Roccat Kova

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Crysis Warhead

While not the most fast paced game out there, Crysis Warhead still has its hectic moments and it has a nice blend of necessities in the form of accuracy and speed; the Kova does excellently in both these regards. It moves smoothly across the mat, and its DPI of 3200 is more then capable of giving you the high speed movement you occasionally need.

One thing you also notice while using the Kova is how light it is – looking at the specs, 90g – and its surprisingly comfortable. I’ve always been the guy to throw in all the extra weights I get with a mouse, but with this one I genuinly liked how little weght it had; throwing it around the mat.

Dawn of War II

Dawn of War was similarly great. The Kova did a stand up job and thanks to its abidextrous style I found it much more comfortable than the ones shaped specifically like a right hand. I’ve always preferred this type of mouse, as it appeals to my claw like mouse grip method. Some wrap their whole hand around a mouse, I grip its edges like a bird carrying prey; for anyone with a similarly odd analogy floating around in their heads, this mouse could be for you.

Pirates of the Burning Sea

Pirates of the Burning Sea is my current MMO of choice, and again I found the Kova to be more than up to the task. Some may feel with MMOs and other RPG titles that a couple of macro buttons, or at least the ability to remap the currently provided ones would be nice, but personally I’m not a macro fan so didn’t notice the lack of them.

Functionality

Some might complain that the DPI switching requires the memorisation of a certain combination of buttons and that it takes a second to implement. While I can understand that this method isn’t as easy to pull off as a single button press would be, I’m the kind of guy that likes to find a DPI I’m comfortable with – usually the highest – and stick with it; rarely switching mid game. For those that do feel the need, yes this will annoy you, but those that don’t it’s a quick enough method that means you don’t have to mess around with drivers; I’m all for it.

Comfort

Comfort wise the Kova isn’t the best mouse I’ve ever tested, but it’s not bad. There’s a lot out there – Roccat Kone, NZXT Avatar, Razer Deathadder – that all use a soft rubber coating for the mouse shell and often for the buttons too. This makes them incredibly comfortable, but unfortunately the Kova doesn’t use this. It instead utilises a hard plastic shell, which is fine, but its not as good. Also this does allow for a small ammount of persipiration buildup, but its not excessive.

The thumb and finger grips on the side however, are made of this material and are indeed very comfortable. The buttons are easy to reach on each side, and they don’t get in the way at all and have occasions where you accidentally press them either.

Cost

The cost may put some people off, but by now most should be used to the fact that Roccat products are reasonably expensive. The Kova costs around £45 depending on the retailer.

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