|Roccat Kova[+] Optical USB Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Tuesday, 29 November 2011|
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Gaming Mouse Final Thoughts
For the price, the Roccat Kova[+] delivers functionality like no other. Under its slick design, The Kova[+] is light, efficient and packed with features. For most gaming mice out there, I deem most auxiliary buttons useless. Not only does it hinder performance as you reach for buttons, but also because macros on the keyboard are much easier. As of today there really isn't a game that requires the use of both keyboard and mouse macros.
However this applies less to the Roccat Kova[+]. The goal for mouse macros isn't to replace keyboard functionality, but to solve new scenarios that have not yet been covered by existing products. The tight integration with current lineup of games, and features such as the 1-button timer, meet gamers' needs in ways that other products simply have not accounted for. In this respect, the programmable buttons become a real usable feature and not just a paper-feature used for marketing.
Roccat KOVA[+] Conclusion
The Roccat Kova[+] is a great light-weight mouse packed full of functionality. In terms of comfort and tactile feedback, it may not be the best in the price range, but it certainly holds up its end of the bargain in terms of performance. While optical sensors may be inferior to laser in certain conditions and surfaces, in general a 3200DPI optical sensor is accurate enough to work on most surfaces and performance is the equivalent of a laser mouse. However I strongly encourage a mouse pad to be paired with the Kova[+] as glass and other surfaces may cause skipping, or the tracking may simply not work.
Roccat is a company that uses lighting extensively, and they put a lot of thought into their designs. Inspired by the Lamborghini Reventon, the Kova[+] has a slick outer shell lighting system. They pay great attention to details too, designing an eye-catching mouse from head to toe (even the USB cable features a similar design). The only company that can compare is Razer, as both go for the extravagant eye-candy design.
Partially because of its light weight, the Roccat Kova[+] at times feels a little cheap. The construction is solid, though I do wish they designed the Teflon feet better. Over 3 weeks of testing, it has accumulated a lot of dust and is difficult to clean. The rubberized surfaces, which span about 50% of the surface area, help define the value and power of the Kova[+]. Overall the buttons have solid feedback and resistance and there are no noticeable flaws.
In terms of functionality, the Roccat Kova[+] really shines. The Kova[+] driver features one of the most comprehensive customization and button programming UI. One of my favorite features is the "Timer button" where in 1 click you can trigger a timer that will give you voice cues as it comes to an end. This is perfect for games like League of Legends where certain creeps have spawn times based on when they were last killed. Now all of this can be accurately tracked. In addition to the "timer feature", the Kova[+] has a full macro-key manager for creating and editing advanced macro combinations, including time-based inputs. This can replace the need for having a programmable keyboard. Even without customization, the Roccat Kova[+] delivers a large amount of integration and input profiles based on 2 dozen games and about a dozen applications including Skype and Xfire. Functionality is definitely a strength of the Roccat Kova[+], as it really did pack everything a gamer would need.
At $59.99 (Amazon), the Roccat Kova[+] really does stand out. It delivers a great set of features under a well-designed exterior. Competing products typically will have similar hardware specs, so it all boils down to usability, comfort, design, and customization, and the Roccat Kova[+] does superb in all of those areas.
The Roccat Kova[+] may not be the best travel mouse, but for gamers with a mouse pad the Kova[+] offers great return on your money. There are quite a good number of competing products at this price level from popular companies like Razer and SteelSeries, but in terms of functionality I would find it hard for Roccat to lose.
+ 3200DPI optical sensor more than enough for most gamers
- Configurations takes over 40 seconds to apply
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
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