Roc­cat Nova

A SUR­PRIS­INGLY LOW PRICE MAKES THE ROC­CAT KOVA A BONA FIDE AMBIDEXTROUS BAR­GAIN

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The Roc­cat Kova at rst ap­pears to be an ab­so­lute bar­gain, cost­ing just $60, yet fea­tur­ing a plethora of but­tons, RGB light­ing and an on-board ARM pro­ces­sor. How­ever, the na­tive 3,500dpi res­o­lu­tion of its op­ti­cal sen­sor is the give­away to the fact that this mouse is a get­ting a lit­tle long in the tooth now.

Re­leased at the end of 2015, its age is a per­fect ex­am­ple of how left-handed and ambidextrous mice aren’t given quite the love of right-handed mod­els. Not that Roc­cat is the only com­pany whose ambidextrous op­tions are lim­ited to older mod­els, of course. Even Log­itech has only two ambidextrous mod­els, one of which is seven years old.

But back to the Roc­cat, the Kova is avail­able in white and grey vari­ants that, de­spite a busy, but­ton-heavy de­sign, look rather snazzy. The sym­met­ri­cal na­ture of ambidextrous mice al­ways helps to make them look more aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing than right-handed mice, but the lack of a gi­ant Roc­cat logo on the back – as on some of the com­pany’s other mice – cer­tainly helps too, giv­ing it an air of sub­tlety.

The RGB light­ing looks good too. There are two zones, with the edges of the scroll wheel and an open­ing on the back edge light­ing up. In terms of but­tons, you get the usual com­ple­ment of left, right and scroll wheel but­tons, along with a DPI switch and two sets of back/ for­ward but­tons on the sides.

There are also two ex­tra but­tons that ank the out­side of the left and right but­tons. They’re raised up, so they can be ac­ti­vated with the side of your nger, rather than the tip. They work well, adding a cou­ple of ex­tra op­tions with­out clut­ter­ing up the mouse too much and hurt­ing its over­all us­abil­ity. In­deed, the over­all but­ton lay­out works very well, with all of them feel­ing con­ve­niently placed but not too easy to hit ac­ci­den­tally.

The Kova’s er­gonomics are largely good too. The mouse’s shape is fairly wide at the back, so it’s suited to palm­grip users, but it’s not so bulky as to re­strict other types of grip. The sur­face of the mouse is also nished in a soft­touch paint for added grip. How­ever, the sides aren’t rub­ber, so there isn’t quite as much pur­chase for your hand as you’ll nd on some of the other mice on test this month.

As for what’s in­side, it uses the Pro-Op­tic Sen­sor R6, which has a na­tive res­o­lu­tion of 3,500dpi, al­though this gure can be dou­bled to 7,000dpi us­ing an over­drive mode (which you’ll see ad­ver­tised on some re­tailer sites), but we don’t rec­om­mend us­ing it. As well as a rel­a­tively low na­tive res­o­lu­tion com­pared with some of the other mice on test, the Kova’s 20G ac­cel­er­a­tion is less than half that of the Razer Lance­head as well.

None­the­less, the Kova’s per­for­mance with­out over­drive is cer­tainly up to snuff. The most de­mand­ing of play­ers may be able to tell its re­spon­sive­ness apart from the very lat­est gam­ing mice, per­haps if you like snip­ing with a high res­o­lu­tion and mas­sive mouse mat, but the dif­fer­ence is other­wise cer­tainly sub­tle.

Round­ing off the pack­age is Roc­cat’s Swarm soft­ware, which is com­pre­hen­sive and easy to use. Like most other pe­riph­eral soft­ware suites, the soft­ware in­te­grates all of Roc­cat’s pe­riph­er­als into one app and of­fers all the set­tings you could need.

CON­CLU­SION

The Roc­cat Kova may be a lit­tle long in the tooth, but it still de­liv­ers where it counts. Its per­for­mance is good, it has plenty of fea­tures and its shape will suit many users. As such, with its price be­ing so low, it easily takes the crown for the best value ambidextrous mouse you can buy right now.

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