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ROCCAT KOVA 2016 Pure Performance Gaming Mouse Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mice in Peripherals | Posted: May 17, 2016 5:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: ROCCAT

Inside the KOVA

 

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Once we removed a couple of screws, the KOVA tears down into two halves. There is a small PCB on the top half that houses switches for a few of the buttons, and the lower section offers four more switches, lighting, and components needed to make this mouse function properly.

 

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The smaller PCB on the top offers red TTC switches for the regularly placed side buttons of the KOVA. The DPI selector switch is still a TTC switch, but this time, it is a white version. The difference being that the white switch is less audible and easier to press than the reds.

 

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Backing the left click button we find an Omron switch set in place for that duty. The white TTC switch on the outside edge is backing the left SmartCast button and makes them easier to activate with the side of a finger, rather than directly pressing on them like the main buttons.

 

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While ROCCAT may call it a Pro-Optic R6 optical sensor, we can plainly see that it is the Pixart PMW3320DB sensor sporting 3500DPI. However, via software manipulation, this sensor is boosted to double its rated specification, and can deliver 7000 DPI control.

 

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Their Turbo Core V2 MCU is what we found here. NXP makes this, and it is the LCP11U24 MCU. This is a 32-bit ARM Cortex processor, boasting a 50MHz clock speed, so not one thing should be missed when using the KOVA.

 

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Our last look inside of the KOVA shows us the matching TTC and Omron switch for the right side SmartCast, and right click button, respectively. Normally with Omron switches, we see 10M or 20M in the parenthesis, but here we find RT in there, and we are not sure exactly what that translates to, so we assume these are the five million click variants.

 

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Once we put the KOVA back together and powered it via the USB cable, the KOVA starts off with a breathing mode, where the LED lighting is constantly changing through the spectrum of color options. It just so happens that when we took this image, it happened to be showing this magenta option lit up.

 

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Moving the KOVA around to get a look at the second LED zone, the spectrum of colors had shifted into the green end of the scale. This may be it for the lighting offered, but we do like the way this looks on the desk, and once you install the SWARM software, the color options on these end at 16.8 million choices.

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