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ROCCAT SOVA MK Gaming Lapboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Accessories in Peripherals | Posted: Dec 2, 2016 5:37 pm
TweakTown Rating: 100%Manufacturer: ROCCAT

Final Thoughts

 

Everything we expect from ROCCAT is tucked into this handy device. ROCCAT SWARM software compatibility means all of your ROCCAT products can be controlled from one suite, and it allows you to program the Easy-Shift system and take advantage of ROCCAT TALK as well. We also found a high level of craftsmanship and quality in the SOVA MK, just like we found in the many other peripherals we have tested in the past.

 

We also like that for a similar investment that the LAPDOG requires, there is this excellent TTC brown switch based 84-ky keyboard already installed and ready for your abuse. While everyone may not like the limitation to blue LEDs in this world of RGB craziness, most of our time was not spent looking at the keyboard. So really, it is just to show off to your friends. We also noticed that there is a default sleep setting when the keyboard is inactive, where the LEDs will power off, and awaken with a few flashes before defaulting to the LED pattern you have set in the software.

 

 

We like the idea of a product with 3D printable components too. The fact that you can make a new mouse bungee, and you can even make a mobile device holder. The device holder comes in handy if it allows the SWARM application to function, but with our aging phone, there always seems to be a conflict where things go belly up. If you can get the app to work, it can show you temperatures of various devices, show the PC utilizations, and even offers some basic multimedia functionality. As for the removable mouse pad and wrist rest, we are near certain that is done for cleaning, but there is no reason why you could not also 3D print parts for these as well. The ROCCAT SOVA MK just seems to have more to offer with every angle of its design, and that is something we did not see with the Corsair submission.

 

In our mind, so far, this is the best solution on the market when it comes to gaming from the comfort of your couch. The more compact size is a plus, the layout is easy to use, and the padded feet make it comfortable and allows the SOVA MK to stay in one place. We really cannot find fault when it comes to design, as well thought out as this is. The best part of the whole deal is that while the COUCHMASTER may come close in pricing once you add a keyboard purchase to that device, you are set to one height with it, and it may not be the height you wish to play at. The SOVA MK is the best of both worlds, as it not only is flexible to suit every right handed user out there that wants to buy one, the $199.99 price tag also made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

 

For the money, we really could not ask for more control, customization via software, or wish to have anything else on our lap when it comes to gaming in the living room. The ROCCAT SOVA MK, as we see it, is the one to get when it comes to gaming in comfort.

 

 

Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications

 

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance100%
Quality including Design and Build100%
General Features99%
Bundle and Packaging100%
Value for Money99%
Overall TweakTown Rating100%

The Bottom Line: ROCCAT's SOVA MK is a beast! If you have the desire to game from the couch, do it affordably, and most comfortably, there is no better option on the market. All of this and we didn't even get to mention the features, software benefits, or the pleasure it has been using it.

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