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