roccat Swarm software that makes the Vulcan keyboard so versatile, which you can also use to customise the RGB lighting on the mouse. There are options for rhythmic pulsing and colour waves, but it also uses the AIMO Intelligent Lighting system that means it looks good even if you don’t put any time into customising it at all. I for one was pretty happy to just let it do its thing.
Overall, this Kain 200 is the whole package. It’s comfortable to hold, made from high-quality material, it’s responsive, has a solid battery life and a nice, bright, customisable RGB lighting scheme. This is easily going to become my new everyday mouse, and given its mid-price point for a gaming mouse, I really can’t see any reason not to recommend it.
Jess is a writer and researcher who loves games with good puzzles, good stories, and a tendency to punch you straight in your feelings. She is one of the directors of not-for-profit organisation Queerly Represent Me and is particularly interested in games told from unique perspectives that highlight themes or characters from groups that are often underrepresented. She also just really loves coffee, hot chips, and terrible superhero TV shows, and is always secretly hoping that one day the world will give her a good Sherlock Holmes game.