|Roccat Kova[+] Optical USB Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Tuesday, 29 November 2011|
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Closer Look: Roccat KOVA[+]
The Roccat Kova[+] packs a lot of functionality into a tiny form factor. At a mere 90 grams, the Kova[+] is easy to maneuver and offers very little resistance. Its compatibility with both Windows and Mac make it an outstanding choice in a market where Macs are often overlooked. The Kova[+] builds on top of its ancestor, mainly enhancing usability. Whereas the previous generation used button combinations to carry out commands, the Kova[+] delivers a solid mouse with extensive drivers that allows personalization in every way.
The Kova[+] package includes the Roccat Kova[+] optical gaming mouse, Inari Case Mission Book with ID Card, Quick Install Guide, and a driver CD. This package gets you started right off the bat without needing to search for installation files online. The mouse works even without drivers installed if the default behavior is all that's needed.
The Roccat Kova[+] is designed for fingertip or claw grip (using finger tips only, or with palm). People that enjoy gripping and resting their palm on the mouse will find the Kova[+] both too small and too light. The fine design of the Kova[+] seems to be inspired Lamborghini. The official website has a picture of the Lamborghini Reventon as one of the pictures under gallery, and if you look closely and squint, there is actually some resemblance.
The Roccat Kova[+] is ergonomically designed for both left and right-handed users. It's perfectly symmetrical, with 2 sets of lights (2 front 2 back) and 2 auxiliary buttons on each side. It has a length of 12cm and width of 6.5cm. This is considered to be one of the smaller gaming mice, about 1-2cm shorter and it would fit in the category of mobile mice.
Everywhere that contact is expected between mouse and hand, Roccat has taken the time to add rubber coating. While comfortable, the type of coating they chose to use attract a lot of finger smudges from hand oils, and is only marginally better than plastic for enhancing grip. The rubber coating on the scroll wheel on the other hand is the type of rubber that generates a lot of friction and resistance, giving the scroll wheel an incredibly solid feel.
The auxiliary buttons are positioned and designed to be non-intrusive, so if you're not a common user for these buttons, it's almost like they don't exist. However for power users, the Kova[+] allows a large number of actions (including custom macros) to be defined and ran based on a mouse click. However trying to reach for the programmable buttons with a pinky or ring finger is extremely awkward, so those 2 buttons should be reserved for on-the-fly mouse adjustments (such as DPI, sensitivity, and toggling profiles) that won't be accidently used in game.
One of the other problems for the Roccat Kova[+] is how much the Teflon feet attract dust and how difficult it is to remove it. Typically most gaming mice have this problem, it's a trade off between less friction and cleanliness. The optical sensor for the Kova[+] is not located in the middle, so for those that prefer a centered sensor that ignores rotation must look elsewhere.