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ROCCAT Kova+ Max Performance Gaming Mouse Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mice in Peripherals | Posted: Dec 6, 2011 3:30 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: ROCCAT

Final Thoughts


I have had the ROCCAT Kova+ in my possession now for something close to two weeks. The first few days didn't take too much getting used to, as did other higher DPI mice I have bought in the past. My hands were pretty much ready for that already. What did take some getting used to would be the Easy-Shift button and remembering the second setting for all the seven additional buttons offered once the Easy-Shift is pressed, just like on a keyboard! While I did reinstall Guild Wars to try out some of the preset macros, and even set a few of my own to try to shave valuable time and save me work in my daily life. Even before the driver was installed, the basic functionality was all there. Once the driver went in, I was like a kid in a candy store with all the options that the Kova+ offers and gives you full control of.


Two weeks in I now find myself using the Easy-Shift on all my mice, even though they don't have it. While it didn't take the full two weeks to get used to it, moving it over to my laptop gave me many hours of use as I do most of my browsing and such on that. The way ROCAAT designed the Kova+, it is comfortable for both right and left hand individuals, as I tried 3 days of left handed use as well. Even though it was awkward to use as I don't typically move a mouse with my left hand, the mouse just lends itself to making the task easy and effortless. Customization of the Kova+ goes beyond DPI and LED functions found in any average mouse. ROCCAT takes it to the next level with the macro ability of this mouse. There is a ton of preset gaming profiles and you can add as much as you want, or tweak what is already set. For those looking to speed up your everyday life, macros can also be set to something like Photoshop or whatever you spend too much time tinkering with day to day.


The mouse is a little flat for my hands; I do prefer a mouse that is a bit taller across the palm, but I had no issues using it and enjoying it more and more as I used it. I like the smooth cord as it doesn't want to destroy the edge of my cloth mat as some of the braided cables have in the past. Compared to what I am used to, this mouse is on the light side, but it didn't make it any tougher to control or handle. On top of that there is the cool little feature that when you do have to lift the Kova+, the movement seen in game is very minimal, even when you are setting it back down there is very little flutter. As if all of this isn't enough, you get the multi colored LED with breathing option to play with, and the voice recognition is kind of cool for a few minutes, and I swear it's the same voice from the Fesser web site, so be prepared for a stern voice to tell you what you just changed. If the vocals are turned off, you still get LED confirmation of the Easy-Shift key, because when pressed the LED lighting will change to blue, unless you use blue as the default color, then there is no color change.


The last mouse I was really fond of and used exclusively up to now cost right around $70 on the retail market. While then I thought that pricing was a bit pricey for a mouse purchase, I bit the bullet and was very happy with my purchase. That was until now! Seeing the pricing at NCIX at $67.98, my eyes have been opened to a whole new level of what that same $70 investment can offer. The real shame is even though prices are listed, if you are in the USA, there isn't any current stock. For those in the UK market, listings are stocked and you can get yours right now. I know that my old mouse doesn't have macro ability and it may fit my hand a bit better than the Kova+, but every day I use it, I feel the Kova+ is that much closer to being my every day driver for games, work, photo editing, media player control, you name it; essentially the only limitation is the effort in which you put into customizing the Kova+ to be tailored exactly to your needs.



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