The best way to test a mouse is to use it for what it’s designed for, so that’s what I did. I spent several hours playing different games while using the Kova +, as well as utilising it for general windows usage to give an impression of not only its performance, but its comfort and functionality.
The games I used for testing purposes were:
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
- Dawn of War II Retibution beta
- Assorted flash games
Intel Core 2 Duo EQ9450 @ 3.2Ghz
Asus P5QL Pro
Super Talent 6400 4GB @ 800Mhz
Auzentech Prelude 7.1
Mach Xtreme MX-DS 100GB
Windows 7 Ultimate
Lian Li PC-B25F
Normally for gaming, while I try different genres of titles, the overall impression is about the same regardless of the title I’m playing. However, with this mouse I did have slightly different experiences depending on the game. With Dawn of War II, a RTS game, I found the Spawn to be a perfect rodent companion. It was accurate and certainly speedy enough to get me where I needed to go on the map. I had no trouble clicking units in the middle of giant melees and remapping global powers to the side buttons was a nice addition.
However, playing a first person shooter like Call of Duty didn’t give me quite such a glowing report. While I had no trouble with the accuracy at all, I didn’t feel that the spawn was as snappy as other peripherals I’ve used. It’s more than accurate enough, indeed this is one of the more dead-aim mice I’ve used, but it just didn’t feel as quick as others. Perhaps it’s the supposed non-teflon feet, or the fact that the shape is a little bulky, but while perfectly adequate for FPS, personally I’ll be sticking with more of a claw grip device.
No complaints at all here, a thouroughly comfortable mouse. It’s quite an interesting one however, as it crosses between a claw grip (therefore finger controlled) and palm grip (wrist controlled) mouse, where your palm is supported, but most of the control is in your fingers. This certainly delivers a more comfortable experience than any claw grip mouse, while giving better control the a palm grip one. However, as stated above, it does bleed off a bit of the speed found in traditional claw mice, like the Kova +.
One of my favourite comfort features that this mouse has is the materials used. Not only do the buttons have a soft rubber coating, making them lovely to touch, but the side grips – where perspiration often builds – are pitted to allow better air circulation. I’m a sweaty gamer and I didn’t drip one drop of salty goodness onto the Spawn.
I don’t know about larger handed gamers, but I found the Spawn sat nicely within the palm of my hand, making it an ideal choice for those with smaller extremities.
Functionality wise, the Spawn also does well. The button remapping and software and well put together, if a little bland compared with the likes of Roccat or Razer, but they do their job well. On top of that, the side buttons are well placed and don’t get in the way of your thumb at all, despite being within easy reach when you want them.
Also, thanks to the squat construction of the mouse, when clicking buttons, you don’t find the mouse moving at all. It’s solid and well grounded.
The Spawn goes for around £30, which for what you get is a pretty good deal.