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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





The packaging for the TAITO follows suit to the rest of the ROCCAT lineup. The top mentions increased control, that they tested 80 mice with this pad, and that it comes with a rubberized backing, all before we get a look at it through the window. Blue highlights to the left there indicate the total control, stitched border, and its 400mm by 320mm size. This left plenty of room at the bottom for the naming.





This side of the box also affords a view of the product inside, off to the right of the image of the TAITO mouse pad. Under the window, ROCCAT offers samples of the materials used on the front and the back. This way you can feel what you are getting before it comes time to open the box.




This longer side is used to divulge the features in many languages. There ROCCAT covers the steady and smooth mouse action that the edges will not fray over time, that it comes mid-sized, the rubber backing for excellent grip, and that the TAITO should last you a long time due to its rugged stress-resistant build.




Three images top this side panel, all of which are close-up images. The top image is a standard pads top material, and the second one shows the TAITO's, and then the third image shows the bright blue stitching used around the edge. It then tells us that this pad has been tested to 16,800 DPI without issues, what mice ROCCAT makes that will work with it, and lastly a bit from Jankos, with his take on the TAITO.




Out of the box, and unrolled onto the table, the bold blue edging and the blue and white printing on the pad stands out brilliantly against the black field. The top of the mat has fine stitching done in the material, yet is not super smooth or glossy. It has a distinct texture to it that is why this is considered a control pad, as an aggressive texture is easier for the sensor to read.




The TAITO is already 3mm thick with the foam and top material counted into that, but there is also a defined edge that is raised around the perimeter. We also see that it isn't simply wound around the edge of the foam, and has been crossed and tied in the middle, so if one string frays, it isn't the end of the edging.




The underside of the ROCCAT TAITO is pretty standard as far as mouse pads go. They use a zig-zag pattern in the bottom of the foam to ensure that no matter the type of surface it is set upon, that it will stay in place and make using the KOVA much simpler as well as adding control and accuracy to it.




With the KOVA on top of the TAITO, we see there is plenty of room to move about, especially if you are using the higher-end of the DPI scale. We do like that we had been sent this white version of the KOVA as well, as it too pops off the black, where the all-black version would have blended right in and been hard to see.

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