|Roccat Kova[+] Optical USB Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Tuesday, 29 November 2011|
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Roccat KOVA[+] Detailed Features
Before diving into the specific functionalities that the Roccat drivers enable us, I just want to point out the details Roccat goes into for delivering a compelling product with polished designs. Even the USB cable is designed to match the look and feel of the Kova[+]. The most other companies have done is coat it in gold, which delivers only slight performance improvements.
The main feature of the Roccat Kova[+] is its comprehensive driver that makes use of every aspect of the hardware. A lot of the function may seem duplicate (sensitivity, DPI, and pointer speed) but for power users these individual configurations all matter. My typical preference is leaving DPI at its highest setting to be able to detect even the slightest movement, leave windows pointer speed (software level scaling) at default, and adjust sensitivity until it feels "right".
Macro assignment is where the Kova[+] becomes interesting. Similar to keyboard macros, the Kova[+] drivers allow the creation of keyboard macros (series of keyboard inputs). For more complex inputs, the macro manager allows time-based inputs. This allows users to assign macros from simple spell shortcuts and complex timed combos. Out of box the Kova[+] driver includes integration with all major browsers and multimedia programs, as well as some two dozen games.
One of the more interesting functionalities is the ability to set a timer for one of the buttons (maximum 999 seconds). This is perfect for in-game reminders. For example in League of Legend, players will never have to remember when the next dragon will spawn. Simply press the timer button after killing a dragon and when the time comes a VOICE will automatically tell you.
Beyond raw functionality, the Roccat Kova[+] allows plenty of other customization. Polling rate, for gamers, should always be set to 1000Hz. Many mouse commands/functionalities will trigger voice feedback, and those options can be adjusted as well. The Alienware-style lighting options are great for those trying to match the colors of their home setup and desktop lighting. In fact this mouse would visually go very well with an Alienware system.
All of the above mentioned changes can be associated with profiles, which can be toggled on the fly. Last but not least Roccat has given users an easy way to find links on their website as well as file support cases and questions. This can save time if you're running into problems.
Roccat has delivered a very comprehensive driver full of customization options, integration points, and software goodies. The hardware specs, the software, and the price all seem to indicate this mouse to be one of the best choices on the market. In the next section Benchmark Reviews will test the performance and usability of the Roccat Kova[+] to see if it really is the awesome buy it's shaping up to be.